May Wrap-Up || June TBR (2017)

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. 😘

Blog Posts

Around the Blogosphere

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? 💃

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46 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up || June TBR (2017)

  1. Blogging/reading slumps can be so frustrating, but sometimes the best thing to do is just take a break and let yourself come back to it naturally. You’re definitely right when you say that there’s no use forcing it!
    Thanks so much for the shoutout! ❤

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  2. Reading slumps are the worst thing and I honestly don’t know if there is anything to really ‘cure’ yourself out of it – but maybe reading a book you know you absolutely love? Something that you’ll finish quickly maybe? I just know that when I am in slumps I try not to force myself to pick up a book because I am afraid that my slump is going to negatively taint the experience of reading a new-to-me book. I only reach for a book if I really feel like reading at the moment. Hopefully, this reading slump isn’t going to last for too long as you have books you’re excited to read soon!

    And thank you very much for giving my post a shout out! It’s very much appreciated! 🙂

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    • I’ve heard that reading a favourite works for people and it certainly works for me, but only insofar as that favourite book. It’s like a temporary relief rather than a cure, if that makes sense. 😂 The weird thing is that I am still excited to read books; it’s just that when I start them I feel like they don’t really grasp my attention.

      And no worries! Thank you for mentioning me in that post. 🌷

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  3. I feel you on that reading slump! I haven’t been reading much at all, and I’m trying to be okay with it, but totally failing. 😂 It’s nice to see I’m not alone though! Hopefully, I’ll see you around the blog more; I’ve missed it so much! 😄

    And thanks so much for linking back to one of my posts; you’re too kind! ❤

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    • Aww, thank you so much! I really miss being here more regularly too – I feel like I haven’t had much of a personal creative outlet lately. Hope your reading slump subsides soon as well; I know how that feels and boy, is it inconvenient. 😂

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  4. I hope your slump will end soon! I also had a terrible slump at the beginning of the year, I think it’s my worst one yet. I’m also excited for Lara Jean #3, and yeah, I love Kevin Kwan books! The characters aren’t always likeable, but they’re like my guilty pleasure 😀

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  5. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been in a bad slump, Reg! I hope it’ll pass soon and that maybe that Lara Jean book will help – I can’t wait to read that one 🙂
    I hope everything is okay for you, life and all, sending you lots of love and have a great month, Reg! ❤ ❤

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  6. That is a good reading month. I do not usually read romances. But Dimple and Rishi has been getting a lot of hype. It was interesting to read your review. I do not think I will pick it up since characters without depth often bother me. I like that you enjoyed Rich people’s problems even though you did not care much about the characters

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    • When Dimple Met Rishi has been getting TONS of hype and I think most people loved it! But yeah, personally there were things that could’ve been done better, so while I enjoyed it I didn’t fall in love with it.

      I haven’t actually read Rich People’s Problems yet but I suspect that’s how I’d feel about it. 😂

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  7. Thank you so much for mentioning my blog post! I always love going through the selection you put in your wrap ups, so it’s something of an honour to be in one 🙂 All of the books on your TBR for this month look so good – I’m excited to read more Lara Jean, but it’s sad that the trilogy is coming to an end.

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  8. Oh I ALMOST picked up Simon vs. the Homosapiens agenda, but decided not too because I’m already trying to read All the Light We Cannot See, Lord of Shadows, Caraval, and I have this other book that’s overdue so I should probably get to that soon??! I’ll definitely check out some of the posts you mentioned; I love when bloggers do these type of things because it helps me find some great blogs!

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    • That’s how I feel about All the Light We Cannot See! Really wanted to pick that up but I have sooo many other books to read… plus the book itself sounds really sad and I’m not ready for that emotional wave.

      And thank you! I hope you found some really interesting stuff there. 💕

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  9. Reading slumps are the worst I can completely relate because that was me at the end of last year. Honestly, I think taking a big step back from reading for a while and doing other things helped me a lot. I’ve also found that sometimes rereading old all-time favorites can help kick start a love for reading again. But yeah, forcing it whenever you’re not feeling it can definitely lead to an even bigger slump. I hope you’re able to pull out of it soon, Reg!! 💕 And I actually recently read Upside. I loved it so much! Maybe not as much as I love Simon vs but it was still a fantastic book. 😁

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  10. I love that your “barely posting” still equated to six posts, Reg! That would be a successful month for me, haha.

    And thank you for compiling a list of great discussion posts that surfaced in the blogosphere last month in one place. (And including mine, omg! It means a lot since you’re the queen of creating thought-provoking discussion pieces to me.)

    Also, I hope you enjoy reading The Upside of Unrequited! I loved Simon but the premise of Albertalli’s upcoming release isn’t really pulling me so I think I’m going to wait and see what you think of it first. My most anticipated releases that I plan to read soon are When Dimple Met Rishi (my copy just came in) and I Believe in a Thing Called Love though. And I know you enjoyed the former.

    Hope you have a nice June, Reg! 🙂

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    • Hey, we all have different posting frequencies! It’s just been a really slow month for me because I usually post about 15, I think. 😅

      And omg, thank you for saying that! Considering I haven’t posted anything discussion-centric in like… three months, that really means a lot. 💕

      I actually feel the same way re: Upside. I’m not super interested in the premise, but I loved Simon vs so I’m giving this one a try. I hope you enjoy When Dimple Met Rishi! I did like that one, but it lacked a few things to make it perfect for me. And I Believe in a Thing Called Love just sounds PERFECT bc of all the (supposed) k-drama references. So excited to hear your thoughts on both books! 🙌

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  11. Oh gosh, your slump sounds awful. It’s weird I’ve felt like this year has been a slumpy year in general cause I’ve been reading less than usual and then come May I finally find my reading mojo haha. Power through it. That’s the only cure I have that works, that and re-reading an old favourite book of mine.

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    • Slumps are TERRIBLE no matter what, I think! But yeah, this year has been quite an odd one for me too due to life changes etc. so I’m not surprised that reading has taken a major backseat. I hope your reading mojo is here to stay, and I can’t wait to rediscover mine. 😂

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  12. Oh Reg I’m so sorry you’re in a slump at the moment. I’ve had a few epic ones before I started blogging, and even a few mini ones since I’ve been blogging, and it really sucks. Still I think you have the right idea by not forcing yourself to read, in my opinion that will only make you slump harder and obviously you don’t want that.
    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that your reading slump ends very soon. 🙂
    The books you have on your ‘hopeful’ list sounds like amazing ones. I want to try and get around to the third Lara Jean book soon because I’ve heard some good things about it and I loved the first two. Also same with The Upside of Unrequited! 😀
    Good luck for next month Reg, and great recap as well. 🙂 ❤

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    • Yes, definitely! Thank you – I definitely need all the luck I can get with defeating this slump. 😂

      I’ve now finished Lara Jean’s third book and all I can say is I’m now sad that there are only three books! I was super ambivalent about this sequel initially but there’s something really special about growing with your protagonist, I think. I hope you enjoy it too as well as The Upside of Unrequited. 💕

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      • That’s all right, and I’m sure you’ll be able to eventually. It’ll be worth it when you do that’s for sure.
        I’m hoping I’ll be able to get around to the third book soon in that case, and I guess being sad there’s only three books is a sure fire way of telling you loved a series right?
        Thanks Reg, I hope so too. 🙂 ❤️

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        • I don’t know if I would use the world “love”, but I think the series is definitely something special! Contemporary series are kind of rare, especially ones that focus on the same protagonist growing up through high school. 😂

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  13. Sorry about your reading/blogging slump, Reg! They’re truly the worst, and I was in one too until June kicked in! I say ride it out by maybe listening to audiobooks? Sometimes when I’m in a slump, it’s not about not wanting to read, but more about lacking the motivation when there are so many other distractions. Audiobooks allow me to do other stuff while also… reading, you know?

    I agree with what you said about When Dimple Met Rishi – it was cute and fast-paced, but I couldn’t stand Dimple’s behavior in the relationship with Rishi. She was pushing him to do things that made him really uncomfortable, and that made ME uncomfortable too. Glad I’m not the only one who thought it was lacking!

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    • Ooh, I’m glad you’re over your reading/blogging slump! I’m kind of riding mine out but real life hasn’t been the easiest as well in terms of workload… so something’s gotta give, haha. But oh well, I’m sure it’ll come back to me one day.

      You put it so eloquently why I was just never that in love with Dimple! I found the overall story cute, but the characters just didn’t connect with me at all and it was hard for me to really immerse myself in the story. 🙈

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  14. It’s like everyone’s reading Rich People Problems now! Been seeing it so much around.
    Anyway, hope you do well next month! Thanks for sharing so many nice discussion post links 🙂 I’ve clicked like half 😀

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