May 2022 reading wrap-up

May was a lighter month of reading. I had grand intentions of getting a ton of reading done, but then other tasks ate up much of my time. Even so, I did get the squeeze in some time here and there to pick up a book. While I would have liked to have read a bit more, getting through even a bit of my TBR is always nice. Reading is one of my favorite ways to spend time and with each month that passes, I am steadily working on reducing what was once a massive TBR into something a bit more manageable. The May 2022 reading wrap-up showcases the books I read during the month and shares my thoughts on them as well.

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May 2022 reading wrap-up

Blue Flag Vol. 5 by KAITO

This volume was a bit different than the previous ones. A lot of focus on Mami, who admittedly is my least favorite character but I also got to learn a lot about her, and perhaps I will grow to like her as the story continues. Or she is an excellent liar and just playing her cards right to do more damage soon. While not my favorite volume so far, I am still interested to see how this will affect the rest of the series.

Mao Vol. 3 by Rumiko Takahashi

This volume was fantastic. We get to learn quite a bit more about Nanoka’s past, her connection to Mao and Byoki, and who exactly Uozumi is. All the while, there are more threads of the overall story being woven into place and I cannot wait to see exactly where this all goes. I have a feeling this series may become one of my favorites by Takahashi if things continue like this.

Crafting the Personal Essay by Dinty W. Moore

As I continue to work on expanding my writing knowledge, this book had been on my radar for a while. Though most of my writing is focused on fantasy stories, I will want to learn and practice other forms of writing, and so I figured it was time to dig into the concept of personal essays. I must say, this book was very well written. With each chapter, I felt inspired to jot down a bunch of random ideas that I could possibly later turn into a personal essay.

I will be reading this one again, as I feel it’s the type of book I will learn something from each time I read it. Plus, I want to go more in-depth with the writing exercises, which I only partially did the first time through.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Can’t really say much about this one. Was listening to the audiobook but it kept shifting into background noise and was never able to fully get into the story. I will admit, from what little I remember of it, it does seem like a book I wouldn’t have finished had I read the physical book.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

As an introvert, this book has been on my TBR for quite some time. Finally, I found a few hours to listen to the audiobook. It goes into great depth on what makes an introvert, why introverts are best at certain jobs, and even highlights famous introverts, such as Rosa Parks. Whether you are an introvert or not, I feel like this is a book everyone should read as it does truly give great insight into the world of introverts, why we are the way we are, and might help people form better relationships with introverts.

Sword Art Online Vol. 17 Alicization Awakening by Reki Kawahara

This is one of the final books in the Alicization story arcs of Sword Art Online. I knew this one would be good because I remembered the final few episodes of the anime being action-packed and this book was exactly like that. Everything that has happened up to this point has culminated into a final big battle and this volume highlights the first half of that battle. More characters from the past have made their appearance to help out and it’s nice to see them again in the story. It’s parts like this that make me truly love SAO. I cannot wait to read the next book and see what little differences/additions to the story there are from the anime to the light novel.

Month 2022 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 6
  • Books purchased: 8
  • Books purged: 0
  • Books DNF’d: 0

I hope you enjoyed my May 2022 reading wrap-up. What did you read recently?

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