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May Wrap-up!

INSPIRED

Another month has come and gone. May was filled with news, good and bad, achievements, big and small, and the usual sleep-deprivation.

BOOKS I BOUGHT

This month again, I broke my personal record of purchased books. 14 books in 31 days? What was I thinking? It would take me approximately 2 months to read them all. This being without work, studies, or any other activity. That one-click buy from Amazon makes my bank account a lot lighter than it used to, and my schedule a lot busier! But you know what?

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Dead White Female (The Sam Jones Mysteries Book #1)
, Lauren Henderson

I did not remember getting this book. My order receipt says I got it for free. I kind of like the title. It probably will be one of those random picks on a rainy Thursday afternoon.

The Second Chance Shoe Shop, Marcie Steele
I decided to buy it after reading a couple of reviews from bloggers I trust. The title has a happy and lovely sound to it.

Murder in The Genes: The Trilogy, Jams N. Roses
Another free bargain from Amazon.

My Best Friend’s Girl, Dorothy Koomsom
I first saw this book on a This Week In Books meme post (I can’t remember who posted it, I’m sorry! Let me know if it was you) and I really like the blurb. And the cover. I had the same kind of rubber boots when I was a kid.

The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
Gotta love Amazon bargains! I could not resist getting a copy of this book at $1,99. I was hoping it would be the next book of the month for the Hype or Like Friday meme. I am glad I got it because we will indeed be reading The Raven Boys in June.

The Real Book Thief, Ingrid Black
I was so shocked when I learned about this story that curiosity took over and I had to learn more about it. I haven’t had time to pick it up yet but it is on my June reading list.

See How They Run, Tom Bale
Do I need to say anything about this book? It has been everywhere, and all reviews praised the story and the writing. I did my best to resist but the hype and my urge to get it was too strong. I will wait a little before reading it, though. I want all the reviews to fade from my memory to give the story my fair and unbiased focus.

Someone Else’s Skin, Sarah Hillary
Pure blurb love.

The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure, James Dashner
I have been waiting for those two since I read the last word of The Maze Runner. I loved the first book so much that hubby thought it would be a good gift idea to get the complete series in physical copies. I have to refrain myself from rushing to the desk and starting them right away.

The Book of You, Claire Kendal
One can never have enough psychological thrillers. I read the blurb and I knew I had to read it.

Gracie’s Song, Michelle Schlicher
Another recommendation from a fellow book blogger. I was very happy to get it because it had been on my wishlist for some time now, and I was afraid it would get buried under the dozens of books I add every week.

The Big Lead, Libby Kirsch
I found this book thanks to Inge’s review of another book in the same series @ the Belgian Reviewer. The comparison to my beloved Stephanie Plum series made the trick and I jumped on the opportunity to get the first book of the series free during the tour on Amazon US.

The Silent Twin, Caroline Mitchell
The intriguing (in a creepy way) cover and the name of the publisher convinced me to buy it without even reading the blurb. I said I had a thing for twins anyway.

GIVEAWAYS

I was lucky to win three giveaways this month. I can’t complain about my bad luck anymore. Many thanks to Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books Tara St. Pierre, Abby Vegas, and Michelle @ Book Adventures


BOOKS I RECEIVED FOR REVIEW


The Fourteen Day Soul Detox,
Rita Stradling

The Little French Guesthouse, Helen Pollard
One of my favorite books of the month. Many thanks to Boukouture for approving me for this little slice of holiday. The review will be published on Thursday, 2nd June.

The Last Billable Hour, Susan Wolfe
Did I ever mention I can’t resist a good story involving lawyers? When I saw this on NetGalley, I thought it was just what I wanted.

The Dali Deception, Adam Maxwell
I was contacted by the author to read this book. I find the blurb very promising and even though I am not art-sensitive, I was attracted to the story.

BOOK READ IN MAY

In the mess that was May, I managed to read 7 books, which is one book more than the month before. Only two turned out to be major disappointments, but overall it was a great reading month.

Also, this happened:

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Thank you, David!
I had set it to 30 books because I had no idea how many books I would be able to read. Never had I imagined I would get totally immersed in this blog project and actually read 30 books. I won’t change my goal, because I like signing in and have the full bar remind me that I succeeded.

(Clicking on the title will take you to my review if it is available)

The Reflections of Queen Snow White, David Meredith Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Fourteen Day Soul Detox, Rita Stradling Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Sister, Louise Jensen Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Black Widow, Chris Brookmyre Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What Pretty Girls Are Made Of, Lindsay Jill Roth Rating ⭐️⭐️

The Winner’s Curse, Marie Rutkoski Rating : DNF

The Little French Guesthouse, Helen Pollard : Rating and review on Thursday, 2nd June

BLOG POSTS

I am slowly getting used to scheduling posts. I have decided to devote my Sundays (and Thursdays if needed) to writing, so that I can manage enough time to interact and read your posts daily without having to worry about my own. This way, I hope to manage my time well enough to study and work.

I am happy with my blogging for May, I managed to write between 3 and 5 posts each week.

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That’s all for me for now! How was your May? Let me know in the comment or leave a link to your wrap-up! 🙂 

33 thoughts on “May Wrap-up!

  1. wow, it seems like you had a good reading month and majority of the books that you read ended up being great picks. So many wonderful books and yes, no need for regrets, the 14 books look totally worth it. Congrats on hitting your reading target already and also on winning the three giveaways.

    I hope your month of June turns out equally great. Happy reading.

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I am quite pleased with May, and I never thought I’d won all those giveaways! I am still shocked, haha. My only regret is I can’t spend my days with my new books. I wish you a great June!

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  2. You had a great reading month! 🙂 congratulations on completing your reading challenge!! I’m nowhere near finishing mine haha.

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  3. I always end up getting way more books than I can read in a month, so you’re not the only one haha. It’s just so hard to resist… I really want to get a copy of See How They Run and The Silent Twin as well! They sound like such great reads… As well as Black Widow. And as you know, I didn’t like The Winner’s Curse either. 😉

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    1. When I started blogging I wondered how everyone could go on shopping spree and get so many books. Now, I know! I will try and stay away from Amazon in June. I want a refund on The Winner’s Curse to get another book 😀 That would not really be buying, would it?

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      1. Haha I wish there would be refunds for very disappointing books… I know the library is a great place to go if you’re not sure about a book, but the one where I live is 1. tiny 2. almost exclusively stocked with Spanish books as far as I last checked. It’s a great excuse to have to just buy more books though. 😉

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