Monthly Round Up: May Wrap Up and June TBR!

I know fridays are normally my “friday fairytales” day, but I’ve been sick for the last two days, unable to even look at a screen without my eyes watering up. So today instead, since it is the last day of May, I’m bringing you my monthly wrap up and June TBR instead.


I fell behind again this month, due to having full time work plus voluntary work. But I completed most of my May TBR so I’m quite happy with that.  Here is what I read in May.

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68. Empire Girls- Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhen


Title: Empire Girls

Author: Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhen


On the Shelves:  Fiction> Historical Fiction/ Netgalley/Arc reviews.

Publication Date: 27th May 2014- TODAY!


The critically acclaimed authors of I’ll Be Seeing You return with a riveting tale of two sisters, set in the intoxicating world of New York City during the Roaring Twenties.

Ivy and Rose Adams may be sisters, but they’re nothing alike. Rose, the eldest, is the responsible one, while Ivy is spirited and brazen. After the unexpected death of their father, the women are left to reconcile the estate, when they make a shocking discovery: not only has their father left them in financial ruin, but he has also bequeathed their beloved family house to a brother they never knew existed. With only a photograph to guide the way, Ivy and Rose embark to New York City, determined to find this mysterious man and reclaim what is rightfully theirs.

Once in New York, temptations abound at every turn, and soon the sisters are drawn into the glitzy underbelly of Manhattan, where they must overcome their differences and learn to trust each other if they’re going to survive in the big city and find their brother. Filled with unforgettable characters and charm, Empire Girls is a love letter to 1920s New York, and a captivating story of the unspoken bond between sisters.” (Goodreads 2014)

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Top Ten Tuesday 14: Best Books I’ve Read This Year So Far?


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week.  This week is a freebie, a top ten “Anything”. So I decided to follow a few people in choosing my best books of 2014 so far, because can you believe we are almost halfway done with 2014 already!? Holy moly. Here is my best books of 2014 (so far)…


*Note: this will only contain reads I’ve not read before, not any re-reads.

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67. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock- Matthew Quick



Title: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Author: Matthew Quick


On the Shelves: Young Adult> Contemporary


How would you spend your birthday if you knew it would be your last?

Eighteen-year-old Leonard Peacock knows exactly what he’ll do. He’ll say goodbye.

Not to his mum – who he calls Linda because it annoys her – who’s moved out and left him to fend for himself. Nor to his former best friend, whose torments have driven him to consider committing the unthinkable. But to his four friends: a Humphrey-Bogart-obsessed neighbour, a teenage violin virtuoso, a pastor’s daughter and a teacher.

Most of the time, Leonard believes he’s weird and sad but these friends have made him think that maybe he’s not. He wants to thank them, and say goodbye. (Goodreads 2014)

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66. Farenheit 451- Ray Bradbury


Title: Farenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury


On the Shelves: Fiction> Classics/Dystopian

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires …

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning … along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames … never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think … and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!” (Goodreads 2014)

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65. Thief’s Magic (Millenium’s Rule #1)- Trudi Canavan


Title: Thief’s Magic (Millenium’s Rule #1)

Author: Trudi Canavan


Publication Date: 15/05/2014

On the Shelves: Fiction> Fantasy


In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, discovers a sentient book in an ancient tomb. Vella was once a young sorcerer-maker, until she was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been gathering information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.

Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests since a terrible war depleted all but a little magic, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows from her ability to sense the stain it leaves behind that she has a talent for it, and that there are people willing to teach her how to use it, should she ever need to risks the Angels’ wrath.

Further away, a people called the Travelers live their entire lives on the move, trading goods from one world to another. They know that each world has its own store of magic, reducing or increasing a sorcerer’s abilities, so that if one entered a weak world they may be unable to leave it again. Each family maintains a safe trading route passed down through countless generations and modified whenever local strife makes visiting dangerous. But this is not the only knowledge the Travelers store within their stories and songs, collected over millennia spent roaming the universe. They know a great change is due, and that change brings both loss and opportunity. (Goodreads 2014)

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