May 2017 Wrap-Up: Lots of Crazy. Lots of Cool.

May Wrap-Up: The Bibliologist

May Wrap-Up: The BibliologistMay has been crazy. Crazy awesome, but crazy nonetheless. I’ve brainstormed new blog ideas, caught up with Marissa Meyer’s works through Heartless, hauled quite a few books, and finished up the Percy Jackson series.

I’ve been stressing out about my unofficial Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule and have been forcing myself to read more (which usually doesn’t happen—I’m almost never in reading slumps), and I really don’t want to be. I want this blog to be focused on my excitement for amazing books, because I love reading and blogging; not because I feel obligated to. I may not be posting as much as I have this May, but it will be regularly and consistently. I’m still figuring this whole blogging thing out, haha!

And now for the other beginner-blogger-confession… I have failed you, reader! I said there was an exciting announcement this month…but I was horrible and forgot to announce it! WOW MARIE. So check back early this June for the announcement! (I promise I’ll make it.)

I’ll be posting a review for The Last Olympian early this June, along with my summer TBR and some other surpirses, so stay tuned!

Here’s a sampling of my month in books:

1. The Titan’s Curse

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan: 4/5 StarsI was impressed with this third installment of the Percy Jackson series. It added new layers and tensions to the series that I loved. My review is up here if you want to check it out.

2. The Battle of the Labyrinth

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan: 4/5 StarsThe Battle of the Labyrinth was an adventure. I loved seeing what Riordan added to the plot and characters—it felt more developed, in a way. Still, I expected a little more from it, but you can check out my review here for my complete thoughts.

3. Heartless

Heartless by Marissa Meyer: 5/5 StarsHeartless was a delight. It wasn’t quite what I expected plot-wise, but it made up for that in it’s amazing capability to grab a reader by the sheer beauty and curiousity of the world. The characters were quirky and idiosyncratic and such fun to read about. I wholeheartedly enjoyed the time I spent on it! An pretty easy five stars. (My review is up here.)

4. Soul Keeping

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg: 5/5 Stars
I finally finished Soul Keeping this month after months (has it really been that long?) of reading it. It’s always hard for me to get into a non-fiction book, and as much as I liked and learned from this one, it wasn’t any different. (But that’s just my problem. ;)) There were so many great lessons and applications here, and I’m so glad I got the chance to read it!! My review is up here.

5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian

I don’t want to say too much about this one because my review isn’t up yet (though I’m almost finished with it!), but it was pretty fabulous. The gaps (that I had found, at least) in Riordan’s storytelling were finally filled and filled well. The Last Olympian was definitely my favorite book in the series and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you! I’ll be giving my final review on the series as a whole in my Last Olympian review, which I’m little nervous about (sometimes words just don’t come, you know?) but I’m still excited anyway! 😉 It should be up later this week.

Thank you so much for following along! Here’s a bit of what you can expect this June…

• A summer TBR post & my strategy for moving through the classics (and picking which ones are worth my time).
• A review for The Last Olympian and my final thoughts on the Percy Jackson series.
• A birthday book haul!
• The actual announcement of my “exciting announcement.” (FINALLY.)

See you around soon!

Marie Williams