Coffee and… A Bookish May

It’s (just about) the end of another month. Join me in a coffee whilst I reflect on this month in books.

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The Coffee:

Today I am drinking Jorge Bayardo Tapia (try saying that five times fast). This one is roasted by Workshop and has tasting notes of cherry jam, star anise and blackcurrant.

The Books:

month in books

This month has been a proper mixed bag for me. I have been poorly (again), and struggling to find the motivation to read as much (although I’ve still got through a good number of books this month). I have also enjoyed some brilliant highs like celebrating my tenth wedding anniversary and a surprise trip to our honeymoon hotel in the Lakes!

This month my favourite killer duo Steph and Kelly chose my TBR and their choices were exceptional. I expected nothing less from these two tbh, they always recommend brilliant books for me to read.


reading stats

Books Read: 14

Books DNF: 2

Pages Read: 4644

Star Ratings: 

5* : The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave,  Circe by Madeline Miller (re-read by audiobook), and The Extinction Trials: Rebel by S. M. Wilson.

4.5*: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg.

4* : Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman, Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown, The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James, Unboxed by Non Pratt, and Show Stopper by Hayley Barker

3*: We Are Not Okay by Natalia Gomes.

DNF: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North, and An Artist of the floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro.

TBR Updates

mount ted

Books Bought: 1 (yes, you read that right, I have bought only one book this month.

Books Received: 2

Challenge Updates

challenge updates

Goodreads:  75/175 This is going well, I think. Goodreads has stopped telling me whether I’m on track or not, but apparently if I average 3 books a week for the rest of the year, I will hit my target.

Conquering Mount Ted: I started May with 212 books on my giant TBR and ended with 201 (at the time of writing this post). I’m slightly disappointed not to have got under 200 this month, but I plan to do so in June and keep it that way.

Hodderscape 2019 Reading Challenge: 10/12. This month Lauren James’s The Starlight Watchmaker has allowed me to tick off two more for this challenge Set on a Different Planet and Sci-fi by a Female Author. 

And that’s me for another month. How did your reading go this month?


16 thoughts on “Coffee and… A Bookish May

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  1. Only 1 book bought in May! Absolute shocker that was! Congratulations on your tenth anniversary! I read Rebel this month too and loved it – I really want more books set in this world now!

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  2. What was the one book you bought? Well done for managing to get your TBR down so much! By my calculations, apparently you should be at 58 by the end of May, so you’re doing brilliantly!
    I’m sure I’ll finish My reread of Model Misfit before the end of the month at the very least so I’ll end it on 75 I think. I’m really pleased with how much I’ve managed this month because I really didn’t expect to get through so many when I had exams the first half.
    Amy x


  3. I love Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s writing 💕 Need to get around to The Island at the End of Everything though! What did you think of Sweetpea? I bought book 2 the other day but haven’t read that yet 😂

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