Shrill, Lindy West

What an a-MAY-zing month! Okay, okay. I’ll see myself out. Kidding! It’s time to round up what all I read this month, see how that stacked up against my goals, say a few words about things that stood out and plan for June. Whew! Ready? Let’s get to it.

May 2017 TBR List:
  1. A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin (finish)
  2. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. 1984, George Orwell
  4. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Quidditch Through the Ages, J.K. Rowling
  6. White Trash, Nancy Isenberg (Part II)
  7. Shrill, Lindy West
  8. Othello, William Shakespeare
  9. The Home Place, J. Drew Lanham


Okay, my May TBR list was pretty extensive, but I just didn’t know where to draw the line. I liked having a lot of options so that I could choose what I was in the mood for or postpone something if it wasn’t available from the library yet. I had realistic expectations that I might not be able to finish everything on the list. And that’s pretty much what happened, but I also read some things that I didn’t expect, too.


Actual May 2017 Reads:
  1. A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin (finish)
  2. Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit
  3. Shrill, Lindy West
  4. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. White Trash, Nancy Isenberg (Part II)
  7. Quidditch Through the Ages, J.K. Rowling
  8. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare
  9. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin (started)


Quidditch Through the Ages, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter series, Hogwarts Library


Monthly Favorites

I certainly packed a lot in this month! I was surprised by the amount of nonfiction I ended up with. I really got into a groove with it and enjoyed each one. I think my favorite was Eat, Pray, Love, which I wasn’t really expecting! It was just so easy to read and really grabbed me from the beginning and held my attention. I loved the way the book was broken into 108 short sections. That style makes it easy to just read a bit here and there if you want, but for the most part I sat down and devoured huge sections at a time. I wish I could say the same for all the delicious food described in those pages! So much new inspiration came to me from this book in many areas of life. Not least of which was the inspiration to travel more! And of course I just might have a couple of new recipes coming your way… 🙂


Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert


Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to either 1984 or The Home Place, due to running out of time and my hold at the library not becoming available soon enough. But I hope to get to both of these in the not-too-distant future. We shall see! The ever-growing TBR list becomes more and more unmanageable as time goes on. For every title I cross off, I’ve added at least four new ones!

I decided to swap in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Othello this month for reasons which I hope to make clear to you in a few weeks’ time. Keep your eyes peeled for more! I’ll be reading Othello in June instead. And SPEAKING of Shakespeare and next month…



The first of June will mark the start of another one-week Instagram challenge! The June theme is Shakespeare! Check out the graphic below for details and join in with your own photos using #QuillClub.

Cask & Quill Shakespeare Book Instagram Challenge


June 2017 TBR List:
  1. Othello, William Shakespeare
  2. Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes
  3. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin (finish)
  4. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  5. White Trash, Nancy Isenberg (Part III)
  6. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, J.K. Rowling
  7. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  8. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

Another pretty hefty list for June… We’ll see what kind of pace I’m able to keep up. The change in seasons can be tricky. Sometimes I feel like the nice weather gives me more time because the days are longer, but at the same time I use a lot of that time to enjoy the nice weather in ways other than just reading outside. I may end up not finishing all of these since several are quite lengthy, but goals are always nice! What about you? What month or season do you feel gives you the most reading time?


What will you be reading in June? Did you have a favorite book from your May reading?




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