Unlike previous months, my thoughts when starting this wrap-up go along the lines of: What is there to wrap up when I’ve barely posted? Well… I can try. 😅
May brought to me a reading slump of epic proportions. I don’t reckon it’s as bad as my last three-year slump, but it’s still pretty inconvenient, especially when I look at my list of 2017 anticipated releases and realise that I’ve barely made a dent there. Now, I’ve been taking it super easy — I think forcing yourself in these cases is a recipe for even more slumpiness — but still. Any tips, advice, or words of encouragement are much welcome here. 😘
- Top Ten Book Cover Turn-Offs | Aka things I reaaaally don’t like seeing on my book covers.
- Book Looks: At First Blush – Beth Ellyn Summer | Haven’t read this one yet, but it’s got a beauty YouTuber protagonist. Pretty relevant, hey? 💄
- ARC/Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon | Points for diversity and authenticity, but can’t say I was satisfied by characters or the (lacking) focus on arranged marriages, which it was advertised for. 🙃
- Book Review: Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner | Not as good as The Serpent King, but Zentner knows how to break your heart into smithereens and really twist the damned pieces.
- ARC/Book Review: One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus | The Breakfast Club in murder mystery form. Overall enjoyable, but also predictable. 🙈
- Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2017 | All the books I’ll be keeping an eye out from July onwards.
Around the Blogosphere
- Jordon @ Simply Adrift shares some tips to start a blog.
- Kristen @ Metaphors & Moonlights discusses how to write reviews when you don’t have much to say.
- Tasya @ The Literary Huntress opens up the floor to questions re: intersectionality and diversity.
- Cilla @ Paved with Books shares the four stages of discovering that your fave is problematic.
- Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook tells us three ways blogging has changed the way she reads.
- Heather @ The Sassy Geek discusses self-promoting blog comments.
- Holly @ Nut Free Nerd talks about why she no longer rates books.
- Swetlana @ Reading Through the Nights discusses the struggles of finding a blogging voice.
- Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom asks: what makes you click — or not click — that follow button?
- Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader talks about the complexities of blog commenting.
- Summer @ Xingsings discusses how to increase blog traffic.
- Jess @ Beaucoup Books asks: do authors on social media police reader interpretation?
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books tells us how to keep up with the blogging community.
- Jess @ Bookends and Endings shares some tips for balancing reading and revising.
- Sarah @ Between the Pages discusses how she tackles blogging.
Most Anticipated Reads
This section really should’ve been called ‘Most Hopeful Reads’ because I’m in a slump, but hey — at least the sentiment is there. 😂
Always and Forever, Lara Jean – Jenny Han
Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.
But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.
A cute, fluffy contemporary with characters I love is hopefully the recipe to make reading fun again. 🙈
Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan
When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls.
With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises.
As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife—a woman hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette.
I’ve read both of Kwan’s books before and while I’m not a huge fan of any of the characters, reading about them is the equivalent of hate-watching reality TV for me. Such a guilty, GUILTY pleasure. 😂
The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?
I almost forgot about this gem! I really, really hope it’s as good as Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. 🙌
How was May for you guys? 💃