April was not a good reading month. At all. I only read two novels, the rest of what I read was comics or audiobooks and even they weren’t great. May, however, was EXCELLENT. I’d finished a huge project at work and got my weekends and free time back. Time that I used to catch up on my reading.
I read 10 books in May. A couple were ones that I’d started during April but only just so I read a little bit less than 3,000 pages. A huge 95 page a day average. The highest numbers in any month of my year so far.
Easily the best book I read during the month was If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio. Hanna raved about it when she read it and then when I went to Waterstones to pick it up, two booksellers also told me how amazing it was. I started it pretty much straight away and loved it from the get go. I’m trying to write a review of it but in the meantime: it’s wonderful and tense and one of those books that you just know will be five stars from the moment you pick it up. There were also a few 4 star reads (Circe by Madeline Miller, The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson and In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott). The remaining 6 were a bit of a mixed bunch. I’ve been really disappointed with the last three volumes of Lumberjanes and this month I read the fifth volume and have finally decided to give it up.
My average star rating so far this year is now 3.4, which is a bit disappointing. I might do a blog take on a ‘5 star prediction’ post soon with books that I’m pretty sure I’ll love and focus on some of those for the summer. I also still haven’t read anything in translation, which I really need to fix given the number of Peirene Press books I own!
I bought 16 books in May. So even on my best reading month of the year, I’ve acquired a good six books more than I’ve read. Probably less than ideal. My average spend per books for the year to date is still only £3.19 but I’ve picked up 128 books so still a not inconsiderable habit. I think when I FINALLY get to shelve my books next weekend (for real this time), I’ll rein in the buying when I get back everything that I’ve had in storage for years.
I started the year with a TBR pile of 413. It’s now 511. It doesn’t stress me out as such but keeping track of what I’m buying is making me realise that it’s a touch excessive.
Book I acquired in May that I’m most looking forward to: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson (which I’ve got on my Kindle and am saving to hopefully get me through a long flight out to Canada in two weeks!)
Science Fiction v Fantasy Bingo: I’m quite happy with my progress on Ellie’s challenge during May! I knocked off four of the squares:
Cyberpunk – The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan
Fantastic Beasts – The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson (dinosaurs!)
Re-telling – Kissing the Witch: Old Stories in New Skins by Emma Donoghue
Immortal – Circe by Madeline Miller
TBR Pile Challenge: Zero. I am finally reading my first one, though! Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.
Beat the Backlist: The average time that the books I’ve read have spent on my TBR is 5 months. Of the 10 books I read, 8 were books that I’ve acquired since the start of 2018. And the other two were from 2017…hardly a great show! Another one I’m sure will improve when my older books are returned to me!