May Wrap-Up (2018)

It was a busy month around here. At the start of May, we took a week-long trip to my hometown in Iowa. Not long after we got back it was the hectic end of the school year, followed by an emotional preschool graduation for my oldest. After being in our house for nine months, we are finally getting around to decorating the walls, which has involved lots of shopping time. I am heading toward the end of my Grammar Lab course through UCSD for a Copyediting Certificate. Oh, and I started playing World of Warcraft again. Suffice to say my writing time has plummeted, though I have been trying to maintain the nightly reading ritual.

In my April wrap-up, I had a list of books I wanted to get to this past month. The crossed out books are ones I was able to finish.

  1. Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas 
  2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  3. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  4. Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
  5. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
  6. Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

Fifty percent isn’t terrible. I ended up reading about the same number of books, I just replaced some with other books on my TBR pile. Dragonbreath was a book I picked up for my son from the ebook library for our road trip to Iowa. However, once I got into it, there were a lot more words on the page than my initial glances. I think it’s a little above his reading level, so I’ve put it on my TBR list I keep for him. Siddhartha is now in my glove box, ready to read any moment I’m stuck in the car with a sleeping baby or other downtimes. Leviathan Wakes is just a behemoth book, sitting on my nightstand. I put it there to mark it as my next to be read, but the size is intimidating me.

Books Read in May

  1. Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas
  2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  4. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  5. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
  6. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea & Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton

518k7cbtmnl-_sx327_bo1204203200_I intended on reading more than four books for myself, but Tower of Dawn was quite long, clocking in around 660 pages. I was able to power through it thanks to our road trip, but I wasn’t super into it. The book is the sixth in the Throne of Glass series, and it follows a more secondary character, and to be honest, I am liking the books less and less as the series goes on (mostly due to problematic relationships). I enjoyed all the books I read, though A Court of Thorns and Roses was a bit, meh. The Song of Achilles was well written if a bit boring for the first half.

While it may seem I didn’t read many books with my son, we went through so much more than that. I read with him every night, but he craves more. We bought him a lamp, and he reads into the night on his own. So, when we read together, he mixes it up, and I get snippets of all these different books I bought him to get through the summer: two Dogman books, three from The Bad Guys series, two from the Press Start series, Bad Kitty Takes a Bath, and Remy Sneakers vs. The Robo-Rats.

Books to Read in June

  1. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
  2. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  3. Everless by Sara Holland
  4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  5. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  6. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  7. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

51tbvqufn6l-_sx327_bo1204203200_Another reason I didn’t finish more books than I wanted was due to the length of the book I started after finishing The Song of Achilles. I really enjoyed the Red Rising series more than I thought I would, so when Iron Gold popped up from the library, I was excited to read it. I started it on the 18th of May, and I am still going! Now, I am really only reading at night before bed, but it is a massive book at over 600 pages. It is a continuation ten years later, so there is a lot more buildup in the beginning. It follows four characters from their POV, and to be honest, I don’t like that, so it’s taking me a bit to get into. The rest of the books on my list are requests from the library. I have an ambitious list, but I really want to push myself. Some of them are still on request from the library, but this is the plan for now!

While I am not going to predict which books I will read with my son, I would like to actually finish at least two. The Dogman series is something great he can read on his own as it is such an easy comic book style. I’d really like to read The Bad Guys with him since I find them so funny!

Added to My TBR Pile

  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
  • Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

One of my passions is Greek and Roman history and mythology. I enjoyed the storytelling in Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles, so I wanted to give her second novel a try. Mike Duncan’s non-fiction book gives another aspect of the fall of the Roman Empire, which sounds intriguing. The remaining books I heard about on BookTube, which I have gotten back into while I play WoW. I seem to be trending back toward YA fantasy. I think this is because they are usually such a fast and entertaining read. I look at it like they are my summer reading break!

Blogging in June

I had been doing so well with scheduling my to-do’s on a weekly basis. It was keeping me on track and allowing me to touch on all my interests (and I have a lot). After our vacation, I got off track. I know Warcraft may seem like a time-waster, but I have a lot of fun, and it is time spent with my husband. However, I would love to get back to some of my other passions. I have lots of great ideas for posts that I’d love to share. ANd I really need to get back into my Warcraft readthrough, especially with the new expansion coming out. It just feels a bit daunting since there are now three archive books and more novels to add to my list! I may need to rethink how I frame it so I can get through the Chronicle a little faster!

Here’s to a great June for books!

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