Friday, June 8, 2018

Monthly Recap: May

Hello, bloggers everywhere! Had amazing month. I graduated from grad school. Two years of Hell and an amazing year of internship. I also finished my internship as of May 31st. Oh, and the husbanator and I bought a house. We will be moving in next month.

Nonbookish Stuff
I finished up with my internship!!! 

Went to a park near my house and it had amazing book monuments everywhere. 

 I went to an LGBTQA movie festival. 
I graduated from graduate school!!! 

Song of the Month

Bookish Stuff:
Favorite Book(s) this Month:

I received all of these books for review and just totally fell in love. They were all super good for different reasons, but all worth reading. Reviews are with the blog posts.

Book(s) that Surprised Me:

Sadly I was surprised in a meh way for these books. I felt that they fell a bit flat.

Reading Challenges:
TBR: Read 20 books on my TBR pile list
Complete Series Challenge
Random Challenge
NetGalley: Read & Review 2 books a month
Read over 76,384 pages
Working on my writing

Where I'm at this Month:
TBR: 6 books read 12 books left
Complete Series Challenge: 4 series complete, 9 series left
Random: 0 books
NetGalley: Number currently 56%, read & reviewed 10 books
Pages to Read: 30,753 read with 46,402 pages left
Writing: Wrote 4 pages: half a notebook left

I started this meme to finally get some books off my TBR reading shelf. So at the beginning of the year, I made a list of all the books I had listed for this meme. Sadly, this month I didn't finish any of the books on this list. I attempted to read Pure by Julianna Baggott and it was a struggle. Every page felt like it took me forever. I made it to page 125 and have been trying to go back to it, but it hasn't been going well. Overall I finished 6 books on this list so far. Very excited to finally be making some progress.

1. The Registry by Shannon Stoker
2. The Peculiars by Maureen Boyle McGuerry
3. Origin by Jessica Khoury
4. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
5. Nameless by Lili St. Crow
6. I Am Malala By Malala Yousafzai
7. Pure by Julianna Baggott
8. Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Lazear
9. Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting
10. Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans
11. Scan (Scan #1) by Sarah Fine & Walter Jury
12. Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert
13. Tethered (A Birthright Novel #1) by Brandi Leigh Hall
14. Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
15. The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing
16. Devada (Angels and Demons #1) by Tich Brewster
17. You Slay Me (Aisling Grey #1) by Katie MacAlister
18. Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano
19. Matched by Ally Condie
20.The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May
21. The 5TH Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
22. Doomed by Tracy Deebs
23. The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors
24. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
25. Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter
26. Unforgiven (Fallen #5) by Lauren Kate
27. Tempest Rising (Tempest #1) by Tracy Deebs
28. Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca 
29. Quarterback Draw (Play by Play #9) by Jaci Burton
30. The Leopard King (Ars Numina #1) by Ann Aguirre
31. A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
32. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
33. Nuts (Hudson Valley #1) by Alice Clayton
34. No Limits (Unlimited #1) by Lori Foster
35. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
36. Wicked In Your Arms by Sophie Jordan
37. Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray
38. Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout
39. Off the Rails by Jill Sorenson
40. Ruined by Amy Tintera
41. Monday (Timeless #1) by E.L. Todd
42. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I had a goal to binge read through authors and books a couple years ago. The idea was to a bunch of books together and binge read them like a Netflix show. Like same author or books that are going to be movies or books about werewolves. I didn't get any books for this challenge read at all. I hope to in June or July.

My goal was to get to 80% last year.  I started this year with 70% and am now at 57%. Definitely not the direction I wanted to go, but last year it seemed like I would get one book read and then sent 8 more at one time. It was insane and I really couldn't keep up. I have a plan for this year. I'm aiming to read 2 Netgalley books a month. This month I read 10 books. I don't feel so bad about the other challenges since I fell a bit behind this month when reading these.

June is the month I move into the new house. This means packing up all my books, which is not enjoyable at all.

I hope to get caught up on all of my reviews.

How was everyone's month of May? Any summer plans?

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