Author's Note

TBR Check In: May 2019

Goodreads Reading Challenge


Well, I’m not sure what’s going on with Goodreads as by my count I’ve finished 170 books, but suffice to say it’s going well and I’m nearly half way through my goal! I read 50 books in April, which is my best reading month yet. I’m very happy with that!

My Owned TBR

I’m actually quite impressed that despite getting 9 books in a bookshop crawl, and being given over a dozen for my birthday, my TBR has only gone up to 547 (from 536), which means my efforts to knock some things down are working!

I’m thinking about going on a book buying ban in May (apart from picking up pre-orders), as I’d like to get this back down to 500 at some point. I’d definitely like to read some of the books I bought at YALC last year before they hit their anniversary on my TBR, eek!


NetGalley books are up to 116, but over the course of the month they’ve been up to 126 and back down again, so progress is being made. I’m going to try not to request so much over the summer, and I hope that by June I can have this under 100.

Blog Tours

Just two this month, though the summer is booking up!

2nd May – Highland Crown by May McGoldrick

28th May – Becoming Mrs Lewis by Patti Callahan


What I would most like to do this month is to get my pile of physical review copies cut right down. It currently has 20 titles in it, and I’d like to get it under 10 so it’s less loom-y.


Yes, I know, some of these are overdue… (Eek!). I’ve already started A Memory of Empire, which is stunningly thoughtful sci-fi, A Dress for the Wicked, which is the exact sort of contest-based, pretty-dress-wearing YA fantasy that I adore, and The Doll Factory, which is atmospheric gothic historical fiction, so I’ll definitely finish up those three, and then see what grabs me!

So, it’s been a very productive month – let’s hope I can keep it up! Any tips for a book buying ban?

9 thoughts on “TBR Check In: May 2019

  1. I am in awe of how much you can read in a month. I also have A Dress for the Wicked in my review pile, I’m excited to get to it.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook

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