What I Read in May

This month was not destined for much reading. We bought a house at the end of April and spent May getting the house ready and moving in. We’re still not completely settled, of course, but at least in June I can say all my stuff is in one place.

Books are a comfort in stressful times. However, to benefit from their ability to comfort and transport there’s a time commitment required. As much as I wanted an escape many, many times during the month of May, I just didn’t have the time to settle into a book.

Books I finished reading in May:

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers

Books I’m currently reading:

  • The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
  • A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers

What books did you read in May? How to you handle wanting to reading during times there just isn’t time to put into books?

What I Read in April

April was a chaotic month! We bought a house! We spent the first two thirds of the month stressing and completing all the necessary steps to finalize buying the house. Then we started working on making the house the way we want it to be and moving in. As you can imagine, reading wasn’t top priority.

However, I still managed to read some this month! I don’t think I’d be able to go a whole month without reading at all.

Books I finished reading in April:

Books I’m currently reading:


Have you ever had periods in your life where you just can’t find the time to dedicate to reading? How did you get through it? I feel like I’m missing out on so much when I don’t read much for an extended period of time. It also drives me up the wall when I don’t get through books and I have so many left waiting on my to be read pile.

What I Read in March

March was a deceptive month reading-wise. It felt like I didn’t read much at all. However, my Goodreads says something different. I did a decent amount of reading in March.

Books I finished reading in March:

  • The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
  • Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir
  • The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex – Tamsyn Muir
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon – Kelly Barnhill

Books I’m currently reading:

  • Heaven Official’s Blessing (Volume 2) – Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
  • The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers

What have you been reading lately? Are there any books you are looking forward to reading this spring?

What I Read in February

Does it seem unfair to anyone else that February is shorter than all the other months? There’s less time to read!

Books I finished reading in February:

  • Heaven Official’s Blessing (Volume 1) – Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
  • The Odyssey – Homer

Books I’m currently reading:

  • The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
  • Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir
  • Heaven Official’s Blessing (Volume 2) – Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

Did you have enough time to read in February or were you wishing for a few more days like me?

What I Read in January

The new year started with me starting to read a lot of books. I’m still reading most of them.

I set a goal of 30 books for the year so I have a decent amount of reading to do.

Books I finished reading in January:

  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

Books I’m currently reading:

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  • Heaven Official’s Blessing (Volume 1) – Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
  • The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
  • Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir
  • The Odyssey – Homer

Did you start reading a bunch of new books because the new year is an ambitious time of the year? What’s your reading goal for 2022?

What I Read in December

I didn’t know what to expect this month. NaNoWriMo took a lot of out me. It does every year. Sometimes that means I don’t have the energy to engage with words at all and sometimes I just don’t have the energy to write. This year reading was fine. I wanted to finish reading some books and I did!

My goal for the year was to read 24 books. I ended up reading 30. I think for 2022 I will aim for 30 again and see if I can surpass it.

Books I finished reading in December:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Year of the Griffin – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

Books I’m currently reading:

  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Heaven Official’s Blessing (Volume 1) – Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

What books did you read in December? Did you reach your reading goals for the year and are you aiming higher in 2022?

What I Read in November

I never know what to expect when it comes to reading in November. Trying to write 50,000 words in a month can really interfere with reading time, but sometimes making a book come out of my brain really makes me want to shove more books in there.

Books I finished reading in November:

  • Lore Olympus: Volume One – Rachel Smythe
  • Dark Lord of Derkholm – Diana Wynne Jones

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir
  • Year of the Griffin – Diana Wynne Jones

What books did you read in November? Did you end up taking a break from reading to focus on writing during NaNoWriMo?

What I Read in October

October was an interesting month for reading. I usually read a classic like Frankenstein or Dracula. This year I decided to find something I hadn’t read before and browsed my library’s app. That’s where I found Practical Magic. I’d watched the movie more than once but never read the book so I gave it a try. It wasn’t the scariest book, but a Halloween read doesn’t have to scare me out of a night’s sleep to scratch the spooky book itch.

Books I finished reading in October:

  • Network Effect – Martha Wells
  • Priestess of the Morrigan: Prayers, Rituals & Devotional Work to the Great Queen – Stephanie Woodfield
  • Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones

Did you read anything spooky or scary during October? It’s one of my favorite things to do and I’d love to get some ideas for new or overlooked books for next year.

What I Read in September

I read a bit more in September than I did in August. It wasn’t something I made a conscious effort to do. I just allowed myself to read when I wanted to read. It just happened to work out well for me.

Books I finished reading in September:

  • Exit Strategy – Martha Wells
  • The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Network Effect – Martha Wells
  • Priestess of the Morrigan: Prayers, Rituals & Devotional Work to the Great Queen – Stephanie Woodfield

Did you read more during September? Sometimes I think the months with changing seasons make for easier reading, but I have no evidence to back this up.

What I Read in August

I didn’t finish as many books this month and I didn’t start any new ones either. I guess it was a slow reading month. It happens sometimes but I’m a little worried it will become a pattern. I don’t want to read less. There are too many good books out there.

Books I finished reading in August:

  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang
  • Exit Strategy – Martha Wells

Do you ever unintentionally read less for a little while? Do you do something to start reading more or do you let the phase run its course?