May Wrap Up Post

Posted June 5, 2012 by Kara in Uncategorized / 4 Comments

Thanks for joining me for another wrap-up post. This month, I am going to do things a little differently. I don’t actually list the books I read individually and I think I’m going to start doing that. Sometimes I read a book that doesn’t fit either of the challenges I am participating in, but I still think that book should be mentioned, so that’s what I’m gonna do.


For the month of May, I read 13 books! Not as many as I was hoping to read, but I still had a pretty good month and I’m pleased. I don’t predict June to be a great reading month. My husband is coming home from Afghanistan mid-June and then we are going to Florida right after that for some job fairs and job interviews. While we are there, we will be going to Busch Gardens where I will proceed to have a slot meltdown just like Kristen Bell and then we are going to spend 2 days on St. Pete Beach. So that should be really fun. I plan to take a bunch of books with me and I will be blogging from the vacation (I am just that dedicated) but probably not as much. 


Onto the books I read this month. Links to my reviews can also be found here.



I read: 

Paradise by Jill Alexander Review 3 Stars
Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok Review 5 Stars
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready Review 4 Stars
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne Review 3 Stars
Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker Review Coming 4 Stars
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown Review 2 Stars
Fated by Alyson Noel Review 4 Stars
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers Review 4 Stars
The Dark Tower by Stephen King Not Reviewing 4 Stars
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Review 2 Stars
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel Review 3 Stars
The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier Review Coming4 Stars
Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand Review Coming 3 Stars


Favorite book Read in May: Girl in Translation
Most aggravating book read in May: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Average Star Rating: 3.461

Challenge Progress:

For the TBR Pile Challenge, I completed 5 books for the month of April. I put The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle back on the shelf for now. I just couldn’t get into it and I kept putting it down. It’s actually a really well-written book and it’s awesome but I can tell it’s not a book for me. This makes it feel like a chore to read so I may or may not finish it. But I did read and finish:



Paradise by Jill Alexander, Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready, The Dark Tower by Stephen King, and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I probably should have read more review books, but I was happy to read some books I have wanted to read for awhile. 


For the 50 States Challenge, I did so well!! I managed to read in 6 States!!
The states I completed are Maryland (Shade), Colorado (Monument 14), Wisconsin (Lies Beneath), New Mexico (Fated), Florida (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer), and Kansas (Dust Girl). I have to go add those to my challenge page. I’m excited!! I probably STILL won’t finish all 50 States, but I sure am having fun trying. I can’t imagine having a better month than this last one, but you never know. I can’t wait to see where I get to read next, if anywhere. Some of these states are HARD to find. Maybe towards the end of the year, if I am close, I will individually pick books so I can finish the challenge. 




As always, if you have a wrap-up post you want to tell me about or have me come comment on, leave me the link in the comments. And if you just feel like saying “hi,” that’s great too. Have a great June!!

4 responses to “May Wrap Up Post

  1. Amy

    You did great this month!! I haven’t read any books towards my TBR pile challenge in like 3 months. *sigh* I thought that would be the easiest challenge too. Hope you have a great vacation and I’m so happy for you that the hubs will be home soon!!

    • Thank you, Amy. I’m so happy he will be home soon too! I am close to finished on my tbr pile challenge. Somehow I managed to work them in. It’s certainly not easy though.

  2. Yay for giving The Dark Tower 4 stars, you obviously enjoyed it, right? I love the series (not sure if we’ve had this convo before, sorry if I’m repeating myself!)

    I like the idea of wrap up posts, I’m off to count how many books I read in May!

    • Yes, we did! The Dark Tower was a little slow for me, but I have been assured it gets better as the series goes on. The writing and imagery were gorgeous. And some of those scenes were out of this world!

      Yes, wrap up posts don’t get me a lot of views or comments, and I do them mostly for me, but it helps me know what I have to improve on.

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