Things were good in May reading-wise. I read more than I did on average over the previous three months, which surprised me. April was my worst reading month since January 2016. Usually I manage at least six books per month but in April, I was down to four. Then came May, and I bounced back, tripling the amount I read.
So, on to my May reading stats: I finished 12 books. My average rating was mediocre at 3.344 out of 5. Altogether, I read six paperbacks, one hardcover, one ebook, and four audiobooks. I read 1,974 pages and listened to 34:45 hours on audio (equalling 1,032 pages). Converting the listening hours to pages, that sums up to 3,006 pages.
What was unusual for me, was that only a quarter of the books were YA fiction, and nearly half were non-fiction. Maybe switching things up kept me engaged with my books, as I completely indulged my moods, and wasn’t too concerned about which review copies I had yet to read.
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden | Rating: 3.222*
- Unfriending My Ex by Kim Stolz | Rating: 4.143
- The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond | Rating: 4.438
- World Mythology in Bite-Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels | Rating: 2.125
- The Complete Portrait Manual by Editors of Popular Photography | Rating: 3.875
- We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler | Rating: 4.750
- Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki | Rating: 4.000
- The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon | Rating: 3.313
- Ones and Zeroes by Dan Wells | Rating: 3.563
- Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf | Rating: 0.625
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Rating: 2.944
- Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard | Rating: 3.125
*Note on ratings: I rate books on a scale of 0 to 5, 0 being the worst and 5 being the best. I first rate various aspects such as prose, characterisation, plot, originality, etc. Then I average these out for my overall ratings. To obtain my star ratings, I round to the nearest 0.5.
My May book haul’s considerably large but I acquired four books to re-read, and another four for reference. This leaves me with seven books to add to the TBR pile. Since I read seven books I’d already owned, my TBR reduction status remained the same as April at -8.
While my TBR pile hasn’t grown beyond what it was at the beginning of the year, I’m pretty much adding as many books I’m reading. That’s something I want to be more conscious of during the rest of the year