Monthly Wrap-Up - May

May Wrap-Up // Much Ado About My Avg. Rating on Goodreads + I Gush About YOU 🌸

I’m just going to come right out, and say it; May was not a good month for me, reading-wise. To be perfectly honest, I pretty much slumped my way through it, and spent more days not reading, than reading.

But since I always try to focus on the positive (well, sometimes): my Goodreads average rating is now 2.68! This is a huge deal for me, since I started this year with an average rating of 2.63, and I never thought I’d end up reading so many good books this year. And I didn’t even have to sacrifice my integrity for it to happen!! Meaning: I’m still as critical a reader as ever.

So, in essence: I didn’t read a lot of books, but I did enjoy many of those I read. And I guess that makes it a pretty decent month, after all. (See: positivity.)


Total score 📚: 13
Re-reads 📖: 2
Audiobooks 🎧: 3
ARCs 🔖: 1
Buddy Reads 👭: 4

Avg. Rating ⭐: 3.35

Young Adult: 8
Adult: 2
Non-Fiction: 3


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli 👫 | ⭐⭐⭐
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 🎧 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Raging Ones (Raging Ones #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie 🔖 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton 🎧 | ⭐⭐⭐½
The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns #0.5) by Kendare Blake 👭 | ⭐⭐½


Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta 📖👭 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Captive Prince Volume I (Captive Prince #1) by S.U. Pacat ⭐⭐
Captive Prince Volume II: Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince #2) by S.U. Pacat ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Card Captor Sakura (Card Captor Sakura #12) by CLAMP 📖 | ⭐⭐⭐
Circe by Madeline Miller 👭 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson ⭐½
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake ⭐⭐⭐½
Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay 🎧 | ⭐⭐⭐½

86-2My Favorite Posts

These are posts I absolutely loved writing, because I talk about issues and books that are very important to me—and I’m so happy you guys enjoyed them as well! Your comments warmed my heart, and hearing you add books from my posts to your TBRs made me glow with happiness. (I’m getting very sappy now, but it’s the truth!!)

If you haven’t read these posts yet, click on the pictures to do so! Or don’t … if you want to miss out on great book recommendations. 😉

Mental Health Awareness Month - Book Recommendations

My All Time Favorite Books // Top Five asianpacificamericanheritagemonth

86-2Reviews I Posted

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // Book Review To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

86-2Posts I Loved

I follow a decent amount of blogs (well, for me, it’s a lot), and I always try to comment and like all of your amazing posts, because I know firsthand how much time and effort goes into them. But as much as I wish that I could like all your posts and always leave comments—it’s impossible.

(A Time Turner would come really handy every once in a while—or, better yet, the ability to stop time.)

It’s very important to me to show love and appreciation to fellow bloggers, though, so here are some of the posts I adored this month (they’re not strictly blog posts from May).

    • Thomas continues to write so eloquently, and beautifully, about his personal experiences and topics that are so, so important, and you can tell that each word comes straight from his heart. His latest blog post is no different.
    • Bentley talks about why adults should read Young Adult Fictionand I honestly want to send this blog post to everyone I know.
    • My favorite fellow critical reader Emma reveals more of her unpopular opinions, and is super witty and funny while doing so.
    • The Orang-Utan Librarian gives tips on how to write. If you’re an aspiring writer (and I know that many of you are!) you should go read this post now, and even if you aren’t, they apply to blogging as well!
    • Malanie outlines in this blog post why friendships are the best part of books and gives some great recommendations—and I love them. Romances taking precedence over friendships are so 2012.

A few of the blogs that blessed my eyes with their aesthetics, and captured my heart with their posts this month are: Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books 🌸 Anna @ Reading Peaches 🌸 Lu @ It’s Lu Again 🌸 Hannah @ Peanut Butter & Books 🌸 May @ Forever and Everly 🌸 Aurora @ Aurora Librialis 🌸 Mel @ Mel to the Any 🌸 Ilsa @ Whisper of Ink 🌸

But really, every (!!!) single blog I’m following—I’m so in awe that I’m a part of a community with such talented people (I think we’ve now established that I’m a complete sap in this post, so … let’s move on).

86-2Awards and Tags

Thank you to everyone who nominated me for an award!! I really appreciate it & it means a lot to me. I haven’t been able to do all the tags, and finish my Award posts yet, but they’re scheduled, and they’ll all be published in June! (Hopefully.)

The Unique Blogger AwardMystery Blogger Award The Sunshine Blogger AwardLiebster Award

Harry Potter Elder Wand MagicHogwarts Tag | Nope Tag | WWW Wednesday

blue-watercolor-wash-texture-5let's chat!What is your average rating on Goodreads & do you pay attention to it?
What was your favorite book in May?
Any June releases you’re looking forward to?

Feel free to leave me a link to your own May wrap-up post here, I’d love to drop by and see what you’ve been up to! 💗

xx, Lily


112 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up // Much Ado About My Avg. Rating on Goodreads + I Gush About YOU 🌸”

  1. Lily: I’m slumping
    also Lily: reads 13 books


    anyways congrats on everything I’m very glad you joined this community and jesus christ please be a little less of a critical reader you’re scaring me

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    1. IT WAS A SLUMP, I DIDN’T TOUCH BOOKS FOR DAYS IN-BETWEEN READING THEM. Also, I used to read multiple books in one day, especially when I didn’t have to study. 😭

      You’re supposed to accept me for who I am, what kind of friendship is this.

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  2. Awh, I just love you! Thank you so much for the shout out and for your friendship! Also, I’m so happy you loved Circe! And I hope June is better than may and the universe gives you all the best things! 💗xx

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