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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

MBS May 2016 Reading Wrap-Up

Martha's Bookshelf May 2016

My goals are repeated below the book list - 15 per month total. I was ahead by two in January but down by five in February; up one in March; down one in April.  MAY I am up nine by including children's books which puts me up six for the year so far.  I still hope to gain a couple TBR groups maybe during the summer so I do not have to push at the end of the year.
Total read = 17+7 = 24
Audio/Audible = 8
eBook = 7 (one tour review; 6 author requests)
NetGalley = 2
Print = 0
Children = 7
TBR = 1 (obtained prior to 2016); year to date = 32
New to Me Authors = 10; year to date = 49
Series Continued = 4; year to date = 12

There was one 5.0 rated book in May and five 4.5 rated.

Code for the list is:
A = Audio/Audible     ABJ = Audiobook Jukebox    ABB = Audiobook Blast
E or ETour = eBook
NG = NetGalley
P = Print
LBC = Ladies Book Club
TBR = From the TBR shelves prior to 2016

  1. ETour-- Book Review (with Giveaway link): Reaching Angelica: Book #2 in the Tag Series by Peter Riva ; Sci fi, Cyberpunk; my rating 4.25.
  2. A-- Audio Book Review: In the Mist of Killarney: An Irish Faery Tale by Robert McCallum ; Fantasy; my rating 4.0.
  3. NG-- Book Review: Much Ado About Highlanders (The Scottish Relic Trilogy) by May McGoldrick; Scottish, Historical Romance; my rating 4.5.
  4. ABJ-- Book Review: Pack: A Paranormal Romance Novelette by Jeaniene Frost; Paranormal Romance; my rating 4.0.
  5. ATBR-- Audible Book Review: The Jewel of Dantenos: The FREE Lee Starfinder Adventure by Brian D. Anderson ; Fantasy, Adventure; my rating 4.25.
  6. NG-- Book Review: Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue) by Katie Ruggle; Sci Fi, Fantasy; my rating 5.0.
  7. A-- Audio Book Review: Redfall: Freedom Fighters: American Prepper Series, Book 2 by Jay J. Falconer; Sci Fi; my rating 4.25.
  8. E-- Book Review: Carnations in January by Clare Revell; Christian Romance; my rating 3.75.
  9. E-- Book Review: Violets in February by Clare Revell; Christian Romance, Suspense; my rating 4.25.
  10. ABB-- Audio Book Review: Making Amends by Melinda Clayton; Suspense, Drama; my rating 4.25.
  11. E-- Book Review: First Fruits by Brad Duncan; Christian, Inspirational; my rating 4.5.
  12. E-- Book Review: Embattlement: The Undergrounders Series Book Two by Norma Hinkens; Dystopian, YA; my rating 4.25.
  13. ATBR--Audible Book Review: Old Man's War by John Scalzi; Sci Fi, Military Sci Fi; my rating 4.5
  14. E-- Book Review: The Girl in the Time Machine by Debra Chapoton; Sci Fi, Time Travel, YA; my rating 4.25.
  15. A-- Audible Book Review: Enforcing Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 6 by A. American; Post Apocalyptic, Sci Fi; my rating 4.25.
  16. ABB-- Audio Book Review: The Arrival: The Evaran Chronicles Prequel by Adair Hart; Sci Fi; my rating 4.5
  17. E-- Book Review: Cast Adrift by Mannah Pierce; Sci Fi; my rating 4.5
  18. I also read these books with our Sweet Pea (3 1/2 year old granddaughter):
  19. Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport
  20.  Richard Scarry's Busy Worker's Book
  21. Shelly the Hermit Crab by Stacey Leigh Malloy
  22.  Best Dad In the Sea (Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo)
  23.  But No Elephants (Once Upon a Time) by Jerry Smath 
  24. Milk and Cookies, A Frank Asch Bear Story
  25. Motorcop, board book, by Darice Bailer

I have certain goals to reach my challenges and reading total for 2016.

The YEARLY reading goals+ Progress (+ after the number means I am ahead; - means I am short; no symbol means I am right on goal.)
Total = 180................... End of May = 81
Audio = 72................... to date = 35+
NetGalley = 42.............. to date = 18+
Tours  = 24..................... to date = 8- (incls 2 NG)
Ladies Book Club (LBC) = 12.. to date = 5
Print = 12...................... = (4-) These are same as the LBC books.
Mixed in Author Reviews (hopefully includes TBR books I've won) = 18 to date = 17+ (includes childrens)

My TBR goal is to read at least 100 from my shelves, whether Audible, Kindle, other ebook or print.
TBRs read as of May = 32-

This breaks down roughly to 15 books a MONTHLY in these formats (with TBRs, print, LBC and others overlapping at times):
Audio --  6
eBooks -- 2  (author review/tour or TBR)
NetGalley -- 3.5
TBR Print  --  1
TBR eBook -- 1
LBC -- 1
Other -- 1


  1. Martha you always get through so many audiobooks it always astounds me! Hold Your Breath must have been an excellent read too.

  2. You did awesome, and you're ahead in the end so it all works out. Happy June!


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