Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2020

I was pretty shocked when I tallied up all of the books I read this month. It didn’t seem like I had read that much, but it ended up being 18 books. But even having read all of those books, I only managed to read 4/7 books I had on my May TBR. I blame that on the library, my holds always seem to all come at once. I have also been a bit lax with reading my ARC’s. I’m just not feeling the urgency to read them when they keep moving their release dates to later in the year.

I had a hard time deciding how to organize what I read this month, so I just decided to group them either by series or type of book.

Series

The Trials of Apollo

All of these were audiobooks. The reader, Robbie Daymond, does a pretty awesome job with narrating these books. He gets Apollo’s voice just right. I highly recommend listening to these books if you can.

I read the first two books in the Trials of Apollo series when they first came out but then never got around to reading the others. But it had been so long that I felt I needed to read them again before I could go on to the next books. It was just as much fun the second time around. I love Apollo and all of his issues. There are times when I just had to laugh out loud at some of his insights and comments. It is also a lot of fun seeing various characters from the first two series coming back to help Apollo out. I’m still waiting for the fourth book to come from the library. And then the final book will be out in September and it will be exciting to see what happens to Apollo.

Villains

Vicious and Vengeful, not sure what to say about these two but they were dark and awesome. No one can do dark and disturbing like Ms. Schwab. It is really hard to read books when you can’t really like any of the characters in them. Victor and Eli are such anti-heroes, but yet there is something compelling about them. There are rumors that there will be a third book. I just hope I won’t have to wait too long.

Renegades

The first two books in this series were rereads, and I am so glad that I took the time to do that. Reading them all together really gave me and interesting perspective on the character’s development. Although I would have liked a slightly darker ending it was still a really good trilogy that focused on what it means to be a hero or a villain.

Stand Alones

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, was not what I expected but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

Girls Save the World in This One was a lot of fun, and I have to respect a girl who can think about what to call a group of zombies while running for her life.

We Own the Night is technically not a stand alone, but it certainly could be. You don’t have to have read the first one to enjoy this one, although it helps. I actually liked this one better than the first one.

Ban This Book was the only middle grade book I read this month, and it was a lot of fun too.

Continuing Series

The Loop is a solid start to an interesting series. It’s pretty dark but well done and I am looking forward to seeing where this story is going to go.

The Crow Rider is the sequel to The Storm Crow. It was also a good ending to an interesting story.

Spellslinger was just awesome! I knew this was a book that I was going to like, but I didn’t know how much I would absolutely love it. Loved the world, the magic system, and Kellen. This was a book that I pretty much read in a day. I just could not put it down and can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.

Killing November was also a book that I just blew through. It was a compelling read and very hard to put down, even though I had figured out November’s mysterious past pretty quickly. The second book came out earlier this year and I am trying to be patient while I wait for my copy to come from the library.

False Value is the newest book in the Peter Grant series. It was a lot of fun with all of its references to Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy and was full of fun computer nerds.

Aurora Rising was a reread and I chose to listen to the audio book which was awesome. They had a full cast, and they all did an excellent job. This certainly one of the best audio books I have listened to in awhile. I was glad that I chose to reread it before picking up the next book, as I had forgotten quite a bit.

My reading month was amazing! How was yours?

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