Monthly Wrap-Up – May


During our Monthly Wrap-Up, we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month. That’ll include what’s happened in my life, what the three of us have read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going on, our most popular Instagram posts, books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR and updates on my Reading Challenges.

*We linked this post to May Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction*

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from May were –

Our lives are filled with baseball, baseball and some more baseball.  Between my two littles being in different divisions, we usually have it 5 days a week.  Our last game is this Saturday and it’s definitely a bittersweet feeling.  I love watching their games and practices but I’m excited we’ll have more time to get together with friends!
I got to attend #RT18 on Saturday and wrote a huge post about it here.  Spoiler alert – it was amazing!!



What Arielle, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network #1) by Mary Ting
The Importance of Being Scandalous (A Tale of Two Sisters #1) by Kimberly Bell
Everless (Everless #1)  by Sara Holland
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

4.5 Stars:
Caught Up in a Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #1) by Jennie Marts

4 Stars:
A Bridge Through Time (Thistle & Hive #1) by Jennae Vale
No Cowboy Required by JoAnn Sky
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Moonlight And Midtown (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5) by Christina Bauer
Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie

3 Stars:
Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade

2 Stars:
Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne




Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie (Arielle’s Choice)
I was so happy to be back with these characters and will 100% be reading the rest of the series (and will just be sitting here pining away until Jane and Sully get their own books). ♥



From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata (Chelsea’s Choice)
These characters aren’t just characters, they’re YOU. They’re your BEST FRIENDS and soul mates and whatever you want them to be. You care THAT much about them. Or, at least, I did.






ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network #1) by Mary Ting (Jen’s Choice)
If you’re a fan of dystopian, kick ass girls and a sprinkling of romance then you have to check out this book!  Or even if you liked the Bourne movies (one of my favorite movies!), then you’ll probably enjoy this story as much as I did.  




Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For May
RE-READ BLOG TOUR: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir
#RT18 – My Saturday at RT Booklovers Convention




We thought it would be fun to share Chelsea & Jen’s most popular posts for May. And they are….


Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

I didn’t include the books I got from RT since I included those in my #RT Post. 🙂


Reading Challenges:

This is the first year I’ve EVER joined a Reading Challenge. I went through Nicole’s huge list of reading challenges – check it out here – and found three that sounded absolutely perfect for me. Here’s where I am so far….

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
Status: 12
Goal: 16-20


Beat The Backlist
Team Book Bard!
Status: 10
Goal: 15-20



Library Love Challenge
Status: 0
Goal: 12 books

I tried to read a few books through Overdrive, for authors attending RT, but they just didn’t work for me.  I’m definitely not doing good at this challenge lol!


So that was our May. Did you read any of the same books that we did? Or share the same favorite book as us? If not, then what was your favorite book? Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful May too.  And cheers to June being fabulous for all of us!

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  1. Raven

    Great wrap up, Jen! You guys had a great month! I can’t wait for you to read The Hating Game! It’s one of my favorite ROM-COM’s! You’ll definitely love it! I’m so glad to see Waterfall in your TBR list. I really hope you enjoy the series when you finally get to it.
    Hope you have a wonderful June and Happy reading! 🙂
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    • Jen

      I’m so excited to read The Hating Game! It went on sale for $1.99 on Amazon so I had to grab a copy of it! Thank you, I hope I end up loving them too!

  2. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    Your Instagram is so pretty! I just followed you. I hope you have a great June!
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    • Jen

      I followed you back! ♥ And thank you, I hope you have a wonderful June too!

  3. ShootingStarsMag

    Ooh I need to read the RT post. I really want to read Damaged Like Us – I’ve heard good things! Looks like a really good reading month. 🙂 Hope June is just as great.

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    • Jen

      Wishing you a wonderful June!

  4. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Oh, I missed your RT wrap-up post! I’ll have to head over there and check it out. Glad your days will be a little less busy without so much baseball. 🙂
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    • Jen

      Me too, thank you!!

  5. Annemieke

    Oh ISAN looks pretty interesting. Sounds like you had a pretty good month Jen. Yeay for having more time though.
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    • Jen

      Thank you! I love baseball but I’m so excited we’ll have more free time a week!

  6. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    So much baseball huh 😀 it’s not played at all in my country! Such an American thing 🙂 we’re a basketball country though. But I’m excited about watching the FIFA World Cup soon though 🙂

    And yay for Team Bards! We’re finally doing better this month. Except I heard something about Novel Knight not doing the giveaways anymore.. I hope the challenge will still go on! I don’t care about the prizes, I just care about winning haha xD do you know anything about this?
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    • Jen

      My littles could play basketball too, but they have it as the same time as baseball and they always chose baseball. I wish they weren’t during the same time because I’d love for them to play that too!
      Yeah Novel Knight said that she isn’t doing giveaways anymore. She said she’s been doing her student teaching on top of working and she’s had no time for her blog. And on top of that she just can’t financially afford to do giveaways anymore. She’s hoping it doesn’t affect people entering their points but I don’t even remember getting an email last month or this month for who won and I always forget to check on the last day on the rafflecopter. I like winning too ha! Go book bards!

  7. Danielle Hammelef

    I love your bookish photos on instagram! I admire your creativity. You have so many books read for your challenges. Great May for you. I love watching my kids play sports, even though it does take up so much time.

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