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The Merry Month of May | Elvi Rhodes
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I‘m pretty pleased with my book stats for May e en in a month with lots of work pressure & COVID that triggered my asthma & left me fatigued, I managed to finish 10 books including 2 for buddy reads (+ portions of 2 ongoing), 1 for my virtual foodie book club (I both read & listened to Taste), caught up with 3 books in a cozy series & finished up book 5 to do a book tour review in June. I also read 2 books & completed all the activities for my⬇️

DebinHawaii …library‘s #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth Challenge I also finished an #ARC for another book tour review in June & started 2 other books. All in all, a pretty good reading month. Taste & Lost Among the Living were my favorites & will end up on my 2022 Best list. 📚📚📚🤗📚 4w
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I know May is half done but I wanted to throw out some #BFC2022 goals for May. I need to read 8 more to make this goal. Currently averaging 34 active zone minutes. I am on hold for #LitsyLove at the moment because I have a truly sucky mail situation currently but I am going to write all of you back! I am moving the first week of July. I cannot wait to have reliable access to mail again. 🔑 📫

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻 great goals! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 1mo
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My #TBR for May is once again, way too ambitious, but it‘s good to have goals. 4 #buddyreads for #sundaybuddyread & #pemberlittens & Taste for my bi-monthly virtual foodie bookclub (e-book & audiobook). A few titles I‘m going to try to get to for the #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth challenge through my library & I‘m on a June book tour for the 5th book in Ellery Adam‘s Secret Book & Scone Society Series & I need to read 2-4 before it.🤷🏻‍♀️📚

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My #BookSpinBingo board for May reflects that I‘m a mood reader. Sometimes I think I should be more ambiguous but this gives me a structure.

I expand the orilius magical readathon for this month and probably for June. This month I will like to read more books by Asian or from Pacific Islands authors. Also, in many countries we celebrate Mother‘s Day so it is an opportunity to read about mother/family/couple/siblings relations.

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Here is my #MayTBR
My more free tbr for April worked great so I‘m doing it again. Here is my book cart with books I most want to get to. On top are some in progress and my physical #Roll100 picks. I also will try to chip away at my Kindle & Audible tbr.
I will be participating in #bookspin #doublespin & #bookspinbingo as well as various regular Readathons & ongoing challenges.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Happy June!
I finally jumped on the Storygraph train. So interesting to see my reading habits presented in this way. It‘s surprising to me the amount of nonfiction I read these days! Most months I read more NF than fiction! 📖
May #wrapup

BarbaraBB What‘s your handle on The Storygraph? 13mo
Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB I have no friends there! I actually haven‘t even explored that side of things there. I‘m cpoole and I‘d love to be friends there too! ☺️ 13mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve followed you! It‘s not really a social app as far as I can see (haven‘t really explored either), but when you add a book you can see how your friends rated it. That‘s kind of helpful. 🤍 13mo
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I can‘t believe it‘s already May ...

TheSpineView IKR! 14mo
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My May TBR. Several August ARCs for the blog.


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@TheAromaofBooks ok lol now what do I do?😂

TheAromaofBooks haha Great start!! Okay, so I drew two numbers this morning, 2 & 18. Those are the “official“ BookSpin/DoubleSpin reads for the month & if you read them & let me know that you read them, they will count as two entries for my end-of-the-year giveaway!! If you want to do the bingo part, go to my page & I've posted a bingo card - you just match the numbers with your numbers (i.e. the top left corner on the card is 11, so you check that off if you ⬇ 14mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) read Anne of the Island, etc.) If you tag me when you review books, I'm always interested to see how everyone is progressing!!! 14mo
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Good morning, everyone! The moment you have all been waiting for!! Our official #BookSpin number is TWO!! Our official #DoubleSpin number is EIGHTEEN!! I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at everyone's lists & am really looking forward to seeing your reviews!

My next post will be the #BookSpinBingo card!!!

Just a few quick housekeeping items that I would really appreciate if you would take a moment to read!! I know I'm rambly so sorry!! ⬇

TheAromaofBooks 1 - Remember, this is a no-pressure challenge!! You can read one or both of these books. You can bail on them. You can bail on the whole challenge and try again next month. Whatever works!! This is supposed to be fun not stressful!! If you can't remember exactly how this challenge works, please check out my master post here https://www.litsy.com/web/post/1989556 or just ask!! ⬇ 14mo
TheAromaofBooks 2 - I am planning to have a giveaway at the end of the year. Entries are reviews of #BookSpin & #DoubleSpin books, but I will only know about them if you tag me, so please tag me whenever you read & review your book for the month. DNFs count! The goal for #BookSpin is to get a book off your TBR, so if you decide not to finish it, it's still off the list, so tag me & tell me why you bailed. ⬇ 14mo
TheAromaofBooks 3 - I am tagging everyone who posted a list THIS MONTH (my tag list changes every month!!), so if you posted a list & you do not get tagged here, please let me know! It means I either accidentally missed your original #BookSpin post OR I wrote down your username wrong. Either way, I'm really sorry. Everyone is welcome to join this challenge, so if I missed you it was entirely by mistake - just let me know!! ⬇ 14mo
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TheAromaofBooks 4 - If you do not finish your #BookSpin/#DoubleSpin book this month it is STILL ELIGIBLE for a giveaway entry as long as you complete it sometime in 2021!! Whenever you review it, just tag me as usual be sure to let me know which month it is for - there is a maximum of 2 entries per month, so if you don't let me know it's for a different month, it may not count. ⬇ 14mo
TheAromaofBooks 5 & final - While I don't have time to reply to all of the comments to this post, I do read every one and love seeing which books got picked for you!! I do respond to any direct questions or confusion, so please feel free to ask away if something doesn't make sense or you need some clarifications. I know we have a lot of new participants!!! Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm, and happy reading!!! 14mo
imyril This is what I deserve for including a chonky book in my stretch goals 😂 no regrets - The Mask of Mirrors sounds awesome 14mo
TheSpineView Awesome! A book of poetry and a book from my BOTM backlog. 14mo
Liz_M Thank you for being an early riser & posting the numbers promptly! 😁

D'oh! The two books that definitely don't fit in my May challenge are the spin and double spin. Of course. 😂
5280reader Yay to item #4 I had a hard April at work and will catch up on my April reads in May! 14mo
bekakins Aah I am pleased with these numbers! A sookie stackhouse novel & Jasper fforde‘s latest... exactly what I need after April‘s non fiction overload!! 14mo
bookandbedandtea Seeing this post every 2nd of the month makes me so happy! Thanks for doing this, Sarah. I'm excited about my books this month. 😊 14mo
Soubhiville Yay! Thank you. My Bookspin is Becoming Wild and doublespin is The Last Days of Dogtown. 💕. Going to make my new bingo board now 😁📚. 14mo
Allylu You‘re up early today! So happy to see this post - I forgot it was May 2. So silly of me. Lol 14mo
rabbitprincess Yaaay! One of my bookspins is a book I am currently reading! 14mo
claudiuo It is the 2nd of the month, the highlight for me for a long time now. Thank you so much for doing this every month even when you are so busy! I have both books (Yellow Star and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) on my list for a while, looking forward to start them soon. 14mo
Lesanne Yay! Bookspin is Boys of the Dark, Doublespin is Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age. Thanks so much for doing this each month Sarah, I look forward to it every time! 14mo
ishan0986 I had already started my booksin and doublespin books. I just couldn't wait. Lol 14mo
Clare-Dragonfly Yay! I‘m actually going to read my double spin AGAIN! 😆 and my book spin is 14mo
AmyG Yay! I will read 14mo
vlwelser Yay! My book spin is Our Time Is Now which is one of my bookclub books and double spin is a NetGalley title. I'm really into Beasts of a Little Land so that works. 14mo
Pageturner1 Sounds great! Need a challenge to get me back in the groove! 14mo
Pageturner1 Also, my number 18 book i really want to read. What is the What 14mo
Crazeedi Thank you!!! 14mo
BarkingMadRun Awesome! My #bookspin is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and my DBS is the Wife Upstairs 14mo
TheAromaofBooks 5280reader - I know how life goes sometimes!! Just be sure to let me know that they are for April (or just comment on any of my posts & say you finished your April read(s) ) 14mo
marleed Thank you! BS= The Bad Muslim Discount. DS=Finley Donovan is Killing It. I‘m excited! 14mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick We Should Hang Out Sometime & Well Played. Both cover #pop21 prompts so that's great! 14mo
CBee Infinite Country and Legendborn 👏🏻👏🏻 14mo
MittenGirlPeach WOOOOO! Bodies in the Library and Last Garden in England! 14mo
SarahBradley Is it too late to join? 14mo
TheAromaofBooks @SarahBradley - Never too late to join!!! Just post your list of 20 books (tag me when you do!!) & come back here to see which ones to read!! If you want to do the bingo part you are welcome to do that as well - let me know if you have any questions!! One of the comments above has a link to my master post about the challenge as well. 14mo
BarbaraJean BookSpin is Words in Deep Blue (which is this month‘s #YABuddyRead) and DoubleSpin is Burial Rites (which has been on my list for so long!)—Yay! 14mo
Kdgordon88 Thanks, Sarah! Bookspin is You Should See Me in a Crown and Doublespin is The Librarian of Auschwitz both are prompts for other challenges! Woot woot! Slaying the TBR one book at a time! (edited) 14mo
robinb Just seeing this...how did the 2nd slip up on me! :) Happy to see your post, as usual. 14mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Yay! My Book Spin book is 14mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I am so excited to read this month‘s TBRs!!! My Double Spin is (edited) 14mo
Ash.on.the.line BS is Brave by Armentrout and DS is Princess Diariest by Carrie Fisher which I‘m very excited for! 14mo
LeslieO Yay! I started my #2, The Good Company, this morning. My 18 is The Lost Garden, which sounds like a good book for May. 14mo
Skygoddess1 I didn‘t get tagged, I posted my TBR on Friday. 14mo
ElizaMarie #BookSpin: PenPal, #DoubleSpin: Flora & Ulysses 14mo
MehoLovesReading My #bookspin is a free spot lol, so I'll think about it and tell you soon wht it is. 14mo
TheAromaofBooks @Skygoddess1 - Sorry!! Looks like I forgot the 1 on your username!!! I'm glad you found the post anyway & I corrected your name on my list so you'll get tagged with the June reminder!! 14mo
IamIamIam Already read my #2 so I'll be able to finish up April's DS and maybe catch up on my MG spins! Lol, my May #doublespin is 14mo
dainarmb Omg not me doubling up and getting neither of my library holds LMAO 14mo
CSeydel I didn‘t make a new list but I can still use my April list! Bookspin: Little Eyes; Doublespin: 14mo
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#BookSpinBingo tbr for the month of May with some books that were in previous BookSpinBingo tbr🙄, I‘m persistent in this task to read those books😳

This month I will do at least 3 of the 5 prompts of the #AsianReadathon 2021🤗


TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💕 14mo
WanderingBookaneer Love Mr. Mercedes and The Brave. Glori is reading Arsenic and Adobo, but I‘m next! 13mo
WanderingBookaneer I also loved Force if Nature. 13mo
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It's almost MAY! I'm not sure how that happened, but it's true! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @Eggs are joining forces for a fabulous May photo challenge. Can you think of a character who fits the description? Use the hashtag #MayCharacters, and don't forget to tag your hosts!

Eggs Thanks for the repost 🙏🏻🙏🏻 14mo
SilversReviews Yes....I can‘t believe it either. 14mo
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#MagicalMay #MayStats

A day late because it has been a total *Monday* & I still have to work tonight 😬 but May was a great reading month for me with 12 books total + about 50% of Sense and Sensibility for #PemberLittens #chapteraday plus 2 other #buddyreads #BOTMbuddyread & #MayBeNow

I read:
-5 Print books
-3 Audiobooks
-5 E-books
-12 fiction
-1 non-fiction
-11 women authors
-5 #ARCs for reviews & book tours
The 💜designated my favorites


Crazeedi You had a great month!💝 2y
Eggs Congratulations Deb🥳👏🏻🤗 great month! 2y
TheBookHippie Hippie food is my favorite I‘ve taken it out of the library over 10 times 🤣🤣🤣 2y
kspenmoll Wonderful month of books!!!! 2y
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I read 16 books in May, a record reading month for me. Harry Potter, Neverwhere, and Their Eyes Were Watching God were all 5 🌟 reads.

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Hope you‘re all enjoying our #BelowZer00s party🎉we are ready to do it again❣️🎵🤟🏽Was there a book you meant to read published between 2010-2019 that somehow slipped away??? Well, here‘s your chance to nominate a book or two between now & Thursday January 16, 2020 for our next BuddyRead. We‘ll be back to host a fun throwback to the past decade(2010-19) with our signature party style ~ #MAYbeNow coming May 15-17 🎈🥳🎶 ❤️ @BarbaraBB & @Cinfhen

batsy Oooh! Thinking hat's back on! #thebooksthatgotaway #somany 😆 2y
Megabooks Great idea y‘all!! 2y
Cathythoughts Woooohooo ! Must put on my 🎩 too @batsy - I hope to join in ❤️ 2y
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Cinfhen Might need to steal that hashtag @batsy !!!! Yay @Megabooks @Cathythoughts you‘ve all been with me since our very first party #StepfordSummerParty 💕💕 2y
DebinHawaii Count me in too please! I‘ll try to think of a book but I usually like what we end up with. 🤗 2y
KarenUK I never got round to this one, even though I loved but was entirely challenged by Wolf Hall! 2y
KarenUK Also meant to read this but you know #pagecountphobia 😂 2y
KarenUK And still not read this - also #pagecountphobia plus fear of drowning in my own tears! 😂 2y
Cinfhen OMG!!!! You‘re killing me @KarenUK 😂😂😂 2y
Cinfhen Great @DebinHawaii 🧡🙌🏻 2y
Cinfhen Here‘s the book(s) I‘m putting forward 2y
Cinfhen And one more 😜 2y
KarenUK Good ones! Only read 1/3 of those.... 2y
Cinfhen Which one @KarenUK ?? 2y
LeahBergen I meant to read A Little Life and The Heart‘s Invisible Furies! 😬 2y
KarenUK @cinfhen I read Tell the Wolves I‘m home for a bookclub, when it came out... 2y
BookwormAHN Station Eleven, The Night Circus, The Martian, or The Passage are a few that I've missed. 2y
Kalalalatja So glad you are doing it again! 🙌 2y
DebinHawaii @cinfhen Tell the Wolves I‘m Home is excellent. I did the library audio book! 📚❤️ 2y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I wanted to nominate The Wolves as well! 2y
BarbaraBB So now I will nominate 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha @BarbaraBB #GreatMindsThinkAlike ♥️I‘m curious about The Changeling and I read and loved North Water 2y
Cinfhen Good to know @DebinHawaii I own a physical copy but im really into audio these days so I‘ll see if my library has the audio/ I‘m planning on reading Wolves regardless 2y
Cinfhen Good suggestions @BookwormAHN thanks for sharing and you too @LeahBergen although I must say.... how the hell did you miss BOTH of those ??!??? 😂🤣😂😆 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I want to joinnnnn! Will think about book suggestions 🙂 2y
Cinfhen Wouldn‘t be a party without you @erzascarletbookgasm !!!!!!!! 2y
JaclynW I'm happy to read whatever is picked!😊 2y
LeahBergen @Cinfhen Well, I didn‘t actually MISS them. They‘re sitting on my shelves. 😂 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha 😂 @LeahBergen 😘 2y
Cinfhen Great @JaclynW my fellow #partyGirl 💖🎉💖 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve loved ALL your parties, even though not all the books discussed 😁😘. I‘m going to nominate a few. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve meant to read this for a while. 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve read both @erzascarletbookgasm and they would both make great choices!!!! Same with yours @LeahBergen 😊👍🏻📚 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m happy with whatever book is chosen! 😘 2y
Cinfhen We‘ll put together a list and put it to a vote @erzascarletbookgasm 👍🏻😄 2y
Suet624 I‘d be interested in any of the three that you tagged, @cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen Thanks my #booktwin @Suet624 💋 2y
Suet624 💖💖😻💝 2y
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I read a total of 9 books in May, 2 were ebooks. Most were 5 stars so I had a pretty good month!

•You Suck-328 p, 4⭐
•The Kiss of Deception-492 p, 5⭐
•The Inquisition-398 p, 5⭐
•Flamecaster-535 p, 5⭐
•Vortex Visions-374 p, 5⭐
•This Heart of Mine-384 p, 5⭐
•Wicked Saints-(eARC), 385 p, 4⭐
•A Gathering of Shadows-512 p, 5⭐
•Air Awakens-(ebook), 342 p, 4⭐

I can't pick 1 favorite this month, they were all so good.

Total of 3,750 pages total read!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's a great month! 💖📖💖 3y
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My best reading month so far!!! 🥰❤

Goodreads challenge: 61/100

MountTBR2019 challenge: 14/60

#MayWrapUp #May2019WrapUp #MountTBR2019 #MountKilimanjaro #goodreadschallenge

Lindy 🎉🎉🎉 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Amazing!! 💖📚💖 3y
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#MayReads #MayWrapUp
I've read 9 books (and i've got 1 DNF).. Not bad, definitely better than April, with just a book read!

No 5 stars this month ?, my favorite were "Red, White and Royal Blue" and " Quella metà di noi"

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Wonderful! 💖📚💖 3y
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#ReadingResolutions #MayStats🌸

My stats for May. A good reading month with 16 total Books finished. (We won't mention those started but not finished!) 😉There was just one that was only OK-the rest I really enjoyed & the 4 pictured were my faves for the month: a contemporary fiction, a historical fiction, a memoir & a true crime.

I dropped the ball on reviews again with 4 or 5 to review here & a bunch to review on Goodreads & NetGalley.😬