Friday, May 31, 2019

Month in Review: May 2019

May has been a busy month, but it's also managed to be a great reading month at the same time. Most of the books I read this past month were ones I really enjoyed also and only rated a couple less than four stars. Down Among the Sticks and Bones has become a new favorite, and The Unbound Empire was a stunning, epic conclusion to a highly underrated trilogy. Also, if you haven't checked out the Licanius trilogy (An Echo of Things to Come, which I read this month, is the second book), you absolutely should. The final book comes out this year and it's really an incredible epic fantasy series with some of the best characters.

In non-book news, I don't really have a lot to say! Things seem to be going on as usual in my life, which in all honesty is probably a good thing, haha. We have had a lot of small earthquakes where I am these past few days (1-2s), so let's hope they don't get any bigger! But moving on from all that, let's just jump into the wrap-up!

Anyway, how was your reading month? Did you read any great books? Have you read any of the books I read?

# books read: 13

WestsideDown Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)ExhalationThe Luminous Dead
Westside by W.M. Akers  ★.5
Source: eARC (NetGalley)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire 
Source: Owned || Format: Hardcover

Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang  
Source: ARC (Publisher)

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling 
Source: Library || Format: Paperback

InspectionThe HungerAurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)The Girl in Red
Inspection by Josh Malerman  
Source: Library || Format: Hardcover

The Hunger by Alma Katsu 
Source: Library|| Format: Hardcover

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Ami Kaufman
Source: Owned (but probably not for long...) || Format: Hardcover

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry 
Source: eARC (NetGalley)

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1)The Surface BreaksAn Echo of Things to Come (The Licanius Trilogy, #2)The Unbound Empire

Alice by Christina Henry 
Source: Owned || Format: Paperback

The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill 
Source: Owned || Format: Hardcover

An Echo of Things to Come by James Islington 
Source: Owner || Format: Paperback

The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso 
Source: Review copy (Publisher) || Format: Paperback

The Burning Chambers
The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse
Source: ARC (Publisher)
I was so excited for this book, but I just could not get into it and decided to DNF around 300 or so pages in. It wasn't bad at all, but it just didn't feel up to par with Mosse' other work

A Time of Blood (Of Blood and Bone, #2)WestsideRomanovExhalation: StoriesThe TestDown Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)Mistress of the RitzThe Luminous DeadUnder Ordshaw

A Time of Blood (Of Blood and Bone #2) by John Gwynne 
Westside by W.M. Akers 
Romanov by Nadine Brandes 
Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang 
Mini-Review: The Test by Sylvain Neuvel 
Mini-Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire 
Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin 
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling 
Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams 

The Friday Face-Off:
A Party
A Fantasy Beast

Have you read any of these? What books did you read this month? I hope you all had a great month-- comment below and let me know!

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  1. Looks like Aurora Rising was a let down... I'm so scared to touch that book, since I LOVEd The Illuminae Files Series....

  2. I just finished The Girl in Red and loved it too! It was very different than I thought it was going to be, but it's classic Henry and I was not disappointed­čśü

  3. Quite a few of these are on my TBR! I can't wait to dive in after seeing your high reviews!! Have a wonderful June!

  4. Hooray for great reading months! Hope June is just as great!