Wrap Ups

Monthly Wrap Up: May 2018

So, with me back to reviewing and blogging in full force, I’m going to start another something I never did before: a monthly wrap up. I’ll go into books I’ve reviewed and posts I’ve made, in case you missed it, a book and ARC haul for the month, and any exciting books and things I’m looking forward to next month. *channeling Rosanna Pansino* Let’s get started!

Read and reviewed in May:

35707056Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson – Personal copy – This book was so much fun and exactly what I wanted.  I highly recommend this if you like witches, urban fantasy, and good friendships.

33918887Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova – ARC – I didn’t expect to get approved for the ARC because my NetGalley percentage is really bad at the moment. If you haven’t read Labyrinth Lost yet, I strongly urge you to read it! This is a wonderful companion/sequel to the story.


35297455For Everyone by Jason Reynolds – Library copy – This was a quick and enlightening read. My book club is actually considering doing a staff-only Traveling Book Project with it because I liked it so much.

35068534Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson – Personal copy – I was waiting what felt like forever for this book! It definitely lived up to the expectation I had after reading the author’s debut novel, Allegedly. If you love a great mystery and an unreliable narrator, this one is definitely for you!

Book & eARC Haul:

These, I bought on release day. I work in a library, but recently, we haven’t been getting new titles in right away because they’re sent out to fill holds immediately.

  • Undead Girl Gang from Books A Million
  • Monday’s Not Coming from Books A Million

ARCs I requested, but are not yet approved/denied:

  • The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember – NetGalley – pub date Sept 13
  • Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft – NetGalley – pub date Aug 28
  • Idle Days by Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau – NetGalley – Aug 14
  • Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart – NetGalley – Jul 31
  • Nightingale by Amy Lukavics – NetGalley – Sept 25
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – NetGalley – Jul 10


  • Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato – NetGalley – Sept 1
  • Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – Edelweiss – Jul 31
    • Sad day in the neighborhood 😦


  • Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova – NetGalley – Jun 5
    • Read and reviewed, duh.
  • Mirage by Somiya Doud – NetGalley – Aug 28
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber – NetGalley – May 29
    • Oops. Well, I did only get this, like, a week before release, and Monday was on my mind.
  • The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas – NetGalley – Sept 18
    • I’ve started this and I really like it so far.
  • Witchmark by C.L. Polk – NetGalley – pub date June 19
    • I just got approved for this about noon today, so I updated my post 🙂

I’ve got a few for next month that I’m pretty excited for:

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl, June 5
YA, sci fi, mystery/thriller


Final Draft by Riley Redgate, June 12
YA, contemporary, LGBTQIA
Witchmark RD3 fixedbleeds new dress
Witchmark by C.L. Polk, June 19
Adult, fantasy, LGBTQIA+
Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, June 26
Adult, horror, mystery/thriller



















June is also LGBT Pride Month, and my book club, Books and Tea, will be celebrating by reading a bunch of things members have recommended, so far we have:

Alice Isn’t Dead, a podcast by the creators of Welcome to Night Vale
Adult Sh1t, a podcast hosted by Buzzfeed’s Kelsey Darragh and Kate Peterman
The Bright Sessions, a sci fi podcast about a group of therapy patients with supernatural abilities

On a Sunbeam, a completed webcomic that now has a physical book in the works
Life Outside a Circle, a webcomic about 2 Finnish men in love
Rock and Riot, a 50’s themed webcomic described as “Rock and Riot follows the tales of opposing teenage gangs in the 1950s with an LGBTQ theme! Will the teams set aside their differences to fight for what they have in common?”

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride

There are obviously a ton more that will  be suggested throughout the month, but these are something to get started with. Please feel free to leave any recommendations in the comments. I love recs and would love to pass them along to the book club (or you can join yourself, here, we’d love to have you).

Lastly, are some posts I have tenuously planned for June. There will be four more Down the TBR Hole posts, those are already done and will be posted on Sundays. I’m also intending to review in June, or at least start reading The Good DemonThe Day Tajon Got ShotLegendaryThe Poppy War, The Mighty Captain Marvel vol 1, and World of Wakanda. There will most likely be other things that get in the way, but I’ll do my best!

I almost forgot, I’ve kick-started my read-through of The Dresden Files again after stopping for a few months. I’m picking back up with the third in the series, Grave Peril, and I will be reviewing it like I did the first 2 books. You can find the for those reviews here and here.

Well, that’s it for May. I hope this wasn’t too long or anything. Let me know anything you’d like to see reviewed or discussed. I’m always open for suggestions!

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8 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: May 2018

  1. Hello! 👋 I recently found your blog, so I’m a new follower!😃

    I never really held any interest in Undead Girl Gang until you dubbed it as “witches, urban fantasy, and good friendships.” So thank you in advance! I’m going to try and borrow UGG from my library.

    I’m going to have to borrow Labyrinth Lost from the library as well since I’m so interested in Bruja Born.

    Monday’s Not Coming sounds intriguing as well but I think I’m going to check out Jackson’s first book, Allegedly first. I do love a good mystery!

    Omg, your post has me wanting to read like, 8 new books! The books that you’re excited for in June all so so interesting and gah! 🙈 I don’t read Horror but “The Cabin at the End of the World” is such an thought provoking title.

    I enjoyed reading your May Wrap Up. I hope June’s a great reading month for you!

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