May has been a bit of a crazy month. I decided to combine my monthly Book Haul and wrap up posts because otherwise my usual ‘Recapping Reads’ post would probably look exactly like April’s. Somehow I only read 1 book in all of this month, and that was a book of poetry that took me a single evening (at work, no less). Everything else I was reading at the start of this month I’m still reading now. Life has just been busy this month and though it feels like I have done quite a bit of reading, I still didn’t manage to finish anything. This is one of the downsides of reading to many books at once – it takes you longer to finish any of them.
So, if you take a look at my April Recapping Reads, you’ll pretty much find everything there (except books read) is the same. I’m sticking with the same to read list for now too (though I’m working on coming up with a few new titles to add for my Summer Reading list).
The only book I actually read and finished this month was Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I do not feel at all qualified to review poetry, but hopefully I’ll have some thoughts posted by next week.
Remember last month when I said I wouldn’t buy any books in May? Well I almost stuck to that. Aside from Milk and Honey (not pictured) the only other books I purchased were at a library book sale, and I didn’t even pay for them – my boyfriend did. And we got all 7 of these books for only $3.50, so I’d say we made out pretty well. I had told myself this was my reward for being good and not buying any books earlier in the month. Now let’s see if I can make it through all of June without buying any. Baby steps!
Unfortunately most of these books will probably just get added to my TBR list and not read immediately (as usually happens with books I get at book sales), though I do hope to get to The Handmaid’s Tale at some point this summer. Most of these are either books that have been on my reading list for a long time, or just books that I’ve been curious about for a while.
As I’m sure all book bloggers are aware, May was also BEA month. I unfortunately did not make it (again) but one of my managers at the bookstore did and was kind enough to pick up some ARCs for me while he was there.
This stack I’m going to try to get through by the end of the summer – especially the first five books, because I’m excited about all of them. Of those, I am probably the most excited about A Hundred Thousand Worlds and The Fifth Petal (I loved Barry’s The Lace Reader). I know very little about the other three, though Mischling in particular sounded interesting (possibly dark, but interesting).
I did not make any ebook purchases this month, but I did receive permission for an eARC of Gaslight and Grimm a collection of Steampunk Fairytales that a friend has a story in, along with some other great scifi/fantasy authors. I haven’t started reading yet, but I’m sture it’s going to be a good read and will recommend it already.
So there is my month in review. Hopefully June will be a little more successful when it comes to actually finishing some of the books I’ve started. As much as I’m enjoying what I’m reading right now, I can’t wait to move onto some of the other books on my list!
Remember last month when I promised not to buy any new books in April? Yeah … about that. I definitely failed. Although, I can say that I didn’t buy as many books as I did in March. So that’s progress, right? We’ll see if I can do better in May. I already bought my book club books for the month, so there shouldn’t be anything that I have to buy.
My goal for May is to not buy any books at all (unless they’re gifts for someone else). That way, I’m not adding to my TBR pile and perhaps I’ll actually get some of these read in a decent time frame. We’re almost a week into the May and so far I’ve managed to resist, though I nearly cried when I realized one of my favorite library sales happens this month … maybe I could make an exception?
- An Outsider in the White House by Bernie Sanders with Hank Gutman – I wanted to read books by each of the two Democratic candidates before Primary Day in PA.
- Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Michelle Rhodes – One of my managers loves this series and recommended it to me.
- The Last Letter From Your Lover by JoJo Moyes – Ever since reading Me Before You I’ve wanted to read more of her books.
- Wool by Hugh Howey – This is the June selection for Watch the Skies.
- The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson – This is the May selection for Our Shared Shelf.
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I’ve been hearing a lot about this book lately and have gotten really curious. Plus, one of my coworkers says it’s incredible.
ARCs, Finished Copies, and other miscellaneous free books:
- Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger – This sounded really interesting, (And it came with coasters!)
- Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch – A YA novel that caught my interest one day.
- All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker – This just sounded interesting.
- The After Party by Anton DiSclafani – My manager handed this to me one day. It sounds like it could be interesting.
- The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood was one of my favorite reads of last summer. I cannot wait to start this one.
- Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederik Backman – I’ve been hearing a lot about Backman all of a sudden and all his novels sound charming. I’m looking forward to reading this.
I only purchased one eBook this month, but did receive approval for a couple eARCs
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (purchased) – I haven’t seen the TED Talk, but since I’ve been reading a lot of feminist literature lately, this caught my interest.
- The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North (eARC) – I am so excited about this ARC! I loved her first two novels (which aren’t really her first two, just the first two published under this name) and so far I’m really enjoying this one as well.
- The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (eARC) – This sounded really interesting, and it’s described as Doctor Who with librarian spies. How could I resist?
A couple weeks ago my boyfriend commented on how someone should really find a way to prevent me from buying more books until I get through some of the books sitting in the many piles in my room. He’s not wrong. I have so many books in my TBR piles that one would think it’d be easy to just focus on reading all those instead of buying more books (At my average pace it would probably take me 2-3 years to read all those books, if I only read those books). Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) a bibliophile does not think that way and despite my budget restrictions I still managed to add more books (many more) to my collection this month. (Please nobody tell him about this blog post!)
The one restriction I have tried to place on myself is to only buy books that I’m pretty sure I’ll read either immediately or very shortly after I purchase them. They’re all going straight onto my immediate TBR list. Hopefully this will help me be more discerning when it comes to buying books. I have managed to read more than half of the books in my February Book Haul, so maybe this plan is working.
After seeing how long this list is, my new goal for April is to try not to buy ANY new books. And no, that is not an April Fools’ Joke (though it probably should be). Feel free to remind me of this statement when I post my Book Haul at the end of the month.
But enough rambling. Here are the books I couldn’t resist in March (along with a couple ARCs and finished copies I received):
- The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston – I helped a customer look for this book and it sounded really interesting, so I couldn’t resist picking up a copy.
- All About Love by bell hooks – This was the March reading selection for Emma Watson’s book club. I’ve already finished it and really loved it. My review will probably be coming next week.
- Scarlet (A Lunar Chronicles Novel) by Marissa Meyer – I held off so long on reading this series and ended up loving Cinder. Now I can’t wait to read the next book.
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – I find this girl and her story fascinating. I can’t wait to learn more about her.
- Moving Beyond Words and Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem – After reading Steinem’s latest book back in January I’ve been wanting to read more of her writing. I finally went ahead and ordered used copies of these from Amazon.
- It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis – I’ve been hearing a lot of comparisons between this book and the current political climate here in the US so my curiosity got the best of me and I had to get a copy.
- How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran – This is the April book for Our Shared Shelf and I’m about a quarter of the way into it. Moran is straightforward, blunt, and hilarious. I’m really enjoying this so far.
ARCs, Finished Copies, and other miscellaneous free books:
- The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin – I had thought this book sounded interesting, so I was more than happy to claim the free finished copy that was sent to the bookstore where I work.
- The Progeny by Tosca Lee – One of my managers gave me this ARC and it sounds like an interesting novel.
- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – I started losing interest in the Shadowhunters during the second modern day trilogy, but I’m hoping this restores my love for this world.
- Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay – One of my coworkers thought I might like this book, so when I saw a decent copy in the free bin at a local used bookstore I had to grab it.
- The Blue Bath by Mary Waters-Sayer – This sounds interesting and it takes place in London and Paris. It’s not really my typical genre, but I’m learning that books can surprise me when I’m willing to branch out and try something new.
- I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh – This is apparently already a bestseller in the UK and will be released in the US in May.
- Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – My former elementary school librarian (whom originally recommended The Martian to me) told me I had to read this book, so I purchased it for my Kindle when it was discounted one day.
My budget has been extremely tight lately, so I’ve been trying very hard not to spend a lot of money on books, but as you can probably surmise that’s not easy for me. I was doing fairly well, then in the past week alone I’ve bought five new books that will be added to my TBR pile (like I need any more books for my TBR pile). My one consolation is that nearly every book on this list was purchased either as a bargain book or used.
Here is my overall book haul for the month of February (as usual, I managed to buy more books than I actually read this month):
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker – The February read for Emma Watson’s book club.
- Twisted Sisters by Jennifer Lancaster – The only book by Lancaster I have not yet read.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – The April read for my scifi/fantasy book club.
- Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – I’ve been told so many times I need to read this.
- Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – I wasn’t thrilled by the first book, but am still curious about the series.
- The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle – It’s a classic and I feel I need to read it.
- Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – I’ve been hearing a lot about this novel lately and was curious.
One of my goals for 2016 is to only buy books that I’m going to read right away, so hopefully I get through this stack quickly (though only three are on my current reads and/or TBR list for March. We’ll see what I accomplish. Which ones interest you most out of this stack? What books have you recently picked up and can’t wait to read?