May 2019 Wrap-Up!

by - Friday, May 31, 2019


My first month of blogging is officially complete! That went by waaaay faster than expected. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this first month! I really appreciate it!



May Reads

I read a grand total of 11 books in May! That's insane for me! True, I'm currently unemployed, so that helps... but look! Three five-star reads! This month was definitely a success when it comes to knocking books off my TBR and just enjoying myself while reading.


The Warrior QueenThis was the perfect end to this series. Oh how I'm going to miss it. I would highly recommend The Hundred Queen series by Emily R. King. There's so many amazing female characters, fun magic, and a wonderful romance. One of my favorite series of all time! You can find my review for The Warrior Queen here.



Stalking Jack the Ripper: This was YA and Wine's book club read for May! It was also on my TBR, so I was really excited to read it! I read it in a whole day--it was that addicting. As much as I loved it, though, I'm debating whether to finish the series or not... if you think I should, let me know! You can find my review for Stalking Jack the Ripper here.



Before the Broken StarI'm saying it loud and proud--EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK! This book is beyond amazing--there are clock hearts, pirates, pixies, different worlds, and female friendships. It was everything I could have asked for in a high fantasy novel. You can find me fangirling some more in my review for Before the Broken Star here.



Little Witches: I was going to wait and read this graphic novel after I read Little Women for the first time, (yes, haven't read it yet, it's sad!) but then I watched a movie adaption of Little Women and was like, "Well I guess I know the story now." Wasn't super impressed, but it was cute. My mini review of Little Witches is coming soon.



Queen of the Sea: This was a very interesting graphic novel, a kind of alternate history/world of the Queen Elizabeth vs. Queen Mary story. I enjoyed it quite a bit. My mini review of Queen of the Sea is coming soon.



A Touch of Gold: This quiet little re-imagining of the King Midas story really took me by surprise. It has a very twisty plot and a heroine that is easy to root for. If you love Greek myths, you'll like this book! You can find my full review of A Touch of Gold here.




Edenbrooke: I'd been recommended this book by friends and family for SO long...but I've never been a huge fan of regency romances, unless written by Jane Austen. But I found this book for $1 at my local thrift store and decided to get it (if only to give it to my mom if I didn't like it). What a ride this book was! I haven't read such an excellent romance in ages. My mini review for Edenbrooke is coming soon.



Stain: I received this book from Unicorn Crate in January...yup. It took me that long to pick it up *face palm*. But I'm so glad I read it this month! It was so, so good! This is a Princess and the Pea retelling, and I don't think anyone has retold that story since The Princess Test by Gail Carson Levine (one of my all-time favorites of hers, btw!). I was not disappointed! My full review of Stain is coming soon.



Paper Chains: Speaking of books that took me FOREVER to pick up! I bought this book in November, met the author, got it signed (Elaine Vickers is a lovely person!) and just didn't have the time to pick it up. I kind of wish I had in December, at least, since this is definitely a winter-y book. Such a fun MG about friendships and families. My mini review of Paper Chains is coming soon.



Three Dark Crowns: This series is so hyped! And, surprisingly, it didn't disappoint. I had to slog through the first 100 pages of the book before I really got into it, but the pay off was totally worth it. I cannot wait to dig into the the second book! My mini review of Three Dark Crowns is coming soon.



The Rose Gate: I requested an ARC of The Rose Gate from Hanna Sandvig because I'm such a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings. And I've been burned so many times...but not by this book! It was a quick, easy read, but utterly satisfying. My full review of The Rose Gate is coming soon.



Writing

I'm slowly chugging along through my WIP, though I am making progress! I finished writing Chapter 5 (which took honestly forever) and I'm so proud of it! I took it to my writing group and they pointed out some hard truths...and now I'm thirty years in the past (of my novel) trying to figure out the reason for a dang treaty I came up with last summer.

It's coming slowly but surely, and I have some great goals I can't wait to share! I'll be using my bujo to help me keep track of my progress a little more, so hopefully that helps with my motivation.



IRL

I finished my internship last month, so I've been working on trying to find a job. It's SO hard. I knew it would be, but man. Luckily, I have an interview next week, so I'm preparing like crazy to make a good impression.

I haven't had as much time to knit as I'd like to, but my first big knitting project is almost done! It's a summer scarf and I love it! The colors are so cute! I'll post pictures next month (when I finally finish it, lol).

Real talk, this month was tough. I've been trying to balance self-care with not giving myself excuses when it comes to working on my different projects (blogging, reading, writing, finding a job). My mental state has not always been at its best, but things are looking up. I have a plan for next month that I think will help me stay on track of my goals a little bit better. We shall see how it goes!


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I was really surprised to see how well this post did! There hasn't been much talk surrounding this delightful rom-com, so maybe that's why? But I'm glad so many people were curious! I really enjoyed writing this review!

Here are some other fun posts I did this month:




Thanks for stopping by my May wrap-up! It's always fun looking back on a month. Let me know how your month went! I'd love to hear!

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12 comments

  1. You've given me too many books to add to my TBR pile!

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  2. Welcome to the blogging world. :) I'm with you on Little Witches, it was cute but nothing more. Good luck on your interview!

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  3. Three five-star reads in one month is incredible! I really enjoyed Edenbrooke as well. It's light, but so lovely. Hope you enjoy your June and welcome to the book blogging community!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it as well! And thanks so much!

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  4. Congrats on your first month of blogging!! I really enjoyed Touch of Gold too. I didn't realize that Stain is a Princess and the Pea retelling---that really makes me want to read it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. That's what drew me to Stain in the first place! The Princess and the Pea is just not a story that's retold often!

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  5. A Touch of Gold has been on my TBR for a while but your description really sells it to me all the more!

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  6. I read Touch of Gold last year and will read more of this author's work. Finding 3 5 star reads in a month is such a great feeling--you chose well. Good luck with the job search!

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