May 2020 Reading Wrap Up

May 31, 2020

May 2020 Reading Wrap Up

May Reading Wrap Up (collage of book covers)

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

What Was Your Favorite May Read?

May was a better reading month than March and April with six four-star reads, and four three-star reads. No DNFs for the win! I read a total of ten books (41 for the year) which puts me right on pace to meet my year-end challenge of 100 books.

Find all my May reads listed below in order of Star Rating and preference. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books I may or may not have finished but they were not for me. One star reads are usually shelved as DNF or perhaps quickly scanned.

Under COVID-19 conditions, I hope that you’re all doing well and staying safe!

My favorite fiction read of the month is Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo for its poignant themes and beautiful writing.

Did we read any of the same books?

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.

 Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

4.5 Stars. Contemporary YA Fiction. Poignant themes of found family, loss of a parent, grief, and siblings. My full review here.

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

4 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. 1945 post WW11 England. My full review here.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

4 Stars. Contemporary YA Fiction. Innocent and sweet romance and a twitter war in this “You’ve Got Mail meets Tell Me Three Things meets With the Fire on High” story. My full review here.

Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman

4 Stars. (ARC) WW11 Historical Fiction with a generous side of “cowboy romance.” My full review here.

Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel

 4 Stars. Self Help Nonfiction. Practical tips and helpful reflections on decision making. Not yet reviewed.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

4 Stars. MG Graphic Novel, Contemporary Fiction. Roller Derby, competition, and friendship. Not reviewed.

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

3.5 Stars. Contemporary Women’s Fiction. A poignant story of healing and second chances. Not reviewed.

Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay

3.5 Stars. (ARC). Contemporary Women’s Fiction (uplit). A follow up to The Printed Letter Bookshop. Cozy small-town setting. My full review here.

The Summer House by Lauren K Denton

3.5 Stars. (ARC). Contemporary Women’s Fiction (uplit). Romance and second chances. My full review here.

The Staycation by Michele Gorman

3.5 Stars. (ARC). Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Complicated family dynamics and self-discovery. My Goodreads review here.


What did you read in May? Did you have a favorite?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?


On the Blog in May:

Blog Challenge 2020: May
Tweet Cute
Wait Till Next Year
Ten Favorite Book Quotes
Clap When You Land
Ginny Moon
10 Reasons Why I Love Middle-Grade Books
And They Called It Camelot
Of Literature and Lattes
Ten Book Recommendations for Mom
Book Titles For Teacher Appreciation Week
#6Degrees of Separation
Sea Wife

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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    • That was my experience in March and April…..for May I read some lighter reads (4 chick lit), 1 easy skimmable NF, 2 YA, and 1 MG.

  1. Wow I’m so glad you had such a fantastic reading month, yay! I’m so curious about Clap When You Land, happy you enjoyed it 😀

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