May 2020 Wrap-Up

May has always been a hated month for me (the height of summer here) so this year was no exception. I was not really in a mood for reading a lot, so as you can see below, it was a lot of manga (which worked for the Page-a-thon challenge, tbh).

2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Ruthsic has read 168 books toward her goal of 300 books.
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I read a total of 40 books this month – 12 full-length novels, and 28 graphic novel/manga volumes.

Ah-mazing!

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa Kaguya-sama by Aka Akasaka The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Pretty Good!

Demon Slayer by Koyoharu Gotouge Shortcake Cake, Vol. 8 by Suu Morishita BEASTARS, Vol. 6 by Paru Itagaki Kaguya-sama by Aka Akasaka Something is Killing the Children, Volume One by James Tynion IV Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 2 by Io Sakisaka Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust Kakushigoto by Koji Kumeta Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 3 by Io Sakisaka QQ Sweeper, Vol. 2 by Kyousuke Motomi Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 7 by Mika Yamamori Wave, Listen to Me! Volume 1 by Hiroaki Samura I Come with Knives by S.A. Hunt Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen Hell's Paradise by Yuji Kaku Snow White with the Red Hair, Vol. 8 by Sorata Akiduki Persona 5, Vol. 3 by Hisato Murasaki Demon Slayer by Koyoharu Gotouge Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb Queen's Quality, Vol. 1 by Kyousuke Motomi BEASTARS, Vol. 7 by Paru Itagaki The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala Demon Slayer by Koyoharu Gotouge I Left The House Today! by Cassandra Calin The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 7 by Aya Shouoto Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Try it Out Maybe?

Samurai 8 by Masashi Kishimoto Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 6 by Mika Yamamori Koimonogatari by Tohru Tagura QQ Sweeper, Vol. 1 by Kyousuke Motomi QQ Sweeper, Vol. 3 by Kyousuke Motomi Burn the Dark by S.A. Hunt Prince Freya, Vol. 2 by Keiko Ishihara Toritan by Kotetsuko Yamamoto


Beat the Backlist

Progress: 45/120 books published before 2020

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1) QQ Sweeper, Vol. 1 QQ Sweeper, Vol. 2 QQ Sweeper, Vol. 3 Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1) Queen's Quality, Vol. 1 The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 7 Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1) The Priory of the Orange Tree

Status: 5 books behind!


Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

Progress: 127/250 galleys

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 12 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 13 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 14 Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, Vol. 2 BEASTARS, Vol. 6 BEASTARS, Vol. 7 Shortcake Cake, Vol. 8 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 14 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 15 Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 6 Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 7 The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea Dark Skies (Dark Shores, #2) Something is Killing the Children, Volume One Koimonogatari: Love Stories, Vol. 1 Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 2 Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 3 Girl, Serpent, Thorn Kakushigoto: My Dad's Secret Ambition Vol. 1   Wave, Listen to Me! Volume 1 Burn the Dark (Malus Domestica, #1) I Come with Knives (Malus Domestica #2) Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku, Vol. 3 Camp  Prince Freya, Vol. 2 Snow White with the Red Hair, Vol. 8  Persona 5, Vol. 3 Queen's Quality, Vol. 1  Toritan: Birds of a Feather, Vol. 1 The Archer at Dawn (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #2)  I Left The House Today!

Status: ahead!


Dystopia Reading Challenge

Progress: 18/16 Dystopia books

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, Vol. 2

Status: complete!


Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Progress: 11/50 historical fiction books

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 12 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 13 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 14

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is set in Taisho-era Japan

Status: quite behind


Retellings Reading Challenge

Progress: 15/25 retellings

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty and Persian folktales.

Status: ahead!


Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge

Progress: 29/36 books

Something is Killing the Children, Volume One Burn the Dark (Malus Domestica, #1) I Come with Knives (Malus Domestica #2) Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 12 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 13 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 14 BEASTARS, Vol. 6 BEASTARS, Vol. 7

Something is Killing the Children is horror/mystery, Burn the Dark and I Come With Knives is horror, Demon Slayer is horror, and Beastars is a mystery.

Status: quite ahead!


Series to Finish Challenge

Progress: 9/24 series (5/12 new + 4/12 old) [376 pt]

Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3)

QQ Sweeper, Vol. 1 QQ Sweeper, Vol. 2 QQ Sweeper, Vol. 3

Started and completed a trilogy (QQ Sweeper) and finished an older trilogy (Shadow of the Fox)

Other series books read throughout the month:

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1) 6 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 4 (448 pg)]

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 12 1 points [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (192 pg)]

BEASTARS, Vol. 6 1.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (208 pg)]

Shortcake Cake, Vol. 8 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (168 pg)]

Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, Vol. 2 1 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (192 pg)]

Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 6 1.5 point [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (208 pg)]

Dark Skies (Dark Shores, #2) 5 points [1 (book finished) + 4 (464 pg)]

Something is Killing the Children, Volume One 2 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 0.5 (128 pg)]

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 14 1.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (216 pg)]

Koimonogatari: Love Stories, Vol. 1 3 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 1 (208 pg)]

Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 2 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (184 pg)]

Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3) 5 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (ended series) + 3 (384 pg)]

QQ Sweeper, Vol. 1 2.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 1 (208 pg)]

Kakushigoto: My Dad's Secret Ambition Vol. 1 2 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 0.5 (184 pg)]

Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 3 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (184 pg)]

QQ Sweeper, Vol. 2 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (192 pg)]

Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 7 1.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (208 pg)]

QQ Sweeper, Vol. 3 2 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (ended series) + 0.5 (192 pg)]

Wave, Listen to Me! Volume 1 2.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 1 (208 pg)]

Burn the Dark (Malus Domestica, #1) 5 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 3 (384 pg)]

I Come with Knives (Malus Domestica #2) 5 points [1 (book finished) + 4 (400 pg)]

Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku, Vol. 3 1.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (216 pg)]

Snow White with the Red Hair, Vol. 8 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (192 pg)]

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 15 1.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (216 pg)]

Prince Freya, Vol. 2 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (192 pg)]

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 13 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (192 pg)]

Persona 5, Vol. 3 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (192 pg)]

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1) 6 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 4 (480pg)]

Queen's Quality, Vol. 1 2.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 1 (200pg)]

BEASTARS, Vol. 7 1.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (208 pg)]

The Archer at Dawn (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #2) 4 points [1 (book finished) + 3 (352 pg)]

Toritan: Birds of a Feather, Vol. 1 2.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 1 (226 pg)]

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 14 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (192 pg)]

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 7 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (172 pg)]

Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1) 5 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 3 (371 pg)]

Total points: 82.5

SpaceTime Reading Challenge

spacetime reads

Progress: 22/40 SciFi books

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1) Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, Vol. 2

All of these are set in space!

Status: ahead!


New Release Reading Challenge

Progress: 94/200 new releases of 2020

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 12 Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, Vol. 2 Shortcake Cake, Vol. 8 BEASTARS, Vol. 6 Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 6 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 14 The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea Dark Skies (Dark Shores, #2) Something is Killing the Children, Volume One Koimonogatari: Love Stories, Vol. 1 Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 2 Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3) Girl, Serpent, Thorn Kakushigoto: My Dad's Secret Ambition Vol. 1 Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 3 Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 7 Camp Prince Freya, Vol. 2 Snow White with the Red Hair, Vol. 8 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 15 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 13 Persona 5, Vol. 3 BEASTARS, Vol. 7 The Archer at Dawn (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #2) Toritan: Birds of a Feather, Vol. 1 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 14

Status: a bit ahead!


2020 Debut Author Challenge

Progress: 4/24 debuts of 2020

Nothing this month

Status: behind


Audiobook Challenge

Progress: 12/50 audiobooks

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1) Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3) Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1) Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)

Status: quite behind


Year of the Asian

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Progress: 14/51 books by Asian authors

Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3) Girl, Serpent, Thorn The Archer at Dawn (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #2) Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)

Night of the Dragon is written by a Japanese diaspora author; Girl Serpent Thorn is written by an Iranian descent author; The Archer at Dawn is from an Indian diaspora author, and Sorceror to the Crown is written by a Malaysian-British author.

Status: behind


Besides these year-long challenges, I also had four readathons.

 Asian Readathon (May 1-31)

I did 3 of the 4 challenges

Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1) Read any book by an Asian author.

The Archer at Dawn (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #2) Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who you can relate to.

Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3)Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who is different from you.

Tome Topple Tome Topple (May 9-22)

I didn’t even manage to finish one tome during the readathon time, but I did finish it (The Priory of the Orange Tree) by the end of the month

Late to the Party Eat, and Love Yourself Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1)

Bout of Books (May 11-17)

I kinda forgot about it until like it got over, so I can’t say I really participated in it? But I did read these books during that time

Burn the Dark (Malus Domestica, #1) I Come with Knives (Malus Domestica #2)

Page-a-thon (May 1-31)

My pagecount for April was 10,890 books, with 12 ‘books’ and 7 ‘shorts’.


ICYMI

Book Blogger Hop: May 1-7
Book Blogger Hop: May 8-14
Book Blogger Hop: May 15-21
Book Blogger Hop: May 22-28
Book Blogger Hop: May 29-June 4


Stacking the Shelves #97
Stacking the Shelves #98
Stacking the Shelves #99


Offloading the TBR #8
Offloading the TBR #9


Shouting from the Shelftops #23
Shouting from the Shelftops #24


The ABC Book Challenge | I
The ABC Book Challenge | J


Other News

  • I am participating in the blog tours for Half Life and Forest of Souls! forest-of-souls
  • I did Mermay – well not the whole month as I had a commission to work on, but I did make two mermay pieces, one of them being from Shades of Magic. Go give it some love!

 

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2 thoughts on “May 2020 Wrap-Up

  1. Looks like you had a good reading month! I’m very happy to see that you loved Night of the dragon! I will read that one very soon!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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