Author's Note

May 2021 Wrap Up

I’ve changed the name of my TBR Check In this month – it’s shifted over the years to a more conventional wrap up, so I’m going to lean into it!

Goodreads Challenge

I ended up reading 46 books in May, which I’m very happy with! I was vaguely aiming for one a day, but I had a few really productive reading days, especially this last weekend. That takes me up to 195 for the year, though I haven’t updated my actual Goodreads in a good few months – it’s just so clunky to use and takes more effort than simply keeping track on my TBR page… I must go through and copy my reviews across, though. I’m over 60% of the way to my year’s goal of 300, with only 40% of the year gone!

My Owned TBR

My goal for May was to fix the damage done to my TBR by my birthday book haul, and get the total back down from 473 to 460 books – and I’m pleased to report I’ve done even better than that, and I’m down to 433! That’s a reduction of 40 books from May 1st. I didn’t go on an official book buying ban, but I think I only bought two books for myself, and I’ve been trying to keep my requests to a minimum too, so I only had 19 books come in during May. I also DNFed a few older Kindle freebies. This is really starting to feel doable!

I’d like to keep going with the monthly goals, since they still seem to be working, so I’m going to aim to get my TBR down to 420 by the end of June. That’s 13 books down – fingers crossed!

Physical Review Copies

My physical review copies are only down a little bit, to 57, but several more books have been read and are just awaiting review, and a good quarter of books remaining on the TBR are picture books or board books, so they’ll easily be swept up into Kitten Corner posts! I wish I’d made a little more progress, but maybe this month I can get it down to 50.

Wrap Up

My reading was a little bit less intense this month, but I still had some books I really enjoyed! 

Least favourite: The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner; To Love A Scandalous Duke by Liana de la Rosa

Favourites: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune; Jackdaw by KJ Charles; Fine Deceptions by Stephanie Burgis

Shortest:Ā Princess Princess Ever After by Kay O’Neill

Longest: Some of the Best from Tor.com 2016

I’d love to read more wrap up posts, so drop me a comment below if you have one!

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