May wrap-up: the mysterious TBR reveal!

Well, I told y’all it was going to be a late wrap-up, and I wasn’t wrong. I’ve been super busy the last couple of weeks what with our wedding and all. ^_^ Now that the dust is starting to settle, I figured I’d let y’all in on what was happening with last month’s TBR.

In case you didn’t know (I didn’t until my wife told me during wedding prep), it is traditional for the couple to get presents for their wedding party. Because we’re us, my wife and I spent a couple hours in a bookstore picking out what we thought would be the perfect book for each of our brides’ mates, ring bearers, flower girls, and minister (who is a close friend). We bought these books midway through May and I tried to read as many as I could before the wedding day (June 9th).

I did better than I was excepting, but also not as well as I had hoped. Additionally, we got the first Ranger’s Apprentice book by John Flannigan and the first volume of the Lumberjanes series for folks, but because I had already read them I didn’t include them in the TBR.

Books I finished!

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: 3.5 of 5 stars. If you’re into character-driven books I highly recommend this. I liked the writing but not necessarily the story, so I’m really excited to read her other book Little Fires Everywhere.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: 3.5 of 5 stars. My wife has been asking me to try this series for years so I finally caved and read the first book. It was… fine? I’m not sure I’ll be continuing the series since the first one wrapped up decently well… we’ll see if I ever have the urge to pick up the second one.

A Mighty Marvel Chapter Book: Spectacular Adventures by the Marvel book group. 4 of 5 stars. This book contains three stories from the Marvel universe. It was fun and I think my nephew will really enjoy it.

Octopus Counts by Rufus Downy: 4 of 5 stars. I’m trying to not be critical of a board book, but there seemed to be some logical fallacies in this one?? Regardless, my niece will love it, and more importantly it’s one she didn’t already have.

Sea Star Wishes by Eric Ode: 5 of 5 stars. This was definitely my favorite of the kids books I read for this month. As a marine biologist, I was thrilled by both the poetry and the drawings. I’m almost tempted to get another one for our side table.

Books I’m still reading!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve been excited about this series for ages and I’ll definitely be finishing the first book. As is I’m about halfway through. It’s been taking me a little longer than usual to read books, but I’m doing my best to not pressure myself into reading quickly or when I don’t feel like it. It’ll get read when it gets read and I’m enjoying every bit so far.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Speaking of books I’ve been hyped for. I bought my own copy of this back in… March? April? Whenever I took my Portland bachelorette weekend. Again, it’s slow going but I’m loving it so far and look forward to finishing it eventually.

Book I DNFed

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan. I might pick this one up again eventually, but for now it was a bit grittier than I would like my current sci-fi reads to be.

Books I didn’t get to

Scythe by Neal Shusterman. I like the premise of this one but I’m really not feeling up for a dystopian series right now, especially one that revolves around death.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Again, the story looks great but this also seems too dystopian for me at this point in my life. I think I’ll be picking this one up sooner than Scythe, but who knows when that will be.

Mostly Void, Partially Stars by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cramer. This book is a collection of scripts from Welcome to Night Vale episodes. I got it for my best friend because we both really like listening to audiobooks/podcasts but haven’t been into reading with our eyes recently. BFF recently said that she only needed physical books so she could pull quotes for her varied fandom needs, so this seemed like the perfect gift for her. My plan was to listen to all the Nightvale episodes in this volume, but I ended up binging my favorite booktubers instead. *shrug*

And that’s it! This was one of my favorite parts of our wedding weekend and I’m so glad everyone in our wedding party shares our love of reading.

Did you see any of your favorites on this list? Anything you think I should recommend to my friends based on their (hopefully) enjoyment of these books? Let me know in the comments!

Author: SeeOwlRead

They/She. I’m a queer reviewer and librarian.

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