May, May, what to say about you? I seriously don’t even want to stand still by the current situation in our country and the world for that matter… Nor the fact that I haven’t been able to leave our house since March and I’ve been going stir crazy. Needless to say my anxiety has been through the roof, and I’ve been distracting myself by reading and baking a LOT. It’s been hard to focus especially on all things blogging and social media recently, which probably explains why I’ve been less present even though I do seem to get those reviews written somehow… Anyway, here’s a dose of fluff to help distract ourselves from the whole mess that is the world right now.
Next: the bookish numbers.
- Number of books read in May: 25
- Total number of books read in 2020: 108
- Total number of pages read in May: 8.631
- Total number of pages read in 2020: 36.063
I ended up reading a LOT in May, and that has mostly to do with the fact that the only time I manage to forget about the fact that the world is going to shit is when I read or bake… I was quite lucky with my reading choices in general too, with only 8 titles having a 3 star or below rating and a whopping 9 titles with a (nearly) perfect reading. True, my only new 5 star is a reread so technically it doesn’t count, but I take what I can get.
MAY 2020 READS
5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now.
Thirteen – by Steve Cavanagh (REREAD)
4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic!
The Girl Beneath The Sea – by Andrew Mayne // The Defence – by Steve Cavanagh // The Bird And The Sword – by Amy Harmon // Fifty Fifty – by Steve Cavanagh // The House Guest – by Mark Edwards // The Catch – by T.M. Logan // Stranger In The Lake – by Kimberly Belle // Evil At Heart – by Chelsea Cain
4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Pet Sematary – by Stephen King // Ash Mountain – by Helen Fitzgerald // Tweet Cute – by Emma Lord // This Is How I Lied – by Heather Gudenkauf // The Plea – by Steve Cavanagh // The Liar – by Steve Cavanagh // The Queen And The Cure – by Amy Harmon // The Child – by Sebastian Fitzek
3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic.
Swipe Right – by Stephie Chapman // Reconstructing Amelia – by Kimberly McCreight // Can I Give My Husband Back? – by Kristen Bailey // The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-Old Man – by Jonas Jonasson // You Are Not Alone – by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen // The Republic Of Birds – by Jessica Miller
2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – by Mark Haddon
1 STAR: Boy, this one gave me a hard time. Not a book to touch again.
Moederkruid – by Carry Slee
I’ve decided to only join a limited amount of 2020 to focus more on the joy of reading without obligations again… And somehow I’m well on my way completing them without even trying haha. I managed to complete my Netgalley challenge seven months early (I should have picked the 50 ARC goal instead) and I’m getting pretty close with the Beat The Backlist challenge too.
# CHALLENGES #
As for my other goals… I wasn’t able to get my ARC/backlist ratio below 40% again, but then again I already expected that as I have a huge pile of ARCs I need to work through. I’m doing better than expected with my international authors/translation goal though, and I’m almost done with it already! I also managed to read my Dutch book for this year, although it turned out to be a very disappointing one. I have high hopes for my second Spanish read though; I’m participating in the Masa Crítica Argentina program through Babelio again and will be reading Entre Senderos De Lavanda by Mariela Giménez in June.
# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #
Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count)DONE!! 3/3 (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang // A Study In Scarlet // The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button)
- Complete at least 10 series (rereads don’t count) 5/10 (Feverwake // Lacey Flint // If I Stay // The Bird And The Sword Chronicles // The Hundred-Year-Old Man)
Reread at least 2 booksDONE!! 2/2 (Deep Blue Trouble // Pippi Longstocking)
- Bring my physical TBR pile below 600 books and keep it that way. 741/600
- Read at least one book over 800 pages 0/1 (highest page count 774 pages; She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be)
- Keep ARC/backlist title ratio below 40% 40.7%
- Read at least 2 books in Spanish 1/2 (Harry Potter Y Las Reliquias De La Muerte)
Read at least 1 book in DutchDONE!! 1/1 (Moederkruid)
- Read at least 15 international authors and/or translations 13/15 (Dark Mother Earth (Croatia DNF) // My Sister, The Serial Killer (Nigeria) // Perfume (Germany) // Death Deserved (Norway) // Blue Night (Germany) // Pippi Longstocking (Sweden) // Sister (Norway) // The Girl In The Tree (Turkey) // The Creak On The Stairs (Iceland) // The Guest Cat (Japan) // Moederkruid (The Netherlands) // The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-Old Man (Sweden) // The Child (Germany))
- Read at least 10 TBR jar picks 4/10 (Like This For Ever // What We Saw // The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry // Evil At Heart)
Join at least 5 challenges during the yearDONE!! 5/5
- Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% 95%
Stay safe and happy reading!