May Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

Posted May 31, 2017 by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction in Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap / 28 Comments

My Goings On in May:

  • My daughter turned 13. Another teenager in the house. Yikes!
  • I volunteered at the Scholastic warehouse sale and earned LOTS of free books!
  • The new swim season has started, so my two older kids (and I) are busy with practices and meets.
  • Our house got robbed!
  • My daughter won a writing competition for her cute short story!
  • I finished the first draft of that new editing project that I’ve been working on.
  • I finally started working out again, and watched 13 Reasons Why and The 100 while doing it. (I’ve also been watching Master of None with my mom and my husband, and I watched the first season of The Santa Clarita Diet with my mom.)

On Instagram:

Most Popular Posts:

Other Features & Discussions:

Do You Ever Add to Your Posts After You’ve Published Them? Let’s Discuss
Meet a #BroodyBFF! My Foray Into Street Teams. Let’s Discuss.
Giveaway of the Gorgeous Juniper Books Edition of The Hunger Games Trilogy – There are a few days left to win this one!
Why Rating Middle Grade (and Sometimes YA) Is So Darn Hard for Me! Let’s Discuss.
May 2017 Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up – Link up your May wrap-up

My 2017 Reading Progress:

Right now I’m 5 books ahead of my Goodreads goal. Hmmm … maybe I shouldn’t have changed it to 200. I started the month at 11 ahead!


May 2017 Reviews

  • Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
  • It Started With Goodbye by Christina June | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Ruined by Amy Tintera | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • Avenged by Amy Tintera | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson | Review | Rating: 4/5

  • Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum | Review | Rating: 4/5

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | Review | Rating: 4/5

May Best of the Bunch:

(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)

This month was kind of tough because I really loved The Names They Gave Us AND the first two books in the Ruined Series. I ended up going with Ruined, but it was really close.

2017 Reading Challenges Progress:

Status: 15/41 Discussions Posted

I posted four discussions this month.

What You Need to Know Before You Open a NetGalley Account
Do You Ever Add to Your Posts After You’ve Published Them?
Meet a #BroodyBFF! My Foray Into Street Teams
Why Rating Middle Grade (and Sometimes YA) Is So Darn Hard for Me!
Why Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Book Blogging Is Wrong (and Also Right)
Graphs Make Me Happy!
Two (Free) Tools that Have Transformed My Replying and Commenting Back
Is There Such a Thing as a “Quick Post”?
My Haphazard Reading Habits.
Watching Bloggers Come and Go.
A Book Blogger’s Guide to Acronyms, Terms and Slang
Am I the Only One Without an OTP? 
Why Does Technology Scare Me So?

Special Niche Genres
Seeing the Book Blogging World Through Rose-Colored Glasses

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts at Midnight

Status: 28/50 Books Read
I reviewed five fantasies this month (again, a few are more paranormal or sci-fi dystopian, but I’m counting them since it looks like the people who run the challenge count these types of books).

As of yet, I haven’t read any of Alexa and Rachel’s favorites that I’ve planned to read:  Throne of Glass, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Six of Crows, The Winner’s Curse, Graceling. I’m keeping their pictures here, so I don’t forget about them!


HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Hello, Chelly & Alexa Loves Books


Status: 12/21-30 Books
Four books from off my shelf this month (though technically I listened to Walk on Earth a Stranger instead of reading the copy I own. Oh well):

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Chapter Break & Second Run Reviews

Status: 6/5-10 Series

I finished one series this month!

Here are some of the other series I’m hoping to finish this year (as a reminder to myself):

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Somewhere Only We Know & Words Fueled by Love

Status: 46/61-100 books read

Here are the ones I read this month:

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – (un)Conventional Book Views &  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! 

Status: 8/15-20 Books Listened To

I listened to three books this month.

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Hot Listens & Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Status: 47/76 Possible Gameboard Spaces

If you’re interested in which books I read for each category or in seeing a bigger version of the updated gameboard, then go to my 2017 Bookopoly Progress page. The image above has been updated to reflect my newest reads. (I used 5 of the books I read for the challenge this month.)

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Broc’s Bookcase

Wrap-Up Round-Up!

Don’t forget to link your May wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up! And check out the giveaway, which will be posted here on Feed Your Fiction Addiction on the 8th!




28 responses to “May Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

  1. Great job on all of your reading goals. I’m quite a bit ahead on Goodreads, but it’s only at 100 so I’m not too surprised. LOL I mainly do the challenge to see how many I read in a year. I’m not to worried about the actual number. 🙂


  2. Sam

    I loved Ruined too. A really solid second book, that did a great job advancing the series. I need to make sure I am paying attention in December, because that Bookopoly reading challenge looks awesome.
    Sam @ WLABB

  3. Happy birthday to your daughter! The teenage years haha. And I’m sorry about your house being broken in too! I’m glad no one was hurt! And I’m happy you enjoyed It Starts with Goodbye, looking forward to that!
    Hope you have a great June!

  4. Sounds like a great month…except for the getting robbed! How scary! I am so glad that nobody was hurt. I am ahead with my Goodreads Challenge but only because I set my goal pretty low for me at 100 books. I just don’t want to stress over it this year. You read some great books this month. I hope you have a great June!

  5. You got ROBBED!? Holy crap. I am so sorry! I just read your post, and wow, it is even scarier that you were home! I am so glad you are all okay, your mom must have been so scared I cannot even imagine. Big hugs to you all ♥♥

    Glad that your daughter did so well with her story, that is awesome! And swim season, you know I am here for swim season ?

    I am so glad that you are only one season behind with The 100 now. Actually, I am kind of jealous because you will have to suffer through hiatus for shorter time than everyone else 😉 And I find the popularity of the Three Dark Crowns post fascinating! Do people really just want spoilers that bad? I mean, it was a great post, I just wonder what leads everyone to it! Hope you have a lovely June, my dear!

  6. I like the phrase ‘free books’ *grins* Looks like your challenges are all going pretty well. I’m supposed to be doing series catchups this year and it’s now June so I need to put more effort in! Good luck for June!

  7. Great job getting back to working out! I can’t watch shows while I work out, but that does sounds like a great idea. You are doing great on all your challenges. I need to catch up on mine.

  8. Cannot believe the story of your been robbed…so scary. I have to say we are always leaving doors unlocked…now I’ll be more careful! Here’s to a less stressful June.

  9. Ahh, I just went back and read the post about your house being robbed. That’s awful!! But the story about your daughter winning a writing contest was nice; you definitely have license to be a proud mama for that ^^

  10. ugh sorry about your house! I hope nothing too valuable got stolen and I hope everyone is ok! YAY I’m two years away from my first teenager! I can’t [yes I can!] wait 🙂 Happy Birthday to your daughter! 🙂 and yay for all those free books. That’s good karma baby You volunteer you get something good in return 🙂 Good luck to all your kids in their meets! I like ALL the nooks you read in May so I’m excited about all your upcoming reviews 🙂

  11. danielle hammelef

    The thing about your post that I can’t stop thinking about it that you guys got robbed! I don’t even know how I’d manage to overcome that feeling it would leave me. I hope you guys are okay. Way scary real life stuff. I always love reading your reviews and I can’t wait to read Ruined and it’s sequel now.

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