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text 2017-06-03 03:33
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- May 2017

May reading for me seemed to have picked up immensely!  Whether it's the fact that I had some time off from work, or the ongoing Booklikes-opoly game, or maybe just that I'm not trying to juggle several books all at once, I don't know--I've been moving from one book to another without once hemming and hawing over which book I wanted to continue reading.  Maybe my selection of books has just been pretty decent for the month of May--I certainly had my fair share of enjoyment, and didn't truly find too many books disappointing.

I even netted myself my very first 5-Star Read for the year of 2017!  That has to count for something, right?  I mean, I've had a few 4.5-Star Reads...



May Reads


Also Read:  An X-Ops Christmas by Paige Tyler - short story // no official cover



Books Dropped/Put On Hold


None this month!  Yay!


Currently Reading




May Reading Stats


Total works read: 15

  • 12 print/e-book novels
  • 2 novellas
  • 1 short story

Average rating: 3.50 Stars

  • Highest Rated:  The Duchess War by Courtney Milan // 5.0 Stars
  • Lowest Rated:  Two Guys Detective Agency by Stephanie Bond // 2.0 Stars

Series I started reading:

  • Rarity Cove by Leslie Tentler
  • Two Guys Detective Agency by Stephanie Bond


Series I completed:

  • Aftershock by Jill Sorenson


Series I have made progress on:

  • Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan
  • Arcane Society by Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick
  • The House of Steele by Addison Fox
  • Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis
  • Harmony by Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz


Favorite reads:  There's no question about my favorite read for the month of May.  The Duchess War was just magnificent.  I loved the characters, I loved the humor, I loved the romance!  In fact, as I already stated, it's my very first 5.0-Star read in 2017!

I would also say that I also enjoyed several other books for the month of May.  Julie James is always a delight, and next to Love Irresistibly, The Thing About Love is probably my next favorite from this author.  Then there's always Jayne Ann Krentz (Running Hot, The Perfect Poison, Obsidian Prey), and Jill Shalvis (Forever and a Day).  In fact, aside from certain characters, I find I'm very much loving the fourth Animal Magnetism book, Rumor Has It, that I'm currently still listening to.

Lots of great books read in May!

Disappointing reads:  A few disappointing reads in May as well.  Two Guys Detective Agency was rather a big disappointment considering how much I'd been looking forward to it--was expecting more after enjoying the Voodoo in Mojo duo last year.  Backwoods and Before the Storm were also somewhat disappointing, despite their mediocre ratings--considering how much I've enjoyed both authors' works in the past.



Reviews & Notable Posts


Reviews Written



  • Did not Meme this month!


Other Posts



Coming Up In June


Tentative TBR


Other Stuff

With Booklikes-opoly playing in the background, I haven't given much thought to an actual reading list.  Even if I tried to "schedule" some books to read, all of that could change depending on what game square I end up landing on with my next roll.  So I'm just letting the game decide for me what books to read, and if it doesn't, then I let myself decide depending on my mood.  So far, it's been pretty nice.

I even gave up all thoughts of pre-choosing which Reading Assignment book I'd read for June, and will probably do as much for July.  Because, as already mentioned, depending on which BLopoly square I land on, I'd rather go through my Reading Assignment list and see if anything fits.  Sometimes a book takes me more than two days to read, which means that, according to the game rules, by the time I'm done, it's time to roll again and choose another book.

Of course, according to my most recent BLopoly roll, I'm going to able to read one of my Reading Assignment books when June rolls around.  Having extra rolls in observance of Memorial Day Weekend, as well as rolling a double, if I time it right, I can read Once a Thief (currently reading) to fulfill both my Reading Assignment necessity for June, as well as one of the BLopoly game squares.

For June, however, I DO have a tentative reading list because of the Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge.  I chose to read Brothers Sinister for this challenge--I enjoyed the first book so much (first 5-Star Read!!), that I needed to find an excuse to finish the rest of the series.  And there it is!  We'll get to see how well I juggle this with BLopoly.

And in the meantime, COYER Summer Reading List is coming up this month as well, and I am very much considering joining.



2017 Wrap-Ups 


Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)

(updated as year progresses by month)
January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December



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May 2017 Wrap-up.
Crucible of Gold (Temeraire Series #7) - Naomi Novik
Scarlet - Marissa Meyer
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
Under Witch Moon - Maria E. Schneider

I'm happy I have more to list than will feature in the 10 + we can link at top of post.


I only had one DNF (and one that I stopped so soon I don't even consider that starting).  


Unusually for me, I discovered quite a few new authors.  


I didn't read a lot of straight-up science fiction of the sort with spaceships, new worlds, aliens and robots (except for Scarlet which sort of counts by having cyborg and lunar colony if you can get past how the spaceship piloting resembled bad teenage clunker-automobile parallel parking the way they zigged it about in earth's atmosphere with immediate corrections ...).  I need to correct that next month, but I'm pretty caught up on my SF series.


I'm also discovering that — while I enjoy character growth and when the plot/story has twists or gets shaken up — I don't like it when author changes the underpinnings or basics of what I thought I knew about characters and worldbuilding logic from reading previous books.  Reveal surprises, sure, even relationship ones; toss out everything developed earlier in series, not so much.  Thankfully this month there were no books completely with  characters having amnesia plus time travel to relive a previous storyline ... those are just aaaaarrrggghhh... (first third of Blood of Tyrants Laurence had amnesia and that whole unnecessary part dropped rating for me).


Not a lot of reviews.  Partly a mood I'm in.  Mainly bcause so many were in series where likely however I reviewed previous books is how I'd review that book.  Happily in many  cases because it's just harder for me to express why I loved a book enough to rate it ★★★★☆ to ★★★★★ .


 Silver Shadows - Richelle Mead Premiere - Melody Carlson  My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent  


Silver Shadows - Richelle Mead , I rated ★★★★☆ , paranormal, #5 in Bloodlines (Alchemists spinoff from Vampire Academy) series.


Premiere - Melody Carlson , I did not rate.  Characters are in college so guess it's New Adult but reads YA.  An interesting premise, lots happens, a quick read of first book in a series my library had complete set.  I had mixed feelings on main character I initially liked but between them seeming more YA, the situations too unrealistic, the MC so "perfect" and accepting of submissive role to more glamorous sister and constantly praying to God as if he was her own personal genie or life coach — I decided series wasn't for me.  Likely appeal to others, particularly teens.  #1 in On the Runway series.


My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent , I rated ★★★½☆ , paranormal, #1 in Soul Screamers series (new series by familiar author with banshees and grim reapers).  Some YA moments.


The Ruby Circle - Richelle Mead  Victory of Eagles - Naomi Novik  Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo  o


The Ruby Circle - Richelle Mead , I rated ★★★½☆ , paranormal, #6 in Bloodlines series.


Victory of Eagles - Naomi Novik , I rated a resounding squeezing fanpoodle ★★★★★, fantasy (alternate history of Napoleonic War with dragons), #5 in Temeraire series.


Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo , I rated ★★★★★, fantasy, review is here , #1 in Dregs series from a new to me author (despite the glowing ★★★★★ rating, I suspect I should have read author's Grishna series first).


Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas  Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor  Under Witch Moon - Maria E. Schneider  


Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas , I rated ★★★★½ , fantasy, #5 in Throne of Glass series.


Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor , I rated ★★★★☆ , urban fantasy (paranormal romance? fantasy because of Otherworld characters?), review is here , #1 in same named series, new to me author -- what a voice and an atmosphere this author creates.


Under Witch Moon - Maria E. Schneider , I rated ★★★½☆ , paranormal mystery, review is here , #1 in Moon Shadows series, new to me author discovered via Leafmarks, likely someone more into mysteries would rate higher, one of few indie works I read this year although could not tell it was self-published from writing/editing.



Death Before Decaf: A Java Jive Mystery - Caroline Fardig Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery - Caroline Fardig  A Whole Latte Murder - Caroline Fardig  


Death Before DecafMug Shot, and A Whole Latte Murder - Caroline Fardig .  Binge read first three books of cozy mystery series Java Jive Mystery because really enjoyed first two books.  Discovered first book from a friend's review in goodreads ( read first two via library overdrive borrow then bought third).  Main character engaged me, wacky stories, not necessarily the greatest mystery in the books.  Possibly a side effect of binge reading, but I did not like the third book (murked everything up throwing too much into it, too many clues, too many characters, too many too easily dismissed injuries/assaults and the whodunnit depended way too much on twisting what we thought we knew of characters).  May give it another chance if book #4 hits library; may not.


Closer to the Chest - Mercedes Lackey  Scarlet - Marissa Meyer  My Soul to Save - Rachel Vincent  


Closer to the Chest - Mercedes Lackey , I rated ★★★½☆ (wavered between that and ★★★★☆), review is here, fantasy, #3 in Herald Spy series (Valdemar Universe).  If you like Mags, you'll like reading more of his story.


Scarlet - Marissa Meyer , I rated ★★★★½ , fantasy, #2 in Lunar Chronicle series which I so regret taking so long to read -- it was just so overhyped and YA sounding I wrongly put off thinking could not live up to rep.  Series will quickly suck you in.


My Soul to Save - Rachel Vincent , ★★★★☆ , paranormal, #2 in Soul Screamers, less YA with character growth but still rushing in because too compassionate.



Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire Series #6) - Naomi Novik  Crucible of Gold (Temeraire Series #7) - Naomi Novik  Blood of Tyrants - Naomi Novik 



Tongues of Serpents  - Naomi Novik , ★★★★★ , fantasy , #6 in Temeraire series.

 Crucible of Gold , ★★★★☆, fantasy, #7 in Temeraire series.

 Blood of Tyrants , ★★★½☆ (although parts 2 and 3 I'd rate higher), fantasy, #8 and penultimate in Temeraire series .



Stakes & Stilettos - Michelle Rowen Blackveil - Kristen Britain  


Stakes & Stilettos - Michelle Rowen , ★★★☆☆ , paranormal romance, review is here , #4 in Immortality Bites, author almost lost me with the twists and character changes introduced plus leaving main character's curse to be resolved in next book.


Blackveil - Kristen Britain , ★★★½☆ , epic fantasy, review is here ,  #4 in Green Rider.  I cannot believe I'm saying this after how much I loved the first three books, but this one was too long.  I may be dropping the series because everyone says next book is even more "way too long" plus twists the series from traditional fantasy into steampunk (why on earth couldn't Ms. Britain just start a new steampunk series if wanting to foray into steampunk?).


Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept me reading in hopes would get better.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)

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May Wrap Up and Challenge Update

May has been good to me as far as reading is concerned, mainly thanks to two weeks holiday and a broken car (or we would have been out exploring).Here goes:


March - Geraldine Brooks  Ironically the first book of the month. A great historical fiction read.


Idaho: A Novel - Emily Ruskovich  My next read thanks to Booktube. Not my usual kind of read and not what I expected but...riveting.


The Girls: A Novel - Emma Cline  Another untypical read for me. A shop assistant at Waterstones book store recommended it and I enjoyed it.


All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel - Elan Mastai  My initial reaction to this one was that I liked the writing style but hated the main character so I put it away for a few days. When I picked it up again I was so glad I did. Putting the future right starts with one true love.


The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood  A reread for me. I was hearing a lot on Booktube about it again and thought I would give it another go. I enjoyed it much more this time.


Method 15/33 - Shannon Kirk  An easy, entertaining thriller to while away a few hours. Go girl!


The Good People - Hannah Kent  I liked this one more than Burial Rites. It felt more polished and I found myself really involved with the characters.


Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel  What an awesome cover (no not this one but my cover, it has a face on it with silver stars over it on a matt black background). Awesome story to go with it though I really need to read the second part now. Anyone know when it is out in paperback?


Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch  What does a man do when so many of his replicas turn up to take over his life? Great read.


And finally

Fairyland (S.F. Masterworks) - Paul J. McAuley  My first Paul McAuley. I enjoyed his writing but it had more of a fantasy feel to it than sci-fi. If you can really make that distinction. Intriguing but it felt a little like hard work.


So, that was 10 books read from cover to cover as well as I-don't-know-how-many started books that I can't really get in to. I have a bit of a book hangover, I don't seem to be able to settle to any one book at the moment. The good news is that I am well ahead on my challenge (I was falling behind at the start of May) but the bad news is there wasn't a single classic, non-fiction or German book in there. Not doing too well on my one of each every month there. 


My plan for June is to finish some of the books I started in May or earlier and I have a couple of library holds that I should now read. No pressure :-)


Happy reading to all you book fiends x

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May Reading Wrap Up
Deep Deception - Cathy Pegau
Forbidden - Beverly Jenkins
Killer in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
A Charming Crime - Tonya Kappes
A Wedding in Springtime - Amanda Forester
London; the story of the greatest city on Earth. - Edward Rutherford
Learning to Swim - Sara J. Henry
Nothing but Trouble - Susan May Warren
A Christmas Hope - Stacy Henrie
After the Storm: A Kate Burkholder Novel - Linda Castillo

May went by so fast! But the big project, reading the 800+ page book for the Pop Sugar challenge, was a success and now I can easily finish the challenge in the second half of the year.


I took a day to read some really short freebies from my NOOK, none of which worked for me. Hurtling through space and time in a tin can for two days provided a lot of time for me to read. My BL-opoly bank balance is sitting at $68.00.



Best Books: London, Forbidden, Vision volumes 1 and 2

Worst Books: Shimmy for Me, Summer Flings series

Disappointing book: A Charming Cure - I had big expectations for this series and I hope the second book can live up to those expectations


Challenge Progress

Pop Sugar: 4; 33/52 for the year

Library Love: 4; 32/36 for the year

BL/GR: 77/150

BL-opoly: 10


1. Deep Deception by Cathy Pegau (BL-opoly) - 3.5 stars


2. Forbidden (Old West #1) by Beverly Jenkins (BL-opoly) - 4.5 stars


3. Killer in High Heels (High Heels #2) by Gemma Halliday (BL-opoly) - 2.5 stars


4. A Charming Crime (Magical Cures #1) by Tonya Kappes (BL-opoly) - 2 stars


5. A Wedding in Springtime (Marriage Mart #1) by Amanda Forester (Pop Sugar prompt - 1 of 4 seasons in title) (BL-opoly) - 3.5 stars


6. The Dateless Wonder by Anjali Mya Chadha - 3 stars


7. Shimmy for Me: A California Belly Dance Novella by DeAnna Cameron - 1.5 stars


8. Learning to Swim (Troy Chance #1) by Sara L. Henry (BL-opoly) - 2 stars


9. Selkie Heart by Sam Asher - 1 star


10. Trouble in Tinseltown (Summer Flings #1) and Misbehaving in Miami (Summer Flings #2) by Aimee Duffy - 1 star


11. London: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd (Library Love challenge) (Pop Sugar prompt - book with 800+ pages) - 5 stars


12. Nothing But Trouble (PJ Sugar #1) by Susan May Warren (Library Love challenge) - 3.5 stars


13. A Christmas Hope (Of Love and War #1.5) by Stacy Henrie (BL-opoly) - 4 stars


14. After the Storm (Kate Burkholder #7) by Linda Castillo (BL-opoly) - 3.5 stars


15. Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder #5) by Linda Castillo (BL-opoly) - 3 stars


16. Vision Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King (Pop Sugar prompt - Re-read a shelf keeper) - 4 stars


17. Vision Volume 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King (BL-opoly) (Pop Sugar prompt - non human perspective) - 4 stars

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Angel’s Monthly Wrap Up – May 2017


May went by fast. This is the last week of School for my little man. We have a whole two and half months before he goes to Kindergarten in the fall. I’ve at least got soccer class scheduled two days a week and swim classes for a week. I also set up for him to attend a lego camp for one week in the mornings.


I bought a cover case for my MacBook Air. I’m a fan of Japanese Animation, Manga, and Art. I own the BluRay for My Neighbor Totoro. Isn’t Tororo cute?



The blog will be quiet on the weekends. I’ll have at least one post scheduled for the week and I’ve started a new feature of Win It Wednesday. Which will run throughout the summer. The latest Win It Wednesday is for a copy of Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison.




I pre-order some books and they arrived on the day’s they got released. We have the paperback copy of Magic Binds released on May 2nd and White Hot released on May 30th.




I won from Rhenna Morgan Haven Brotherhood Prize Pack. I love everything that came. I drink tea and/or coffee in the mug. I’ve read the book and WOW, it was good. My first Rhenna Morgan novel. Thank you Ms. Morgan.




Bought at my library book store: Hell Breaks Loose, Montana Creeds: Tyler, & The Hellion And The Highlander. I always check out the store when I go in. Some great books show up and it only cost me $.50c each for them. What a deal!! ^_^



Movie – Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Passengers, Inferno




Kid Books – Franklin Wants A Pet, Elephants Cannot Dance!, I Am Invited to A Party!, I’m A Frog!, Today I Will Fly!, Waiting Is Not Easy!, Franklin In The Dark




BooksForce of Attraction, Primal Force, How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days, Grave Peril





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