Bookish Reflections – May 2019

A monthly round up of all things bookish at Sammi Loves Books…It’s my attempt at becoming more accountable in my reading and reviewing habits…


In a nutshell

A so-so month all round.  Having five reviews written and posted is always good, especially when they were all on my read and review goal list set at the start of the month.  I did acquire another six books this month, without rehoming any.  On the upside, four out of the six are from series I’m already reading, and one was a present.  So although it looks bad, it’s not as bad as it could be…and I think that sums everything up, book wise.

It was lovely to post another Afternoon Tea author interview.  Olga Godim’s answers were really interesting to read, so I thank her once again for joining in.  If anyone else wants to be part of the interview series, check out this post.

Books I’ve reviewed

Other Book-Related Posts

Favourite read(s) of the month

  • Death at Bishop’s Keep by Robin Paige
  • Njal’s Saga, translated and edited by Robert Cook

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • Murder in the Afternoon by Frances Brody
  • Death in the Stars by Frances Brody
  • Death of a Busybody by Geogre Bellairs
  • The Lake District Murder by John Bude
  • A Brief History of Atlantis by Stephen P. Kershaw
  • 1588 A Calendar of Crime by Shirley McKay

Books I’ve downloaded

  • None – I suppose that makes up for the “real” books I bought… :-/

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • I’ve been absent from Wattpad for most of this month

May’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • Warriors of the Tempest by Stan Nicholls
  • Death at Bishop’s Keep by Robin Paige
  • Njal’s Saga – traditional Icelandic story
  • The Taking by Stan Nicholls – short story
  • The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon

* Light blue = review posted | Blue = review not posted | Black = did not read / review

What I’m reading and reviewing in June

  • Death at Gallow’s Green by Robin Paige (currently reading)
  • Pendulum by Adam Hamdy (read, awaiting review)
  • Master and God by Lindsey Davis (currently reading)

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal is 40.  I’ve read 20.  50% complete.  4 books ahead of schedule. Yay!

Other reads (books not on Goodreads): 2

  • They Never Get Caught by Margery Allingham
  • The Taking by Stan Nicholls

Total books read so far this year: 22

Sammi Loves Books Reading Challenge 2019

I’ve completed the following challenges from the list this month:

  • 8: A book you would class as an educational read – Njal’s Saga, translated and edited by Robert Cook

Total challenges complete: 6 / 20

You can find the complete list of challenges here.

A to Z Review Index Challenge

  • None this month – Still the letter “I” to go.

Challenge status: 1 / 2

Read, Review, Rehome

Goal: 20 | Total so far: 9 / 20

  • None this month.  Sigh…

9 thoughts on “Bookish Reflections – May 2019

  1. You are so methodical, it’s impressive. I note your intention to read/review Master and God by Lindsey Davis, look forward to that. I’ve lost track of which Davis books I’ve read, but this one doesn’t ring any bells.
    I hold up my hands in shame: I downloaded the first of the Orcs books, but then got led into a book by Lindsay Buroker, being a bit of a fan.
    BTW: Great post.

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    • I’m such a forgetful scatterbrain that I have to force myself to be methodical so I can keep track of everything 😀 Lists, lists and more lists…I have them everywhere in an attempt to try and get focused and organised…

      Master and God had bypassed me too, probably because it’s not a Falco book. I didn’t know about it until I stumbled across it on a shelf in a charity bookshop. I’m almost halfway through it, and although it wasn’t what I expected, I’m really enjoying it.

      I totally understand. I love how you say, ‘then got led into a book by Lindsay Buroker’ 🙂 I’ve not come across this author before, so will investigate…

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  2. So much to keep track of, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed just looking at all you’re doing! Good on you for finishing the reviews for all the books you had planned for this month. I’ve been doing a *little* more reading this month than last, but stopping to do the reviews is really throwing me off. I bought four books in May and read six, which is inching ahead but not by much. It really shouldn’t be so hard to just *not* buy books (temporarily, I mean), so why is it?!? Well, one of those books I read right away and was my favorite book of the year, so I can’t be sorry.

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