May 2018 Monthly Round-Up

May 2018 Monthly Round-Up


May was a solid, if not stand-out reading month. Lots of books I liked or liked a lot, but none that clearly stood out above the rest. And, no 5 star reads. So, while I do have a favorite book of the month, it was a bit of a toss-up for that title.

I spent the first few weeks of the month getting my 2018 Summer Reading List together and I’m so excited about all the books that made it on! And, just to explode your TBR a bit further, I shared My Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2018 last week. These books are coming out later this summer that I (mostly) haven’t read yet (compared to my Summer Reading List, where I’ve read every book on it).

I read 8 books this month…and I fit audiobooks back into my life! I finally finished the new Tiger Woods biography, which is over 15 hours long…about 3 times the length of my normal audiobooks. And, I listened to one more (The Mockingbird Next Door).




Best-Selling Book (via my affiliate links)

Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties by Camille Pagan – my #1 “Fun” pick from my 2018 Summer Reading List


  • The 2018 Summer Reading List is here! Get out your TBR lists…
  • Personalized Book Recommendations and the Superstars Facebook Group are now available to anyone who supports Sarah’s Book Shelves on Patreon!

May Quality and Recommendation Sources

Reading Quality 

May 2018

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 78% (way above my 43% success rate from 2017)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 88%

2018 Year-to-Date (through May)

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 57% (above my 43% success rate from 2017)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 85%

Successful Recommendation Sources

If you’re interested in tracking these types of stats, my “Rock Your Reading” Tracker does all the heavy lifting for you! Enter your book details and it automatically compiles everything into Summary Charts in real time! Go here for more details.

June Releases I’m Excited About

Us Against You by Fredrick Backman (June 5)
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (June 5) – Already read & really liked!
Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard (June 5) – Already read & really liked!
We Are Gathered by Jamie Weisman (June 5)
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (June 12)
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (June 19)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in May
2018 Summer Reading List

April and May 2018 Books to Read (and Skip)
Book of the Month May 2018 Selections: What Book Should You Choose?

Overall Posts
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  1. Wendy wrote:

    Clearly, I”m in the minority about The Favorite Sister. I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t like The Luckiest Girl Alive either, so maybe it’s her writing style? Or that I don’t watch reality TV? I have Camille Pagan’s book in my iPad–it was a Kindle Daily Deal, so I’m glad to hear you liked it!

    As always, I enjoy your book reviews!

    Posted 5.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’m betting it’s b/c you don’t watch reality TV b/c I DNF’d Luckiest Girl Alive!

      Posted 5.31.18 Reply
  2. I’m glad you liked Tin Man. I really liked that one, too. Happy June!

    Posted 5.31.18 Reply
  3. Thanks for the shout outs, Sarah. I’m surprised to see you only had one DNF, but a little relieved to see that Florida didn’t work for you either. Here’s to all those new summer releases being awesome! (I seem to remember that last summer many of us hit a slump. Please, no to this year.)

    Posted 5.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Oh Lord…don’t remind me! That was a bad one! It took months and Heart’s Invisible Furies to get me out of it!

      Posted 5.31.18 Reply
  4. Sarah, thanks for mentioning my post! Hope June is a great reading month for you.

    Posted 5.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      You’re welcome and you too!

      Posted 5.31.18 Reply

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