May 2020 Wrap Up

I read a whopping TWENTY-THREE BOOKS in May! That is 10 more books than I read last month (which was previously my highest monthly total this year)! The biggest difference is that I finally figured out how to fit audiobooks back into my stay-at-home life. In May, I finished 7 physical books, 8 ebooks, and 8 audiobooks.


Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff ☆☆☆☆1/2
The Hairbrush and the Shoe by Jeanne D. Stanton ☆☆☆☆
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆☆
The Historical Chronicles of Elinor Sturgeon and the Last Human Colony by R.T. Kilgore
The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renée Ahdieh ☆☆☆☆☆
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes ☆☆☆☆1/2
Dark Shores (Dark Shores #1) by Danielle L. Jensen ☆☆☆☆


Dark Skies [ARC] (Dark Shores #2) by Danielle L. Jensen ☆☆☆☆☆
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples ☆☆☆☆☆
Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples ☆☆☆☆☆
Saga, Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples ☆☆☆☆☆
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie ☆☆☆☆☆
Live Like Legends [ARC] by Kate Cornell ☆☆☆
Where There Be Humans [ARC] by Rebekah L. Purdy ☆☆1/2


The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase #2) by Rick Riordan ☆☆☆☆
The Friend Zone (The Friend Zone #1) by Abby Jimenez ☆☆☆☆☆
The Happy Ever After Playlist [ALC] (The Friend Zone #2) by Abby Jimenez ☆☆☆☆☆
The Kingdom of Liars [ALC] (The Legacy of the Mercenary King #1) by Nick Martell ☆☆
Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ☆☆☆☆☆
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase #3) by Rick Riordan ☆☆☆☆
All Adults Here [ALC] by Emma Straub ☆☆☆
Ahsoka (Star Wars) by E.K. Johnston ☆☆☆☆


At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 75 books: 70/75 …I think it’s time to officially increase my goal to 100

Explore more genres: paranormal nonfiction (The Hairbrush and the Shoe), historical fiction (The Giver of Stars); I took a break from thrillers, but I read a TON of fantasy to make up for it

Buy fewer books: I bought more books than I care to admit in May…staying at home is hard without new books! (even if I already had plenty of books to read)

Finish more series: I finished the Magnus Chase series, and I caught up on Saga, Dark Shores, and the Aurora Cycle

Reread more: no rereads this month

Read at least two classics: 1/2 …I finally read one! And Then There Were None

Read one graphic novel each month: Saga Vols. 7-9, Understanding Comics

I am very excited that I finished so many books in May, and now that I am officially on summer break, I anticipated even more reading time in June. However, looking over the books I finished, I notice an overwhelming lack of diverse authors. When the book I read that featured the most diverse cast of characters was written by a straight, white man, I know I can do better. Going forward, I will be making a conscious effort to read more POC authors, particularly Black authors. I will be foregoing my book buying ban again in June so I can add more diverse reads to my shelf, but I know it’s worth it to support diverse voices.

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in May?

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

4 thoughts on “May 2020 Wrap Up”

  1. Wow congrats on a great reading month! I’ve never actually read a vampire book before. Would you recommend I start with Crave or Beautiful? Also if you want some diverse recs, some of my recent favorites are When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

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    1. Thank you for the recs! It depends on what you’re looking for in a vampire book and what else you like to read. The Beautiful is historical fantasy/mystery and the vampire lore doesn’t play a huge role in the story until later on. Crave is contemporary at a boarding school setting with multiple paranormal creatures.


  2. Look at you!! You are a success story when it comes to audiobooks!!! So happy you found a way to include them into your daily life. 😀

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