Goodbye and Hello: May Wrap-Up and June TBR

Goodbye and Hello: May Wrap-Up and June TBR

May Books:

So, I’m out of the reading rut I was in during the month in April. This probably won’t be noticeable based on the fact that only one of the books that I said I was going to read in May will actually be on my wrap-up list, but what can I say? Other books had a tendency to “get in the way.”

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinGame_of_thrones

So I really enjoyed this one once I got into it, but I think my goal was a bit too lofty for the series because other books are begging to be read.  So, I am making it my goal to get through the series by the end of summer. I figure I’ll read one book from the series per month. I mean, it’s not like there is a new book in the series that is begging to be read…


Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

I read this one for work with my freshman English class. I forgot how much I actually dislike this play.  There are so many better ones by Shakespeare.  Romeo is actually quite annoying throughout the entire thing. I apologize to those who love the story of Romeo and Juliet, and I’m not trying to say that it doesn’t have it’s merits, but let’s just I wouldn’t necessarily take the time to read it again for pleasure.

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Hahaha! This book, this book is wonderful if you want a mindless weekend on the beach sort of read. However, I will warn you that if you find the need to finish a series that you start, don’t read this one. This series has a ridiculous number of books in it, and I’m not really sure what all the people that love see in it.


The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

This book was delightful. You’ve probably heard of it since it’s been out since January in the U.K., but only came out in the States on Monday.  It was outstanding! It is about the story of a boy who is transgender, but doesn’t know where to start or who to tell. A new boy turns up at his school, and defends him during a lunchroom fight.  From there, a friendship develops between the two of them, and this is their story.  It allows for a look inside some of the emotional turmoil that transgender teens face as well as the decisions they face. A review will be up in a couple of days.

June Books:

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

Why I Want to Read it?

This was recommended to my by my sister as well as a student of mine.  They were both super excited about it, which only led me to become super excited about, hence the wanting to read it.

Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith

It is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.”


Why I Want to Read it?

I love an interesting sounding YA paranormal novel involving angels and the idea of good and evil.

Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova

Long live Solaris.

One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?

Why I Want to Read it?

If you have been following me at all on any social media over the past 9 months, you know that I have been helping to promote these books and I am part of Elise Kova’s Street Team. I have an ARC for this book, and I can not wait to start it. I will have a review for this book up some time between June 28 and July 11. Just before Crystal Crowned comes out on July 12th.

clash of kingsA Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead…victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.

A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and wartime. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside.

Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors.

Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, A Clash of Kings is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment;a tale of pure excitement you will never forget.

Why I Want to Read the Series?

I have been a fan of the show since the beginning, and I love fantasy.  So many of my friends have recommended it to me and have been waiting for me to read it for over a year. I plan to read the remainder of the series, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to get through the whole thing this month. This is the year that I’m going to tackle it despite the book series not being completed, damn you, George R.R. Martin!  Can’t wait!!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

This is  reread. I was warned about the lack of reference to The Wrath and the Dawn in The Rose and the Dagger, so I thought it would be a good idea to reread this one before diving into the next.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love. 

Why I want to read it?

I have been looking forward to this book since I finished The Wrath and the Dawn, which was my favorite read of 2015! So, due to the awesomeness of the first book I have some very high expectations; I hope it rises to meet them.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is another reread.  I want to remind myself of what happened before I dive into ACOMAF!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Why I Want to read it?

This one, like The Rose and the Dagger,I was so excited for, but they came while I was in the middle of my reading rut last month, so I am just now getting to them, but I can’t wait to get started on them. 

I know this is a lot of books to read in one month, but I’ll be off work for most of June, so I’ll have all kinds of time to devote to my books after they’ve been feeling a bit neglected during the school year.


What are you guys reading during the month of June??

Happy Reading!


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