Monthly Novel Rewind: May 2018

Posted June 1, 2018 by Madalyn || 20 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a wrap-up post, where we discuss what we read and what we’ve been up to during the past month, as well as what’s ahead in the coming month.

new on the blog

our most anticipated june release


I’ve enjoyed Tamara Ireland Stone’s other books, and this premise sounds great! I’m always here for a good friendship story.


Soft queer boys falling in love and playing sports together sounds like the perfect Bee book. It reminds me of The Foxtale Court but with less drama and even more for me. So yes please!

venturing around the blogosphere

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every book read this month


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I had… a very mixed reading month. I reread one of my all-time favorite books, found some amazing new YA contemporaries, read two books I kinda hated, and read three highly-anticipated books that fell short of my expectations. I have a wrap-up on my YouTube channel where you can find some more coherent thoughts about all of these!


Quality-wise I had a good reading month! LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT and A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES were both excellent 5 star reads. BLACKOUT was a surprisingly great 4-star read and though it disappointed me a bit, FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE was still a solid 3-star book. It’s been really warm and my reading mood has been a bit dead so I hope to read more next month!

life & what’s happening


May was a busy month, mostly because I started a new job! I’m working for a local natural beauty company, which, if you know me, is a perfect fit for me. I’m also still working my barista job, as well, so between the two I’ve kept myself occupied. May is also a fun month in Atlanta because of all the events and festivals going on around the city, and I tried to attend as many as I could. I spent a lot of time with friends, which was much-needed. I also spent a lot of the month planning for my trip to BookExpo in NYC (which, coincidentally, is where I am at the time you’re reading this).


May was a bit busy but at the same time not much happened. We finished setting up the baby room, which looks so beautiful now with all the white and blue. As for the baby herself, she’s doing great. Kicking and punching me a lot though. And my back often hurts and now due to the warm weather my legs and feet are extra swollen due to fluid, which is annoying. I went to the beach for three days with the boyfriend at the start of the month, which was fantastic, but also my heart broke because I saw Avengers Infinity War and AHHHH. My brother’s dog has been really sick but he’s a fighter so if everything goes well he’ll be home at the end of this week. YAY. Poor little pup.


Our favorite ‘grams from this month!



My BFF took this v. aesthetic photo of me at brunch at one of our favorite spots in Atlanta. I feel like I’ve reached peak millenial.


I love this picture of us at the beach. I just love being with someone who likes being in pictures with me. It’s something so simple but it matters so much to me. <3

next month


I get back from BookExpo at the beginning of the month, so you can look forward to lots of posts about both BookExpo and BookCon coming your way soon! June should be a pretty normal month– work, blogging, hanging out with friends, etc. My best friend and I have tattoo appointments for cute little floral tattoos in the middle of the month, which I’m very excited about! I’m also headed to NYC for the second of three trips I’m taking there this summer– I’ll be walking in the Pride parade with the Delta group, as per usual. (Speaking of which, June is Pride Month!!! Happy Pride, lovelies!) At the end of the month, my cousins are coming into town and I’ll get to meet their baby for the first time, which I’m very excited about!


June promises to be an exciting month! This weekend we’re going to put together the baby registry for family and friends. (Already have one on Amazon for international friends!) I’m hoping I’ll be reading more. Other than that I expect to take it easy and do the last few bits to get things ready for Emma to come. We only have to finalize the cards we’ll send to everyone when she’s born. Though there is a bit of… anxiousness for when she’s born early. Which I was too and it wouldn’t be a bad thing. It’s just very nerve-wracking because I’m still SO terrified of doing the mom thing and going through labor and ahhhhh. I’m nervous. Help me.

king of the month


Listen. I know this was a reread, but it was by far my favorite of this month (which is not shocking, seeing as this was my favorite book of 2017). EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK OKAY I WILL NEVER STOP YELLING ABOUT IT UNTIL YOU HAVE ALL PICKED IT UP.


OF COURSE THIS BOOK WAS MY FAVE THIS MONTH. I mean, it was hard to pick between Cait’s book and this one but I mean… LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT has the characters of my heart, simple as that.

How was your month of May? Any exciting summer plans for the upcoming months? Let us know in the comments!

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20 responses to “Monthly Novel Rewind: May 2018

  1. I’m reading The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls right now! I’m about to check out your review, <3 I've heard a lot of good things about The Girl with the Red Balloon, but I haven't read it yet. Since you're yelling at me, I don't think I'll be able to listen to the audiobook (if there is one)! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Sounds like you both had a fun but busy month! I’m so jealous that you’re at BEA/Bookcon, I’ve wanted to go so badly the past couple years, but I still haven’t been able to. Also, all of the books you both read seem super interesting, and there are definitely ones I’m adding to my tbr!

  3. Ugh, I need to read Leah sooner than later! Congrats on the new job Madalyn and I hope that BookExpo was a lot of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I can’t imagine how much anxiety you’ve got right now Bee, all you can do it wait for Emma to make her appearance!

  4. I hope you had fun at BEA/BookCon! Even though I got to go to two bookish events here this spring, I’m still feeling the FOMO ๐Ÿ™‚ Girl with the Red Balloon sounds pretty good, I may have to slip it onto my ever-growing TBR. Hope you both have a great week!

  5. So exciting you got to go to Book Expo. Will look forward to more on that.

    Bee, my daughter was 3 weeks late, they finally induced me. Early is better as they don’t get as big. But she wasn’t all that big. Anyway, it will go by in a blur. Many women have babies and you will be fine. Besides, you get Emma! I hope it all goes well.

    I’m thinking I will only manage this monthly. The posts are difficult but trying to read everyone’s posts and commenting is very time-consuming. Anne – Books of My Heart

  6. Madalyn, hope you have fun at BEA! And Bee hope your brother’s dog is okay! Sounds like you both have a busy but fun June planned. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Ash

    First I want to say I LOVE how you do your monthly wrap up. Also you are so pretty! I love the photo of you that your friend took. I haven’t read any of the books y’all did last month, but most of them are on my TBR!

  8. Danielle Hammelef

    I finally read Simon and now am going to read anything by Becky. I’ve also earned the right to see the movie now (I always read the book first). I see so many exciting books read this May for you guys and I have them on my TBR.

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