Wrap Up: May 2018 or Finally.

I had a really good reading month, especially compared with the last two. I read 10 books which I mostly enjoyed.

Books read in April:

  1. An Abbrevitaed Life by Ariel Leve: 2,5 out of 5 stars
  2. Not That Bad eNotificationsdited by Roxane Gay: 5 out of 5 stars
  3. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh: 4 out of 5 stars
  4. Florida by Lauren Groff: 4 out of 5 stars
  5. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: 3 out of 5 stars
  6. The White Book by Han Kang: 4 out of 5 stars
  7. Women & Power by Mary Beard: 3 out of 5 stars
  8. Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells: 4 out of 5 stars
  9. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferries: 4 out of 5 stars
  10. Caliban’s War (The Expanse #2) by James S. A. Corey: 3 out of 5 stars

I also DNFed Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang, a book I had been looking forward to for ages but could not get on board with (I found the stories mean-spirited, one-note, and unpleasant in an unkind way).

Favourite of the month:

Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay; there is no question about this. I found it important, moving, exhausting, brilliantly written, and just necessary.

I also really enjoyed Florida, The Water Cure, and My Favorite Thing is Monsters; three very different but wonderful books.


I finished ten books with 3121 pages. Of these ten books, eight were written by women, one by men, and one was an anthology. I read four non-fiction books and six fiction. Of these six fiction books two were science fiction, one was fantasy, one a general fiction short story collection, one a literary fiction novel with (maybe?) dystopian elements, and one was a graphic novel with both noir and horror elements.

How did I do with my TBR:

I read four books of my TBR and finished three books I had started last month. I think this was the last month I set myself a TBR though because it is just not working for me at all. I love reading other people’s TBR and I love creating a TBR but I am too much of a mood reader for it. I have started feeling guilty about ignoring books on my TBR and that just is not helpful.

I might do more short term TBRs, for weekends say or bank holidays, and I will continue to write up the ARCs I still need to get to. I am also thinking of choosing a book a month of my shelves by reading the first chapter of a few (like I did a couple of days ago when I picked number9dream).

Currently reading:

Most of the books I am currently reading are stressful and/or infuriating . I really need to read something light and fluffy. But I am not sure I own all that many light and fluffy books. Also my Kindle died yesterday, and all the fluffy books I owned, were on there (I don’t know what that says about me).

(Some of the) Blog posts I loved:

Steph’s wrap up for the month of April is well worth reading.

What’s Non Fiction’s review of Chasing Hilary Clinton is so very thoroughand SO worth your read.

Wendy’s blog features twice this month: I loved both her review of Her Body and Other Parties and her recommendations for non-fiction books.

Speaking of recommendations, Callum is back with another brilliant set, this time for dystopian fiction.

Rachel wrote a super interesting discussion post on why she personally does not DNF.

Laura wrote an absolutely brilliant review on a book I am super interested it: Eloquent Rage.

How was your reading month? What was your favourite book?

15 thoughts on “Wrap Up: May 2018 or Finally.

  1. Great wrap-up! It’s always so inspirational because I try to get more into non-fiction books and sometimes I just have no idea where to start. So thanks.
    Plus, I’m so looking forward to your review of It. I’ve been listening to it since December 2017 and still haven’t finished it, because it gives me headaches for various reasons. So I’m curious what you’re going to say about it as it’s another of those controversial hate or love books.

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    1. Thank you!
      I am getting more and more into non-fiction. It took me a while to figure out which kind I really enjoy the most.
      It is currently driving me up the walls. I am not a fan of Stephen King’s portrayal of women.. or his excessive use of slurs. And it is so long. But, I am determined to finish it at some point.


    1. Yes! My reading mood is finally back!
      I put down Red Clocks a month ago and still haven’t picked it back up.. it’s ok but not amazing. I will try and finish it though because parts are really well done. Educated is ok so far. I think my hopes were too high for this though.

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      1. I’m so burned out with dystopias in general, even feminist ones, the summary has to really grab me like The Water Cure to get me excited about them. I’ll probably pass on Red Clocks if you’re not loving it, I don’t think any of my friends have been too excited about it. I know Mercedes on booktube loved it but I always want my tastes to align with hers more than they actually do. And I’ll try to keep my expectations reasonable for Educated, but the premise sounds fascinating.

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      2. Yes! So many dystopias. And often very one-note, I find. I absolutely agree with your assessment of Mercedes’ taset. i LOVE her channel, and the books always sound interesting, but I tend to not love the books she loves all that much.

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      3. Oh, that’s a good question. And I am totally drawing a blank. Maybe Emily @ Possibly Literate? She is the only one that comes to mind that seems to jump between genres as much as I do. And the books we have both read, we tend to agree on. I get most jealous watching Thomas @ SFF180 because he receives all the new SFF books I want to own immediately.

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      4. I’ve never watched either of them but I’ll look them up! Ugh, the ARC envy while watching booktube is so real. Whenever they’re sent these like random republished editions of classics with gorgeous covers I’m like this just isn’t fair!!!!


      5. Yes! Those videos are the worst. I get the feeling that the UK publishers are a lot nicer about sending out ARCs to smaller Booktubers though (also, since I have changed to the UK publishers I have gotten THE nicest mails thanking me for my reviews.).

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