May in Books

month in books

This month I let Amy and Louise pick my TBR ,and I had the greatest time. Not only did it take the stress out of deciding which of my many (many) unread books to read, they also picked me some really great books. I’m definitely going to be letting people pick TBRs for me again.

mount ted

At the end of April, Mount Ted the TBR was 386 books high. This is a lot of books. May has been a month of sorting stuff, so I attacked my TBR. There were a fair few books on that list of my husband’s that I’d added thinking I’d probably read them one day, some duplicates and a number of books I just do not want to read any more. I removed them all from my shelf.

In May I read 18 books: The Poet X, Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, A Grey Sun, Gangster School, Spellslinger, When the Mountains Roared, The Wicked Deep, Cold Bath Street, The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club, My Box-Shaped Heart, The Beast Player, Nevermoor, All of This is True, The Weight of a Thousand Feathers, The House With Chicken Legs, We Are Young, Who Let The Gods Out, and Proof Positive.

I added 18 new books, which you can see in yesterday’s haul post. For the first time in known history, I have managed to read the same number of books as I have bought.

Mount Ted is now 295 books high. This feels so much more manageable than nearly 400. Ha.

challenge updates

Where in the World? I’ve now read 4 /6 for this challenge, with The Beast Player by Nahoko Vehashi filling my Asia slot.

Magic SquareThis month I’ve ticked off another one in The Beast Player (Translated Book), and added Skylarks as my book about money (even though I read that last month). I’m also ticking off All of This is True for my borrowed book, and The House with Chicken Legs as my book with food in the title (I’ll admit this is a tad dubious). This brings my total to 20/25.

Book Riot Read HarderI’m finding this a really tough challenge, but The Beast Player gave me a book for genre fiction in translation, and I’m using The House with Chicken Legs as my book with a main character over 60 (Baba is one of the main characters and she’s hundreds of years old). This gives me 7/24.

Beat the Backlistthis month I have really worked on reducing some of my backlist thanks to Amy and Louise choosing my TBR, and I have read another 9 books for this challenge: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Spellslinger, When the Mountains Roared, Nevermoor, The Wicked Deep, The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club, The Beast Player, The House with Chicken Legs and Who Let The Gods Out? That brings me to 27/40. I’m not entirely sure I’m following the official rules for this challenge at this point, but I’m including anything that I’ve bought and added to Mount Ted as my backlist. If it’s wrong you can line me up and shoot me as an example to rule-breaking readers everywhere.

Netgalley Bronze – In May I completed my official Netgalley Bronze challenge by reading my 10th book from my Netgalley shelf, A Grey Sun. I’ve also read My Box-Shaped Heart, The Weight of a Thousand Feathers, The Poet X, and We Are Young. I have decided to continue this challenge in the form of a Netgalley Crackdown of my own where I aim to read all the outstanding books on my Netgalley shelf. I will not be requesting any more Netgalley books until I’m down to 5.

How was your month? What are your bookish highlights this month?


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  1. That is a lot of books – I love reading but due to studying English Literature I never get a chance to read for fun. I’m always analysing the texts we study ): Great post! x

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  2. You’re doing so well on all these challenges Charlotte! I don’t know how you keep track of it all, I can barely stay on top of my Goodreads goal!

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      1. That makes sense. I’m still trying to figure out how my Bujo works best for me and keep making small improvements each month to it.

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