With the arrival of June, it’s time to take a moment to look back on what I read in May. May was an incredibly busy month and I’m honestly surprised I found any time to read. There were some days that the books got ignored, there were just too many other priorities to give them the attention they deserved. However, over the course of the month, I did find time here and there to get some reading done. Some days I only read a chapter and others I was able to sit down for an hour to get a decent chunk read. With each month and every book that I read, I am getting closer to tackling my enormous TBR. In fact, I put a pretty good dent in it over the course of the first year of working on it. This May 2020 reading wrap-up goes over the books I read and my thoughts on them. Hopefully, it will inspire you to read some good books.
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May 2020 reading wrap-up
After reading Three Dark Crowns, I was eager to jump into the next book. However, much like the first novel, this one took me quite a while to get into it. The build-up to the climax was a bit slow but once it happened I was glad that I stuck with it. I am curious as to where this story will go in the future books, so at some point, I will be sure to read them as well.
The final book in the Howls Moving Castle trilogy. I will admit, I wasn’t entirely eager to read this one after the previous novel, but figured with only this one left to finish the series, I might as well go for it. It took me a bit too long to get into the story and even then I feel that it fell a bit flat. Honestly, having now read the trilogy I will say that I much prefer the Studio Ghibli version of this story, as the Howl’s Moving Castle anime is fantastic and brings out the best parts of the entire story.
I loved this volume. It didn’t even matter that I already knew what was going to happen since I have already seen the anime. It was fantastic. I loved seeing how Hachiken has grown more confident in working on a farm. His understanding of where food comes from and how it is raised is a big part of this and I really like that it’s included. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series and relive the story. Highly recommend to those who love manga and farming. This is such an underrated series that I think more people should read it.
Nearly every year I read Black Beauty. It is my favorite classic although it honestly makes me cry every time. This story is so beautifully written even though Beauty must endure so many hardships in order to live out the remainder of his life in peace.
This book contains nine short stories that interconnect into one storyline. As a whole, they are great, with each story being better than the previous one. The only part I didn’t love was the first story. I felt that it introduced too many characters and thrust a random story at the reader that took a bit too long to piece together. After that, I started to truly enjoy the book and by the final story, I was glad I had finally made time to read this book.
May 2020 reading wrap-up stats
- Books read: 5
- Books purchased: 0
- Books purged: 2
- Books DNF’d: 0
Though these are my opinions, please understand that they should not prevent you from reading any of these books. A book that I don’t like could be a book that you end up loving. Always give books a chance.
I’m honestly surprised by how much I got to read this month given how busy I was. I hope you enjoyed my May 2020 reading wrap-up.