Bookish Reflections – May and June 2021

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…


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In a nutshell

I feel like I’m pretty behind with all my self-set reading goals this year. Sigh. Yet, I am making good progress on catching up, with six reviews posted over the past two months. The problem I’m having is that I don’t seem to have as much time to read as I once had, yet where it’s gone I couldn’t tell you. This does not help me read, review and rehome the far-too-many books I have in my house, so this is something I am going to have to work on. I’ve also managed to give individual posts for the handful of titles I reviewed as part of my failed attempt at speed reviewing…

July is Indie Only Month at Sammi Loves Books, so if there are any indie authors, be they fiction writers or poets, who would like to see their work reviewed on this site, please feel free to reach out to me.  You can find out about my review policy and FAQs here.  Just ignore the bit that says closed to reviews, as I am only open to Indie Authors at this time.

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Books I’ve Read and Reviewed

Other Book-Related Posts

This month, I’ve been back through my reading round-up posts, to post Quick Reviews of individual title, which seems to be a better format for my shorter book thoughts:

Favourite Read(s) of The Month

  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Books I’ve Bought or Been Given

  • Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear
  • The Illustrated Odyssey by E. V. Rieu

Books I’ve Downloaded

  • None – woohoo!

What I’ve Been Reading on Wattpad

  • Progressive Dinner Deadly by Elizabeth Spann Craig

May and June’s “Read and Review” Goals

  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Death in Captivity by Michael Gilbert (read, awaiting review)
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  • Sign of The Cross by Chris Kuzneski

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

What I’m reading and reviewing in July

  • Progressive Dinner Deadly by Elizabeth Spann Craig (currently reading)
  • And that’s all I’ve decided so far…

The Very Informal Classic Reads Book Club Challenge 2021

  • January’s Book – The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells – Read and reviewed!
  • February’s Book – Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon – Read and reviewed!
  • March’s Book – Last of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper – Read and reviewed!
  • April’s Book – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Currently Reading
  • May’s book – David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – Not started yet
  • June’s book – Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – Not started yet
  • Next month’s book – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – Not started yet

Basic Book Review Challenge 2021

To read (at least) one book a week, to reach a target of 60 over the course of the year, with the aim of posting a review for some of them.

  • Month started at: 7 / 60
  • Month finished at: 13 / 60

Sammi Loves Books Reading Challenge 2019

I’m revisiting this challenge I started in 2019, to complete the challenges I missed. I’ve completed the following challenges from the list this month:

  • none
  • Total challenges completed in 2019: 8 / 20
  • Total challenges completed in 2020: 9 / 12
  • Total challenges completed in 2021: 0 / 3
  • Total: 16 / 20
  • You can find the complete list of challenges here.

Read, Rate, Review, Rehome

Goal: 35 | Total so far: 9 / 35

  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  • Sign of the Cross by Chris Kuzneski
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Note: I’ve actually far-exceeded my goal as I’ve been having a sort out of my books, with two big bags set aside for donating to charity. So this tally will focus on books I’ve Read, Rated, and Reviewed in 2021, with an aim to also being Rehomed in 2021 😉

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