Monthly Wrap Up | May 2020

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May has been quite the productive month for me! Admittedly, I spent more of my reading time on comics this month than I intended to, but I did still manage to get some pretty good novels in there too. Another month of mostly staying home has gone by and it looks like I’m going to be working from home for a while yet, but in good news, the bookstores are finally open again! I’ve also been trying to find better ways to track my TBR and especially my ARCs this month and hopefully it’ll to be a lot more efficient going forward. And of course, I hit my first reading goal for the Goodreads Reading Challenge, which was 100 books and have now moved it up to the next goal of 150! Happy reading and stay safe!


Books I Read in May 2020
(links lead to reviews)

New Releases
Daughter of the Reich – Louise Fein – ARC (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
The Archer at Dawn (The Tiger at Midnight #2) – Swati Teerdhala – ARCย (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly – Jamie Pacton (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 1/2)
The Jewel Thief – Jeannie Mobley – ARC (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
The Paper Girl of Paris – Jordyn Taylor – ARC (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 1/2)
The Arbella Stuart Conspiracy (The Marquess House Trilogy #3)
– Alexandra Walsh – ARC
(๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 1/2)

Re-Reads
The Red Sea Sharks (Tintin #19) – Hergรฉ (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
The Calculus Affair (Tintin #18) – Hergรฉ (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
The Black Island (Tintin #7) – Hergรฉ (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Flight 714 (Tintin #22) – Hergรฉ (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Tintin in Tibet (Tintin #20) – Hergรฉ (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix the Gaul (Asterix #1) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Golden Sickle (Asterix #2) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Goths (Asterix #3) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix the Gladiator (Asterix #4) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Banquet (Asterix #5) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and Cleopatra (Asterix #6) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Big Fight (Asterix #7) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix in Britain (Asterix #8) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Normans (Asterix #9) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix the Legionary (Asterix #10) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Chieftain’s Shield (Asterix #11) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix at the Olympic Games(Asterix #12) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Cauldron (Asterix #13) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix in Spain (Asterix #14) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Roman Agent (Asterix #15) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix in Switzerland (Asterix #16) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
The Mansions of the Gods (Asterix #17) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Laurel Wreath (Asterix #18) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Soothsayer (Asterix #19) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix in Corsica (Asterix #20) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and Caesar’s Gift (Asterix #21) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Great Crossing (Asterix #22) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Obelix and Co. (Asterix #23) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix in Belgium (Asterix #24) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Great Divide (Asterix #25) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Black Gold (Asterix #26) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and Son (Asterix #27) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Magic Carpet (Asterix #28) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Secret Weapon (Asterix #29) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) – Leigh Bardugo (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and Obelix All at Sea (Asterix #30) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Actress (Asterix #31) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Class Act (Asterix #32) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Astรฉrix and the Falling Sky (Asterix #33) – Renรฉ Goscinny (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)

Other posts & reviews this month

Monthly Wrap Up | April 2020
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) – C. J. Redwine (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย 1/2)
The Wish Granter (Ravenspire #2) – C. J. Redwine (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
WWW Wednesday | May 06, 2020
The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire #3) – C. J. Redwine (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Reader Problems Book Tag
WWW Wednesday | May 13, 2020
WWW Wednesday | May 20, 2020
Mini Reviews #12 (The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly, Girls With Razor Hearts, Heartstopper: Volume One)
WWW Wednesday | May 27, 2020
Bookish Prediction Tag


Reading Challenge Updates

1. Epic Reads Reading Challenge:ย THE DARK SIDE OF MAGIC
Chosen Book: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) – Leigh Bardugo
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price – and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he canโ€™t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who canโ€™t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kazโ€™s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destructionโ€”if they donโ€™t kill each other first.
Six of Crows is one of my all time favourites and while there isn’t much focus on magic in it, what is there fits this prompt perfectly! Check out my review here!

2. Fictional Hangover Book Club Challenge
SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED: Read a new take on an old story (reinterpretation/reimagining)
Chosen book: The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire #3) – C. J. Redwine
Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his placeโ€”and no one believes Javan is the true prince.
After barely escaping the imposterโ€™s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdomโ€™s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king โ€” and reveal Javanโ€™s identity โ€” is to fight in Maqbaraโ€™s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.
The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbaraโ€™s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive โ€” but she has dangerous secrets.
Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, theyโ€™ll be trapped in Maqbara for goodโ€”and the secret Sajdaโ€™s been hiding will bury them both.
The Traitor Prince was quite the thrilling read and I really enjoyed this twist on a fairytale that for once I actually like. Based on The Prince and the Pauper along with an Arabic folktale, the serious tone of this book was certainly a departure from the previous novels in this series. Check out my review here!


Stats for the Month

Number of Books: 45
Number of Pages: 4,564
Goodreads Challenge Progress: 120/150


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


 

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