May 2022 Reading Stats

Lately, I’ve felt a little STUCK when it comes to writing new projects. The day job takes its toll, I had a HUGE convention I attended (which is fun but it takes prep), and I’ve just been sort of struggling. I’m hitting that point where I feel stretched too thin, I think. Although that’s likely a HUGE excuse. Really, I think I just haven’t found the project that calls to me. The good news is, I’m still reading! Gotta find that inspiration somewhere. Let’s see how I did on that massive reading goal.

9 Books 

2,869 Pages

92 Pages per day (Months like this are why that 100 pages per day thing is UNOFFICIAL)


I don’t have official reading per day/month goals. I have a year long goal (104 books) which breaks down to 2 per week. Sometimes I’m ahead. Sometimes I’m behind. Also, in a perfect world I’d read about 100 pages a day (preference) but sometimes life gets in the way. So when I reference my silent goals or my unofficial goals … I probably mean these. 

As always, first up is checking in on the “I read everything” claim.


  • 2 Mystery/Thriller
  • 1 Contemporary
  • 2 Science Fiction
  • 1 Horror
  • 1 Fantasy
  • 1 Graphic Novel
  • 1 Romance

Yup, still holds true. I literally read any genre. How about age ranges, though? Do I spread those around too?


  • 1 Middle Grade
  • 2 Young Adult
  • 6 Adult

Pretty much, yes. I do tend to gravitate toward books written for adults (because HELLO) but I enjoy books from all age ranges.

You’re most common question …


  • 5 Borrowed from the library or someone else
  • 1 Advanced Reader Copies or Review Copies from publishers or authors
  • 3 Purchased outright over the years

Here’s that graph showing the format I get all those from. It was a crazy month for library usage (summers typically are around here). 

Yes, as you can see, I have NO self control in a library. I literally went into the library to RETURN ONE BOOK my daughter borrowed. I left with 6 books, 5 of which WEREN’T EVEN ON MY TBR. So … yes, it’s a problem. No, I’m not really sorry.
I already know the indie/traditional spread isn’t going to be good. Whenever I have a heavy library usage month, it skews toward those you would find in a library (traditional). Let’s check.
  • 2 Independently Published
  • 0 Traditionally Published Advanced Reader Copies
  • 7 Backlist Titles

Yikes, yes. I was apparently having a serious backlist month. Sometimes that happens. I get to a point where I’m stressing about the 200 books TBR and just want to knock some of those off the list. It’s not even a conscious decision, it just sort of happens.

Need a Rec?

5 Star Go Add This to Your Shelf Immediately:

  • Four Faces of the Moon, YA Graphic Novel. This was unexpected. The cover caught my eye at the library, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did! The blend of stop motion illustrations, history, poetry, and symbolism was just AMAZING. 
  • Ternary, A Science Fiction. If you like your science fiction set in space with tough females, you need this one. Bonus: it includes a polyamorous style love triangle with a twist you’d only see in scifi. 

4 Star Worth Reading if you like this Genre:

  • Revenge of Queen Rose, MG Fantasy. The sequel to The Lucky Diamond, this fantasy story brings back our favorite characters in a quest style story. 
  • A Clockwork Orange, A Science Fiction. This is a classic for a reason and if you’ve never read it you’ll likely notice things in this one that have been borrowed for some of your favorite books or movies since. Terrifying in its implications, this dystopian book may keep you up at night. 
  • D’Vaugh and Kris Plan a Wedding, A Romance. What if two people were on a reality TV show where they had to convince their families that they were engaged in order to win money? If you can have them all show up on the wedding day believing that you are really doing this, you net six figures. Would you do it? Adorable premise and bonus points for the LGBTQ focus. This romance manages to be adorable and spicy … enjoy.

And that’s May. Thanks for being here, friends. I know I’ve been slacking on the IG stories when I start a new book, wheel spins, and TikTok’s … but I’m still here. I’ll get back into the swing of all that social media stuff you love soon. For now, the blog appreciates you!

Happy June!

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