May 2019 Reading Challenge Update: Weeks 19-22


Time for our monthly reading challenge update. Find out how Rachael fared this month in her quest to read a book a week, and what book categories are coming up next month.

My quest continues to read a book a week in our Pingel Sisters Reading Challenge.

While reading a book a week is a piece of cake for me, I’ve been foolishly attempting to read my 52 Reading Challenge selections in order, which has become much harder than I anticipated.

Constantly I have people inquire, “Does this count?” or “What do you mean by?” My answer is always: Interpret it however you want.

The whole purpose of our Reading Challenge is to diversify and expand your reading. So if you miss a category, alter a topic or decided to double count books, have at it.

This month, I’ll be joining you. I could not find the time to read one of my selections, so I didn’t. Find out which books I planned to read, what I actually read, and all my thoughts in today’s update.

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May: Books 19-22

Book cover for Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward

19. Award Winning Book: I’m not sure I could have picked a better novel for our May book club. Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing was captivating while not being at all what I expected. You could tell that every detail was crafted to tell the story that Ward wanted you to read, not necessarily the story I thought I would read. ★★★★ Read more →


Book cover for The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath

20. Book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge: The Bell Jar has been on my to-read list for ages, so I knew the May Reading Challenge would be the perfect time to check it off. Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical work gave an interesting look into mental illness. I found the book a quick read, which was nice because I wasn’t terribly enthralled by the story. It’s one of those modern classics where I appreciate its significance and see why some people rave about it, without particularly loving it myself. ★★★


Book cover for Salem's Lot by Stephen King

‘Salem’s Lot
by Stephen King

21. Published the Decade Before You Were Born: Horror books are not exactly my favorite genre, but I wanted to spend a bit more time on Stephen King’s work. Published in 1875, ‘Salem’s Lot gave me a fun look at what life was like in the decade before I was born. Though I don’t expect they actually had vampires running around in those days. Or maybe they did. Stephen King expertly set the mood of this novel, and I can easily see why he has become one of the bestselling authors of all time. ★★★


The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

The Lost Girls of Paris
by Pam Jenoff

22. Historical Fiction From Your Favorite Time Period: I had originally planned to read We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet, but it was 3 weeks overdue at the library. Instead, I decided to count a book I read earlier this year. In The Lost Girls of Paris, Grace Healy researches the history of women who served as couriers and radio operators in Occupied France during World War II. Sadly, this tale was a completely forgettable one with a rushed love story that never really connected with me at all. ★★ Read more →

Related: The Best World War II Novels of the Last Decade

Up Next in June

Time to pick out some more books! Here are the categories for the June Reading Challenge:

23. Classic You’ve Never Read

24. Book That Will Keep You Up All Night

25. 2018 Best Seller

26. Nonfiction Book About Science

What books did you read this month for the 2019 Reading Challenge?

May 2019 Reading Challenge Update

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  • Reply Rachel @ Never Enough Novels May 30, 2019 at 6:32 am

    I’m excited to see a Stephen King book on this list! Some of my favorites are Firestarter, Misery, and Carrie. I tend to like the older ones more than his newer releases.

  • Reply Kelly Enright June 3, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    So May was definitely more successful than April, but life has gotten a lot busier and I’m still finding myself skipping reading altogether. So the focus for June is to try to just get back into a groove, hoping for nice weather to help.

    May Recap:
    ~ A historical fiction from your favourite time period – The Gown by Jennifer Robson (5 stars)
    ~ A book you once started but never finished – Every Boy’s Got One by Meg Cabot (2 stars)
    ~ A 2019 new release – Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman (2 stars)

    Books that didn’t fall into any category
    ~ The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (4 stars)
    ~ The 17th Suspect by James Patterson (4 stars)

    I was also planning to use Sing, Unburied, Sing for “a book recommended by a friend, but ended up DNFing it for the time being. I tried e-books for the first time in May and enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading several more ARCs in June. To kick off the month, I’m reading a trio of stories from Kristin Hannah – Distant Shores, Between Sisters and Magic Hour.

    Happy Reading!

    • Reply Rachael June 6, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      Oh, I need to read all those Kristin Hannah books, too. Happy reading in June!

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