Wrap Up: May 2017

may wrap upAfter I had apparently gotten myself into a bit of a reading slump in April, I am happy to report that May was a much better reading month for me and I read some really great books, bought way too many books (my bank account is so angry with me!) and wrote a couple of really great blog posts! So let’s wrap May up, shall we?

What I Read

A Court Of Thorns And Roses Trilogy by Sarah J. Maas

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I had planned to re-read both A Court Of Thorns And Roses and A Court Of Mist And Fury in time for the release of the final book A Court Of Wings And Ruin (are you tired of reading those titles yet?) and unfortunately I didn’t get to it in April and instead ended up reading the rest of ACOTAR and all of ACOMAF the first week of May while I waited for my pre-order to arrive from the UK! I have to say, ACOWAR, unfortunately, did disappoint me quite a bit and it definitely doesn’t compare to ACOMAF in my opinion. 

I feel like even though the story should have such high stakes for most of the characters there weren’t any real consequences and that really bothered me. I want to be impacted by the things that happen. I want to throw my book across the room because I can’t believe an author would do something to me. I had none of that with ACOWAR. Maybe I’ll change my opinion if/when I re-read this book at some point down the line – who knows.

But, even though I was disappointed by ACOWAR I still think the trilogy as a whole is still really good and ACOMAF is just a gift in my opinion! I shared 5 Reasons Why You Should Read The ACOTAR Trilogy on the blog instead of doing individual reviews as I haven’t felt like writing reviews lately. So, if you’re in need of some convincing, check ou that post!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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I feel like my theme for the month of May was ‘Re-read All The Books!’ and I’m not complaining at all. I loved every second of it but that also means that I didn’t read too many new-to-me stories which I would’ve also loved to do simultaneously (I am amazed that I was able to spell that word correctly on my first try – HOLY SHIT.). But anyways, let’s get to Lady Midnight, book one in The Dark Artifices trilogy!

I loved this book the first time around and I am so happy to say that I still very much enjoyed it! This re-read also made me realize how easily I miss foreshadowing in books – even when it’s spelled out for me. I actually laughed out loud when I came across the most obvious bit of foreshadowing I’ve seen so far – and I had missed it entirely.

I haven’t done a review for this book either, but I plan on doing another post like I did for the ACOTAR series as it was so much fun to write and I feel like it’s a good alternative to my usual reviews! But I need to find the time to read Lord Of Shadows first. There are just review deadlines staring at me right now so I haven’t gotten to it yet! But hopefully soon!

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

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I picked That Summer up on a really, really hot and sunny day because it felt like the perfect kind of weather to be reading this book! It’s also my first Sarah Dessen book and I have to say, I wasn’t too impressed with this one. I ended up giving it 2,5 stars! But I have two more of her books already on my shelf and I’m definitely going to give them a chance too! The writing was really easy to follow and quick to read which I always appreciate and I feel like Sarah Dessen books are the perfect beach (or in my case: lake) reads and I can’t wait to get to more of them this summer!

What I Bought

I honestly have no idea what happened this month, but I ended up getting so many books? I am a bit worried because I didn’t even realize how many books I had gotten until I wrote down my list for this wrap-up! But. Most of the books I got were used copies or library copies, so they didn’t cost too much money – thank god! My bank account would’ve really suffered otherwise! But let’s get into the books I bought this month, shall we?

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A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J Maas

This is the book that has been on so many book hauls I have seen this month and I am not even the least bit surprised! The hype and talk leading up to its release was great and being able to see everyone’s reactions to the book has been really fun too and definitely helped me narrow down what I didn’t enjoy about the books. Because I couldn’t point to what bothered me for quite a few days and then once I started watching book talks and reviews things started to make a lot more sense!

Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Up next on my list is Lord Of Shadows, book two in The Dark Artifices trilogy! After ACOWAR this was probably my second most anticipated release of the year (so far) and I was so angry when Amazon took ages to deliver my preorder! Had I gotten it on time I would’ve had enough time to read it before I had to get to my other reading! But no. I got my copy on Saturday and by then it was definitely too late to start it. 😦

Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

Towards the beginning of this month, I finally started to go out more often and just walk around where I live and on one of those mornings I ended up at the German equivalent of a Dollar Tree store and was looking through the books they had (because who doesn’t enjoy getting cheap books, right?) and I found one that sparked my interest: Once Was Lost. I hadn’t heard of the book before, but the synopsis sounded really interesting, so I picked it up! I can’t wait to get to it at some point this year!

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Thera by Zeruya Shalev & The Veil Of Illusion by Rebecca Ryman

I got both Thera and The Veil Of Illusion at a library sale I had found out about by chance during one of my outings and they were pretty much the only adult fiction novels that sounded interesting to me, so I had to pick them up! The Veil Of Illusion also happens to be part two of a series which I didn’t realize, so I don’t know if/when I will be able to get to this book. But the synopsis sounds like I might be able to read it anyways – so I’ll see!

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3 Books by Sarah Dessen, The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell & Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys

All of these books are actually used copies that I ordered off this website here in Germany that sells used books in various conditions and I’ll be sharing more about my experience ordering from that website next week so you guys can look forward to that! I got all five books for under 14€ and didn’t have to pay anything for shipping since my order was over 10€! That is a great deal if you ask me!

I got: That Summer, The Moon And More and Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen, The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell (I used to watch and really enjoy the CW show of the same name, so I had to get this one! It’s teenage!Carrie Bradshaw!) and Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys (I’m really intrigued by the New Orleans setting, to be honest! Ever since watching The Originals I kind of have a soft spot for the city! It also seems to have quite a bit of history attached to it, so I can’t wait to learn some in this book!)

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

The very last book I got this month is an audiobook of And I Darken! Audible emailed me towards the end of the month with a great promotional code for 3 months for 4,95€ each instead of the regular 9,99€ so I jumped at the opportunity – obviously! Who wouldn’t, right? I was trying to figure out what book to go for and then decided to go with And I Darken to help myself read this book faster so I can finally get to my ARC copy of Now I Rise. I didn’t know much about the story going into the audiobook but I have to say, I’m really enjoying it so far! I’ll talk more about it in either my June wrap up or a review – I haven’t decided yet.

What I Posted

I had so much fun including this bit in last month’s wrap-up that I decided to do it again for May! I feel like it’s a great way to look back at some of the posts you guys enjoyed reading and I loved writing and reminisce about the things that were on my mind during a particular month! Some of my favorite posts this month included:

  • Getting Out Of My Apartment For The Day – This was probably the most personal post I’ve published on the blog in months and it was really great to get to share a bit more about my struggles and to get you guys’ encouraging words and joy about me taking steps towards getting better! I really appreciated it a lot!
  • Struggling To Find My Blogging Voice – And since we’re already talking about more personal type of posts, I also shared my feelings about my struggle to find my blogging voice and asked you guys for some advice and you guys shared some great tips that I think are going to be really helpful for the future!
  • To Write In Your Books Or Not To Write In Your Books – I feel like this is also a rather personal decision for a lot of bookworms to make and hearing how you guys feel about writing in your books was really interesting! I still feel a bit of an urge to deface my copy of Lady Midnight at some point down the line. I think it might be a lot of fun!
  • 5 Reasons To Read The ACOTAR Trilogy – I didn’t really feel like writing reviews for each of the individual books in the trilogy and instead tried to convince you guys to read the trilogy by giving you five great reasons to do so! I hope I was able to convince some of you!
  • Re-Reading Books: 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Doing It – Since I was already trying to convince you guys to do things with my ACOTAR post, I figured I’d give you some motivation to re-read your favorite books more often!
  • Top 5 Most Owned Authors – It’s always so much fun to look at one’s shelves and just taking a look at all the authors that are featured on them. And sometimes you realize that some authors are featured a lot more often than others. I decided to share my top 5 with you guys this month!
  • 100 Followers – A Thank You – Sandra and I reached a hundred followers this month and we wanted to take the opportunity to thank you guys with a post! We honestly can’t believe how much support we’ve gotten from you guys and are still getting and how quickly this little blog of our’s has grown in just five months!

If you guys have made it to the very end of this post, THANK YOU FOR READING ALL OF THAT. Good lord, I really got into a rambly mood today and couldn’t stop talking? I am sorry.

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21 thoughts on “Wrap Up: May 2017

  1. I get nearly all my books from the library as well!! It’s just so much friendlier to my wallet! I just started City of Bones and want to read all of Cassandra Clare’s books. I’m excited for the journey ahead!

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    1. I used to read just from the library many years ago! I couldn’t buy new books all the time and my parents certainly weren’t going to either, so I read my way through my local library. My reading tastes have changed so much since though that I don’t really find anything there anymore, which is sad.

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that! I feel like City Of Bones is one of her weakest books overall so I’m sure you’ll really enjoy the rest of her books even more!

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      1. Does your library have a sort of book sharing program with other libraries in the area? Mine does, so I just look online and search for a book that’s not at my library to request it, it gets sent to mine, and I pick it up when it arrives. Hopefully yours has something like that set up!

        Oh that’s good then! I have a lot to look forward to!! 😀

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      2. I haven’t asked, to be honest. We also moved last summer and I don’t want to drive 10km or 20km just to get to the library usually. But I’m also from Germany and 99% of my reading is done in English so that plays into the whole thing too. I figure big town libraries probably offer English books too, but not the small one I live in or near.

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  2. Glad you had a great month for both reading and blogging Swetlana! I also had a really good month so maybe May is just great for everyone, haha!
    I definitely need to get around to reading the ACOTAR series here soon, I do have the first book but going into books that hyped always unnerve me a little!
    I’m really glad to hear you’re enjoying And I Darken, I absolutely love that book and the sequel comes out this month! 🙂

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    1. I’m so happy to hear you had a great month too! Oh yeah, I definitely get that – especially with books that have been hyped and loved for years. It’s probably why I still haven’t gotten around to Harry Potter!

      I actually finished it on Wednesday and now I’m just looking for the perfect time to get into Now I Rise! I’ve got the ARC waiting for me.

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      1. I honestly did not expect to be approved for that ARC! I just figured I’d try my luck and got it! And I can tell you, it was JUST as awesome as the first book – if not better! Lada continued be RUTHLESS (HOLY SHIT THIS WOMAN), Radu was still freaking awesome and so god damn kind hearted (this man is going to be the end of me, I swear) and Mehmed… oh boy. Let’s not even talk about him! I’ll have my review up by the end of this week, so I’ll be able to talk in a bit more detail about the book and series as a whole so far! 🙂

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  3. Haha, I should really read some of Sarah Dessen’s books! I’ve heard that she’s one of the best contemporary authors, and since I’m getting into contemporary, I would love to read from her! I’m glad you had such an awesome blogging and reading month — you feel so accomplished when you have that haha!

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    1. I just feel like they all got out way too easy if you ask me. It’s war and things just work out perfectly which seems quite unrealistic to me, to be honest. The Six Of Crows duology has a similar sized cast of characters and the stakes were lower in the final book and I loved how Leigh resolved it! This makes me feel like the final TOG book is going to end exactly the same way – no loss for anyone and that just doesn’t feel right to me. Not after so many books and really high stakes! But I’m really happy to hear that you enjoyed the book so much!

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      1. Yeah, I totally understand that. For me, it was great seeing they get the kind of ending they deserve after already being through so much – but I can see why you would say it was too easy. The important thing in the end is that we enjoyed this trilogy so much and don’t get me wrong I’d pick ACOMAF over ACOWAR but ACOWAR resolved so many things it was just really satisfying to me but when it comes to plot twists, ACOMAF takes the crown. I don’t know about TOG bc Sarah is quite good at plot twists – so we’ll see what happens.

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  4. I get what you are saying in ACOWAR. It was almost anticlimactic. I’d definitely paled next to ACOMAF. It was good. I enjoyed myself…but like you said. There are no “I want to throw this book across the room” moments. I can see where she tried but it didn’t turn out so great. However! I do have hope for TOG. I feel like she listens to her readers and if we say we want more stakes and consequences, she will give them in TOG!

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    1. I feel like no book would’ve compared to ACOMAF for me. That book was so freaking great even the first time around and even better once I re-read it! Sometimes I wonder if she changed things around too much once she realized that she wanted to tell more stories set in the same world. Maybe some characters wouldn’t have made it if there weren’t more novels planned.

      I feel like especially with Cassian and Azriel there was such awesome potential for them to end differently and I would’ve hated her for doing it, but at the same time, I would’ve absolutely loved her for taking the risk and ending a series that way. I mean, especially since they constantly talked about how much Rhysand is willing to sacrifice himself for them all and how they kept saying that they want to take some of that burden from him, etc. and then NOTHING. I am seriously writing myself into a frenzy here! I might have to let it all out in a blog post. xD

      I really hope that she does listen to fans and raises the stakes for all of the characters. But then I also feel like there aren’t many characters she could kill without getting major backlash for it. She’s gotten a lot of it for killing POC (which, rightfully so on the fans’ part!) and if she kills of Aedion for example, she’s gonna get that again as he’s bisexual. The way she treats Chaol and his injury is probably gonna be a big factor too – is he going to get magically ‘cured’ or healed? Is he going to take away some consequences that are lasting? And if he does, if she kills him off there’s definitely going to be backlash for that too. I don’t think she has the guts to kill Aelin or Rowan. And the only other real main characters left now are Dorian and Manon which I will riot if she hurts either of them and everyone I just mentioned. And I don’t care too much about any of the other characters. I’m just not that invested.

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      1. I definitely would have taken any death…Az would have fixed the Mor issue. Amren wouldn’t have been a “death” but the same lines. Shit! I would have taken Tamlin as a sacrifice and just not put in the whole Rhys thing!

        You are very right. After the backlash, she could be afraid. What happened to that sassy author that has a GIF floating around that where she is saying that Fleetfoot is the only safe character! We can only hope things get better!

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  5. I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy A Court of Wings and Ruin, I’m currently reading and I’m almost finished and I’m enjoying it, I agree it’s not as good as A Court of Mist and Fury but in my opinion it’s much better than A Court of Thorn and Roses.

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