May 2015 Book Report

June 5, 2015 | One comment


THE SHORT VERSION: 24 books // 9190 pages

I read 24 books (6 were audiobooks) by 14 different authors, of which 3 were new-to-me authors. As usual, most of the books were by female authors.



I read a lot of really good books this month. I gave 9 books 4 or 5 stars (and I rarely give above 3 stars). The best of the best in May are All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Broken Harbor by Tana French, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

All the Light We Cannot See is a beautifully written story set in France during WWII. I don’t read historical fiction that often, but this one won me over from the first page.

Broken Harbor is the fourth book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, and it definitely reminded me about what got me hooked on this series. They are well-written, character-driven crime novels where you cannot wait to get to the last chapter to find out who did what and why. (I read the third and fifth books in the series, Faithful Place and The Secret Place, this month too and they were both excellent.)

I also continued my Harry Potter reread project (audiobook style) with book #3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The series is still as good as last time I read it, and Jim Dale once again reminded me why he is my faovurite narrator.


I’ve finished another 4 (total 29) books for the Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge.

I also started the Semi-charmed Summer Challenge, and I’ve read 7 of 12 books.


I’ve read another 5 books, including one in Swedish, by Nordic authors. Technically, I’ve now reached my goal for the year to read 15 books by Nordic authors. I should clearly have set a higher goal.

I finished the Kurt Wallander books by Henning Mankell, and also caught up on Kay Hooper’s Special Crime Unit series.

Non-fiction have pretty much been non-existent among my reading this year, but this month I finally read Amy Poehler’s memoir Yes Please, which was just as hilarious as expected. I still haven’t been reading any classics.


After falling off the wagon and buying 2 new books in April, I managed to not spend any money on books this month. Of the 22 books I picked up from the library in May, I’ve finished 16 already.

How’s your reading year going so far?