I actually read almost all of the books that I wanted to read in May. And that’s kind of amazing! GO ME!! I’ve spent more time listening to podcasts & playing video games this month than reading overall, but I’m still ahead of the game with my reading challenge of 50 for the year, so I’m not beating myself up about it. I guess smaller TBR’s work in my favour. I’m remembering that for June.
A big thing happened recently in my personal life as well, that will affect my reading/blogging/anything that’s not sleeping for at least a month or so. And that thing?
Approval to move cross-country to Austin, Texas!!!
We found an apartment, told our bosses, I’m getting transferred, he’ll get to work from home, & in the last week of July it’s Good-bye Michigan & Hello Texas!!!
I am excited & terrified of this new chapter in my life. I just have to keep reminding myself that, if it absolutely sucks, we can always move back. We will always have a home here.
Here’s what book stuff went down in May!
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – Page 184/41% done
I got to go to her book signing at my local Barnes & Noble so, even though it wasn’t planned, I HAD to at least start this one in May. How could I not???
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales – 3.5 Stars
It doesn’t start off very great, but it gets sooo much better when Elise discovers dj-ing. Then it’s awesome through the rest, with a nice ending that I enjoyed.
Yellow Brick War by Danielle Page – 3.5 Stars
I liked this one, but I like the first two books in this series a whole lot more. I’m not entirely sure what was missing for me, but it didn’t seem as…..exciting? We did get a new enemy, old enemies becoming allies (kind of), more fighting, & more reasons to ship Nox & Amy together, though.
Overall, a good addition to the Dorothy Must Die family. Bring on the 4th book!!!
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling – 3.5 Stars
This was my first reread of the 1st HP book ever, & it was for the small book club I’m in. It was our book for May!!
Overall, it’s not that revolutionary or new of a story (even in the 90s when it first came out) & it’s not the greatest written book in the world (it’s a first novel, so that’s not that big a deal). But it is definitely fun & easy to get lost in.
I liked it loads better when I was younger, but overall my tastes have changed ever so slightly when it comes to fantasy-type novels. There will always be a nostalgia with these. They weren’t the books that got me into reading. They were never my absolute favourite books, but they were wonderful reads during my childhood. That alone makes it special.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – 5 Stars
WHAT IS THAT ENDING??? OMIGAWD
I chose binge-reading over sleep the day I read this, but it was oh so worth it. This book was everything & more & I felt everything.
Adam is becoming more of himself, & it’s wonderful to see. I can’t wait to see how everything ties up in The Raven King. But I also can, because I just don’t want it to end!!
Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess – 4 Stars
I have a really hard time reviewing books like this. On one hand, it is about a very VERY tough subject, so saying this book is good is…..difficult. On the other, it’s also VERY well written & so easy to fly through that that’s all I want to call it. A good book.
You feel EVERYTHING for Meredith. You root for her & for Andy. You feel her pain, her anger, her helplessness. You cheer her on as the story progresses.
It can be a little upsetting at times due to the subject matter, but I feel that Wiess did a very good job at portraying things. You can tell that she really did her research and took care to write this book.
I read this book in a couple hours during a 9 hour flight from Japan to Calgary. I have a hard time saying I enjoyed it.
But I did.
Leftovers by Laura Wiess – 2.5~3 Stars
It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t nearly as good as the last book I read by Wiess. The narration/writing style was sometimes hard to follow & took a while to get used to, but it did get easier to read after a little bit. I still didn’t care for it though. Even after getting used to the flow, it still felt weird & disconnected.
The end is also….not great. Like, what they did isn’t exactly what you’d expect, & it really is cruel. They go from being legit victims of life into exactly the type of people that had hurt them in the first place. And after the BIG REVEAL, there’s nothing. Nothing else. No aftermath, resolution, explanation into what happens to them or anything. It just….ends. Definitely the opposite of satisfying.
So I give this one 2.5-3 stars. It’s got a lot of bad in it, but it’s still a pretty easy book to lose yourself in & it’s relatively short. You definitely do feel for these girls & the circumstances they’re being raised in, but it doesn’t excuse what they did. Not even a little bit.
I wouldn’t recommend this book to younger teens, it’s got a lot of drugs/alcohol, sexual encounters, & stuff like that. So definitely something to think about before diving in. It’s not a fluffy read. It’s a little dark. But it’s not completely awful. So read at your own risk!!
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – 4 Stars
Guys, I loved this book. I think it might be my favourite in The Mortal Instruments. It’s just….so good.
I want to try & get a legit, full review of this one within the next week. I’m really busy in my home life right now, so it’s taking longer for everything that I’ve meant to do, but hopefully I can at least get this up!!
My TBR for June is going to be very very small.
The podcast I’ve been listening to at work, almost nonstop the past week, is
Welcome To Night Vale
I don’t know how many of you have heard of this small little podcast, but it is amazing. And they released a novel last year. And I bought it not too long after its release, but I had only listened to somewhere between 7 & 10 episodes, so I didn’t feel like I could read it just yet. I didn’t want to spoil anything or…ya know, whatever, before getting to it in the podcast. So I put it off.
NOT ANY MORE!!
I am currently on episode 61 out of a current 89 episodes, and I feel that I am now qualified in reading this book! So I’m going to. My June TBR is going to consist of the Welcome to Night Vale novel, The Raven King, & Six of Crows! Hopefully I’m actually able to read SOC this time…