May 2020 Wrap Up | The month I didn’t read all the books on my TBR!

 I hope May was a good month for all of you!

I’m usually so excited to sit down and write my monthly wrap up, but this time it’s proving to be a very daunting task 😀 

Surprisingly, May wasn’t my favorite month this year, even though my birthday was very nice [I will share my b-day bookhaul later this month, as soon as all the book orders arrive ❤ ]. The weather has been cooperating as well. It became hot very suddenly. One day we were wearing jeans and jackets and the next one we had to jump right into shorts and tops [i.e. the less amount of fabric possible]. It is nice, but I definitely wasn’t prepared to bring my summer dresses just yet.  I realized that I really need to do some summer clothes online spree soon. Yay! 

However, reading-wise May was all over the place! I tried to stick to my original TBR and made good progress in it, but didn’t have the time to pick up «The City of Brass» by S.A. Chakraborty and «Elantris» by Brandon Sanderson, even though I’m very excited about both of them! The Read.Rate.Review live show for «The City of Brass» will take place on June 6th, hopefully, I’ll be able to read in time for the live show. 

Once again, not much happened in May so I’ll get to my goals check in and reading wrap up!

MONTHLY GOALS CHECK-IN

1 – Read at least one book from the series I’ve already started. 
Success! I read 2 books from two different series – «Neverseen» by Shannon Messenger, which is book #4 in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, and «Thunderhead» by Neal Shusterman, the second book in the Arc of Scythe series.
2 – Read at least one book from my physical TBR. 
Once again, I did well with this one and read 2 books from my physical TBR, and also started the 3rd one. «Thunderhead» was from my physical TBR, as well as «The Toll» that I’ve started but haven’t finished yet. I also picked up «All the Missing Girls» by Megan Miranda.
? 3 – Read many ARCs!
I don’t know if I should count this as fail or not. Technically, I read many ARCs. 7 out of 11 books I read in May were ARCs, which is great! BUT! I also went on a huge NetGalley request spree and not I tripled the number of pending ARCs, even with the 7 ones I read…
X 4 – Join Read.Rate.Review Book Club. 
Arrgh! I’m so annoyed that I didn’t get to «The City of Brass», but I definitely going to read it before June 6th.
X 5 – Finish all notes for exams
Didn’t do this one either. I did take a lot of notes and completed some subjects but not all. I really need to learn how to set more realistic goals for myself.
X6 – Just stay on top of things. 
For the first two weeks of May, I was on top of everything on my To-Do list, until the hay fever has gotten way too strong for me to battle it on my own and I had to start taking pills which made me grouchy and sleepy. I’ve been feeling much better for the past couple of days, so hopefully, I won’t need the pills in June and can have my clear head back. Lol

MONTHLY READING STATS

Looking back at my initial TBR, I didn’t do too bad. But I definitely got distracted by some other books, which was the only reason why I didn’t finish all of the books on my TBR even though it was very doable. 

The first three books I finished in May were «Paris Hours» by Alex George, «Burn» by Patrick Ness, and «The Ninth House» by Leigh Bardugo. I didn’t include them in my May TBR because I knew I would have read them before the blog post went live. After this great start of reading 3 books in 3 days, I picked up the ARC of «The Girl from Widow Hills» by Megan Miranda and absolutely loved it!

That’s when I went on a sidetrack and decided to pick up another Megan Miranda book I had on my shelves. But got back to my initial TBR by picking up «Nerverseen» by Shannon Messenger. 

The last two weeks of the month, it was very difficult for me to focus on reading [frankly, all I wanted to do was mindlessly watch youtube videos], so it took me twice as long to read books as it usually does. 

MAY TOP POSTS

MAY BOOK REVIEWS


2020 MONTHLY WRAP UPs:
January 2020 Wrap Up | The month I learned how to stay on top of things!
February 2020 Wrap Up | The month I was too busy to learn anything new!
March 2020 Wrap Up | The month I fought my way out of a reading slump!
April 2020 Wrap Up | The month I read too many books!
May 2020 Wrap Up | The month I didn’t read all the books on my TBR!


How was your May? What books have you read?
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18 thoughts on “May 2020 Wrap Up | The month I didn’t read all the books on my TBR!

  1. Awesome wrap up Alex! May was definitely a helluva month and I totally feel the same even though it was my birthday month (especially with everything that happened in the last week 😔). You totally kicked eARC ass with those seven and you should totally count that towards completing that goal 😉 Haha I also ended up going on NG a few nights ago and ugh, I need to learn to stop myself coz I still have so much and I’m not swinging through them like other people lol hope June continues to be a good month for books! ❤

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  2. You sound so organised! Even with the hay fever and being a bit behind your reading and study goals have some envious 😂 seven ARCs is amazing! I’m a bit behind on mine 🙈 I missed your review for The Winternight Trilogy but will check that out. I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time! Hope you’re enjoying The Toll! – Jen

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    1. Thank you, hun ❤ I definitely don't feel organized right now 😀 when I keep making plans and to-do lists and not making any progress in them. Lol
      I hope June has been good for you so far ❤

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  3. Ah I’m glad to hear you still had a lovely birthday, happy belated birthday!! ❤ I'm sorry to hear Ninth House was a bit disappointing, I feel like this book is either a hit or a miss around the community.
    I hope you'll have a lovely month ❤

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  4. Happy belated birthday!!!! Ive never read any of these books. Ninth House is on my TBR but I’ve heard so many mixed reviews. I’m almost scared to read it D: I need to read Scyth sometime soon, too. It’s been on my shelves for agessss. I hope June is a great month for you, Alex 😀

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    1. Thank you!!! ❤ Yeah, I feel like Ninth House got very mixed reviews, I think if you go into it expecting it to be a little bit daunting and information-heavy you'll be able to enjoy it more. It's definitely very different from other Leigh Bardugo books.

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  5. Um, 7 ARCs is amazing!! You should definitely count that. 😉 And I’ve also found myself on a late-night Netgalley request spree. It happens to all of us. Ha! Lovely wrap-up. ❤

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  6. I really like how you did the little notes for the books you read under Monthly Stats! It’s so cute 😍 Getting distracted from my planned reading (and I say planned reading rather than TBR bc I’m self-aware enough to know that there’s only a 10% chance I’ll stick to it 😂) is my brand 😛

    I can’t remember if I wished you a Happy Birthday for May or not, but I hope you had a wonderful time despite all the current restrictions & I can’t wait to see your Book Haul! 😍

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 I think making these graphics became my favorite part of the wrap up post 😀 I always love how they turn out as well.
      I’m trying to stick to my TBR this month as I have quite a lot of ARCs due in June and July, but maaaaan… it’s difficult! 😀

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