Monthly Recap: May 2015

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I feel like the term “monthly recap” is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case here’s my spiel! I’ll be recapping what I’ve read for the month and what reviews I’ve written, along with what I’m planning to read for next month. What’s been happening in my personal life may also be making an appearance from time to time (this of course depends on whether anything interesting happens!).

What I Read in May:

  1. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (YA, Fantasy, Romance)
  2. The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima (YA, Fantasy)
  3. Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron (UF, Audiobook)
  4. Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton (Graphic Novel/Comics, History)
  5. Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (UF)
  6. Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth (Graphic Novel/Comics)
  7. Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish (UF)
  8. Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen (YA, Fantasy, Romance)
  9. Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Graphic Novel/Comics, SF)
  10. For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison (UF, Audiobook)

Yeah, I read ten books in May. Check me out! I’m pretty pleased with that number since April was a pretty slump-y month for me. Standouts of the month were Nice Dragons Finish Last and Rat Queens Vol. 2, highly recommend both titles and my reviews for them should be appearing soon! I marathoned the Nice Dragons Finish Last audiobook in like three days – that’s how good it was.

What I Reviewed in May:

  1. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
  2. An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire
  3. Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
  4. Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs 

It’s been a very urban fantasy heavy month in terms of reviews (is anyone surprised?), mostly because I’d been putting off reviewing some of my audiobook listens. My reviews for June will probably be a bit more varied, since I’ve been on a bit of an adult fantasy kick.

Reading & Blogging Updates:

Would you believe that I didn’t buy a single book this month? No, I didn’t think you would. BUT the books I purchased were gifts for friends and family so I’m going to go ahead and say that I stuck with my book buying ban. My TBR challenge is looking a little shaky though, since this month’s deluge of ARCs combined with the heady power of a new library system to present a whole slew of new-t0-me books. My goal for June is to read 5 books from my physical TBR – fingers crossed for me, y’all!

Here are a couple books that I’m hoping to read in June that I snagged from the library. I had been resisting Snow Like Ashes for the longest time, but I got an ARC of the sequel for review so it’s finally time. I’ve already read Sex Criminals Vol. 1: One Weird Trick (bizarre, funny, dark and kinda sad) so you can expect a review of that one along with a slew of other graphic novels in the next few weeks.

Life Updates:

I’m all settled in to my new town and my new apartment – yay! It’s always strange getting acclimated to a new city, discovering the ins and outs of the area and all that. On my more recent jaunts I’ve been exploring a walking trail that goes along a river near my place; it’s so pretty there! June is the month when I officially start work (I’ve had a month off!) and I’m pretty excited to get back to it again. As much as I love hanging out and reading, sometimes I need something to engage my brain space, you know?

Was May a good reading month for you? How have you been taking advantage of the warmer weather?

9 thoughts on “Monthly Recap: May 2015

  1. I think I’m really going to love Ember in the Ashes, although it seems you either love it or hate it. Let’s hope for love! Hope you have a fabulous month!

  2. I’m glad your book slump is over!
    By the way – how often have you had to move (for studies and other purposes)? I only lived in Munich of 3 months, other than that I’ve only lived in Ljubljana. And I can’t imagine how it must be to move so FAR away, too… I know that people in Can/US are MUCH more used to moving around than we are (perhaps other Europeans are, too, but Slovenians tend to stick close to home!). I love travelling, don’t get me wrong, but as much as I love the IDEA of living somewhere new, it also terrifies me a bit…

    1. Death to book slumps!

      Ugh, I’ve actually moved quite a lot. Four times in the last five years! I’ve never moved out of province though, which is kinda scary since I’ll probably end up in the Prairies for work when I’m done grad school. I like small towns and all, but in some places it’s literally just wheat out there…gives me the heebie jeebies! My two cents on moving is that as long as you can make meaningful connections with your community (work, friends, volunteering) then it can be a really great adventure! It’s always very sad to leave people behind when you leave though. I can definitely see the appeal of sticking to home! 🙂

      1. “The Prairies” – that’s Alberta/Manitoba? I’ve only been to BC, Ontario and Quebec so I don’t really know much about the other provinces (I’d love to visit the East ones, though, they seem so beautiful in pictures. Gah, I’d love to travel all over Canada, it’s so amazing – so similar to the US in some cases but so different, too – in a good way). Do you mean that you won’t be able to find work in Ontario? Or is it usual to move away for work? I feel so provincial and … what’s the word? Sheltered? Yeah, I guess – Slovenia is so small and I’ve never really been away from home that long.

        A. and I have talked about moving somewhere else (the topic usually comes up around election time – we always seem to be voting for mayors or presidents or ministers… – when all the dirt resurfaces and it becomes apparent just how close-minded Slovenians can be O_o) but we’ve never really come close to moving… Maybe someday.

  3. I read Stolen Songbird last month as well 🙂 And absolutely nothing wrong with using the library in place of buying books, I do it all the time 🙂 I’m on the hold list for my library’s audiobook copy of Ember in Ashes!

    1. Ayy library users of the world, unite! My new library has a weirdly good selection of SFF audiobooks (digitally), so I’ll definitely be taking advantage of those. Hopefully we both enjoy An Ember in the Ashes – apparently it was so popular that the publisher ordered a sequel!

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