May Wrap Up & June TBR

This year is STILL all about knocking books off that ever-growing TBR pile. At least, in theory. It does, however, seem that I am NOT doing a very good job because I keep acquiring more books and not reading the ones I already own.

So, I’ve decided to take some drastic measures.

The Plan:

  1. Book buying ban for the remainder of the year (the library is your friend)
  2. Unhaul unread monthly TBR

May Book Haul

I’ve actually been really good about not buying books. The only book I bought in May was a cookbook and I’m sad to report, I wish I hadn’t.

I didn’t read that much in May. I got stuck on my DNF’s and I’m such a (as I like to say) monogamous reader, that books I’m not enjoying not only slow me down but can bring my reading to a grinding halt. Which is what happened in May.

Read in May

  1. Exhalation by Ted Chiang
  2. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

DNF’d in May

  • The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  • The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

Challenge Progress

Let’s talk reading challenges. I suck at them, but I keep trying in hopes of one day completing at least one of them.

One of my May challenges was The Classics Club Spin #20. I was excited when the spin number came back and I was to read C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters & The Problem of Pain, but O Lordy (no pun intended) I could not get into them. They tanked like a lead balloon.

By the Numbers

Back to Classics: 0
Beat the Blacklist: 0
Classics Club: 0
Reading Women: 1
TBR Pile Challenge: 0
State of the ARC: 1

Books Read in April: 2
Pages Read in April: 480

Books Read YTD: 9
Pages Read YTD: 1987

June TBR

I’m back to doing TBRs, at least for now. However, they will be much more fluid, so if I don’t feel like reading a particular book I’m not going to force myself to. Perhaps I should call it the Loosey Goosey TBR.

Since June is Pride Month, I’ve decided to focus my reading on books written by LGBTQIA+ authors and/or have LGBTQIA+ main character rep. So, far I’ve read the graphic novel Bingo Love and you can find my review HERE.


State of the ARC challenge

NOTE: In my 20 Books of Summer post I included  Less by Andrew Sean Greer as part of my Pride Month TBR, well, I’m not going to have an opportunity to read it. 😞 I need to read an ARC for the State of the ARC challenge.

Coming in June

I don’t know. I didn’t write the Discussion or Review posts I planned for May.

My Most Anticipated Releases in June


3 thoughts on “May Wrap Up & June TBR

  1. Sammie @ The Writerly Way June 20, 2019 / 3:45 pm

    Book buying ban for the rest of the *year*? 😮 That sounds like my nightmare, but I applaud your restraint! It sounds like a good idea (and goodness knows I have so many books to catch up on), but I don’t think I have that kind of strength haha. I love the name Loosey Goosey TBR! Sounds perfect.


  2. Laila@BigReadingLife June 13, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    Challenges are hard! Good for you for trying again though. I’ve abandoned the #UnreadShelfProject for 2019. It turns out (and I suspected it) that I just don’t like *having* to read anything… I’m a ridiculous mood reader and even if they are books I choose and want to read, just having the list or the prompt for the month makes me not want to read them! It’s so strange but it’s true. Anyway, good luck with your book buying ban!

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    • The Broken Spine June 13, 2019 / 9:54 pm

      I’m the same way, but for some reason the Reading Women Challenge is proving to be easy. I guess because the prompts are something like: Read a thriller written by a POC woman. And it’s pretty loosey goosey. You don’t have to tic all the prompt boxes and some are up for interpretation. For example there’s a prompt about reading a book set in Appalachia. Well, I don’t have anything, but apparently The Hinger Games has tha Appalachia feel. So there you have it.

      And my book buying ban crashed and burned with employee appreciation week. I didn’t go crazy, but I did buy a little more than I should have.

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