Reviews This Month:
These Broken Stars (4 Stars)
Vanishing Girls (3 Stars)
Making Pretty (2.5 Stars)
A Court of Thorns and Roses (5 Stars)
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids (3.5 Stars)
Extraordinary Means (3 Stars)
Immaculate (4 Stars)
Total Books Read: 6
Total Novellas Read: 0
Favorite Book Read This Month: Hands down, A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Least Favorite Book Read This Month: Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu. I wanted more resolution and better decision making by the protagonist.
Book that Most Surprised Me This Month: Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler. I was a bit wary about how the religious aspect was going to be handled, but the story is SO good, not preachy, and well-written!
Reading Challenge Updates
Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge Progress: 42/70
Fairytale Retelling Challenge: 5/8
Reread Challenge: 12/12 (Rereading all of the Princess Diaries books fulfilled the challenge!)
*Note that the status bars for challenges in my side bar are slightly different because they only count books I wrote full reviews for.
Notable Posts This Month
Favorite Quote This Month
“Here’s a secret…There’s a difference between being dead and dying. We’re all dying. Some of us die for ninety years, and some of us die for nineteen. But each morning everyone on this planet wakes up one day closer to their death. Everyone. So living and dying are actually different words for the same thing, if you think about it.” –Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Updates About My Life This Month
This was my first full month of being on self-hosted and I can concretely say that I LOVE IT! There were definitely a few issues I had to work out and it’s a continual learning process, but I am so happy with having my own wordpress.org space. I had my highest number of views ever in May (beating my highest number of views ever before I went self hosted by 1,000+ views) and posted my 300th blog post! You can check out my thorough post about moving to self hosted, but I’m also glad to answer any questions you may have!
I was lucky enough to receive several review copies in May so it was a very review heavy month. In June I’m hoping to do some more features and discussions, and I have three big events coming up: Bay Area Bookfest, ALA, and the Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale. I’ll be doing recap posts for all of these, so be sure to look out for that! I’m also starting a new job for the summer this month, and as it’s full-time I’ll be doing my best to schedule posts in advance and continue to answer comments in a timely manner!
I’m also going to be participating in the Summer of Sarah Dessen read-along as much as possible, and I’m starting off this week with Saint Anything (my first Dessen book in years, and I’m loving it so far!) Other books that will be sure to be on my TBR this month are Emmy & Oliver, Just Listen, The Heir, and Crimson Bound.
What are your plans for the first month of summer?