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Reading Challenge Update – May 2019

Hey, all! I’m back with the roundup of my reading challenge updates for May. Admittedly, this month was much less of a success than previous months have been. I blame my birthday, a work conference, and the fact that this month felt so short to me—it’s no wonder I lost track of time.

So what did I read (or attempt to) this month?

The Great

spin the dawn
Finished: 5/26/19 | Rating: ★★★★☆

Challenges met:

Once I actually got time to sit down and read my ARC, Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim flew by so fast; it was so easy and enjoyable to read, minus a few hangups. Maia strives to be the greatest tailor in the land, despite the fact that she’s a girl, and though this talent she has is less a hobby than a sense of being and livelihood, I think it still fits the category because of how focused the story is on clothes-making. [Review]

The Good

Finished: 5/16/19 | Rating: ★★★☆☆

Challenges met:

  • A ghost story – PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019
  • 2018 bestseller – Pingel Sisters 2019 Reading Challenge
  • Set during a holiday – @MommyMannegren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

A 2018 New York Times bestseller, The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw takes place during the fictional Swan season, a summer holiday where the three Swan sisters, once put to death as witches, come back to possess the bodies of three girls and work to obtain their revenge by drowning the boys of the town. So spooky~


storm and fury
DNF’d: 5/7/19 | Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Challenges met:

  • An author who uses initials – @MommyMannegren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

Sadly, I didn’t finish Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout—it just wasn’t for me at all—but I feel I read enough of it to at least warrant one category fulfillment.

the iron thorn
DNF’d: 5/29/19 | Not Rated

Challenges met:

  • A book written by a musician – PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019
  • A dystopian novel – Pingel Sisters 2019 Reading Challenge

Another book I sadly DNF’d because it didn’t hold my attention, The Iron Thorn takes place in a dystopian 1950s America based on Lovecraftian horrors. And though not a professional musician, author Caitlin Kittredge does play the violin, so that counts. Despite not finishing this, I’m glad I tried it because I can take it off my TBR pile at least. I feel a little regrettable because I might have really liked this book if I had read it when I first bought it back in 2011. I’m sorry, book!

And that’s all for May! I’m hoping I’ll pick up the pace for June and hopefully choose some five-star favs next time. How are your reading challenges coming along? Has it helped you achieve your reading goals? What are you struggling with? What was your favorite book to read in May? Let me know!

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