May 2019 Ink and Wonder Unboxing

 

I haven’t been buying book boxes often anymore, but I have ordered most of the Ink and Wonder Crates.  I love everything they send and they now have two box options.  May’s theme was Mythical Menagerie, so I knew I had to get it.

 

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS WITH PHOTOS BELOW.  STOP READING HERE IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE WHAT WAS IN THE BOX.

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May 2019 Book Haul

 

I did much better with buying this month, but I didn’t include the travel books and atlas I bought in this haul.  Most of what I purchased were pre-orders.  There are still a couple May releases I want to pick up.

 

Physical:

 

Purchased (B&N and Target):

 

 

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May 2019 Challenge Updates

 

 

Just a quick update on my yearly challenges.  I’m doing well on all but one so far.

 

May Numbers:

 

New Release (2019) Challenge:  11

Goodreads:  12

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge:  3

Pages Read Challenge:  4406

TBR and Beyond Yearly Challenge:  1

Audiobook Challenge:  0

 

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Middle Grade May Update!

 

Just an update on how my Middle Grade May challenge on TBR and Beyond went.  I really wanted to fit in a few more middle grade books, but I didn’t want to get too far behind on arcs.

 

I finished 6 of the 12 categories.

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May 2019 Wrap Up

 

June really snuck up on me.  I can’t believe how fast May went.  I had a pretty decent month of reading.  I wish I could have read more for Middle Grade May, but I’m happy I was able to get some done.

 

 

Ask Me Anything  4  1/2 stars

City of Ghosts  4  1/2 stars

Aru Shah and the Song of the Dead   5 stars

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Anticipated May 2019 Releases

 

It looks like May is another busy month for book releases.  This is obviously not everything coming out.  Just books I’m looking forward to and some that are really popular already.

 

$purchased

*already read arc

!still need to read arc

 

May 6th and 7th (one is May 6th):

 

 

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Review of Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby (physical arc)

 

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Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby

 

This debut novel—about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about growing up and coming out—will make its way straight into your heart.

Fig, a sixth grader, wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. The once-renowned pianist, who hasn’t composed a song in years and has unpredictable good and bad days, is something of a mystery to Fig. Though she’s a science and math nerd, she tries taking an art class just to be closer to him, to experience life the way an artist does. But then Fig’s dad shows up at school, disoriented and desperately searching for Fig. Not only has the class not brought Fig closer to understanding him, it has brought social services to their door.

Diving into books about Van Gogh to understand the madness of artists, calling on her best friend for advice, and turning to a new neighbor for support, Fig continues to try everything she can think of to understand her father, to save him from himself, and to find space in her life to discover who she is even as the walls are falling down around her.

Nicole Melleby’s Hurricane Season is a stunning novel about a girl struggling to be a kid as pressing adult concerns weigh on her. It’s also about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about coming of age and coming out. And more than anything else, it is a story of the healing power of love—and the limits of that power.

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