May goal:

For May, I’ll set a goal of 4 books.

What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge)

Once Upon a River

Diane Setterfield
3.5* (May 19)
Review


If Cats Disappeared from the World

Genki Kawamura
3.5* (May 27)
Review


The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Angela Carter
3* (May 30)
Review


Odd Child Out

Gilly Macmillan
3* (May 30)
Review


Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: Eh, I did ok.

Diversity? A Japanese translation, two novels, and a short story collection. 75% not-male writers.

Star Ratings: I base this on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews.

  • 5 stars:  5 books
  • 4 stars:  5 books
  • 3 stars:  8 books
  • 2 stars:  0 books
  • 1 star: 0 books
  • 0 stars: 0 books
  • Abandoned: 2 books
  • Not rated: 0 books

Pages Read: (does not include abandoned books or Coffin Bell)

  • January – 993
  • February – 1232
  • March – 454 (ouch)
  • April – 1615
  • May – 1248

Coffin Bell Submissions: I used to include these because they took up so much of my time. I resigned my position as their short story editor in March so I could prioritize other projects.

  • January
    • 20 short stories
  • February
    • 14 short stories
    • 1 CNF (creative nonfiction)
  • March
    • 15 short stories

Reading Goals:

1. Read 40 books I’m 4 books ahead with 20 books.

2. Decrease my TBR – 

  • Jan 1 – 73 physical21 Kindle
  • Feb 1 – 71 / 22
  • Mar 4 – 71/22 (huh)
  • Apr 3 – 73/23 (it was my birthday month)
  • May 1 – 73/23 (how?!?!)
  • Jun 1 – 72/22 (it was a good month for reading books I already own)

3. Read 6 short story/essay/poetry collections – I’d really like to read double that number and I’m on track right now.

A nice on-target month! Considering I started a new full-time job May 6, I’m quite pleased with myself.

For June, I’ll set another goal of 4 books. I’m traveling for a few days, plus I’m trying to launch a couple of small creative projects, but I think it’s an achievable goal as long as I’m strategic about it.

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