Friday, May 31, 2019

May 2019 Wrap Up

May 2019

This was a month with a lot of really great moments.  My daughter graduated from high school and with that came a lot of lasts: the last school dance, the last band concert, the last awards ceremony, the last test, and the last day of school.  We are very proud of this young adult.  She added a few scholarships to the mix and received a lot of awards over the past few weeks.  We are especially proud of the fact that she finished her high school career as the #5 student in her class.  She never received anything less than an A on a report card and took every AP and honors class she could fit into her schedule.

There were also some pretty terrible moments.  You may remember that my husband lost his job at the end of March which has been very stressful.  There were some other things that happened that were even more stressful.  I won't be sharing some of the things going on in my life on the blog but just know that my sudden withdrawal from making the rounds to all of the blogs and commenting was because I just didn't have anything left in me at the end of the day.  I am trying to keep my spirits up and focus on not letting things bother me too much.  My husband did start a new job just a couple of days ago so that should help some. I am trying not to spent too much time worrying about things that are out of my control and it is working to some degree.

I am linking this post to the Monthly Wrap-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Books Read
My plan to read from rotating categories pretty much fell apart back in April.  I am still having a harder time focusing on books than I normally would.  I did try to get back on the plan and fill in some of the slots that I missed in April while also trying to stay current.  It will probably be a few months before I can really get back on the plan.

The Old
(Past Due ARCs)

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine - Review
The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
Blackwing by Ed McDonald
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

The New
(Current ARCs)


Alter by Jeremy Robinson - Review
Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy - Review
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang - Review
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren - Review
Little Darlings by Melanie Golding - Review
Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews

The Anything
(Whatever I felt like reading)

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm by Kathryn Knight - Review
The Beyond by Chloe Neill

Reading Stats
Books Read: 12
Audiobooks: 7
Digital Books: 5
Print Books: 0
Re-Reads: 0

Book Source for Books Read in May
NetGalley: 8
Direct from Publisher/Author/Narrator/Publicist: 4
Purchased/Freebie: 2
Borrowed/Library:  3
*some books may fit into more than one category

Challenges
Goodreads: 75/100
Blogger Shame: 4 read towards the challenge in May / 22 total for the year
Audiobook Challenge: 7 read towards the challenge in May / 39 total for the year
New Release Challenge: 7 read towards the challenge in May / 33 total for the year

End of the Month NetGalley Stats
Feedback Ratio: 86%
543 Approved | 467 Feedback Sent

End of the Month Edelweiss Stats
10 books to review (9 unread)  | 84 downloaded

Favorite of the Month

Up Next


How was your month? Do you have any reading or blogging goals for June?

15 comments:

  1. He finally started that job? Good, and I hope it will be a good one!

    And congrats to your talented daughter :D

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  2. You still had a great month and hang in there. All your blogging buddies certainly understand some absence. I hope things are finally on the upswing for you. And you have one amazing daughter! Tell her I hope she makes all her dreams come true (with all that going for her, I'm sure she will :)

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  3. Amazing!! Congratulations to your daughter! I'm sorry to hear you had quite a bit of stress as well. I hope it all works itself out soon <3

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  4. Congratulations to your daughter! She sounds like an impressive young person. I barely graduated from high school. I hope your husband likes his new job. Have a good June!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. I'm glad that Mr Carole has started that new job-I know you were worried about it. It still sounds like you need a big virtual hug though. *hugs*

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  6. Sorry to hear you've been so stressed out and I hope things do get better.

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  7. Yay for the grad with all the honors. :) And, sensational about hubby being back to work. I'm sure he's as relieved as you. Hopefully, the dark times will pass soon. Thinking of you now and then.

    Nice bunch of reads and I'm happy to see Sapphire Flames was your fave.

    Have a good June, Carole!

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  8. Wow congratulations to your daughter and to you! I'm sorry to hear that this month has been so stressful to you. I hoped when your husband got another job that things would be a little easier but it doesn't sound like the case. I can definitely understand your not being able to comment at the end of the day. Just take care of yourself and we'll be here when you get back.

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  9. I bet this was an emotional, busy but great month for you with your daughter graduating! Hope things get back to normal as your Husband gets more into his new job. *hugs* You read some cool books! We are both going to be reading Girl in Red and Kingdom of Exiles so I hope we love them!

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  10. I hope with this busy month behind you it will reduce the stress somewhat. You still did a great job with reading. I hope you love your new books and things are less hectic now.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  11. Congrats to your daughter! My oldest son just graduated, too.

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  12. I know it's hard to not let things bother you, even if you can't control them. ((HUGS)) I am glad your husband started his job, and that you had the opportunity to celebrate all your daughter's successes. I hope more and more good things continue to come your way.

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  13. You just do your best and try and let those things go. Easier said than done but I believe you can do it <3 <3 Sending love your way and do take care of yourself x I hope him starting his job goes well and that your daughter enjoys celebrating her graduation!

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  14. Congratulations to your daughter, Carole. You must be so proud. I am so sorry for all you have been going through and dealing with. I wish I could be there to give you a big hug and a shoulder to lean on. I am glad at least your husband is starting a new job. That will bring some relief, I am sure.

    My reading has fallen so far by the wayside, and I hope to pick that up. But I feel like that's something I have been saying all year long so far. Take care of yourself, Carole.

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