May goal:

I’m setting a low goal again for May due to ongoing pandemic-related work issues, so I’ll commit to 3 books.


What I read: 

  1. The Butterfly GirlRene Denfeld
  2. The Little Stranger—Sarah Waters

Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: May just wasn’t great for reading. Technically, I only finished 1 book in May, but I’m counting the second since I read 490 of 500 pages last month.

Diversity? Suspense novel, gothic horror.

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

  • 5 stars:  2 books
  • 4 stars:  7 books
  • 3 stars:  6 books
  • 2 stars:  1 book
  • 1 star: 1 book
  • 0 stars: 0 books
  • Abandoned: 0 books
  • Not rated: 0 books

Pages Read: (does not include abandoned books, edited manuscripts, etc.)

  • January – 1085
  • February – 880
  • March – 1753 (in part due to an audiobook that I started way back mid-February)
  • April – 837
  • May – 789

Reading Goals:

1. Read 48 books I’m 2 books behind. (my Goodreads Challenge)

2. Decrease my TBR – 

  • Jan 1 – 77 physical22 Kindle
  • Feb 3 – 74/22
  • Mar 2 – 74/26
  • Apr 16 – 73/26
  • May 1 – 73/26 (no change)
  • Jun 1 – 72/27

3. Read 12 not-novels – Nonfiction, poetry, essays, or fiction anthologies all count.

  • Jan – 2 (pocket quotes, nonfiction zen)
  • Feb – 0
  • Mar – 2 (vignettes, audiobook/memoir)
  • Apr – 1 (audiobook/memoir)
  • May – 0

I set a goal of 3 books and finished 2. It was a disappointing reading month. I didn’t enjoy reading a 500+ page book and rating it only 1*. I’ll commit to 3 books for June.

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