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
- [10 May] Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka ★★★★
- [14 May] Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh ★★★
- [15 May] A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews ★★★★★
- [17 May] From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon ★★★★
- [24 May] The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood ★★★½
- [28 May] Save the Date by Morgan Matson ★★★★★
- [31 May] Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno ★★★★
- [2 May] Waiting On Wednesday: Odd One Out by Nic Stone
- [23 May] Waiting on Wednesday: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
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
Check out these posts from other creators we loved this month!
- Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles introduces her new “Ask a Publicist” feature
- Nick @ The Infinite Limits of Love recommends romance bloggers of color you should be following
- Rashika @ Xpresso Reads discusses the unique pressures we place on diverse authors and readers
- Evalina @ Avalinah’s Books spotlights some book blogging newbies in a new feature
- Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales compiles a masterlist of YA books with mental health rep
- Aimee @ Aimee, Always saves our wallets with a guide as to whether or not we should buy that new book we’re eyeing
- Jade @ Bedtime Bookworm chats about how she organizes her Goodreads shelves
- Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight introduces us to MORE unfortunate covers of our favorite books (this is my favorite post in this series yet. I died laughing.)
- Paige @ The Minimalist BookTuber talks about diversity in publishing and her experiences
- This handy post guides bloggers through complying with the new GDPR regulations
every book read this month
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
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!