the best books i read this month – may 2020

And just like that another month at home has passed. Not much has changed in my household, we are both still not working, my garden and plants are helping to keep me mentally sane, and I am still reading a lot. We have been able to start seeing some of our friends in a socially distanced way however which has been absolutely lovely.

There are lots of great books that I read this month including some non-fiction, romance, a YA series that I was so excited for, and more. As always all the books will be linked through Goodreads (feel free to add me on there) as well as a look at some of my 2020 reading challenges at the bottom.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle


I hadn’t heard of Glennon Doyle much before a few months ago when she started appearing on many of the podcasts that I listen to. I immediately knew that her story was one that i wanted to know more about. This book is about Glennon finding her voice, finding her love, and working to stop being the tame woman that she was raised to be.

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Criado Caroline Perez

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Crash Test Dummies, the temperature in the workplace, and the size of our cell phones. These are just a few of the ways that the gender data gap has worked against women for centuries, and continues today. This book goes through many of the ways that women are missing from the data of experiments worldwide and how it is affecting our lives. This book does a great job of what could be boring data and made it a more exciting read.

The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

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Layla is returning home from New York, freshly dumped, fired, and humiliated to millions over the internet. Her father without her knowledge sets her up on an Indian dating website and allows her to use the office above the family restaurant to start her own business. Then the first man starts knocking on the door……

Sam is the CEO of a downsizing company used to crushing people’s dreams and also meant to be using the same office as Layla. The two of them immediately don’t get along and the insults (as well as the sparks) start to fly.

Both of them have hidden agendas for their lives and as they together start to experience these suitors, outside people start to intrude, and communication goes wrong, the two of them have to figure out if each other are worth fighting for.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Told through poetry this story tells the parallel stories of two girls, both not knowing that they are half-sisters until their father dies flying between their homes of New York and the Dominican Republic. As they learn about the other, they learn more than just how to be sisters, but how to be family.

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen

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This book is unlike any other LGBT non-fiction that I have read as it is about people living in the southern states of the United States who don’t want to leave. Instead they are working on making their homes and their states better. The stories told are ones of courage, love, and care.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0) by Suzanne Collins

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I have been eagerly awaiting this book all year long and I really loved it. This book focuses on President Snow back when he was 18 during the 10th Hunger Games. The book gave great insight into his motives, how the Hunger Games became the way that we knew them during the original series, and more into the history of Panem. The book gave me a lot to think about, and while it is a very long book I raced through it.

Party of Two (The Wedding Date, #5) by Jasmine Guillory

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Jasmine Guillory is probably my favourite Romance author and her newest book was really great. The personalities of the two main characters really reminded me of Nigel and myself which made it very fun to read. Their relationship was very believable and their problems deal with very real issues in the world and in the relationship.

Project 333: The Minimalist Fashion Challenge That Proves Less Really Is So Much More by Courtney Carver

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This book is the subject of a fashion challenge that I took on last summer which you can read more about here. I loved that Courtney talked about the specifics of the challenge and how to work up to it, but she talked more broadly about minimalism in both your life as well as with your stuff. I liked that she talked to different people in different climates who have taken on project 333 and it really inspired me to hopefully start another in either fall or winter.

2020 Recap:

2020 Reading Goals

Numbers are for the full year, topics are for the challenges I completed this month.

Goodreads Profile

Total 2020 Books: 122

Goodreads Choice Awards: 14/20

  • Science and Technology – Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge: 11/24

  • Historical Fiction not Set in WWII – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Book that Takes Place in a Rural Setting – Real Queer America by Samantha Allen
  • Last Book in a Series – Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Book from Religious Tradition not your own – Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman

ARCs: 30

What have you been reading and loving lately?

3 Comments Add yours

  1. lavinajainquotes says:

    Wow! Quite a lot books❤️


  2. I just got The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. I’m so excited to read it in June!!


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