May 2020 reading wrap-up

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

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

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.

House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

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.

Silver Spoon Vol 3 by Hiromu Arakawa

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.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

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.

Lost Tribes of the Sith by John Jackson Miller

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.


  1. I loved Black Beauty! It always makes me cry, too. I need to read it again.

    1. 5 is great!!! Especially if you havent had much time to read. Well done you!!! Also black beauty – great choice. Such a beautiful book xxx

      1. It’s definitely more than I expected given how busy I was. Black Beauty is one of my favorite books despite it making me cry every time.

    2. It’s such a great book. I keep thinking one of these times it won’t make me cry but so far it gets me every time.

  2. I love that you go back and read some of your favourites time and time again – I’m guilty of reading the original Dracula more times than I can count! There’s just something about it – I can’t get enough and nothing else quite fills that need lol

    1. It’s nice to revisit books you’ve read before, sometimes you still love them, and sometimes that love has faded. I don’t think I will ever tire of reading Black Beauty. You know, I have never read the original Dracula, but it is a book I’ve been meaning to read for some years.

  3. One dark throne sounds like one I would like! I usually read true crime, murder mystery, or fantasy.

    1. I hope you check out the series, it is quite a unique story. If you like fantasy then you should enjoy this.

  4. I love reading about what people read, it gives me ideas for my ever-growing TBR list! I haven’t read any of these books before, but I have seen the film of Black Beauty. After reading your post I feel I should read the book too!

    1. I’m the same way, I always want to hear about what other people are reading so I can add more books to my TBR. I hope you do check some of these out. I love the Black Beauty movie, specifically the 1994 version. Definitely read the book if you enjoyed the film.

  5. Great Post 🙂 I’ve never read black beauty but j thi k I’m going to get it read it soon 🥰

    1. Thank you. I hope you do read it and enjoy it as much as I do.

  6. 5 is so good! I only managed to get through 2 in May. These sound good as well!

    1. Thank you. Two is still a good number to read in a month.

  7. I’ve never read Black Beauty and I really need to, it’s such a classic. I only managed 3 books in May which is quite poor for me x


    1. I hope you do take the time to read Black Beauty, it’s such a great story. Reading three books is still good even if it is less than what you would normally read.

  8. I can’t remember how many times I read Black Beauty as a child. I loved the recent movie they made too!

    1. It’s such a phenomenal story. I know I have worn out a few copies of the book over the years. I don’t think I have seen the most recent adaptation, I’ll have to watch it soon.

  9. This is good going for books read in one month! The only one in here I recognise is Black Beauty, which I have read sooooo many times. It’s a story that never gets old, does it? And Ginger was always my favourite 🙂 Lisa

    1. It never gets old, which is why I read it nearly every year. I also watch the movie quite regularly. I love Ginger and always cry in her final scene.

  10. I have to admit that I haven’t heard of any of these books but I’m very much interested in learning more. I’m in need of new material to read rather than the same old, same old.

    1. I hope you have a chance to check out some of these books.

  11. I’m hopeless and haven’t come across any of these books. I really need to read something modern – thank you for the reading list which is of great help! xxx

    1. With so many books out there, it’s easy to miss a ton. I hope you do get a chance to read some of these at some point.

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