May 2016 Wrap-Up + June TBR


I started May off with my regional Synchronized Swimming competition in which I achieved my biggest goal by winning first in the individual figure competition, and both my routines qualified to nationals. Closer to end of this month I then had my school’s “prom” (it was a lot of fun) and I graduated from high school. So… A pretty big month.

What I’ve Been Reading:

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  • A Court of Thorns and Roses (#1) by Sarah J Mass ☆ I’ve been a little wary since I did not really enjoy Mass’s Throne of Glass, but this was a very entertaining book! It was really intriguing and I liked reading it.
  • A Court of Mist and Fury (#2) by Sarah J Mass ☆ Overall enjoyable, but it took SOO long to read. A lot happened that seemed pretty… Unimportant. I enjoyed some parts of this more than the first book, but page count aside I read the first one so much faster and it never felt at all like a chore to read like this one sometimes did.
  • The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan ☆ This was so much more like Percy Jackson than Heroes of Olympus which means Tamara = happy. That said, this book felt much more simplified, predictable and maybe even overall… Younger? But I still enjoyed it.
  • The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass ☆ This was a really good series conclusion. It did frustrate me in parts, and the first three books probably had a better story arc, but I still thoughrougly enjoyed The Crown. I also thought it was kind of the perfect length – I read it quickly and didn’t get bored at any part.
  • White Sand Vol. 1 by Brandon Sanderson / Rik Hoskin ☆ It was interesting and I’m intrigued enough to read the other volumes, but the story felt a little rushed and weirdly paced at the beginning. Plus, I didn’t feel much depth to the characters, but that’s a problem I often have with graphic novels. (I feel incredibly weird not loving a Branderson book…)
  • Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema Goldfish is not a bad book… But as I synchro swimmer I had many problems with it. Here, just read my review.
  • I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil ☆ I thought this was pretty good. It was an enjoyable, interesting read that really did some different sort of stuff with high school tropes.

June TBR

I think I’m heading back into a science fiction kick this next month, but I’ve also been loving contemporaries lately. These are just suggestions of course, but here goes:

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  1. Ooh, you seem to have read so many great books! I’m super excited to read ACOMAF even though it didn’t seem to live up to the hype for you. I’m also anticipating THE CROWN and I’m glad you liked it even though I know a lot of people weren’t fans. Hope you have a great reading month this month! 🙂

  2. Congrats for graduating high school and in your swimming competition! I really hope you enjoy Illuminae and I can’t wait for the sequel 😀 Seems like you had an overall decent reading month.

    I’ve been holding back on reading ACOMAF just because of the length and hype… Once the hype is really well and truly DEAD, I think I’ll be able to pick it up haha.

    1. Both Illuminae and Gemina ARE SO GOOOOD (I think Illuminae was even better the second time) and yeah, that sounds like a good plan for ACOMAF. Reading them back to back I frankly enjoyed ACOTAR more, and the hype could really ruin it for you I think.

  3. Congrats on nationals and graduating from high school! That’s exciting! I hope you had so much fun at prom! I loved prom when I was in high school! You had a pretty good reading month! I loved ACOTAR, but I’m scared to read ACOMAF because I don’t want to like that ship. I still need to read Illuminae, but I have it on my shelf! I keep seeing it everywhere again now that people have started talking about Gemina! I hope your June goes wonderfully!

  4. OMG AHHHHHH YOU QUALIFIED FOR NATIONALS?!?!? YOU ARE A SUPERSTAR!!! I am so proud of you!!! Yikes you’re the first person that I’ve seen who actually didn’t like ACOMAF. I am excited for The Crown and The Hidden Oracle. I hope you love all of your June TBR reads!

    1. YES I DID! 😀 It’s super exciting. And yeah maybe it’s because I came straight off of the first book? I just felt that ACOTAR was structured better. Thank you, I already finished Gemina and loved it so I’m sure I’ll love the others as well!

  5. I really want to read Illuminae, but I think I might wait until at least Gemina is out! I’m sad you didn’t love A Court of Mist and Fury as I liked it much more than the Crown! I don’t know, I just felt like everything happened too quickly in the Crown yet nothing happened at all… They didn’t fix any of the problems in the country, and the romance was too sudden and so predictable. Happy June!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    1. That’s a good idea with Illuminae, though I would say that Illuminae isn’t cliffhanger-y at all and could definitely stand on it’s own. I’m not sure if I’d say The Crown was better than ACOMAF, as I did have problems with it to, so I’m not sure how those ratings played out… I guess I feel just that those books don’t have much of a comparision when it comes to how “good” they are. Thanks for stopping by Rachel!

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