Thursday, May 31, 2018

May 2018 Challenge Update & June TBR

Can you even believe that we are almost half way through 2018?! I have gotten a bit behind on writing reviews but I am really happy with my reading progress, I am either at about halfway or beyond it with all of my challenges.  I am still struggling to read as many books as I bring in, so far this year I have added 103 books but have only read 43 of those (which isn't too bad, almost half) but I have also read 33 books that were already on my shelves and I have unhauled a bunch of books so I think I am still breaking relatively even.

June is starting tomorrow and thus will be kicking off my RI Author Month, I will have new books to share with you from my local authors all month long (posting on Tuesday - Friday and maybe a few Saturdays as well).  I believe this will be my final time putting together the RI Author Month, but more on that next week.  For now lets get into the books I read in May and what I hope to read in June. . .

Children's Book Challenge:
30 - 40 books
20. Shark Lady
21. ABC-3PO
22. Thumbs Up Brown Bear
23. Sunny
24. Tyler's Tall Tales

Early Reader Challenge:
30-40 books
15. Wonders of America: Rocky Mountains
16. Wonders of America: Statue of Liberty

Graphic Novel Challenge:
23-28 books
13.  Sour Grapes

Audio Book Challenge:
28-32 books

Classics Challenge:
5 books (1 re-read)

Series Challenge:
4 full series & 6 duologies
Memoirs of Lady Trent Series (5 books & 1 novella): Book 1Book 2Book 3Book 3.5Book 4Book 5 - COMPLETE
Butler VT/Green Mountain Series (9 books & 2 novellas): (Books 1-3 read in 2017) Book 4Book 4.5Book 5Book 6Book 7Book 8 Book 9 - COMPLETE (currently)
Nevernight Chronicles (2 books so far): Book 1Book 2
Winternight Trilogy (3 books): Book 1Book 2
Unicorn's Secret (8 books): Book 1Book 2Book 3Book 4
Ree Verakai Duology (2 books): Book 1Book 2 - COMPLETE
Ixian Chronicles: Book 1
The Selection Series (5 books & collection of novellas): Book 1Book 2Book 3
Kingdom of Wrenly (13 books so far): Book 1Book 2Book 3Book 4Book 5Book 6Book 7Book 8Book 9Book 10
Compass Boys Series (4 Books): Book 1Book 2Book 3

Requested Reviews:
No more than 25

TBR Challenge:
50-75 books that I already own as of 12/31/2017
30. The Trail
32.  Red Racecar
33. Diapers Daycare and Deadlines

Books Added to Shelves in 2018:
As I read the books I purchase this year I will add a link (I will also note the month they were purchased/ read)
1. Plague of Giants (Jan./April)
2. Moonsilver (Jan./ Jan.)
3. Silver Thread (Jan./Jan.)
4. The Silver Bracelet (Jan./ Jan.)
5. Mountains of the Moon (Jan./ Feb.)
6. Practical Magic (Jan./)
7. I Love My Love (Jan./ Feb.)
9. Gods of the North (Jan./March)
10. We Have Always Lived in a Castle (Jan./)
12. Heart on Fire (Jan./ Jan.)
13.To the Sky Kingdom (Feb./ )
15. Letters from Wolfie (Feb./March )
16. Ketchup Clouds (Feb./ )
17. Dead Man's Walk (Feb./ )
18. Luck Love and Lemon Pie (Feb./ )
19. Beartown (Feb./ )
21. Listen, Slowly (Feb./March) - DNF
22. Ravenous (Feb./ ) - UNHAUL
23. Monstrous (Feb./March )
24. The Astounding Broccoli Boy (Feb./March )
25. Terrier (Feb./ )
26. Lonesome Dove (Feb./ )
27. As Brave as You (Feb./ March )
28. Smuggler's Run (Feb./Feb. )
29. The Lost Stone (Feb./March )
30. The Scarlet Dragon (Feb./ March)
31. Sea Monster (Feb./March )
32. Daughter of the Pirate King (Feb./May )
33. The Wolves of Winter (Feb./ May )
34. Heaven on Earth (Feb./ Feb. )
35. Into the Fire (Feb./ March)
36. Still Waters (Feb./April )
37. Red Sister (March/March)
38. Reflections of Yesterday (March/)
39. Sleeping Giants (March/May)
40. Heir to the Jedi (March/April)
41. Jedi Search (March/)
42. Heart of Iron (March/April)
43. Here Comes the Sun (March/April)
44. Hermes: Tales of the Trickster (March/ March)
45. The Witches Curse (March/March)
46. Emma's Dream (March/May)
47. Eko (March/)
48. Star Wars: Moving Target (March/May)
49. Caging Merrow (March/)
50. The Fifth Season (March/)
51. His Dark Endeavor (March/)
52. The Traveling Cat Chronicles (March/)
53. Greedy Pigs (March/)
54. Lustlocked (March/)
55. Black Powder War (March/)
56. Throne of Jade (March/)
57. The Scandalous Mackenzies (March/)
58. The Stolen Mackenzie Bride (March/)
59. The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (March/)
60. Lady Castle (March/May)
61. Frankenstein Alive, Alive (March/)
62. Frankenstein Alive Alive Trio (March/)
63. Long Walk to Valhalla (March/April)
64. Hard to Serve (March/)
65. Mastering Her Senses (March/)
66. Theirs to Take (March/)
67. The Sapphire Affair (March/May)
68. The Joy of Less (April/May)
69. Nightblade's Vengeance (April/)
70. Circe (April/ May) *
71. Tomorrowland (April/)
72. The Wolf (April/)
73. My Lady's Choosing (April/)
74. Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death (April/May)
75. Sky in the Deep (April/April)
76. Beyond the Darkened Shore (April/)
77. Defiant Heir (April/)
78. True North (May/)
79. The Sorting Room (May/ )
80. Lost Stars (May/ )
81. Down Among the Sticks and Bones (May/)
82. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day (May/)
83. Frankenstein Dreams (May/)
84. The Belgaraid (May/)
85. The Rhode Island Short Story Club presents The Club (May/)
86. Death Sworn (May/)
87. Sherlock Holmes and the Army of Dr. Moreau (May/)
88. A Court of Frost and Starlight (May/May)
89. Prince of Persia (May/)
90. Zenith (May/ )
91. In the Heart of the Sea (May/ )
92. The Queen of Sorrow (May/ )
93. I Capture the Castle (May/)
94. Cruel Prince (May/)
95. Onyx & Ivory (May/)
96. Princesses Behaving Badly (May/)
97. Fight for Everything (May/)
98. Catching Stars (May/)
99. Light as Air (May/)
100. Marriage Arrangement (May/May) *
101. Furyborn (May/)
102. Sweet Tea & Sympathy (May/)
103. Half Drowned King (May/)

March Reading Stats:
I read a total of 36 books this month
4,313 pages read and 1 days, 21 hours and 7 minutes of listening

Resolutions Check in:
1. Read Less Books: I read 36 books in the month of May this year, I don't have an exact count from last year but I know it was a pretty slow reading month so I think I read more this year. 
2. Be More aware while reading: I haven't been very good about marking quotes or making notes while reading this month, but I did take a lot of notes on one book - CHECK
3. Read More Chunky Books (12 books over 450 pages in 2018): I have managed to get myself back on track with reading at least one chunky book each month, I read one over 450 pages this month! - CHECK
4. Use Library & Overdrive more: I again borrowed 3 books I don't own! I have of course continued to use it for multiple formats as well - CHECK
5. Purge & Re-organize shelves: I pulled another 4 books off my shelves that were duplicate copies and unhauled another 3, not as successful as previous months but it is a work in progress - CHECK


I did a fairly decent job reading books on my TBR last month, but did get distracted a couple of times.  I know I am now heading into my busiest time of year but there are still so many books I want to read. Especially since so many new books are coming in right now with May and June releases. I also have a bunch of re-reads I want to get done so I am fresh for the newest releases coming out.  I do hope to also finish a couple of my challenges this month.

Eko by Loren Walker *Currently Reading
Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester
Mask of Shadows and Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller
Books 1-5 of the Sin du Jour Series by Matt Wallace
My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran
Light as Air by Mari Carr
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
House of Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory
Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
An Ember in the AshesA Torch Against the Night and A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Traitor's Blade by Sebastian de Castell

Do you tend to read more or less when it warms up outside? How do you make sure you get reading time during vacations?


  1. I think it looks like you’re doing good. I don’t think my reading numbers change much whether it’s hot or cold but I do love a good book by the pool.

    1. I definitely read more in the cold months, mainly because as it warms up my schedule also seems to get busier. Though I really do love being able to read out in the sunshine. I love that swing you have set up by the pool, I would never want to leave that spot!