Month In Review: May 2017

It’s somehow June already and it’s been getting pretty cold down here in Argentina already… Looks like Autumn decided to leave the building and Winter came early this year. Did I mention how much I hate the cold weather before?! I’ve been bundled up inside for most of May and it shows in my reading numbers. Somehow I managed to read AND review no less than 21 books last month! Trust me, I can’t believe this number either. 😱 18 of them were actually ARCs, and even with this number my pile of pending ARCs has only increased. Oops? I’m really happy I’ve managed to keep up with my reviews for yet another month though and it’s such a great feeling not having pending reviews staring at me waiting to be written! 😁

As for the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in May: 21
  • Total number of books read this year: 89
  • Total number of pages read in May: 6.793
  • Total number of pages read this year: 29.518

May was a great month in general and I even managed to have another TWO new 5 star ratings as well. And only five books were three stars or below, so I’m not complaining.

5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
Flame In The Mist – by Renee Ahdieh // Room – by Emma Donoghue

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
Anything For Her – by Jack Jordan // Liar – by K.L. Slater // One Of Us Is Lying – by Karen M. McManus // Secrets Of The Dead – by Carol Wyer

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!

The Darkest Lies – by Barbara Copperthwaite // Manipulated Lives – by H.A. Leuschel // Be My Killer – by Richard Parker // Words In Deep Blue – by Cath Crowley // Feel Me Fall – by James Morris // Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil – by Tim Symonds

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

Roses Of May – by Dot Hutchison // Stardust – by Neil Gaiman // The Last Valentine – by Felix Alexander // The Serial Killer’s Daughter – by Lesley Welsh

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 

All The Good Things – by Clare Fisher // Enchanters – by K.F. Bradshaw

2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
Heartborn – by Terry Maggert

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
The Murder Of An Angel – by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

1.5 STARS: The story wasn’t horrible, but there still isn’t another word to describe it but ‘bad’.

Aurabel – by Laura Dockrill

Somehow I have joined way more challenges than usual this year, but at least I’ve already made a lot of progress with most of them so far. I should really start working on both my Reading Through The Centuries and Beat The Backlist challenge again though!


As for my other goals…I managed to maintain my Netgalley ratio above 80% and complete another series, which I’m pretty happy about. I haven’t done anything about the other goals though and things are pretty hopeless when it comes to my TBR pile. I’m seriously considering doing a kindle clean out to get rid of some titles I would probably never read anyway…


  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count) 1/5 (The Color Purple)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) 3/5 (Shades Of Magic, The Dominion Trilogy, Confessions)
  • Reread at least 3 books 1/3 (The Perfect Stranger)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 250 books 394/250
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages (maximum at 624 pages)
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish 0/2
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 0/1
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 82%
  • Start a Twitter account and use it regularly
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy June and Happy Reading! 


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15 thoughts on “Month In Review: May 2017

  1. Can you send some cold my way??? I’m hiding inside because it’s too hot!!!
    I started Liar earlier today, I’m so glad to see it made it to the 5 star rank!! Now that I’ve written my review for The Serial Killer’s Daughter, I’ll go check yours 😀 It’s a 4 stars for me too!
    I’m ashamed to say I’ve completely lost track of my challenges and the Beat the Backlist is in terrible shape as I only read ARCs, hahahaha!

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    • You can have all the cold you want; it’s been getting close to 0ºC at night and I hate cold weather anyway. 😉 I hope you will enjoy Liar as much as I did and it’s great to hear The Serial Killer’s Daughter worked out for you as well! And I know the feeling with the challenges! The only ones I’ve managed to get a lot of progress for is those where I didn’t even try haha. I really have to try and squeeze in a few non-ARCs this month! xD


  2. I’m SOOO excited for Flame in the Mist! I love Renee Ahdieh’s writing so I’m sure this won’t disappoint for me. So glad you enjoyed Words in Deep Blue! I finished it recently and really loved it! You read a crazy number of books this month, which is awesome! Keep it up – I know you’ll get all of those ARCs read! 🙂

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    • Good to hear you enjoyed Words In Deep Blue as well! The cover is so beautiful… And I absolutely loved Flame In The Mist so I hope you will as well! I was actually one of the few that wasn’t completely convinced by The Wrath And The Dawn, but this one is definitely an all time favorite.


  3. Damn. That’s A LOT of books you’ve managed to go through!! I’m jellyyy. 😛 You’ve even read some really fantastic titles throughout the months too. Hope June rewards you with even more 5 star reads, and a little bit of heat. 😀 Happy reading, Yvo!

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    • I still can’t believe these numbers either haha. Blame the huge ARC pile and the Bout Of Books readathon. 😉 I hope June will be a great month for you as well! Winter is approaching quickly here, so I guess the heat will have to wait until September. xD Happy reading!

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  4. Wonderful reading month Yvonne. 21 is pretty impressive. I hope to have such a reading month this June so that I can reduce the number f ARCs that I have. I can’t wait to read Liar and Serial Killer’s Daughter this month. Have a wonderful June and Happy reading.

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