May 2019 Wrap-Up

I was hopped up on manga and graphic novels during May, which kinda saved me from lagging behind. I’ve been kinda stuck between painting, reading and everything else this month like

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2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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This month, I left behind the slump and read 15 full-length books, 1 novella length book and 17 graphic novel/manga for a total of 33 books! Still kinda riding April’s high, I guess? What did I think of the books I read this month? Well you can find out below:

Ah-mazing!

The ​Missing of Clairdelune (The Mirror Visitor Quartet, #2) Kingsbane (Empirium, #2) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 7 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #7) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 8 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #8) The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3)

Pretty good

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 9 The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 10 A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 7 Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 6 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #6) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 9 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #9) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 10 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #10) Missing, Presumed Dead Orpheus Girl Beastars, Vol. 1 Wilder Girls The Dreaming Vol. 1: Pathways and Emanations (the Sandman Universe) Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad, #2) Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad, #3) Orange 2 (オレンジ, #2)

 Try it out maybe?

Prom-Wrecked Tinfoil Crowns Realm Girl Gone Missing Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island, #0.5) Vampire Knight: Memories, Vol. 2

Nope!

We Are Not Okay Tokyo Ghoul: re, Vol. 11

Reread

Orange 1 (オレンジ, #1) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 3 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #3) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 4 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #4) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 5 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #5)


And now, onto the yearly challenges:

Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

Progress: 43/100 books

Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 3 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #3) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 4 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #4) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 5 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #5) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 6 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #6) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 7 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #7) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 8 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #8) Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad, #2) The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) Vampire Knight: Memories, Vol. 2 Orange 1 (オレンジ, #1) Orange 2 (オレンジ, #2)

It was mostly me finally catching up on the Tokyo Ghoul: re series.


Contemporary Romance reading challenge

Progress: 21/21+ books (Grand Slam)

Prom-Wrecked Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 9 Lily's Just Fine (Galloway Girls, #1) Orpheus Girl Orange 1 (オレンジ, #1) Orange 2 (オレンジ, #2)


2019 AtoZ Reading Challenge bannerAtoZ reading challenge

Progress: 21/26 books

Alice Isn't Dead The Beauty of the Wolf The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) The Daughters of Salem How we sent our children to their deaths: Part 1 Exorsisters, Vol. 1 Firestarter (Timekeeper #3) Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol. 1: Welcome Back Haphaven I Just For Clicks Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress, #2) Love by the Morning Star Man-Eaters Volume 1 Nancy Drew: The Case of the Cold Case Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, #4) Postcards for a Songbird Quincredible Vol. 1: Quest to Be the Best! Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee Stranger Things: The Other Side (Graphic Novel Volume 1) Through the White Wood United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve, #1) X Y Z

Nothing this month!


Cloak and Dagger challenge

Progress: 16/35 books

The ​Missing of Clairdelune (The Mirror Visitor Quartet, #2) Girl Gone Missing Missing, Presumed Dead Wilder Girls Beastars, Vol. 1

Half of these have the word missing in the title lol. The Missing of Claidelune is a missing persons mystery in a fantasy setting, Girl Gone Missing is also a missing persons mystery set in 60s (Native American protag, OwnVoices). Missing, Presumed Dead is an urban fantasy. Wilder Girls is a horror/thriller SciFi novel, and Beastars is a murder mystery in a world inhabited by anthromorphic animals.


2019 New Release Challenge logo - (un)Conventional BookwormsNew Release challenge

Progress: 70/200 books

Prom-Wrecked We Are Not Okay The ​Missing of Clairdelune (The Mirror Visitor Quartet, #2) Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 9 The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 10 Tinfoil Crowns Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 7 Kingsbane (Empirium, #2) Lily's Just Fine (Galloway Girls, #1) Missing, Presumed Dead Orpheus Girl Beastars, Vol. 1 Wilder Girls Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad, #3)


Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading challenge

Progress: 99/100 galleys

Prom-Wrecked We Are Not Okay The ​Missing of Clairdelune (The Mirror Visitor Quartet, #2) Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 9 The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 10 Tinfoil Crowns Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 7 Realm Girl Gone Missing Kingsbane (Empirium, #2) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 6 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #6) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 7 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #7) Lily's Just Fine (Galloway Girls, #1) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 8 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #8) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 9 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #9) Missing, Presumed Dead Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 10 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #10) Orpheus Girl Tokyo Ghoul: re, Vol. 11 Beastars, Vol. 1 The Dreaming Vol. 1: Pathways and Emanations (the Sandman Universe) Wilder Girls Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad, #2) Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad, #3) Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island, #0.5) Vampire Knight: Memories, Vol. 2

26 galleys this month! And I was so clooooose to reaching the goal!


2019 Debut author challenge

Progress: 9/24 debuts

Orpheus Girl Wilder Girls

Both the debut books I read this month are sapphic retellings! Orpheus Girl is a retelling of Greek myths in a modern setting, and Wilder Girls is a retelling of Lord of the Flies in a modern SciFi setting.


2019 Audiobook ChallengeAudiobook challenge

Progress: 11/50 audiobooks

Nothing this month!


Monthly Keyword Challenge

Progress: 4/12 keywords
May – You A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) (A Million Worlds with you)

Dystopia Reading Challenge

Progress: 7/16 books

Beastars, Vol. 1 Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad, #2) Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad, #3)

Beastars is set in a world similar to ours, only with anthromorphic animals (think Zootopia but hardcore), Not Your Villain and Not Your Backup are set in post-apocalyptic Earth with trans and a-spec protagonists, respectively.


Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Progress: 18/25 books (Ancient History)

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 7 Realm Girl Gone Missing

Demon Slayer is set in Taisho era Japan (early 20th century), while Realm is set in ~300 BC (during Alexander the Great’s time) and Girl Gone Missing is set in 1960s America.


Retellings Reading Challenge

Progress: 8/25 retellings (Fairest of them All)
Realm – historical retelling of Alexander the Great’s wife Roxana
Wilder Girls – modern scifi horror retelling of Lord of the Flies

spacetime readsSpace Time Reading Challenge

Progress: 6/20 books
Orange 2 (オレンジ, #2) Time travel

Series to Finish Challenge

Progress: 8/24 series (2/12 new + 6/12 old)

A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) – Firebird trilogy (old)

The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) – The Young Elites trilogy (old)


yarc headerYear of the Asian Reading Challenge

Progress: 14/51 books

Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad, #2) Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad, #3) The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3)


Besides these year-long challenges, I also had  three reading challenges.

Read-A-ThinRead-a-thin (May 1-31)

I had planned to read 5 books off my physical shelves, but ended up reading only 2. *sad puppy dog face*

A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3)

Asian readathon (May 1-31)

I completed all 5 challenges (the last one I had already done) with these two books, featuring Chinese (author) and Japanese (setting, original language, author, characters) identities, respectively.

The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) Orange 2 (オレンジ, #2)

Grab button for Bout of BooksBout of Books (May 13-19)

My initial goal was to read 7 books but I went crazy with the manga LOL, and ended up reading 16 books in total.

Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 3 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #3) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 4 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #4) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 5 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #5) Kingsbane (Empirium, #2) Lily's Just Fine (Galloway Girls, #1) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 6 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #6) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 7 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #7) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 8 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #8) Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 9 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #9) Missing, Presumed Dead Tokyo Ghoul:re, Vol. 10 (Tokyo Ghoul:re, #10) Orpheus Girl Tokyo Ghoul: re, Vol. 11 Beastars, Vol. 1 Wilder Girls The Dreaming Vol. 1: Pathways and Emanations (the Sandman Universe)


ICYMI

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTTT: Book Adaptations on my Watchlist
TTT: Book Adaptations I Love
TTT: Book Trends This Year
TTT: Favorite Books Released in the last 10 years


Diversity Spotlight Thursday #47: PoC rep
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #48: Non-western civilizations
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #49: PoC rep
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #50: Sapphic rep
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #51: Ownvoices gay rep


Book Blogger Hop: May 3-9
Book Blogger Hop: May 10-16
Book Blogger Hop: May 17-23
Book Blogger Hop: May 24-30
Book Blogger Hop: May 31- June 6


Stacking the Shelves #59
Stacking the Shelves #60
Stacking the Shelves #61


Podcasts for Readers #13: Alba Salix


On the Pod this week #30
On the Pod this week #31
On the Pod this week #32
On the Pod this week #33
On the Pod this week #34


Shouting from the Shelftops #9


Off Tangent Thoughts About Writing Book Reviews
Off Tangent Thoughts When Someone Interrupts My Reading


Other news

  • I took part in DeviantArt’s HTTYD fanart contest! Astrid and Stormfly by Ruthsic
  • I’ve also participated in a WolfStar Big Bang, for which one entry was released this month! Read the fic at Sirius’ Furry Little Problem. My entry for Wolfstar Big Bang 2019! It was a reverse bang so my idea was Sirius giving Remus a bunny as a gift to tease him about him ‘furry little problem’. KeepCalmandExpectoPatronum did a fabulous job...You can read the accompanying fic (written by parttimehuman) at AO3
  • As always – please help support my blog and my art with contributions through Ko-Fi (every small donation helps!), and by buying my designs on Society6 or TeePublic. You could also help out for free, too – by using my affiliate links (see sidebar) when you are about to purcahse a book, or by using my Scribd share code to get a free 60-day trial of the service (come on guys, free books for 2 months is a no-brainer!)
  • I have set up a Patreon, too, but have yet to design the tiers, so I will have more news on that soon.

How was your May?

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3 thoughts on “May 2019 Wrap-Up

  1. First of all, YES TO THAT GIF! Secondly, YOU DID AMAZINGLY, WOW, CONGRATS! And I am so so happy you left the slump behind, that is great news.
    So many challenges and so much progress with all of them! You rocked this month and I hope you continue like that.

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