Monthly Wrap Up – May 2019

How can it already be the end of May???

It’s been a good month for me. Not only have I been able to read a good amount of books, I also had the pleasure of reading some really great novels.

I’ve read 91 books so far as part of my Goodreads Challenge. And I’m 51 books ahead of schedule. I ended up reading 22 books, including 4 audiobooks this month.

My quest of adding new to me authors to my new author list each month has been going well so far. I’m not only adding to the list, I also found some amazing authors so far that I can’t wait to read more from. Many of those authors are now on my auto-buy list.

BOOK UPDATES

I read this amazing M/M series this month – 4 books in all – and I actually devoured them within 2.5 days. I had the BEST time and wish there would be more series like that because I could read these kind of books all the time. (review)

All Kinds of Tied Down - Mary Calmes

I finally finished the audiobook of Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #3) and loved it!! The entire series was a true pleasure and I must admit I didn’t think I would love it this much. It’s YA, a very safe and wholesome YA, but I ended up adoring it. So yay!! And I finally watched the movie too. (review)

I also already read Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren – their books are always on the very top of my reading tbr. It’s not surprise that I picked it up immediately after it landed on my kindle. Now I just have to wait until October to be able to chat with people about it.

Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy, #4) was spectacular. For all of you romance lovers – this series is for you. It has magic, strong women and the most yummilicious heroes. AMAZEBALLS!!!!!

I devoured Trouble at Brayshaw High(Brayshaw, #2) just a couple days ago. It had all the YA drama, emotional turmoil and OMG moments as expected. It was fantastically entertaining and the perfect sequel. (review)

The Last Hope (The Raging Ones, #2), Again, but Better, and Million Dollar Devil (Million Dollar, #1) were a bit disappointing or didn’t deliver the way I anticipated, either way not the best books this month.

He’s a Brute (Tough Love, #1) was a great debut novel – sexy and if you love 50 Shades this book is for you. (review)

The Flatshare was exceptional – different, unique, distinctive – sweet and entertaining. A fantastic debut novel. Would recommend it to anyone who likes to read a unique romance, from a new and upcoming British voice. (review)

The Failing Hours (How to Date a Douchebag, #2) wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it was nevertheless a solid addition to a beloved series. (review)

First book in a new duet by Aly Martinez, Written with Regret (The Regret Duet, #1) promised a great read and it delivered. Emotional, with a cliffhanger to boot – and it’s a reader favorite – can’t go wrong with that. (review)

Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han Twice in a Blue Moon - Christina Lauren Sapphire Flames - Ilona Andrews Trouble at Brayshaw High - Meagan Brandy The Last Hope - Krista Ritchie Becca Ritchie 

He's a Brute - Chloe Liese The Flatshare - Beth O'Leary THE LYING HOURS - Sara Ney Written with Regret - Aly Martinez

 

AUDIOBOOKS

Say You’re Sorry (Romantic Suspense, #22; Sacramento, #1) was my first book by Karen Rose. It was a solid romantic suspense novel, and clearly the author has a formula that works for her. I’m interested in the rest of the Sacramento series, but I’m not going to read her back log books – I rather go forward.

Loved that I finally listened to The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands, #1) – the combination of fantasy and Sons of Anarchy vibe really worked for me. Can’t wait to listen to the next book.

I also had the pleasure of listening to my favorite thriller/police procedure/crime series. I have enjoyed this series for at least 5-7 years now, and even though I won’t remember much of each novel (the all start to feel the same to me), Neon Prey (Lucas Davenport, #29) was as entertaining as always.

Say You're Sorry - Karen Rose The Grey Bastards - Jonathan French Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han Neon Prey by John Sandford

 

BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Flatshare - Beth O'Leary

No doubt in my mind, this book was a highlight. If you have any doubts check out the reviews – they speak for themselves.

(review)

 

 

Monthly Wrap Up – May 2019

BOOK HAUL

The Flatshare: A Novel Beth O’Leary
I really wanted the US version of The Flatshare – which was one of  my most favorite books this month. Now I actually have TWO copies – one from the UK and one with the US cover. Advantages of having physical books, I can lend them to a friend, who loved it too.

If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley
This is a case of Bookstagram made me do it. I saw someone talk about it and really liked what I saw. I haven’t read it yet but hope it will be one of my June books.

Rock Bottom Girl: A Small Town Romantic Comedy by Lucy Score
I just had to have a copy of Rock Bottom Girl – it was such a fantastic book. I fell in love with the author’s standalone novels last year while reading  The Worst Best Man. I’m not usually into rom-coms but these two books just worked for me.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Even though The Unhoneymooners wasn’t my most favorite CL book, the cover certainly was. I love the bright and summery feel that I’m getting by just looking at it – I just had to have a copy for my bookshelf.

The Flatshare - Beth O'Leary If I'm Being Honest Rock Bottom Girl - Lucy Score The Unhoneymooners - Christina Lauren

The Bourbon Kings Series by JR WARD
I went a little crazy this month and bought a favorite series of mine in hardcover. Getting this series was way more complicated than anticipated. The prices were through the roof on Amazon, and I ended up buying two copies from Barnes & Nobels and one from Amazon which actually arrived from BooksAMilliion.

 

 

NETGALLEY UPDATES

June will be a month when I’m going to try to read some of these NetGalley Arc’s. None of them are due yet, but it would be great if I could get a couple of them read.

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter Alexis Hall Bringing Down the Duke Evie Dunmore Well Met Jen DeLuca  The First Girl Child Amy Harmon Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune Roselle Lim

Monthly Wrap Up – May 2019

MY MAYBE TBR FOR NEXT MONTH

If I'm Being Honest 

 

BOOKS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN JUNE

Letters to Molly (Maysen Jar, #2)  by Devney Perry

Jersey Six by Jewel E. Ann

Written with You by Aly Martinez

Teardrop Shot by Tijan

Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey

Gimme Some Sugar by Juliette Poe

Never Fall in Love with a Rockstar by Rachel Higginson

She’s a Spitfire by Chloe Liese

Parallel by Elizabeth O’Roark

Monthly Wrap Up – May 2019

BLOG RELATED

TRENDING

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH

June has some great releases coming up. Unfortunately I’m working on a couple projects so I hope I still have enough time to read everything on my tbr.

I’m also going to see Graeme Simsion the author of the The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1) and just recently of The Rosie Result (review) at an author event next week. Years ago a friend recommended to me the audiobook of The Rosie Project and I have loved Don Tillman ever since. And even though book 2 wasn’t as great as the debut novel, the conclusion of the trilogy made up for it tenfold. Meeting the author, or listening to him speak will be epic for me.

 

Have a wonderful June – xoxo Corina

 

Monthly Wrap Up – May 2019

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I’m a blogger, photographer, and unapologetic book addict. I love strong female characters, major jerks, and Happily Ever Afters.

4 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up – May 2019

  1. This is a great summer reading list (thank you!). He’s A Brute sounds 100% like my kind of book. During the summer I tend to lean towards romance and erotic novels. I wanted to recommend a sexy book that has romance, suspense and more called “Heat” by Jamie Schmidt (http://jamiekschmidt.weebly.com/). This book is definitely Rated R but soooo enjoyable to read with characters that you really love (especially Max!!). The lead lady Mallory goes to resort “Club Inferno” not realizing it is not just a place for the affluent and extremely wealthy but a place to live out your wildest sexual fantasies. She soon meets hunk of the year Max, who is an experienced DOM with a super sweet and patient side. He shows her passion, love, and helps her to move on from her abusive ex. This book is also like 50 shades of grey but better (at least I think it is!). It’s a summer must read! AND it’s the first book in the series so I am so stoked to see what happens next.

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