Thursday, June 1, 2017

Month in Review for May 2016: Feeling the Heat

Leia the black and gray terrier with her purple collar on, overseeing the potted Minion army.
Things are finally (finally!) warming up here in Idaho, which is nice because there were far too many cold snaps for my liking. My plant minions (especially the coleus) had a major setback during the colder times in April, despite being on the porch, which usually shields them from cold fairly well. My alyssum and linaria are blooming, but the rest of my planted from seed plants are a bit slower to bloom.

 Total Posts: 6
  Total Critiques: 1
    Urban Fantasy: 1
    Part of a Series: 1

Most Popular Posts of the Past Month:
SFF: The 5 Books That Remind You of Star Wars
Year 2: The Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge

Flashback Post (From a Previous Year):
"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

Pageviews for the Month: 2014
Comments: 17

Reading Challenges Updates:

I'm not currently doing any reading challenges, but I'm excited for the upcoming Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge!

Reading Stats:

Books read this Month: 9

Book Stats:
Has a Diverse Main Character: 3
Doesn't Have a Diverse MC: 6
Female Main Character: 8
Male Main Character: 1
Pair and/or Group of Female/Male Main Characters: 0
 Classic/Mystery: 1
 Fantasy: 1
 Fantasy Romance: 1
 Nonfiction: 1
 Historical Romance: 4
 Urban Fantasy: 1
Published in 2017: 0
Published in 2000-2016: 7
Published in 1990s: 1
Published in 1900s: 1
Self-Published, Small Press, or Other: 1
Traditionally Published: 8
Series Books: 5
Standalones: 3
Ebook Version: 9
Paper Version: 0
Favorite of the Month: The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson (my high point of the month at 3.5 Stars O_o)
Least Favorite of the Month: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, because I had such high hopes for it but the romance just didn't work for me.
Most Interesting of the Month (or Book I Learned the Most From): The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives by Theresa Brown- through this, I saw a bit more of the nurse's perspective, and it was a bit frightening, to be honest.
From the-pile: 0
From the-invisible-pile: 5
Recently acquired: 3
Added to the-invisible-pile: 9
Books bought: 2
Pages Read in 2017 Thus Far (according to Goodreads): 8953 pages

5 Stars: 0
4-4.5 Stars: 0
3-3.5 Stars: 5
2-2.5 Stars: 4

Author Stats (1 = 1 book read by x author):
Male: 2
Female: 7
Male/Female Team: 0
Diverse: 1
Not-so-Diverse: 8
Living: 8
Deceased: 1

Planning to Read This Month:

June 20th is the start date for the Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge, so I'll be focusing on my piled-scifi books then, if not my ARCs of Hello Sunshine and Age of Swords, which I also plan to read prior to their publication.

Upcoming Posts:

I want to review both The Wrath & the Dawn and The Emperor's Soul, but it depends on how much energy I'll have this month/what's going on with me. I hope you all have a wonderful, book-filled June!

Happy Reading!


  1. I am glad your weather is warming up! My mom gave me a gift card to get some plants to plant this spring, but it's already starting to get too warm out. I hope I'm not too late! I'm sorry The Wrath & the Dawn wasn't better for you. Sounds like you had a good reading month though otherwise.

    I hope you have a great week!

    1. I'm glad it's warmer here too. Since you're in California (which I'm assuming has a longer growing season) you're probably good- my mom just started some seeds the other day. I think I had a good reading month too- I just need to find some better books! :)
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Wendy!
      ~Litha Nelle

  2. No four or five stars, that's not a great thing reading wise. I know it gets better for you though because, as usual, I am comment vomiting backwards!

    1. Ha- you know the future that way! ;) I am almost through with The Parable of the Sower, and I think it'll end up 4+ stars, so hopefully my star totals for July will end up nicer too!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting (backwards), La La!
      ~Litha Nelle


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