Month In Review | May 2016

WOW! So May flew by, am I right? I slowed down significantly with my reading, largely due to the fact that I fell into a doozy of a reading slump. In my personal life, however, I was running around. I saw a ton of doctors, finished a major application, ordered new glasses, and officially changed my major to biology! So it was kinda crazy. All in all, I can say it was a pretty good month, though I hope June will be even better!

Books Read + Mini Reviews

Tell The Wind And Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan | 2.5/5 Stars

This book was a little fun but it was hard to see past the fact that it was so clunky and so poorly written. I think if the writing had been better, it would have developed nicely. Plus is this the first installment in a series??? Because that conclusion was way too open ended!

Map of Fates by Maggie Hall | 3/5 Stars

Honestly I was expecting a bit more from this but it kinda fell flat. The plot felt very contrived and simplistic, as well as predictable and the characters were watery. I am interested in continuing the series, but I’m afraid this one fell victim to the second book slump.

The Siren by Kiera Cass | 3/5 Stars

This was a pretty cute piece of fluff. I really enjoyed the family aspect. While I didn’t like it as much as I liked The Selection Series (the original trilogy), I thought it was good.

The Crown by Kiera Cass | 3/5 Stars

I wasn’t really expecting a lot from this given that this is a fluff series and I also hated Eadlyn as a character. But it was okay. Not spectacular, but okay. I went into this book 100% hating Eadlyn and came out of it still disliking her but not as much. There was a bit of character growth for her. So all in all, it was a nice, in between fluff read and it got me out of a nightmare reading slump, so that’s something.

Challenge Updates

Goodreads Challenge 

I’ve read 4 more books, bringing my grand total to 42/86 books, putting me 7 books ahead of schedule! Woot, woot!

Debut Author Challenge

Unfortunately, I didn’t read any 2016 debuts this month, though I meant to

Rock My TBR Challenge

I also failed on this challenge, not reading any backlist books. *hangs head in shame*

Bookish Bingo

Second Chance

Set In Space–Starflight by Melissa Landers

Non Binary MC

Under 200 Pages–“Bridge of Snow” by Marie Rutkoski

Ugly Cover

Set Over 200 Years Ago–Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

March, April, May Release–A Study in Charlotte by Britany Cavallaro


Metallic Lettering–Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Based On A Real Event

Book Toward Another Challenge

Green Cover–Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


Retelling–Stars Above (The Little Android) by Marissa Meyer

Set In More Than One Country–The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Characters Aren’t Human–Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Rec’d By More Than One Friend

Flowers On The Cover

MC Shares Your First Initial–Seven Black Diamond by Melissa Marr

Written Under A Pen Name

More Than One Author–Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

End Of The World

Number In The Title–Zero Day by Jan Gangsei


Standalone–Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Audiobook Challenge 

All four of the books I read this month were audiobooks!

Book Haul

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (hardcover)

The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott (hardcover)(finished copy)

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (digital audiobook)

Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti (hardcover)(finished copy)

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (hardcover)

The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass (hardcover)(finished copy)

On The Fence by Kasie West (physical audiobook)(finished copy)

A Court of Mist and Fury (digital audiobook)

Book Bucket


Looking Ahead-Blogging

  • Lies I Live By by Lauren Sabel Blog Tour
  • The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass Blog Tour
  • The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele Blog Tour
  • Claire and I will be sorting more book characters into Hogwarts Houses

Monthly Snapshots

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

My Favorite Things

  • The 100 remains my top show and sadness abounded over the fact that I have to wait another year to see season 4!
  • Jessica Jones has grabbed my interest
  • I’m also loving Daredevil!
  • Liran’s (at Empress of Books) Spotify playlists are totally rockin’!
  • Skylar Grey’s song “Moving Mountains” moved me
  • I’m really diggin’ Koda’s cover of “Radioactive”
  • I’ve been snacking on veggie straws and developed quite an addiction
  • I bought dark fuchsia Lilly Pulitzer Morada eyeglasses frames and I’m in love with them–they make me look like a pink witch (pink and witches–two of my favorite things)!

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Lila is a 27-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

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