I knew there was going to be a month in which the scales would tip unapologetically the wrong way. This is it. May 2023 was THE month when everything went tits up – and yet, I am oddly happy about it. So, what the hell happened?
Last month my physical TBR went up by one book – this month it went up by TOO MANY books. A couple of pre-orders came in, I dropped into a couple of charity shops, I bought a few books in a couple of series, a few poetry collections… All in all, it was a lot more than I meant to, but I am surpisingly ok with it. So, I added 19 books to my TBR.
As for my digital TBR, I ended up buying 7, all for 99p in some sort of Kindle deal or other. All were books that were already on my radar that I was waiting on a good deal for. Sometimes all your ships come in at once. Thanks to a couple of DNFs at least my digital TBR did not get bigger!
I may do a book haul for the past month, or I may not – not sure yet.
Start 2023: 343
1 April: 340
Read: 6 + 1 DNF
Start 2022: 175
1 April: 178
Read: 5 + 2 DNF
I will see how things go in the next couple of months. I am trying not to buy any books until a UK trip in August, as I am sure I will peruse some charity shops whilst I am there.
MAY READING REVIEW
- Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (Pablo Neruda) 8.14 (4*) paperback
- Small Worlds (Caleb Azumah Nelson) 9.86 (5*) e-book
- The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton) 7.93 (4*) audio/paperback
- His Bloody Project (Graeme Macrae Burnet) 8.36 (4.25*) audio/e-book
- Ship of Destiny (Robin Hobb) 8.86 (4.5*) paperback
- Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries (Heather Fawcett) 6.71 (3.25*) e-book
- Black Foam (Haji Jabir) 20-22 May 7.79 (4*) e-book
- Go Ahead in the Rain (Hanif Abdurraqib) 9.71 (4.75*) audio/paperback
- The Dragonet Prophecy (Tui T Sutherland) 8.57 (4.25*) paperback
- The Makioka Sisters (Jun’ichiro Tanizaki) 8.64 (4.25*) paperback
- Legends & Lattes (Travis Baldree) 8.07 (4*) e-book
Most of my reads were from my May TBR, but a couple were current popular reads that I ended up picking up because I see so many people talk about them I tend to pick them up in Kindle Daily Deal sales. Neither of these, (Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries and Legends & Lattes) quite hit the right spot and thought they were fine reads they did not end up among my favourites of the month. There was nothing that I finished that I rated under 3.25* . I did however end up with a record 3 DNFs. I have gotten much better at putting down books I am not enjoying and I feel it really helps me keep the mojo alive.
The books I DNFd were:
- Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare) – paperback – This one had been on my shelf quite a while and I actually DNFd within a couple of chapters – I just wasn’t interested in anything that was going on. The book went on my Unhaul pile.
- Suite as Sugar and Other Stories (Camille Hernández-Ramdwar) – e-book – this was a NetGalley eARC that I hoped I would enjoy, but I pushed until 35% in and realised I just did not enjoy the tone of the stories.
- A Shade of Vampire (Bella Forrest) – e-book – I think I went into this one already knowing that the chance of DNF was high. It had been sitting on my Kindle for years and I don’t really tend to enjoy vampire stories at the best of times. I hated the tone and DNFd at 25%.
However, I also had some amazing reads!
BOOK OF THE MONTH
I read another Hanif Abdurraqib book that I loved and the conclusion to the Liveship Traders trilogy was very good as well. However, Small Worlds by Caleb Azumah Nelson was a proper 5* book. Great writing and it hit just right. One of my favourite books of the year so far. I will get myself a physical copy.
LOOKING FORWARD TO JUNE
I have some very exciting books on my TBR in June. I have a few books I need to read to complete my Spring TBR, but considering the books they are it won’t be a chore to do so. I hope I will have time to catch up on some stuff as well.