Biggest thing first...I committed to college! I'm officially part of the Smith College Class of 2020! (I technically did this in April, but it's going in this wrap-up anyway.) This decision took me a long time, and I am so glad that I'm officially done with the entire college application/admission/decision process. I'm very excited about going to Smith, even though it means some big changes - I'm currently in California, and Smith is in Massachusetts! (For those of you who don't know U.S. geography, California is on the West Coast and is fairly warm all year and Massachusetts is on the East Coast and has actual seasons.)
I'm not quite done with high school yet, though - my school goes until the middle of June, which means that I'm not free to spend 100% of my time reading until then. This month was especially chaotic, since I had all of my AP exams and most of my final exams. Why did I have most of my final exams a month before graduation? Who knows. That was one big reason that I didn't have quite as good of a reading and blogging month as I would have liked to. But things are looking up for June!
May is also my birthday month! I'm 18. I'm an adult. Somehow. And I got lots of great books as birthday presents, which means that I obviously have to show them off in another post coming soon.
As I said, I didn't have the best reading month, but I did read a few books that I really liked.
The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Volume 2 - Macroeconomics by Yoram Bauman: I read this as a last-minute review for my AP Econ test. For that purpose, it wasn't great, because it didn't cover everything I learned and there were a lot of things I hadn't heard of. As an entertaining introduction to macroeconomics, though, I'd definitely recommend this. ★★★
Black Widow, Vol. 1: The Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmonson (Black Widow #1): This is a comic book I'd been wanting to read for a while, and it didn't disappoint. The art was beautiful, and the story was gripping, so I'm definitely excited to see where this is going in the next volumes! ★★★★½
A Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood: Not every story in this anthology was great, but there were a few that I did absolutely love. My top three were actually by authors that I'd never read anything by before, so I'll definitely have to check out more by them - El Destinos by Leslye Walton, Pearls by Beth Revis, and Bonnie and Clyde by Saundra Mitchell. ★★★★
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking #2): This book was so powerful that I just had to give it a 5-star rating, even if the characters were pretty infuriating sometimes. This really made me think about politics, war, and compromise, and it always kept my interest. A definite step up from book 1. ★★★★★
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking #3): I didn't like this one quite as much as the second book, mostly because it seemed a bit repetitive (especially for a book that was so long). But it was a very good conclusion to the series, and all of the different perspectives were balanced very well. ★★★★
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2): I'm definitely jumping onto the book-hype bandwagon for this one. I was a little bit skeptical - I didn't like the first one quite as much as everyone else, and I didn't really see how the decision about how great this book was could be quite so unanimous - but it really did blow me away. I can't say much, because major spoilers, but I can't wait for book 3! Thanks to Sky @ Sky's Reading Corner for letting me borrow her copy! ★★★★★
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith: This was pleasant enough to keep me occupied for a day, but I didn't think it was anything special. As with all Jennifer E. Smith books, I liked the idea behind the book a lot more than I liked the book itself. ★★★
The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh (The Wrath & the Dawn #2): So maybe this book didn't quite meet all of my expectations based on how amazing the first book was, but my expectations were also kind of impossibly high, so this book was still incredible. I'm satisfied with the way everything turned out, and as much as I'd like to read more about Shazi and Khalid, this duology is great as it is. ★★★★★
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys: I really liked pretty much everything in this book...except the plot. I don't know what it was, but the plot just didn't grab me. I was entranced by how vividly Ruta Sepetys described the atmosphere of New Orleans in 1950, and I loved the variety of characters, but the plot itself just wasn't as interesting to me. (But part of the plot is that Josie wants to go to Smith! Go Smith!) ★★★½
DNFed this month:
- The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (Lady Helen #1): I think this is the first time I've DNFed a book because I'm so unbelievably bored. I did have a couple of actual issues (such as the fact that it is a bad idea to suddenly and completely trust the guy who robbed you and probably killed his wife), but mostly, I just realized that I had hundreds of pages left and couldn't care less about anything or anyone. So I stopped.
- Total books: 9 new, no rereads, 1 DNF
- Longest book: A Court of Mist and Fury, 640 pages
- Shortest book: Black Widow Vol. 1: The Finely Woven Thread, 144 pages
- Favorite book: A Court of Mist and Fury
- Least favorite (completed) book: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
- Diverse reads: 5 (A Tyranny of Petticoats, Monsters of Men, A Court of Mist and Fury, The Rose & the Dagger, Out of the Easy)
- Nonfiction: 1 (The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Volume Two - Macroeconomics)
- Comics/Graphic Novels: 2 (The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Volume Two - Macroeconomics, Black Widow Vol. 1: The Finely Woven Thread)
What did you do in May? Was it a busy month for you, too? Did we read any of the same books? Tell me in the comments!