May 2018 Month in Review

Posted June 7, 2018 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Features, Month In Review / 12 Comments

Hello! I am back with a monthly recap for the first time since February and I’m so excited to share with you that I read TEN books in the month of May. I think this must be a personal record for me for most books read in a month, or close to it at least! Personally, this month was super busy and exciting, starting with YALLWEST the first weekend, followed by out of town visitors, my little brother’s college graduation, and ending with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Perhaps the BEST part of the month was finally trying Salt & Straw, the ice cream shop of my dreams, and finding it lived up to ALL of my expectations (I mean how many places can you order a FLIGHT OF ICE CREAM?!) I’m also in pretty much a perpetually good mood all the time now because SUMMER WEATHER has finally arrived! We’re also almost a year out from our wedding date so expect to see a few wedding related things pop up with more frequency 🙂

Books I Read This Month

This month was exciting and full of new releases. However, after reading ACOFAS I feel like most of the reads were sort of middle of the road for me. I’m also really craving some fantasy and/or paranormal reads since my TBR has been very contemporary heavy lately! Also, can we just talk about how 2018 covers are ON POINT?? They’re all so beautiful (especially The Way You Make Me Feel!)

Books I Reviewed This Month

Love & Luck (4 Stars)

The Astonishing Color of After (3 Stars)

A Court of Frost and Starlight (5 Stars)

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza (2 Stars)

The Immortalists (2 Stars)

The Party (3 Stars)

Forever, Interrupted (3 Stars)

The Art of French Kissing (3 Stars)

From Twinkle, with Love (3.5 Stars)

Ugh, clearly I am in a 3 star slump *sigh*


Total Books Read: 9

Total Novellas Read: 1

Rereads: 0

Favorite Book Read This Month: A Court of Frost and Starlight for obvious reasons (#Feysandforever).

Least Favorite Book Read This Month: Leah on the Offbeat was a letdown for me…though I loved her narration and the story was fun, I didn’t feel it was very consistent with the happenings in Simon.

Book that Most Surprised Me This Month: Puddin’ was a lot of fun! It had a different vibe than Dumpin’ but the same charm and heart!

Reading Challenge Updates

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge Progress: 42/80

Other Posts This Month

May 2018 TBR Plan

YALLWEST Recap (Year 4!!)

Beyond the Books: Yoga

Giving Scribd Another Shot

Real Talk: A Case for Kindness

How was your May? If you’re in the US, did you do anything for the holiday weekend?  What was the best book you read? Let me know in the comments!


12 responses to “May 2018 Month in Review

  1. You sound like you had a busy month and still got in 10 books! WOW! A flight of ice cream sounds fantastic!! Sad to see you didn;t like Leah – I still need to get to it. I am happy to see you liked Stay Sweet – I have been debating purchasing. Hope you have a great June!

  2. I really need to visit Salt & Straw again and try that flight! I tried honey lavender the first (and only) time I went and it was so so good. Ooooh, I can’t wait to see your wedding-related updates! Let me know if you have any questions! Or if you want to talk about anything haha. I’ve been pretty bad with mine but there are so many details to work out right now, thinking about sharing it all gets me overwhelmed! I only read one book last month (FOOLISH HEARTS) but I loved it so much! Emma Mills writes the best company romance stories. Hope you have another good reading month in June!

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    • Wedding planning has definitely gotten in the way of my reading! I’m still about 11 months about but you’re right, it’s so overwhelming to plan and even talk about, so I’m trying to break it all up into manageable chunks (although even that can be hard!) I just got my dress so that’s one thing off my list! Is your wedding this year or next year?

  3. Congrats on reading 10 books, Cristina! My May was one of the worst months this year in terms of reading volume but I’m hoping to up my game in June. Salt & Straw sounds so amazing! I can’t believe I missed my chance to visit one of their shops when I was in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco two years ago! I’m glad to hear it lived up to all your expectations 🙂 I hope your June will turn out to be a better reading month for you in terms of quality!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    • Hopefully you get another chance to visit California so you can try Salt & Straw! I think they’re also in Oregon/Washington and expanding throughout the West Coast. Also, I think I jinxed myself because I had a great reading month in May but a terrible one in June! Oh well, lol. I hope June went well for you and you had time to read a lot of books!

  4. A ice-cream flight? I need that! I loved YallFest and hope to attend YallWest someday. It seems to be much bigger than the original festival. I liked many of those books more than you. Leah was fun, and I enjoyed it, however, I would have enjoyed it more if Albertalli didn’t mess with the group dynamic to make that ship happen. I also agree with you about Puddin’. It had its own vibe, but kept that Dumplin’ feeling in tact. I really enjoyed it. Good luck with the wedding plans!!!

    • Thanks so much, Sam! I hope you have the chance to make it out to YALLWEST one day- it’s truly an amazing and uniquely California event. I’d love to go to YALLFEST but it’s hard for me to travel in the fall. I hear the festival is much more spread out throughout the town.

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