May Wrap-Up: Reviews, Reading Challenges, etc.

Big thanks to May for finally pulling me out of reading/blgging slump. I finally feel like I’m back to my old self again!

Nothing real exciting happened to me this past month, other than just work. Kids, never grow up and get a real job. If Peter Pan comes calling, then you better take your ass over to Neverland and have a good time for me! 😉


Books Read

  • Startup by Doree Shafrir – 4/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen – 4/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Armada by Ernest Cline – 3/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Heartstone by Elle Katharine White – 4/5 stars, REVIEW
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor – 4/5 stars, REVIEW

I think I had a really good reading month in May. I enjoyed all of the books that I read for the most part and hope that that trend continues through June as well!

Total Books Read: 6

Overall in 2017: 25

Reading Challenge Updates

POPSUGAR

  • A Book Involving a Mythical Creature – Heartstone

Previous Month:

  • A Book of Letters – We Are Still Tornadoes
  • A Book by a Person of Color – A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)
  • A Bestseller from a Genre You Don’t Normally Read – Big Little Lies
  • A Book Published in 2017 – Caraval (Caraval, #1)
  • The First Book in a Series You Haven’t Read Before – Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)
  • A book by or about a person who has a disability – The Architect of Song
  • A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too longRed Queen (Red Queen, #1)
  • A Book by an Author Who Uses a Pseudonym – A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)

Beat The Backlist

  • Armada
  • Alias Hook

Goodreads Reading Challenge

  • Total: 25/100
  • Previous Total: 19/100

Blog Posts

Teaser Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Hype or Like Friday

Discussions/Misc.

Happy reading, y’all!


How was your reading month in May? Did you read any good books? Find any new favorites? Was there a book that really let you down? Have you read any of the same books that I did? What did you think of them?

My 2017 Reading Challenges (O.M.G!)

I’m setting the bar extremely high for 2017. The word for this year is YES! I plan to be more fun, more productive, and really focus on bettering myself this year. So of course, I decided to kick my reading ass into gear by joining a bunch of reading challenges. Lord, give me strength! (because this might’ve been a bad idea…)

Also, I plan to track the challenges through a monthly wrap-up post. I didn’t do this last year, but I feel it might be beneficial in tracking my progress to see what I need to focus on. It’s nice to see when progress is being made or when you’re being lazy and need a swift kick in the rear.


POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

This year the challenge is being taken to a whole new level, as they have decided to add an advanced challenge as well. I think that’s a pretty cool idea, especially if you’re a crazy awesome bookworm who can speed through challenges like nobody’s business. I didn’t do the best job with last year’s challenge but I plan to consciously take part in this year’s. They have also created a Goodreads group for this year’s challenge that you can join HERE. This challenge is open for anyone and everyone!

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I will also be participating in their monthly challenge that you can find on their Goodreads group. It’s much simpler and easy to do if you’re looking for something a little less intense.

January: A book with one of the four seasons in the title
February: A book by a person of color
March: A book about an interesting woman
April: A book with an unreliable narrator
May: A novel set during wartime
June: A book involving travel
July: A book set in two different time periods
August: A book set in the wilderness
September: A book of letters
October: A book with a mythical creature
November: A book about food
December: A book that’s published in 2017


Beat the Backlist

Now I already posted about this challenge last month which you can read about HERE. I also joined the mini House Cup monthly challenge, so I’m here to help my fellow Ravenclaws! This challenge is also open to anyone, all you need to do is sign up and register. All information and links are in my original post!


Goodreads Reading Challenge

I’ve set my goal this year at 100 books again. I really think I can do it, as long as I don’t go into a massive reading slump like I did last summer. It’s a little bit harder to do with a full time job, but I’m keeping the faith!

Goal: 100 Books


What reading challenges are you participating in this year? What are some of your reading goals? Are you participating in any of the same challenges as me?