Filling the Shelves: May Book Haul!

May isn’t even over yet, and I’ve already collected too many books – between library checkouts and clearance sales, I’m running out of room to keep them all! For a while now, I’ve been using the space between the wall and my bedside table as a interim bookshelf area, but it’s already filled (not like it’s that big of a space to begin with). So, to cope with the crazy amount of books I’ve collected over the month, the wine rack has become the over-flow book shelf:


Usually the top of the wine rack is reserved for our barware, but I kind of like the way it turned out. We’ll be moving in a few months and I’ll finally have enough space to put in a few more bookshelves! Hopefully we’ll have room to add two bookcases – one for books and one for my rocks. They’ve been packed away in the closet for too long!

From the Library:


The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick

All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

At only 180 pages, I couldn’t resist grabbing this from the new shelf!

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

Lookout for my review on Monday! For Bronte fans, this is a must-read!

Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg

I started reading Clegg’s debut last night, and already feeling overwhelmed by the sense of loss and tragedy. A beautiful story, and wonderfully written.

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I just finished rereading To Kill a Mockingbird, and after a couple days break, I’ll be starting on Go Set a Watchman! I’m interested to see the differences in the characters and how they’ve grown.

Free Men by Katy Simpson Smith


Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, The Sleep You’re Missing, The Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy by Julie Holland

I’ve read a bit of this, and I’m not really sure if I’ll finish or not. It’s a little too “Down with Men” for my tastes, and I was hoping for a little more science. I presumed it would discuss more of the biology behind mood swings and hormone levels in us women folk but instead, I’m getting a feminist rant. Definitely wasn’t expecting the soap box on this one.

From the Bookstore:


City of Thieves by David Benioff

Another to add to my growing list of WWII reads for the year. I can’t get enough of this genre!

Evening y Susan Minot

I’ve seen the film starring Claire Danes, now it’s time to read the novel! There were a few confusing loose ends at the end of the film and I’m hoping the novel will fill them for me.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Of course, Barbara Kingsolver. I can’t help but grab her novels the second I see them in clearance. She’s a fantastic reader.

The Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins

The Likeness by Tana French

Pretty sure I bought this thinking it was the first book of the Dublin Murder Squad series. It’s really the second, so close enough!

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

I first read this novel last spring, and absolutely fell in love with it. I’ve been wanting to reread it for a while – that, and the beautiful cover art, I had to get a copy for myself! Plus, I lucked out in getting a library binding!


Book of the Month Club:


I finally received my copy of Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld! For more spring reads, check out my Spring Reading List!

What books did you get in May? What book are you most excited to read?


4 thoughts on “Filling the Shelves: May Book Haul!

  1. Sally Allen says:

    Oh boy, can I relate to this. I’m doing better this year because I’m doing the read my own books challenge, but it’s still super hard! Also, your book haul is awesome – I loved City of Thieves. 🙂


    • I always promise myself I’m going to read one of my own books….and then I go on a crazy holding spree on my library’s site. Right now I’m reading A Blessing on the Moon by Joseph Skibell but City of Thieves is next!

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  2. rhoffnagle says:

    I kept going back and forth between Eligible and I Let You Go for BOTM club. I ended up with I Let You Go, but can’t wait to hear what you think of Eligible because I may just go buy it myself haha.

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