Here’s hoping this month is a little less hectic | May TBR

As most of you might have seen, April was pretty rough for me. I have one more wedding tomorrow, but after that the rest of the month should hopefully be pretty clear. Theoretically that should be the case, anyway.

So there we go. Let’s see how May goes!

What books are you planning on reading this month? Link your May TBRs in the comments!
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April: the month that almost killed me [Monthly Wrap-Up & TBR Update]

Okay, so my title is a little dramatic, but this month was seriously ROUGH. I’m not quite done with everything (I’ve got one more wedding this Saturday), but I’m hoping after that I’ll have even just a millisecond to relax. My reading went completely off the rails this month. I discovered a free game on my phone so…there went that free time (it’s called Two Dots if you’re wondering). I just read a bunch of random stuff and almost nothing that I’d planned on. Oh well.

monthly tbr

Also read/reading:

Books finished this month: 7 (3 DNF)
Books currently reading: 3

Overall TBR:

TBR at the beginning of the year = 383
TBR at the beginning of April = 449
Books added to TBR = 22
Books read/deleted from TBR = 5
Total on TBR now = 466

How did your reading go this month?

Friendship to the MAX! | Lumberjanes: An Overview

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten HolyI recently got into Lumberjanes and it has been amazing! The basic premise is that it’s about a group of girls who are away at a summer camp (Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types). Mal, Molly, Ripley, April, and Jo (and their counselor Jen) are in the Roanoke cabin and they’re getting along swimmingly. They notice some weird stuff happening in the woods around camp, however, and start to realize that this camp isn’t exactly…normal.

I love the friendship that the girls have with each other and the love that they have for Jen as well. I think it would be really easy for Jen to be cast as an antagonist since she’s kind of an authority figure, but the girls just love her! (Especially Ripley). The girls don’t always agree with each other, but they really take the Lumberjane Scout motto (Friendship to the Max!) seriously. Even between cabins (they have a slight rivalry with another cabin) in the end, they’re still supportive. Although this is a camp full of girls and you might expect more drama, there is no girl-hate here. Only love and support.

Each of the girls in Roanoke cabin is such an individual with their own strengths and weaknesses. I love how the format of a graphic novel makes it so much easier and natural to see the diversity of the characters. The author doesn’t have to come out and say that Jo has darker skin or reemphasize that every once in a while. We can just see her there on the page! I also like how there isn’t much emphasis on Molly and Mal’s relationship. They’re just quietly holding hands or next to each other in the corner of the panel. It’s so refreshing to me! Sometimes I feel like I’m getting hit over the head with diversity when an author has to describe things all the time. I like that graphic novels just kind of lay it out there for us and I can observe at my own pace. They don’t have to draw attention to diversity, because we can just see it along with everything else!

Overall, I really love this series. I’d be hardpressed to pick a favorite character, but I might go with April or Jo. I’ve read nine volumes and I’m not tired of the characters or story at all. They keep things fresh and bring back old characters and it’s just overall a lot of fun! Highly recommend.

April Reading Update

ARCs
Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L Purdy – Read, review coming
The Castaways by Jessika Fleck – DNF 23%
Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey – Read, review coming
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Girl Out of Water by Sarah Silverman
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson
Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Other
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger – Read, review coming
Aversion by Kenechi Udogu

So far this month I have finished 3 books with 1 DNF. It’s been a slow start so far both reading and blogging-wise unfortunately.

How is your April reading going so far? Any memorable passages?

March Wrap-Up/April TBR

Wrap-Up & TBR
March

ARCs
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge – Read, and reviewed
These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas – Read and reviewed
Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik – Read and reviewed
At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer – Read, review coming
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer – Read and reviewed
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray – Read and reviewed
The Takedown by Corrie Wang – Read, review coming
Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L Purdy – Currently Reading

Other
When We Collided by Emery Lord – Read and reviewed
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger – Currently Reading
The Crown by Kiera Cass – Read and reviewed
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – Read

This month I finished reading 10 books.

April

ARCs
The Castaways by Jessika Fleck
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Girl Out of Water by Sarah Silverman
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson
Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Other
Aversion by Kenechi Udogu

How was your month? What was your favorite read from March and what are you looking forward to reading in April?

April Wrap-Up/May TBR

Wrap-Up & TBRApril

ARCs
Lucky Me by Saba Kapur – DNF 27%
The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris – Read
The Labyrinthians by J.A. Armitage – Read and reviewed
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider – Read
Whisper to Me by Nick Lake – Currently Reading
Genius by Leopoldo Gout – Read, review coming

Blog Tours
The 13th Continuum by Jennifer Brody – 4/19 – Read, Blog Tour
Love, Lies, & Spies by Cindy Anstey – 4/28 – Read, Blog Tour

Other
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (for book club) – Read and reviewed
Beauty by Robin McKinley (for book club) – Read
Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally – Read
Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young – Read
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – Read and reviewed
Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin (Novella) – Read

This month I finished 11 books, 1 novella, and had 1 DNF.

May

ARCs
Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson
Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black
26 Kisses by Anna Michels
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

Blog Tours
Anything You Want by  Geoff Herbach – 5/7
All the Feels by Danika Stone – 5/31

Other

April Reading Update

ARCs
Lucky Me by Saba Kapur – DNF 27%
The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris – Read
The Labyrinthians by J.A. Armitage – Read and reviewed
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Whisper to Me by Nick Lake
Genius by Leopoldo Gout

Blog Tours
The 13th Continuum by Jennifer Brody – 4/19 – Currently Reading
Love, Lies, & Spies by Cindy Anstey – 4/28

Other
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (for book club) – Currently Reading
Beauty by Robin McKinley (for book club)
Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally – Read
Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young – Read

So far I’ve finished 4 books and had 1 DNF.