May Reading Round-Up


Once again, we are at the end of one month and beginning a new one. May sped by, with changeable weather once again – even frost two days ago. Reading continues to be such a stress-reliever and once again historical romances captured my attention, as well as a rereading of my favourite series – The Others by Anne Bishop.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.

The total read for May was 30 books with the following breakdown:

Fantasy /Paranormal –6

SciFi – 1

Romance – 6

Women’s Fiction – 2

Historical romance – 6

Non-fiction – 4

Poetry – 1

Pix books – 3

MG novels – 1

I continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won) or an e-book. Here’s the breakdown

Library reads – 18                TBR/owned books –5               E-books – 7

I’ve decided to change the order of what I post today – placing favourite books first:

 Favourite Reads

My overall favourite read of the month was The Summer of Lost and Found by Mary Alice Monroe 

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 I enjoyed the historical romances by Grace Burrowes and The Other series by Anne Bishop but will not put them on the list as they would fill it.     

The rest of my top 10 reads:

The Nature Fix by Florence Williams

3 books by T.K Leigh:

The Other Side of Someday,  Dating Games,  Royal Games

The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak

Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Runaway Road by Devney Perry

Sun Kissed by Catherine Anderson


I am participating in quite a few challenges (check here for my list) but I have a few that are my favourites and have done these for a few years. Here are the books read for these challenges:

 POPSUGAR Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)

This month I was only able to read 2 books for the challenge:

#1 – published in 2021 – Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

#29 – set in multiple countries – The Nature Fix by Florence Williams (even tho this was NF, Williams travelled all over the globe to research this amazing book)


52 Books in 52 Weeks

I was only able to read 2 books for this challenge as well:

#22 – a family saga – The Summer of Lost and Found by Mary Alice Monroe 

#29 – the environment – The Nature Fix by Florence Williams


Monthly Key Word Challenge

I used 2 of the key words this month:

AwayRunaway Road by Devney Perry

Book The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak


Monthly Motif

The theme this month was “Middle grade”. I read Zinger in the Woods by M.T. Becker 


Beyond the Bookends

The theme this month was “Faux celebrity”: I read: Royal Games by T. K. Leigh


Looking Ahead to June

 I really need to read more of my own books -I have too many! As this National Indigenous History here in Canada, I plan to read more books by native authors, and I have several on my TBR shelves.


I am linking with the following:

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Monthly Wrap-Up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)


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Best of the Bunch (at A Cocoon of Books)



Inspire Me Monday (at Create with Joy)



18 thoughts on “May Reading Round-Up

  1. Great that Mary Alice Monroe’s book was a top favourite. I loved that Catherine Anderson series as I said another time. I read those when I really am in a slump and want a good story to sink into.

  2. The weather has been atypical here in Texas, too. But we’ve been getting rain almost every day. We’ll probably be wishing for this rain in the middle of summer, but we’re ready for it to stop right now 😉

    I have Act Your Age and Sunkissed on my tbr. 🙂 Happy reading in June!

    • Thanks Dedra. We’re getting rain the next couple of days and then 5 days over 30 (that’s celsius here in Canada) for at least 5 days. Happy reading to you as well.

  3. You read a nice variety of books, Bev! Our weather has been unusual as well with very dry conditions and then we got rain and more rain and now we are getting heat.

    Reading books from my shelves is always a challenge for me. Somehow I would rather browse the shelves of the library and choose what looks interesting. I hope you have luck reading more from your shelves in June!

    • Thanks Gretchen. We are in for a couple of days of rain, then heat, I know what you mean about getting books from the library – I have at least 20 on hold and 20 more out. There are soo many good ones to read – so many recommendations. Happy reading

    • Thanks Nise. Love it when you get caught in an author’s spell and you have to keep reading. Both Burrowes and Bishop are those kind of authors. Enjoy your June reading.

  4. Your favorites of May are all books that are on my ever-growing TBR. I love all the challenges you are doing too to keep your reading genres fresh. We had frost warnings here too in May and now it’s the end of June and I had to wear gloves to go running this morning–craziness!

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