Saturday, 30 May 2015

May 2015 Wrap-Up


Things have been a bit mixed up and stressful since my last re-cap post. A lot of stuff that isn’t blog related has been occupying my mind – we had a family emergency, and a close relative of mine had a bad fall and broke her hip. Everything is quite messed up right now, and any free time I get I just want to relax and chill out and just read rather than take care of stuff for my blog. Now that the surgery is over, I really hope things begin to settle down a little. I managed to get a couple of hours in yesterday to reply to comments and try and to catch up on review writing. I’ve been seriously neglecting all of this and I want to apologise for not keeping up with things the way I should be.

I’m linking up to both Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post memes this weekend.

Books I Read in May

I read 7 books this month – a huge improvement on 3 books in April!

Shutter by Courtneyv Alameda Cleo by Lucy Coates End of Days by Susan Ee
From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion Twist by Karen Akins Endgame by C.J. Daugherty

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Witch Hunter and Endgame were by far my favourites, with End of Days and Twist a very close third and fourth. Shutter was my biggest disappointment, though. I was hoping for a truly terrifying read… but it completely fell flat, unfortunately. I’m not having very good fortune with scary YA books lately! The only one that I absolutely adored was Say Her Name by James Dawson.

You know that little yearly challenge widget on Goodreads? I swear its evil. Every time I log in it haunts me, and it just loves reminding me I’m 10 books behind schedule. Needless to say, this isn’t exactly encouraging! So yesterday I decided to chop 20 books off my goal of 100 for the year, and I’m just about on schedule. Yeah, it’s probably cheating… but less stress and torment! Freedom! So much WIN!

Books I Got

After the huge book haul I got when I was in the States a few weeks ago, I’ve been trying to keep things a little lean on the forking over cash front! There have only been two arrivals since then: I won a Goodreads giveaway for an ARC of An Ember in the Ashes, and was approved for an eARC of Night School: Endgame from NetGalley.

An Ember in the Ashes ARC
Night School: Endgame by C.J. Daugherty

Thanks so much to both HarperVoyager and Bookouture for these!

I’ve already read Endgame, as it’s the conclusion to one of my favourite series, I just had to start reading it as soon as I could. I loved it, but I’m so sad the series has ended. And Sylvain… *sniffle* I love that boy! Yep, I’ve change my mind again. I’m not usually this indecisive! I tend to stick to my original ship like glue, but nope, this time I’m all over the place with my opinions. I hope to read An Ember in the Ashes soon, but I’d like to keep chipping away at my Netgalley eARC’s first. I’ve been a LOT picker over the past couple of months with what I’m requesting and/or accepting, and it’s helped so much. I know I have a few books that have been sitting on my Kindle app for months and months but the problem is they don’t really appeal to me anymore. When I requested them, they seemed perfect, but now… not so much.

On the Blog this Month

My Holiday Haul and Pics!

Ten Authors I'd Love to Meet

June 2015 New Book Releases

Review: City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

10 Books I’d Love to Read Again for the First Time

Review: From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

7 Sequels I Wish I Loved More... And Why I Didn't Love Them

What have you been up to this month? What books did you read, and any recommendations you could give?

Hope you have a fab weekend, and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh, I'm sad that you didn't like Shutter! I was also rooting for it to be a super scary read because everyone loved it. :/ I'm really bad at choosing scary reads as well, so this is even a bigger bummer.

    1. It's so hard to know what books will end up being really scary! I was really looking forward to it and I'm so disappointed I didn't find it scary :( Lot's of other people did, so maybe it's just me!

  2. So sorry about your family issues...hope everything improves for you.

    I've been noticing End of Days around the ' are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  3. Lovely book haul. I like your cover for Night School. I didn't care for Shutter, but maybe you'll like it. Nice stack.

    Grace @ Books of Love

    1. I didn't enjoy Shutter, either :( I think my expectations went a little overboard with the super scary cover! Thanks for stopping by, Grace!

  4. So sorry to read that you've had a tough time of it recently Hopefully things will start to improve now. I hope you enjoy your new books. My haul!

  5. i cannot, for the life of me, remember if I read End of Days...
    I did follow the previous ones, maybe it's time to read again! hope things starts to improve for you ok?

    1. I'd love to to a reread of the entire series! Angelfall is still my favourite out of the three books - the others are great... but they don't quite live up to the first one :) Thanks for stopping by, Ailyn.

  6. End of Days!!!!! I love that book!!!! :) Wow! Nice haul! I hope you enjoy them all :)

    Sofia @ SofiaLovesReading

    1. I really enjoyed it, too! Angelfall still remains my favourite out of the trilogy. I think it set the bar so high with awesomeness nothing could touch it! Thanks for stopping by, Sofia :)

  7. Wow! Like the cover for What If You Were An Ember... That's the one I want to try. Happy reading!

  8. I love that edition of An Ember in the Ashes! It's so gorgeous. I'm hoping to get to that one soon. It looks like you had a fantastic month! (:
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. I really hope you love An Ember in the Ashes! I finished reading it not too long ago, and it's amazing :) Thanks for stopping by, Krystianna!

  9. I just read End of Days as well, really enjoyed it! That copy of An Ember in the Ashes is really beautiful. I want to read it as well.

    Happy reading! :D

    1. I really hope you love An Ember in the Ashes! I read it recently and I LOVED it :D Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Oh, I'm so sorry about your family issues! I hope everyone is alright now! End of Days and Shutter are both on my TBR. It sucks that you didn't like Shutter! I've heard such great things! I definitely need to read your review for that one. You are going to LOVE An Ember in the Ashes! I finished it days ago and can't get it out of my head!

    Here's my Weekly Recap!

    1. Thanks Tracy! Things have been all over the place recently, but hopefully it'll be OK soon :)
      You were right: I LOVED An Ember in the Ashes! It really does stick with you! I can't WAIT to get the second book, and the year long wait will be horrible :) Thanks for stopping by!



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