Monthly Memories : May 2017

Hello hello!

How is everybody doing on this fine Saturday morning? May was a hectic month, and I’m more than glad that it’s over. That being said, I did have some really great reads. I’m hoping June will be a lighter month overall, but FINALS. D:

Here are my updates:

  • I’m sure you guys are tired of hearing me complain about that one class I always complain about. But oh my gosh. This quarter feels so long. And I just want to be done already.
  • On a more positive side, my friend and I have been exploring the food culture in Philly. We’ve been eating out every Wednesdays, and so far, we’ve had more misses than hits. Oops! We did discover an AWESOME gelato place though and it’s so close to my house, it was a bad idea to visit … I had this Papaya gelato that made my whole day.
  • ALSO. I found out that there was a Beiler’s Donuts close to my house and ahhhhhhh. Beiler’s Donuts are Philly’s best donuts, and you guys, those were some bloody good donuts.
  • I went to my first author event – wohoo! Brigid Kemmerer, Victoria Scott and Zoraida Cordova visited and I was able to go to the event. It was super fun, and I had a blast.
  • Once again, I was lazy with my cooking and recipe trials this month. I just haven’t felt the motivation to try new things out.

I read 29 books this month! I’m super excited about all the books I read, especially because they were mostly very good. Here’s a link to the list of books I read in May.

Highest Rating

Stay (WAGs, #2) After the Kiss (Sex, Love & Stiletto, #1)

4.5-5 stars

I love Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s writing so much. I wasn’t expecting to love Stay as much as I did, but I was completely obsessed with it. MATT! <3 After the Kiss was a re-read for me, and again, I loved it!

Lowest Rating

Roar (Stormheart, #1)

2 stars

I am super bummed about this one. Roar was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, but it just wasn’t a very compelling story. I was bored for the most part, and I didn’t care for the characters or the romance. 🙁

Book Which Surprised Me The Most

My Roommate's Girl

I requested this one because it’s Julianna Keyes and I want to read her writing forever, but I still wasn’t sure if the story would be for me because of the content. But damn. It was really good, and I was entirely engrossed in the story. The romance really worked here and I thought Keyes handled the situation well.

Book Boyfriends of the Month

Girl Out of Water Eliza and Her Monsters Stay (WAGs, #2)

I could go on and on about why I adored Lincoln from Girl out of Water and Wallace from Eliza & Her Monsters, but you can read more about them in my review here and here. And yep, Matt totally melted my heart with how ridiculously swoony he was. When he’s with his twin daughters? BOOM. That’s the sound of my ovaries exploding.

Most Exciting Books on Deck For Next Month

An Enchantment of Ravens Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index Mister Hockey (Hellions Angels, #1)

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My life has been taken over by Brooklyn Nine-Nine! This show is hilarious, and makes me laugh until my stomach hurts.

Image result for everything everything movie Image result for king arthur movie

I saw Everything, Everything opening weekend and really liked it. I thought the cast was perfect, and they did a lovely job capturing the essence of the movie.

King Arthur on the other hand …  was a disappointment. It had the potential to be epic, but the story telling, was a mess. It was choppy, used too many flashbacks, and the acting was very poor.

Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight shares her blogging fears.

Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity shares her experience with unfinished drafts.

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit shares a list of her unfinished series.

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  • That’s great that you’re trying new places to eat, even if most have been misses so far. Keep experiencing new things.

    I must meet Matt! 😀

  • Ooh, is that the guy from Vikings in King Arthur? Still not worth it though, it sounds like they ruined the whole concept. Your first author event! How exciting! Was it what you’d expected? Roar was one of my anticipated reads as well but I was thinking that the cover is too similar to Truthwitch and I really disliked that one that knowing my luck, I’d be bored. I probably won’t bother preordering and might wait until it’s out on sale at at later date. You’ve made me hungry now. Do they have a food app for the area where you can check the ratings of places? Might save you guys a few bucks and a whole lot of bad meals too <3 <3

  • Gelato and donuts sounds amazing! Now I’m hungry. That’s too bad about Roar. I’ve been really excited about that one, but I don’t do well with boring. 🙁 I think I’m going to have to read An Enchantment of Ravens soon. I’m too excited to wait! I hope you have a lovely June.

  • Oh a donut place would be my jam!!! We have a good one around us we love. Hopefully you get more hits on your food exploration. I need to start that series by Elle an Sarina. So happy to hear the Julianna Keyes book was good. I have to put it on my wishlist now. Juniper Lemon looks so good!! Have a great June!!

  • A donut place near me sounds like my absolute weakeness!! I would be going there all the time. Sorry to hear you didn’t like Roar; I’ll be lowering my expectations so I’m hopefully not disappointed. I haven’t seen Everything, Everything yet but hope to this week! Have an awesome June. 🙂

  • OH I am curious about Mr. Hockey so I can’t wait to get your thoughts. I saw it on Edelweiss but hesitated. Hope finals go well and then you will finally be free from that horrible professor and class!

  • I’m sorry this quarter seems so long and difficult, Nick. How much longer until the summer vacation starts?
    I’m sad From Nothing a King Comes wasn’t good… I love the Arthurian legend, and was quite excited about a new movie.
    Have a wonderful month of June, I hope you’ll love most of the books you’ll read this month as well.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  • I love Brooklyn Nine Nine too! 🙂 Happy June!

  • Brooklyn Nine Nine is hilarious! I started binging it at the beginning of the year but I forgot about it. Anyway, it’s great that you’re exploring Philly a bit more, but really sorry the food scene’s been a bust. I hope you’ll find a gem!

    Have a great week, Nick!

  • Papaya gelato….that sounds lovely. And what a fun mission, I need to explore more. I feel like I get stuck in a routine when it comes to food.

    I’m really hoping I can find a copy of An Enchantment at ALA. Did you get an eARC or physical copy (the book itself is BEAUTIFUL). Regardless, we will be chatting about it at some point!

    • The papaya gelato was magical! I know what you mean. I can get stuck in the routine too, but my friend drags me along with her, so I’ve gotten used to it now.

      I’m sure it will be there! I got a physical copy. The cover is stunning!! Charlie Bowater designed it. She’s the one who draws all those gorgeous SJM fan art.

      • I should’ve known it looked familiar! Good for her, get that coin!

  • I want to see Everything, Everything but haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe this week sometime. I love Charlie Hunnam and was so excited to see King Arthur. I wasn’t mad about the movie. I enjoyed it quite a bit but I understand why you didn’t enjoy it as much.

    I also really need to watch Brooklyn Nine Nine. I’ve been meaning to for years.

  • I haven’t seen too many overwhelmingly positive reviews for Roar, which is such a bummer because that cover is so absolutely gorgeous! lol! I know, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But seriously, it’s so pretty!!! : sad face

    You are a reading rockstar! Look at you go! I didn’t read anywhere close to that many. lol! I’m still playing catch up (as always)

    Hope you have a great month!

  • Nick I feel you pain about that awful class. It sucks that it’s been so bad but it can only get better, right? I love that you’ve been trying out all these new places to eat, though. It doesn’t even matter if they are misses because sometimes it’s more fun eating bad food with a friend and laughing about it afterwards. And it’ll mean you’ll like the hits better.

    I am always impressed with the number of books you read, you have crazy reading powers and that’s coming from me, I read a lot. I am totally blaming you that I’ve started watching Brooklyn Nine Nine, that show is hilarious! I thought it was ridiculous but it’s totally hilarious and I blame you. I should basically trust your opinions far more. But that means I probably won’t enjoy Roar which just makes me sad. We shall see.