May Reading Summary

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Our flowers have definitely started to bloom. And June is soon here.
It’s that time to share what I have been reading this past month. I did not have as much variety in my reading this past month, not even reading any picture books. The total read for may was 24 books) with the following breakdown:

Fantasy –4
Historical – 1

Romance –10
Women’s Fiction – 3
Classics – 1
YA – 1
Memoir -1
Mystery –1
Inspirational – 2

Diverse books – 2

I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 16
TBR books –2
e-books – 4
Charity reads – 1 (= $2 donated to St. Vincent De Paul)

Books won – 1



I had planned as well to do a separate post for my Jane Austen Reading Challenge, but for now, I will post it here:
I finally (!) read Persuasion.

I also read these Austen :

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay


Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
13. Book published posthumously: Persuasion by Jane Austen
38. Book based on a true story: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Adv. 6: Book with unusual Chapters:  Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

 52 Books in 52 Weeks
31. Book everyone’s talking about: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

 Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I chose this month was “You”

Unforgettable You by Brenda Novak

Tangled Up in You by Samantha Chase

 Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “One sitting reads”.

A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

Save the Date by Susan Hatler

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was history and biography

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

  Just One More Pa(i)ge

The theme was Asian pacific Heritage Month

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Connect Five
I will now be posting a separate post on any Connect Five books I read each month. My latest:  “List” in the title can be found here.

Favourite Books Read This Month
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.

Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

Lavender Blue by Donna Kaufman

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

Tangled Up in You by Samantha Chase

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S, Sharma

The book that moved me the most, was most disturbing but so informative was:


How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee – a book about the “comfort women”, held against their will by the Japanese troops during WWII. So powerful!


June Goals
I hope to read more MG and YA novels this month as well as reading more books on my TBR shelves.

I plan to take part in 2 more challenges, which are running for the summer months only:

Summer Reading Challenge 2019 at the Messy Middle (Jun. 1 – Aug. 16)

2019 Summer reading Challenge at Early Bird Books  (May 27-Sept. 2)

There is another challenge as well, that runs from July 1- Oct. 31)

Book Challenge by Erin


I am linking with the following:


Monthly Wrap-up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)



Best of the Bunch (at a Cocoon of Books)


Monthly Review





10 thoughts on “May Reading Summary

  1. You sure read a lot of books – some I’ve read and enjoyed. I read Persuasion by listening to it on audio last year and found that was a good way to go. Lot of library love going on.

    • Thanks Kathryn. I love our local library. I can order books online and then pick them a day or so later. It does help that I am retired! makes up for all the years i hardly read anything not school related.

      • Bev I love our library online ordering too, except when too many come in together and I get a bit swamped. Yes I am retired too and it does help indeed!

  2. I know what you mean kathryn. Right now I have 40 books out from the library – I had so many recommended books I kept ordering and then all of a sudden they all arrived together!

  3. Great mix of books and genres! And so many!! I want to read The Bride Test as I’ve heard great reviews. I’m reading mostly YA and MG, although I branched out in May and read and loved Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune.

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