I'm happy to say that May was my best reading/blogging month so far this year! I got through 5 books! I'm still behind on my Goodreads challenge, but—5 books!
And I read some fantastic books in May. How could they NOT be when The Raven King, A Court of Mist and Fury, and Lady Midnight were among them? Don't even get me started on The Raven King because I won't. STOP. EVER. When you know a book is going to be your favorite read of the YEAR before it's even published, it's a pretty special book. TRK was spectacular in every possible way, and no, really, I need to leave it at that or I'm going to write another whole post about it.
I was a little hesitant to read A Court of Mist and Fury and Lady Midnight back-to-back because they're both hefty tomes, plus ACoMaF left me with one hell of a book hangover. I have this thing about reading books that I'm very eagerly anticipating one after the other; it's like I need some space between them so that I can properly appreciate each one fully. Don't ask me why I think like this; I just do, lol. But the yen to read Lady Midnight proved to be too strong, and in the end, I'm glad I followed my heart instead of my brain for once.
So it seems that books with blue covers ruled in May:
I loved all three of these books, but you know which one I'm choosing as my favorite for May, and, yes, all of 2016 even though the year isn't over yet:
In recognition of how amazing all three books were in their own way, I'm picking a favorite quote from each:
It was not that the women in 300 Fox Way weren't her family—they were where her roots were buried, and nothing could diminish that. It was just that there was something newly powerful about this assembled family in this car. They were all growing up and into each other like trees striving for the sun.
—The Raven King
Thank you—for last night, was all it had said. No pen to write a response.
But I'd hunted down one anyway, and had written back, What do the tattooed stars and mountain on your knees mean?
The paper had vanished a heartbeat later. When it hadn't returned, I'd dressed and gone to breakfast. I was halfway through my eggs and toast when the paper appeared beside my plate, neatly folded. That I will bow before no one and nothing but my crown.
—A Court of Mist and Fury
It was a sort of love few other people could understand. It was total and it was overwhelming and it could be cruel. He would destroy a whole city if he thought that city posed some threat to his family.
Finally, I saved the best part about May for last—I got to meet my soul sister Braine from Talk Supe in person!
We've been in the same city three different times in the past two years, and the third time was the charm for meeting up, at last. Braine, you are one lovely sweetheart of a lady; thank you for taking time out of your vacation to make this happen! We'll have to get together again one day! ♥
Melissa came along as my human GPS because she was much more familiar with the layout of the new parking garages at Downtown Disney/Disney Springs, whatever it's called now. I hadn't been there since most of the new construction was completed, and without her, I'd still be driving around looking for where I'm supposed to park. XD
- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
- Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
- Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke