Monthly Wrap-Up: May ’19

Can anyone tell me where May went? It feels like it flew by for me. My birthday was earlier in the month and I got so many books. I should feel guilty about it, but I don’t, I’m so happy. I finished five books this month, which I am slowly beginning to realize is my sweet spot. I did an impromptu buddy read of Storm of Locusts with Jocelyn @ yogi with a book, one of my Latinx Book Club cohosts. Speaking of the Latinx Book Club, today we launched our blog for the club. You can find us and follow us here. Basically, it’s a place for us to stay organized, help readers find book club info, and maybe recommend some stellar books. We hope you can stop by!

My biggest news from May is I’ve decided that I’m going to take an entire month off from blogging. It’s something I’ve been considering for a while, but I just haven’t been able to fit it in anywhere. Don’t worry, I won’t be disappearing quite yet, but I’m aiming for July, so come the end of June, I should be making the official announcement.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

I had two five-star reads this May and I’m not going to choose between them because you cannot make me. Rebecca Roanhouse’s much-anticipated sequel, Storm of Locusts was a thrilling ride and I just need more Maggie and Kai in my life. Margaret Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns was incredible. It’s as beautiful as its cover and if you’re looking for a sign to push that preorder button, consider this your sign.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

*heaviest of sighs* I was really looking forward to Five Midnights, but there are several aspects of the novel that really rubbed me the wrong way.

Other Reviews Posted This Month:

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(Cover linked to Goodreads)

Books I Didn’t Review:

Yes, I’m going to try to get in the habit of not reviewing every book I read. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Swati Teerdhala’s Tiger at Midnight was a really fun fantasy and I enjoyed my time with it, but I wasn’t as impressed with the writing as I would have liked to have been. Still, if the enemies to lovers trope is your thing, you might want to think about checking this one out. Rating: 3/5

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Latinx Book Club: June’s Book Club Pick – We are so excited to dive into next month’s selection for the Latinx Book Club. And for future reference, book club announcements will be posted on our official blog instead.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin – I have been waiting forever for this one and it’s almost here! Only a few days left before I get to hold this one in my hands.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante – If this book isn’t on your TBR, be sure to add it! It release this Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Literary Soul Mates – This was my favorite TTT post this month as it gave me a chance to talk about characters I have a really strong connection to.

Kernels of Nonsense: Keeping Up with Comments – You might have noticed I’ve been less active in my comments section and that’s because after much deliberation, I have decided to adopt a different philosophy with regard to comments.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only taking part in one reading challenge.

1. The Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019 is hosted by NovelKnight. This month I read nothing toward this challenge. Boo me.

  • Challenge Goal: 10 books; Current Count: 4 books

June Releases I’m Excited For:

 

Did May fly by for you? When was the last time you did a buddy read? What summer release are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: April ’19

If you haven’t visited my blog in the last few days, you may notice some changes and that’s because I gave my blog a little makeover. I’ve been thinking about a change for a while and I finally took the plunge. It took me several hours to find just the right colors, theme, and make the graphics, but I think I’m satisfied…at least for now.

I would have finished my fifth book of the month, but I was busy working on the blog, so I only got to four. This month the Latinx Book Club read it’s first pick, The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, I did a buddy read with Carolyn @ A Hundred Thousand Stories of The Lies of Locke Lamora, ran a Twitter giveaway (ends at 4pm PST today, check it out here), and won a couple of exciting giveaways myself. I feel like April was a really busy month for me and I’m honestly kind of itching for another mini-break. We’ll see how that goes. Also, it’s my birthday next week and I splurged a bit on books. I’m so excited!

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite April read was Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno. I loved this one so much, I think it’s my favorite 2019 read so far. My review is coming up very soon. Warning: lots and lots of gushing!

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book this month received less than three stars.

Reviews Posted This Month:

 

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(None)

Books I Didn’t Review:

Okay, I am so guilty this month of skipping out on reviews. I was very tired this month and I just couldn’t find the brain capacity to write even a snapshot review. So here is some very pithy reviews of the following:

J.C. Cervantes’s The Storm Runner was overall enjoyable, but there were a few choices with regard to the main character’s arc that I wished had been resolved sooner.  Rating: 3/5

Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora was so enjoyable and a great heist book. I loved how intricate the schemes were, but also the fact that Lynch kept me on my toes. As good as Locke Lamora is, there were still people who were capable of outsmarting him. Rating: 4/5

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Latinx Book Club: May’s Book Club Pick – We’ve selected our next book club pick. Come join us on Twitter in May!

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Nocturna by Maya Motayne – I am ready to be swept away by this Latinx-inspired fantasy. It comes out on my birthday, so it’s basically destiny.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – I might cry when I finally hold a copy of this one on my hands. Also comes out on my birthday which makes it feel extra special.

Top Ten Tuesday: Things Book Bloggers Love That Non-Readers Don’t Understand – Loved putting this post together and loved that it was so relatable to other bloggers.

Kernels of Nonsense: 2019 Preorders So Far (Part II) – To no one’s surprise, I preodered more books!

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only taking part in one reading challenge.

1. The Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019 is hosted by NovelKnight. This month I picked up The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

  • Challenge Goal: 10 books; Current Count: 4 books

May Releases I’m Excited For:

 

Did you have a busy April? Are you participating in any book clubs this year? Which May release are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

Monthly Wrap-Up: March ’19

MonthlyWrap-UPI’ve been trying to get into the swing of things after my hiatus, but I am ashamed to say that I’ve been terribly disorganized this month. You might not have noticed, but I’ve neglected by blogging planner **cue gasps**. ‘I do not like this feeling and was able to devote a little time to said planner this past week. Hopefully I can stay on track. This month I read six novels including one reread. I got to say, all these rereads I’ve been doing lately have made my reading for the month so much more enjoyable. Today also marks the beginning of the Latinx Book Club’s first read. We are reading The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes. If you get a chance to join us, please do. You can find us on Twitter @Latinxbookclub and feel free to ask me any questions. Also, if you didn’t already know (I really must add a button to my sidebar) I recently joined Instagram. You can find me here: @akernelofnonsense. I’d love to follow you! Still don’t know what I’m doing, but I’d love to follow you all.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

I’m totally cheating and naming my reread of Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhouse my favorite March book. But friends, it is so good and it was absolutely wonderful the second time around. If I ever stop shouting about this one, make sure I haven’t been kidnapped and am being impersonated by someone else.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book this month received less than three stars.

Reviews Posted This Month:

 

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Books I Didn’t Review:

Yes, sometimes I don’t review books. I’m trying to get better at allowing myself the option of not reviewing everything I read. It’s very hard and it feels weird not saying anything, so just leaving a few thoughts for the following books.

Dhonielle Clayton’s The Everlasting Rose turned out to be less enjoyable than the first book. I’m still head over heels in love with Clayton’s prose, but I found this one wanting in terms of characterization and even plot. Rating: 3/5

Soniah Kamal’a Unmarriageable was such an enjoyable Pride and Prejudice retelling. Alys is one of my favorite Elizabeth Bennet incarnations and Kamal’s narration throughout the novel had me chuckling and reminded me of Austen’s wry humor. Rating: 4/5

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Latinx Book Club: Announcement + April’s Book Pick – As you probably know, I am one of the hosts for the newly minted Twitter-based book club, the Latinx Book Club. We will be reading a book by a Latinx author each month and I am so excited for this project.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhouse – It’s only appropriate that the month I reread Trail of Lightning, I also featured the sequel in a Can’t-Wait Wednesday post. I need this sequel in my possession now.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Spring 2019 Releases – I need all these books in my life right now!

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only taking part in one reading challenge.

1. The Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019 is hosted by NovelKnight. This month I picked up Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman and American Panda by Gloria Chao.

  • Challenge Goal: 10 books; Current Count: 3 books

April Releases I’m Excited For:

 

What was your favorite March read? Any April releases you are eager to get your hands on? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

Monthly Wrap-Up: February ’19

MonthlyWrap-UPI’m back from my hiatus! Friends, I missed you a lot. I even cheated a little on my hiatus and came here and read the comments you left. But I didn’t reply and I didn’t work on any posts, so technically I didn’t cheat? While I was away from the blog, I joined a Twitter book club. You might have seen us on your TL, but I am officially one of the hosts of the Latinx Book Club. You can follow us on Twitter @latinxbookclub. I’ll have more info on the blog come next weekend, but if you want to read more books by Latinx authors, we are tackling a book together every month. Keep on eye on our Twitter account tomorrow for a special poll regarding April.

I also ended up making an Instagram account. Who am I? I have no idea what I am doing, but come follow me (@akernelofnonsense) and I will follow you back. I think I know how to do that. Maraia, if you are reading this, you are going to be my first follow! Seriously, joining a social media platform that you’ve never been on can be daunting and it’s like trying to figure out how to speak a different language. I’ve been on Tumblr for so long, I’m still in that mode, but I guess you don’t reblog photos? It’s still a little confusing to me.

So this February I picked up seven books which is pretty impressive for me. I reread Robin LaFever’s His Fair Assassin trilogy because Courting Darkness is sitting on my shelf looking very pretty, but if I dove in without a reread, I’m sure I’d be lost. I have a backlog of snapshot reviews in my drafts for some reason, so March might be filled with more reviews than usual.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite read in February was Aida Salazar’s The Moon Within, a middle grade novel that talks menstruation and reclaiming ancestral traditions. This was a really beautiful book and special shout out to the author, who was kind enough to ask her publisher to send me an arc.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book this month received less than three stars.

Reviews Posted This Month:

 

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Kernels of Nonsense: 2019 Preorders So Far – I love preordering books and here is a look at all the 2019 books I’ve preordered so far. I might have a problem. I might have preordered more while on hiatus, so look for a part II of this post soon.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia– I finally have this one in my hands and I am currently reading it and it is wonderful and is it on you TBR yet?

Top Ten Tuesday: Deadly Dames I Wouldn’t Mind Switching Places With for a Day – This was such a fun post to put together, the only sad part is it ended up going up while I was on hiatus, so I missed reading your comments and responding.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only taking part in one reading challenge.

1. The Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019 is hosted by NovelKnight. I picked up The Girl in the Tower by Katharine Arden toward this challenge this month. I need to pick up the pace.

  • Challenge Goal: 10 books; Current Count: 1 books

March Releases I’m Excited For:

 

Month in Review

Any bookish news you’d like to share? Are you planning a hiatus any time soon? What are you currently reading? Talk to me, I missed you! Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.