Monthly Wrap Up | May 2019

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Well, it certainly has been a task keeping up with all the new books this month! I’ve read so many amazing books this month, and some that I didn’t expect to enjoy but loved. Red, White & Royal Blue stands out on my list from May, and is definitely making my best of year shelf!

And yes, my wrap up is a day earlier than usual, because I’m heading to my first BookCon this weekend! So that means no review this weekend unfortunately 😞, but I might do an extra post next week to make up for it.

In other news however, I have reached 74 books on my reading challenge as of this month, and with only 26 to go, I’m hoping to reach that number by mid July so I can raise my goal for the year. And now, without further ado, let’s move on to this month’s wrap up!


Books I Read in May 2019
(links lead to reviews)

New Releases
Finale (Caraval #3) – Stephanie Garber (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Again, But Better – Christine Riccio (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Broken Throne (Red Queen #4.5) – Victoria Aveyard (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Romanov – Nadine Brandes (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Red, White and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston (🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Elizabeth Tudor Conspiracy (The Marquess House Trilogy #2) – ARC Review
– Alexandra Walsh (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Girl Gone Viral – Arvin Ahmadi (🌟🌟🌟)

Backlist
Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2) – Vic James (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts #3) – Vic James (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera (🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
The Belles (The Belles #1) – Dhonielle Clayton (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) – Kendare Blake (🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Other posts & reviews this month

Mini Reviews #4
WWW Wednesday | May 22, 2019
WWW Wednesday | May 29, 2019


And as always, here are my reading challenge updates:
1. Beat the Backlist: This month, I read 5 books from my backlist, finishing one long pending series (Dark Gifts), and fully caught up on another (Three Dark Crowns). I also finally read my first Adam Silvera book this month, and I have no idea why I waited this long, because it was so good!
2. Year of Epic Reads:

    • Challenge of the Month: A BOOK THAT CHALLENGES YOUR WAY OF THINKING!
      Pick up a book that challenges your way of thinking. We know this one is a bit abstract, but it could be anything from a novel-in-verse (our currently weekly challenge), to a perspective that you otherwise haven’t read before. Maybe you just want to settle in with a really good mystery, and see if you can solve it before the main character!
      Chosen Book: Again, but Better – Christine Riccio
      I always have a hard time with contemporary, and the more day-to-day the subject matter, the less likely I am to read it. Again, but Better was a huge surprise in that sense. A last minute addition to my TBR after many months of second-guessing, this turned out to be a really good choice!
      A book I would have loved to read when I was in university myself, this is so very relatable and such a fun read! For a debut, this was definitely very good.
      Check out my full review here!

Stats for the Month

Number of Books: 13
Number of Pages: 5,551
Goodreads Challenge Progress: 73/100


Did you read any of these books or do you plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!


8 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up | May 2019

  1. Ruby’s Books Blog May 31, 2019 / 11:30 am

    I’d like to read Again, But Better so I’m glad you enjoyed it – I don’t read too many contemporaries either

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  2. Surbhi Das May 31, 2019 / 12:06 pm

    Wawo great wrap-up! You read so many great books!! I hope you have an even better June!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Read By Dusk June 1, 2019 / 4:04 pm

    So excited to read Red, White and Royal Blue!

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    • journeyintofantasy June 5, 2019 / 10:14 pm

      Red, White & Royal Blue completely took me by surprise and it was so good that I’m planning to re-read it very soon! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  4. Nyxinked June 1, 2019 / 4:30 pm

    I love reading but can never get settled enough to do it. You’ve done so well with yours!

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