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Monday, June 3, 2019

My Monday Musings–May Wrap up–looking ahead to June



I think I have FINALLY getting back into my reading groove! I read 12 books in May, have come to an uneasy truce with audiobooks lol, and have actually felt the urge to review again.

It’s less about the # and the idea that reading feels like a fun escape again. I attribute this to settling in after the move and getting away from review books and move more towards library books. So much less pressure!

May Wrap-Up

Total: 12 books

Library: 5 - all Audiobooks






















ARC’s: 3 – The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel, The 5th Gender, Give Up the Ghost

DNF: 2

The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel by Moe Bonneau (the writing was incredible strange – 60’s slang coming from a present day teen. Why you might like it – rare f/f YA rep, frank sexual dialogue

Rayne & Deliah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zenter – I was listening to this one on audio and it just wasn’t working for me. I did like that it was about a female friendship and not romance focused so I’ll switch to the e-book at some point and finish this one.

KU: 2 I'm trying to be better at reading more Kindle Unlimited books. I signed up for 2 years during Prime Days but have barely used it since.

Purchased: 2

Favorite:




The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Also liked: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Moon, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert, My So Called Bollywood Life

For the full list and reviews - my May Goodreads shelf is here




New review Books:



I received my Fall arc box from Macmillan

June reading:


This is never a set in stone pile because I’m a mood reader.

Only one is an arc (If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann) – the other two (The Geography of Lost Things /Little & Lion) are books I’ve been meaning to read and wanting to get back to tackling my physical TBR pile.









How did you do with you May reading goals & what do you have planned for June?

31 comments:

  1. I am happy that you reading has picked up and that you are back to reviewing again. This past month has been slow for me as well but more I am addicted to the latest podcasts I have been listening to, they are so deep and making me think more and I love it. But now I am getting back into reading and blogging again.

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    1. Podcasts have been what I turn to in book slumps these days. They feel a bit like reading but are short for my attention span during those days.

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  2. Love how you call it an uneasy truce with audiobooks. LOL! Glad you guys are getting along a bit better lately.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Yeah - I'm still not 100% there with audiobooks lol I get distracted really easily, can't multi-task and I'm SUPER picky about narrators but I have one borrowed at all time now though so that's progress.

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  3. I pretty much loved all of your favorites from last month (except Arctic Sun, which I have not read), but I am so sad you didn't like Rayne & Delilah. I hope you do pick up the ebook, and it works better for you, because the friendship in this book was amazing.

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    1. I REALLY feel like it was the narration and not the story in this case - so I am going to give it another go with the e-book.

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  4. Awesome that you're getting your reading mojo back! And I agree that stepping away from the pressure and deadlines of arcs and reading your own books on your own time is priceless. I have a very few arcs sprinkled across the summer but otherwise it's all about reading what I want when I want. What a concept! LOL

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    1. I still have some but the majority of my reading is on my own. I like striking this balance better.

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  5. I love that you've got your happy reading vibe back and are pressing forward with some audios, too. Moving would be very disruptive to reading mood, I would think. Glad the Reynolds and Alpert would good. Those are on my list.

    Have a great June, Karen!

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    1. It was disruptive. From having all my books packed up to trying to find where and when I like to read here - which sounds weird but you need the right space lol

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  6. Less pressure definitely helps. And 12 books= awesome!

    I think The Geography of Lost Things sounds good.

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    1. That's one I was just about to read before the move. Hopefully I'll get to it this month.

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  7. Ooo you read Long Way Down??? Howd you feel? I had KU for like 3 months but never used it so I got rid of it. It seems like a lot of romance readers swear by it though.

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    1. I did! I listened to it and it was...odd. I really liked it but also felt distanced from the characters.

      I have it in print and plan on reading it again to see if it's a different experience.

      Have you read it yet?

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  8. Great job on your May reading. I definitely want to focus more on the books that I already own this summer. I'm always saying it, but it's kind of a back and forth thing for me. LOL

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I'm still going to request books, I'm sure lol I just like having less pressure and the Libby app has been a total game changer for me. I don't like going to the library but downloading books whenever I want is perfect.

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  9. Woohoo...what a great month! Glad you're getting your reading mojo back!

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    1. It's always scary when months slip by and you don't feel like reading lol

      I've learned to roll with it though and realize I need the break - although this situation had more to do with the upheaval from the move.

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  10. I am glad you are settling in and enjoying your new home. Also wonderful to hear that you are reading and reviewing again. I totally agree about the library books. I probably review about half and half these days, I love the freedom and no pressure of library books.

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      m not one for going to the library and getting physical books. for some reason that gives me a lot of anxiety too so getting the Libby/Hoopla app has really changed things for me.

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  11. Planned for June is to DNF library books, or well maybe I will love them!

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  12. Oh I'm so sorry Rayne and Delilah didn't spell for you. Your upcoming reads all look good though!

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  13. Here's to getting the reading mojo back! 🙌
    My total was 11 for May.
    Fingers crossed June is another good one!

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  14. You made it through so many books in May! i'm with you--I'm trying to focus less on the # and more on the act of reading for the sake of a getaway for my brain and it's made reading pleasurable again. I'm reading Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave which is kind of meh (came to me in a subscription box) but I really enjoyed The Girls in the Garden and Watching You (both by Lisa Jewell)--great mystery page-turners :)

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    1. I'm enjoying reading library books so damn much. There's zero pressure!

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  15. May was a bit of a mixed bag and June has got off to a very slow start sadly! I was on holiday for a week and was too tired to read so I need to get back into my reading tonight as I'm 22 books behind schedule on Goodreads!

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  16. The Poet X! 🙌🙌🙌

    I only finished the Midnite Matinee book because it was an ARC. I thought the blaming of the adults for having mental health issues was going to be a growth/change ARC element, but it wasn't. The message the book sent was it is adults' own fault they have a mental illness, which to me is not a message to be sending teenagers. I would give specifics, but they would be spoilers. 😛

    Twelve books is great! I only average around eight books a month. 📚

    I hope June has started out well for you. 🌞

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  17. You really managed to get back on the reading horse! And I have to say that I loved Claire Kann's debut so I hope you like her latest novel. I've heard amazing things about Little and Lion as well :)

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