May ’20 Wrap-up and Book Haul!

I’m sure I’m not the only one when I say the pandemic has really messed with my brain, especially in keeping track with the days. I can’t believe it’s already June! But I returned to my physical work office for the first time this week after not commuting to and from work for almost 3 months.

Anyway, that’s not what this post is about! Let’s talk about the books I read and the ones I hauled!

First up as always is the wrap-up:

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess (ARC) – ★★ 1/2
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (reread, audiobook) – ★★★★★
Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson (eARC) – ★
The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley (ARC) – ★★★★
Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – ★★★★
Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi (reread, audiobook) – ★★★★
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux – ★★★ 1/2
RoseBlood by A.G. Howard – ★★★ 1/2

The pandemic thing really kicked me in the butt mentally this month. There were days I read one chapter of a book or days I didn’t read at all. I didn’t want to force myself to read something if I genuinely felt disconnected because I knew my mood would affect how I rated the book.

I was really happy to reread Aurora Rising so I could read Aurora Burning as soon as it arrived. I’m glad to say that was definitely the case. 🙂 A surprisingly good read for May was The Jewel Thief. It definitely fed my historical fiction appetite and reminded me how much I like the genre.

Now for the book haul:

I actually have Illumicrate’s edition of Aurora Burning, which is blue instead of orange and there are blue-sprayed edges. It’s a beautiful book, and a small splurge when I bought it back in April. I actually have the Illumicrate edition of Aurora Rising as well, which I bought for a steal in a bookish BST group.

I actually held off on buying Imagine Me: 1) because of the pandemic, and 2) I wanted a signed copy and the only place that sold signed copies near me was Half Price Books. When things started reopening, Husband and I made a quick trip there so I could purchase the book.

Lately I’ve been including books I unhaul but because of the pandemic, I haven’t unhauled anything. My husband is actually building wall-to-wall floating bookshelves for me, so my books are in sad stacks all over our guest bedroom. The process of building the bookshelves has been…well, a process, LOL. Buying and cutting the wood is the easy part, it’s the staining and everything after that takes time. We installed one already and it looks so pretty. I absolutely cannot wait until it’s completely finished. Know for sure that I’ll post some pictures on my social media accounts when it’s all finished.

How was your reading for May? I know with so many things happening, you may feel down about how much you did or didn’t read. Please don’t worry, and don’t ever feel sorry for your reading habits.

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