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:
- 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.
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: