May Wrap-Up // ft. lots of books, blogging slump and blog redesign!

Hello guys! Hope you had a wonderful month and read some amazing books (what more could a bookworm possibly want?).

I always enjoy writing my monthly wrap-up posts, and this time it’s no different. So grab some snacks and get comfy, because this is going to be a long post (as usual😉). And if you’re on WordPress Reader, please click here to enjoy better formatting!

Believe me when I say that May was an A M A Z I N G reading month, in fact, it has been the best one so far this year! I read so much more than I usually do (thank you, summer vacations🤗).

I read 8 books and a total of 3516 pages in May (compared to 2410 in April and 2059 in March) and though this may not seem a huge number to most of you, it is a big deal for me!

Let’s take a look at all the books I read this month. I will be putting the cover images, the title and author, my rating, a mini-review and link to my full review. (click on the cover image to visit the goodreads page of any book that catches your eye!)

The Flame of Olympus  (Pegasus, #1)
The Shadow Watch (The Shadow Watch #1)
Six Bad Boys

The Flame Of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn [4 stars]

For a book based on Roman mythology, this book did a really good job at not info-dumping all the names of the Roman gods, their life at Olympus etc. And it certainly was a surprise that most of the gods at Olympus were killed or captured right at the beginning of the book (yes, I’m not kidding) so that the story could focus on Emily and Joel rather than the gods. The ending (and the story in general) was quite predictable, but it is a middle grade after all, so that’s acceptable.

The Shadow Watch by S.A. Klopfenstein [3.5 stars] FULL REVIEW

I received a copy of The Shadow Watch for a blog tour I was part of this month. I found it to be a typical YA fantasy in a lot of ways. But it was definitely worth a read, to know why, do have a look at my full review.

The Six Bad Boys by Enid Blyton [4.5 stars] I talked about this here

I reread this in May for the umpteenth time in my life. In my discussion post on the role of fictional parents (linked above) I talked about The Six Bad Boys and how it is an extremely important book for coming-of-age children as well as new parents, and how it makes my all emotional every time I read it🥺

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)
Supernova by Marissa Meyer

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan [4 stars]

I am buddy reading the entire Heroes of Olympus series with my amazing friends Cass and Nefeli! To be honest, I have always been a little skeptical of Rick Riordan books, but I have to admit, The Lost Hero was pretty good. Jason always seemed a little distant, Piper really needed to sort out her priorities, but Leo pretty much made the book for me.

Malamander by Thomas Taylor [4.5 stars ] FULL REVIEW

Ahhh my second ever audiobook but my first audiobook love😍 (don’t ask me about my first one, it was meh). It was a roller coaster ride of a book, with the narrator increasing his pace and making his voice more urgent and making my heart beat faster as I waited for something to happen and then jumped out of my skin at the narrator’s perfect but ear-splitting imitation of a desk bell (yeah, that actually happened once). Seriously, go read Malamander.

Supernova by Marissa Meyer [4.5 stars ] FULL REVIEW

Whoa whoa. This book was PACKED. It was full to the brim with action, secrets, pressure, redemptions and what not. I think Supernova would have got full 5 stars from me had it not been for that epilogue. But focusing on the good things, I would say, read the Renegades trilogy for the last book guys!!

The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, #2)
The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)

The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan [3 stars]

Idk why exactly, but I liked this one a lot less than The Lost Hero. I understand the Romans are more disciplined and harsh and stuff, but I wanted this book to be entertaining and light, like The Lost Hero. If my mental image of The Lost Hero is a fluffy peach teddy bear, The Son Of Neptune looks something like a dark foreboding castle. Just me? Okay.🙃

The Mark Of Athena by Rick Riordan [4 stars]

Ahh definitely better than The Son Of Neptune…but remember when I said that Jason always felt a bit distant in my mini review of The Lost Hero? Well, take that feeling and multiply it by 10, that is how Jason was in Mark Of Athena (atleast give the guy a POV, man!) Otherwise, it was all good and I cannot wait to start House Of Hades!


So this month I took part in Wyrd and Wonder, and they had a bingo board! Here’s how my completed bingo board looks like –

The one month I decided not to follow my blogging schedule, I face a blogging slump and go on accidental week-long hiatuses (moral of the story – blogging schedules are very important). Nevertheless, I did have some posts already planned, so it wasn’t that bad.

Some of my favourite posts from May are:

Discussion Post: Role of Parents in MG and YA fantasy (Part 2) + 8 book recommendations with active parent roles!

Book Review: Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Into The Mist || A short story penned by me

Okay, now for the big news. *holds breath* I REDESIGNED MY BLOG!! *lets out the breath in a whoosh* (okay I realize a lot of you have already noticed that, but…now its official, you know?) Of course I didn’t do it all alone. A big thank you to Evin @A Curly Sue’s Ramblings for helping me in setting up the new theme! So what are you guys waiting for? Go check out my new home page HERE!!

In other news, it was my first blogging anniversary on 27th May! (I have a post for that coming up soon) This blog is now 1 year old, you guys!!

A regular feature of my wrap-up posts, this section is all about promoting other bloggers’ content!

REVIEWS

Ritz @Living, Loving and Reading reviewed These Violent Delights and made a playlist!

April @Booked Till Midnight shares her thoughts on King Of Scars!

Jan @The Doodlecrafter reviewed Rule Of Wolves!

Lia @Chain Of Books reviewed The Immortal Game as part of a blog tour!

OTHER POSTS

Nehal had her first blogging anniversary a few days ago! (can’t believe we both started our respective blogs only 10 days apart!)

Aria @Book Nook Bits discusses age categories in books!

Veronika @Wordy And Whimsical recommends books with the found family trope!

Maya @Pretty Little Scribbles did a character case study!

And that’s a wrap! A pretty eventful month, don’t you think?

Let’s Chat!

What did you read in May? Found any new favourites? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Do you like the new blog design? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!!

22 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up // ft. lots of books, blogging slump and blog redesign!

  1. Ahh seems like you had an awesome May! Your blog looks *amazing,* Rachel! I love the new design and your graphics are so cool!!! I just love how the purple graphics melt into the background!! I loved Son of Neptune, but it started out pretty slow and after reading in first-person when it came to Percy’s POV, it felt weird reading it in the third person because that… snarkiness is missing! Thanks for the shoutout, too!

    You will LOVE House of Hades! It is my favourite book that Rick Riordan has ever written (may or may not be of all the Percabeth content). Actually, now that I think of it, didn’t Mark of Athena end on that indescribable cliff-hanger??! I think so, right?! Anyway, great post! I had so much fun reading it!

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    • Aww thank you, I did spend a lot of time redesigning everything and I am really glad with the results!
      Idk, I read the PJO series a long time back so I didn’t really get the chance to compare it with Heroes Of Olympus…(not sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing lol😂)
      Yesss I hope so too!! You won’t believe many people have said this exact same thing to me personally or in their reviews…makes me doubly excited about reading House Of Hades!
      Yeah Mark Of Athena did have THAT ENORMOUS cliffhanger which made me (and my buddy readers) go WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!!
      Thank you for your lovely words Maya🥰

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  2. Thanks for mentioning me!
    I loved reading this post and this made me realise I really need to read Marissa Meyer’s books!😂 haha I love almost all of Rick Riordan’s books, glad to see that you enjoyed them!
    Have a lovely month of June 💛💛💫

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    • You’re welcome😊
      haha yes, Renegades is actually the only series by Marissa Meyer that I have read lol…though I keep hearing praises of the Lunar Chronicles, so I may read that in the future.
      Thank you, wishing you an amazing month ahead💙

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  3. I can’t believe we relate so much! For one, I also read 8 books this month, and I also prefer the lost hero over the son of Neptune 😂. And then both our blogiversaries so close 😱.
    Seriously this is creepy 😂🤣

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  4. Your new blog theme is amazing!!! I love your color choices, they’re so gorgeous. I’ve been meaning to read more Rick Riordan (as it is, I’ve only read the original Percy Jackson series, and I’ve found they don’t quite hold my attention anymore now that I’ve aged out of the target demographic) and I’m really curious if you plan to continue beyond the Roman series. Do you think you would enjoy exploring books from Rick Riordan Presents? Also, HAPPY BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY! Please enjoy a slice of delicious virtual cake, haha.

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    • Thank you so much Jess!!
      Ah yup, until last month even I had read only the original PJO series (and that too 3-4 years back).
      Well yes, I do enjoy mythology in general (a lot of Rick Riordan presents have mythological elements) so I would definitely like to give other books a read, but definitely not only because they are Rick Riordan presents, if you know what I mean?
      Thank you and have a lovely June!

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  5. ahhh congrats on such an amazing reading month!! and first happy birthday to your blog!! and the blog redesign… absolutely stunning!!! thank you so much for linking my post as well!! hope you have an amazing june and are able to emotionally recover after Mark of Athena’s EVIL CLIFFHANGER!!!

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    • Thank you April! (for the congratulations, for the happy birthday to my blog wish and also for your appreciation of my blog design😂)
      Ahhh IKR!! That cliffhanger might have been the second-worst cliffhanger in the history of cliffhangers!! (Aurora Burning shall always reign on first place)
      Hope you have a great June🥰

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  6. congrats on completing one year!!! that’s super cool~ ooh i love mark of athena too!! i hope you enjoy reading house of hades, it’s one of my faves~also, i just stumbled upon your blog and i’m loving it!! the design is stunning and i love reading your posts. happy reading in june!!

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  8. Thank you so much for mentioning my post!! Your blog looks amazing, and it seems like you had a great May!! This comment is incredibly late, but I hope you’ve had a great June and July, and that the rest of your summer goes well!!

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