Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May Wrap Up and June TBR

Read in April: ARC April

Well I started the month really strong and then got a reading surge after BEA but I ended up being at my average amount of books read, which considering BEA and not reading much for 4 days, that's pretty good. But that being said, I also really loved a lot of the books I read. Like I loved them more than I expected I would. I only had two three star reads this month and one of them was a reread. But I also didn't have many that super blew me away. A few five stars but none that are new favorites. When it was all said and done, I read 13 new books this month and 2 rereads for a total of 14 books.

As far as challenges go, I'm still doing well. I'm majorly ahead for my Goodreads goal of reading 150 books this year, which is still exciting. I may see if I can do it without rereads but we'll see when it gets closer. I'm also ahead of my goal for the Debut Author Challenge of reading 25 debuts by reading 3 debuts again this month for a total of 15 for the year. I'm also ahead for the Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge having once again read 4 books for that challenge reaching a total of 21 towards my goal of 36, at this point I'm thinking I can hit my secondary goal of 50 although I tend to slow down on NG/EW in the fall because of BEA books. And I'm also on track for the Rock My TBR Challenge by reading 4 books for that this month getting a total of 13 towards my goal of 25 for the year. And finally, the Audiobook Challenge. I listened to 3 audiobooks this month including rereads, giving me a total of 18 for the year which is ahead of my goal of 30 or more. I am still killing these challenges, which is great because I am so competitive.

The Books
1.) Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
2.) Devil and the Bluebrd by Jennifer Mason Black 
Rating: 8 out of 10 [My Review]
3.) The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
4.) Roses and Rot by Kat Howard Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
5-8.) The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
9.) The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [My Review]
10.) The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson 
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 [My Review]
11.) The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
12.) The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [Review to Come]

13.) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh [Reread Review]
13.) The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury [Reread Review]

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To Be Read in June: Mystery

I am so stressed by my TBR Pile and the amount of books I want to read versus the amount of books I can read. If you follow me on twitter you saw me mention that I can't decide what to read because I have been hoarding mysteries so this month and when I looked at my list I became instantly overwhelmed. It's twice my typical list. I have also still stressed out by the amount of books I have to review so... *tries not to panic* Last month I just put everything I want to read up but this time I have to be more selective. So here is list of the books I am hoping to read. It is a bit more than usually but we'll see what happens.

New Releases

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matsom - Add to Goodreads
This isn't a mystery but I have been saving it. I'm excited to read it now that it officially feels like summer.

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar - Add to Goodreads
I've heard this one is weird and interesting which I love. I'm probably going to listen to it on audio because I like the narrator.

Nil on Fire by Lynne Matson - Add to Goodreads
The finale to the Nil series came out yesterday and I'm really excited to read it. This is such an interesting series, like YA Lost and I love it.

Ivory and Bone by Julie Esbaugh - Add to Goodreads
I'm excited about this book because it's prehistoric. Like I don't know if I should call it historical fiction or not.

Backlist Books 

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - Add to Goodreads
Don't ask me how long this book has been on my list because I don't remember. It's been a long time. I haven't read any Agatha Christie

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas - Add to Goodreads
I've had this book on my list for awhile now, especially after loving Dangerous Girls. I'm hoping to read it now for the Rock My TBR Challenge

Books for Review

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May - Add to Goodreads
I started this in May but I'm not finished yet so I'm adding it to this list because the review won't be out for a few days.

The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Add to Goodreads
I loved The Fixer, I thought it was a fantastic YA thriller/mystery. It's much more political which I liked. This is the sequel and it comes out next week.

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica  - Add to Goodreads
I loved Mary's debut, The Good Girl, but despite having her other two books I still haven't read them. But I got the audio for this one so I'm listening now.

American Girls by Alison Umminger Add to Goodreads
This is a debut and it sounds like a really interesting contemporary. I think there may be mystery elements, I'm not sure. Only time will tell.

Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidecker - Add to Goodreads
Speaking of interesting contemporaries, this one takes place in a video game rehab. Plus when I asked Twitter to help me pick, Eileen from BookCatPin picked this one.

The Leaving by Tara Attleboro - Add to Goodreads
I wasn't sure I was going to read it because I heard it might be about aliens. But Michelle assures me that I should read it so it's back on the list.

All the Missing Girls by Megan MirandaAdd to Goodreads
I've heard good things about the author and so I got a review copy of this one so that I could giver her a try. Plus it seems like a good summer mystery for me.

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine Add to Goodreads
This is one I am so so excited to read. It is one of my most anticipated sequels and I have a copy that I got from the publisher so I cannot wait!

And I Darken by Kiersten White - Add to Goodreads
Another one I am so so excited to read. This is a dark historical fiction about a genderbent Vlad the Impaler living in the court of Sultan Mehmed. Can't wait!

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton - Add to Goodreads
I picked this up at BEA and it sounds like an interesting mystery/thriller. I probably won't get to it but in case I do, it's on the list.


The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - My Review
I want to listen to the audio for this before I read The Long Game. But considering I already started an audiobook for this week that may not happen.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine - My Review
I need a refresher on this book before I read Paper and Fire plus I'm super curious about this audio. It seems like one that would work really well in that format.

There you have it. All the books I might read in June. Consider all of these potential reads. There is no way I can read 18 books this month (and I actually cut this down a little bit), but I'll do what I can. Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. What a great month for you! I also can't wait to read All the Missing Girls, American Girls and Rachel Caine's latest -- love that series!

    My May Recap!

  2. I have a few of the books you have on your list for June on mine too, like Ivory & Bone, NIL on Fire, The Vanishing Throne and Paper & Fire. And I hope to finish And I Darken this week too!

  3. You read so many great books! And don't stress or else you won't enjoy them as much. I'm looking forward to hear what you think of TUE! Yay for the one I helped pick out. It looks like tons of fun :D