May Wrap Up!

Monthly Wrap Up

Happy June Everyone! I can’t believe May is over already. This month really flew by. For May I really wanted to tackle my big books for the year, and I was somewhat successful. I did finish A Queen of Air and Darkness, BUT I didn’t finish Priory of the Orange Tree Priory is one of those books that needs your undivided attention, and I realized that very early on. So, my plan is to pick it back up this month.

Here’s what I managed to read this month


The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke ★★★★

This is a book I’ve owned for a couple of years now, but soon realized I needed to listen to the audiobook. This was amazing to listen to — like a super long episode of Lore, a podcast which Mahnke hosts. Some of the stories in the book have been made into episodes on his podcast and some are new. I know some people didn’t enjoy that aspect, but I honestly didn’t mind. If you do pick up the physical copy of this, there are some amazing illustrations. 

The Runaways Vol. 1 by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★
The Runaways Vol. 2 by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★
The Runaways Vol. 3 by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★

This was my first dip into the comic book world, and some might argue that it’s not a very big dip, but I don’t care! These were amazing, heartfelt, and so funny. As someone who wasn’t familiar with the story of the Runaways before this, I didn’t feel lost or confused. I was able to follow along pretty easily. Rowell created such a great found family atmosphere that really pulls on the heartstrings. I can’t wait to read the next volume! 

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood & Scientology by Leah Remini ★★★★

WOW. This book. This is another one I listened to the audiobook version, and I HIGHLY recommend you do that too. Remini narrates it herself, and she does an amazing job. If I had read this in it’s physical form it definitely would have lost some it’s pizzazz. I devoured this book in two days because it was that good. Remini is brutally honest about her time in Scientology, her past, and Tom Cruise — which I LOVED — because I also hate Tom Cruise. (lol) 

A Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare ★★★★

At 912 pages, I believe this will be my biggest read of the year. This took me about a month to finish because I wanted to savor every last minute of it. Clare has always written spectacular bittersweet endings to her finale books, and she did not disappoint this time around. I held off on the last 4 chapters of this book because I knew I would want to read them all at once — which is what I did until 2am the other night. 😉  I’m going to give a more in depth review later this month so stay tuned. 



And that’s it! I think it was a pretty good reading month considering QOAAD was so big, and took up most of my time. 



What did you all read this month? Any new favorites?! 


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17 thoughts on “May Wrap Up!

  1. I also really liked Troublemaker, what a badass she is! I’ve been curious about the Lore books because I love the podcast, but not sure I want to reread the same stories, which is I’ve why hesitated on the books even though his storytelling style is amazing. Does he add more detail to the stories that also are told on the podcast, or are they somehow different enough to be worth it?

    1. Troublemaker was AMAZING! I haven’t listened to every episode of Lore, but there are a lot of new stories with only a few that were episodes in his podcast. As far as I could tell that’s how it was. In terms of adding more detail to the repeated stories, I’m not sure because it’s been so long since I’ve listened to his earlier episodes and that’s what he seemed to include. I definitely thought it was worth it.

    1. Queen of Air and Darkness SO long, haha, but very much worth it. I’m trying to read A Priory of the Orange Tree right now, but it’s also up there at 850 pages so I’m delaying a bit, lol. Lore is an amazing podcast I highly recommend it! Aaron has the PERFECT podcast voice.

      1. I really should start walking to work in the morning! I usually walk home after work because I don’t want to be all sweaty going to work, ha! But I need to get those 10k steps in!

      2. I spend most of the day on my feet so usually easily get the 10k steps in, but I always enjoy the walk to and from work because it goes through the forest 🙂

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