May Wrap-Up & June TBR

Hi guys! So I know you guys have noticed I've been pretty absent from the blog for the first 5 months of this year. It wasn't something I necessarily planned, but life happened. I don't really wanna explain it for like the 3rd or 4th time, so I'll link to the post that kinda explains everything thats happened since like December, but things are turning around guys! While my depression finally subsided around the end of March, beginning of April, there was still a fair amount of turmoil going on with other things. But, a lot of that has died down as well and I'm finally feeling really motivated to blog and read again! The past two weeks I've really felt like I wanted to start posting again and I've been really looking at my books wanting to pick them up again! This is so huge since even after the depression subsided, I still had no motivation to pick up a book. And I tried. But I'm really happy that I'm finally feeling the motivation again because I've genuinely missed blogging and reading so much.

So I did actually get started on a book this month, or more so, the last two weeks. I'm not super far into it yet, but I'm actually really looking forward to reading more of it. So that book is:

Guys, I'm really enjoying what I've read so far. You guys know I loved The Illuminae Files by these two so I thought this would be a good book to help get me get back into reading and I was right. I just love a good sci-fi novel and I've been feeling a pull towards a few sci-fi books since I've been feeling like reading again. 

With that being said, even though I didn't read a whole lot in May, I was productive. I've been behind the scenes scheduling stuff for June. I have 7 posts scheduled now, with a few more I need to write. I've been putting holds on a few audiobooks and kindle books from the library. Two actually just came in this week! AND, I actually have 3 discussion post ideas for June!!! Guys, you know I struggled coming up with topics last year so I'm thrilled I have 3 ideas for this month already! :D

New Releases: Week of May 14, 2019

We Hunt The Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1)
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Publication Date: May 14, 2019

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

There's Something About Sweetie (Dimple and Rishi #2)
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 14, 2019

The irresistible companion novel to the New York Timesbestseller When Dimple Met Rishi, which follows Rishi’s brother, Ashish, and a confident fat athlete named Sweetie as they both discover what love means to them.

Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

Bout of Books 25 Sign-Up & TBR

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Goal:

  • Catch up on a few advanced copies and try to get out of my reading slump!