May Book Wrap Up 2021

Monthly reading review – May 2021

This May I have read:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★

The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga #5) by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★

Prolaz za divljač by Iva Šakić Ristić ★★★

Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter book #12) by Laurell K. Hamilton  ★★★★

Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark #17) by Kresley Cole ★★★★

Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show
by Glenn Yeffeth (Editor) ★★★★

Proklete Hrvatice : (1&2) : Dvadeset životopisa by Milana Vuković Runjić ★★★

Clockwork or all wound up by Philip Pullman, Zdenko Bašić (Illustrator) ★★★

First I would like to address my lack of activity on the posting in the last month and more. Life happened and then my mobile phone got messed up and I could not take pictures and upload them the way I wanted to. It all filled me with anxiety and I was inactive for most of the time. I have not realized I relayed on my phone this much. I hope to make some more posts in June to make up for all the things I wanted to post about and more!

1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

In May I finished reading eight books. This leaves me with only The Count of Monte Christo as currently “reading in progress” book that I keep dragging on from one month to the next. Eight books in a month is a nice number and I will try to keep up with it!

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in May? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

Revisiting first book in the Harry Potter series was nice even though I read it only last year. I keep being surprised on how much I enjoy The Adventures of Miles Vorkosigan and this slow pace at which I read trough the series in whole is more like a guilty pleasure for me. I am glad I finally got to reading Seven Seasons of Buffy book of essays and enjoyed it for the most part.

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

There were not bad books in May, just a few that did not rise up to my expectations. Prolaz za divljač by Iva Šakić Ristić made me long for stronger characters and less philosophical approach to the theme. Proklete Hrvatice : (1&2) : Dvadeset životopisa by Milana Vuković Runjić I am happy to have read but feel that the author could have done a bit more in highlighting the females from the history – some stories were done greatly and some lost the focus in comparison.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I approached my reading plan for May with caution because I wanted it to be successful. I managed to read all the books I planned to read and even finish one of the books I had started before May. Only thing that would have made it better would have been reading trough more of The Count of Monte Christo which sadly did not happen. I finished booth the Bookopoly TBR game and May The Force Read with You readathon!

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I got one book series up to date with finishing Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark #17) by Kresley Cole. My reareading trough Anita Blake Vampire Hunter book series is taking a back seat for a while but I do plan to add the next book to my reading plans soon. Finishing The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga #5) by Lois McMaster Bujold has made another step small step in reading trough this truly enjoyable space adventure book series.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I read two nonfiction books in May and I always feel a certain satisfaction when I finish reading one of those. My recommendation this time is to read more books that give your inner reader feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction. In my case these were the books I made plans to read and even have been on my TBR for quite some time so it felt really good to finish reading them!

Final thoughts on May 2021 reading

I am happy with my reading in May. I read six new books and two more books I read before already. For the first time in a long while a number of books I’ve read in one month in English language is the same as the number of books I read in Croatian language. I already have plans for more posts and reading options in June and I am excited for that! Here are some illustrations by Zdenko Basic from the Croatian edition of Clockwork or all wound up by Philip Pullman.

Monthly reading review – December 2017

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Monthly reading review – December 2017

This December I have read:

The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) By C.S. Lewis ★★★★

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) By C.S. Lewis ★★★★

Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark, #16) by Kresley Cole ★★★★

Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3) by C.S. Pacat ★★★★

Shadow’s Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2) by Kresley Cole ★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

For the first part of the month my reading was really high and I’ve read all five books somewhere around that time. Around Christmas I was down on my reading and the number of the books I’ve read remained five for the whole month. I’m happy for the great books I’ve read but not soo much with the amount of them.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in December? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

I enjoyed first two books from Narnia chronicles series and was very pleasantly surprised by Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark, #16) by Kresley Cole which I had really low expectations from start. Among five books I’ve read in December four were rated with 4 out of 5 stars yet none of them don’t stand out so much.

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3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

I had such high expectations for Shadow’s Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2) by Kresley Cole mostly because I really like the Dacian cycle in the IAD book series. I was super hyped about it but could not get into the book. For some reason male and male pairing did not deliver on the lovable starcrossed lovers against the world theme I enjoy in all other books in the series. The saving grace of the book for me were some Lothaire scenes with few sarcastic remarks that lightened up the book for me.

 

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I was very hopefull with my reading hype at the start of the month. Last few months in 2017. were very good for my reading and I hoped to continue with in that tone. I had plans on finishing some more books I own and getting those book series up to date as well. On the positive side I did good on my book club reading and had fun with those books in December.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I’ve brought Captive Prince series to a close and might look out for some short stories from the same world. Immortals After Dark is now up to date for me with the next book comming out in mass market paperback I opt for buying soon this January. I’m not to fond of the cover though…

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6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

Chronicles of Narnia ooks really brought out the magic for this December. I recommend them for anyone who enjoys a little magic in their books. Finishing a book series gives me a positive boost for reading more and feeling better and that is also my recommendation for this December.

Final thoughts on December reading

I have posted two book reviews on three books this December:

The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) By C.S. Lewis ★★★★

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) By C.S. Lewis ★★★★

 – REVIEW

Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark, #16) by Kresley Cole ★★★★ – REVIEW

I am finishing this year with two books reading in progress one of which I expect to finish up soon and another that will be a longer reading project to finish.

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) by Philip Pullman

A Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics by Erich Fromm

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Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt – Part Twenty

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt – Part Twenty

Find a non YA book – Playing Easy To Get by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jaid Black & Kresly Cole

kr So basically this is NOT YA book but erotic collection. The cover says it is romance but the commentary and promo on the back of the book is dripping with cheese!

From the back cover:

“New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon and rising stars Jaid Black and Kresley Cole unlock the pleasures and perils of embracing the boldest and most powerful of lovers — 100% alpha males — in three sensually erotic tales. Discover the physical rapture of his muscular arms…. Become a prisoner of passion, swept away by an encounter with his primal side…. And get lost in the all-consuming thrill of white-hot pursuit by a relentless stranger who may be your most dangerous foe, the best lover you’ve ever had — or both.”

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I’ve bought it because of one of the three stories it contains: Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole.

That particular story is a part of Immortals After Dark book series – one I’m a proud owner of. This story is sort of a prequel to the whole series. It is urban fantasy with erotic elements.

Beside this one I’ve got thirteen books from the series and I’m waiting for the book fourteen – Dark Skye – to come out in April this year.

dark-skye The other two stories are:

Turn up the Heat by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hunter’s Oath by Jaid Black

I have read only Warlord Wants Forever and I’ve read it more than once!

Book series continuation WISHLIST

These are books from series I read that are on my “TO BUY LIST”

(These are up on the “to buy” priority list…the list is …long…very long…)

THE HOLLOWS SERIES by Kim Harrison

EVER AFTER – book 11 

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THE UNDEAD POOL – book 12

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THE WITCH WITH NO NAME – book 13

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MERCY THOMPSON by Patricia Briggs

NIGHT BROKEN – book 8 

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ALPHA AND OMEGA by Patricia Briggs

DEAD HEAT – book 4

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IMMORTALS AFTER DARK by Kresley Cole

DARK SKYE – book 15

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MERRY GENTRY by Laurell K. Hamilton

SHIVER OF LIGHT – book 9

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IRON DRUID CHRONICLES by Kevin Hearne

SHATTERED – book 7

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SOUTHERN VAMPIRE MYSTERIES by Charlaine Harris

DEADLOCKED – book 12

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DEAD EVER AFTER – book 13

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LUX by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ORIGIN  – book 4

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OPPOSITION – book 5

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