This was a slower month for me. I did a little less reading and blogging than usual, mostly due to other life things, but also because I was busy preparing for BookCon! I’ll talk a little about my trip later on in this post.

Books I Read in May

My Favorite Book I Read This Month

I didn’t enjoy anything quite the way I enjoyed reading Linda Holmes’ debut, Evvie Drake Starts Over, but honorable mentions have to go to the delicious The Kiss Quotient and the devastatingly beautiful The Poet X.

Books Reviewed in May

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno ★★★★★

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo ★★★★★

Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard ★★★★

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds ★★★★

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan ★★★

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert ★★

Other Posts in May

I wrote about why that Publishers Weekly blog post was the dumbest thing I’d ever seen in Girls With Swords (and Other Things We Don’t Want on Book Covers).

I also had some… feelings about the Game of Thrones finale and posted a list of books that would make gread graduation gifts.

Netgalley Update

Not counting the two Buzz Books samplers I requested, I only submitted feedback for one book on Netgalley this month. I gave five stars to the amazing Linda Holmes’ beautiful debut, Evvie Drake Starts Over. I was relieved to love the first novel from a writer I adore (avoiding the An Absolutely Remarkable Thing problem) and I can’t wait to share my review a little closer to the release date.

Book Cover: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Book Cover: I Like To Watch

I’m almost done reading one of my other most anticipated June releases, which is also the debut book of a critic I’ve read and loved for a long time. Emily Nussbaum’s I Like To Watch is spectacular so far, and I’m expecting to post another five-star review later this month.

With that out of the way, I’ll be down to… *counts with growing anxiety* twelve unread eARCs. They’re mostly for September, though, so I’ve got some time.

BookCon Happened!

And it was a lot!

I’m so glad I did that. I’ve never traveled completely solo before and I was a little nervous about the whole thing, but I had a great time. I didn’t realize until I left how much better my travel anxiety has gotten over the last few years, and that made it way easier.

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Sometime in the next week or so, I’m going to be tweeting some giveaways of bookcon goodies. I have some swag that I don’t want and a couple books that I’ll be passing on, so make sure you’re following me if you want in. I’ll be sending an ARC of Girls of Storm and Shadow to an OwnVoices reader and once I finish reading them, I’ll pass on a couple other ARCs, mostly of upcoming YA.

I have a full post of the events and signings I went to at BookCon coming this week.

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