Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: May 2015

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.

Hey y’all! So I know I’ve been away for more than a couple of weeks now—and I apologize—but I recently went through a surgery and a slightly unexpected weekend escape before that. I’m recovering well, though, and excited to be back blogging regularly soon!

May had been really wonderful. My  childhood best friends were in town, however briefly, and I spent the whole weekend with them before I had my operation, which went successfully. This month, I also got to read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (FINALLY!!!) and More Happy Than Not, which both exceeded my expectations. So yaaay times two! And oh. I watched Pitch Perfect! No, not the sequel. Oops. It was pretty aca-mazing.

First week of May, the lovely Hazel Ureta of Stay Bookish invited me over at her blog for Behind the Lens and I’m a happy snowman! Thank you so much, dear!

Books I Read

Grasshopper Jungle 01More Happy Than Not 02Half Bad 02

  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith – Smith is many things, but what he does best is writing complex teenage boys. I had problems with the narrative style but, overall, it’s a candid look on growing up.
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – This is a strong debut you guys, with characters as unforgettable as the book is unflinching in its portrayal of confusion, love, homophobia, friendship and a lot more. Silvera surely is set to win many, many fans.
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – There’s only one thing you need to know about this novel: Becky nailed the character voice. I mean, I can’t even. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is such a charming, smile-inducing read. The cast instantly feels familiar and you can’t help but root for them. WHO GOES OUT THE GATE PUBLISHING HER FIRST BOOK THIS GOOD?!!!
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik – I have conflicting opinions about this. Very. But it’s reminiscent of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone with fae-ish elements. And, somehow I requested this from Netgalley thinking it’s YA, but it’s not.
  • Noggin by John Corey Whaley – Gaaah. I’ve never cry heaved so hard. There was this one scene that’s just beautiful and sad and poignant and I lost it. The overall tone was very nostalgic and there were times the MC was too whiny for my liking but it still is one of those stories that you know will stay with you in a long while.
  • Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver – D (of Oops! I Read A Book Again) and I are currently buddy-reading this one. This is my first title from the author.
  • Half Bad by Sally Green – Yeah, I read this in April but wrote a review this month. Terrific character connections, blunt writing style and quietly compelling.

Other Stuff I Posted

Book Birthdays

Made You Up 01   Uprooted 01   Anything Could Happen 01   Extraordinary Means 01

Happy book birthday to Made You Up (Greenwillow Books), Uprooted (Del Rey), Anything Could Happen (Push), and Extraordinary Means (26th, Katherine Tegen Books), which all found a place in the shelves this month!

Book Radar

More Happy Than Not 03   The Witch Hunter 02   Every Last Word 01   Untitled-4

June will see both More Happy Than Not (2nd, Soho Teen) and The Witch Hunter (2nd, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) coming out into the wild, woohoo! Along with Every Last Word (16th, Disney Hyperion), and The Night We Said Yes (16th, HarperTeen).

Gold Star

I’m introducing a new feature in my monthly recap! Gold Star, inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, aims to spotlight a person, book, project or anything that makes the world a happier place (because I’m cliché like that). And this month’s Gold Star belongs to… The #BooksArentDangerous initiative! So basically, together with The NOVL, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia asked the bookish community to upload a photo using the hashtag. And for every picture posted, they will donate a book to First Book, to help underfunded schools and libraries. They reached their goal of 5,000 and I just think that, for readers like us, spreading the love of reading is such a fulfilling cause to be a part of. Fantastic job, ladies!

Around the Interwebs

I hope you all had an awesome May! For those of you who didn’t get to attend BEA15, did you torture yourselves by staying on Twitter (like I did)? And for those of you lucky bastards who went, what was your favorite part? Let’s talk in the comments below!

You can also stalk follow me elsewhere! On Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Goodreads, and Bloglovin.

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39 thoughts on “Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: May 2015

  1. So happy to hear your surgery went well, good to have you back! Simon vs The Homo-Sapiens agenda sounds so good, I need it in my life. Every Last Word also sounds very interesting and more diverse in its subject topic, can’t wait to read it too. And T Swifts new music video was super badass (agree with you on the wrapping), good to see a fellow fan. Are you/have you seen her in concert?

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    1. Thank you, Liam! And woohoo! I’ve been a Swiftie since her Love Story days! Gods. I feel old! Haha! I went to her Speak Now tour here in the PH. It was AMAZING! Have you seen her perform live? And, please, YOU REALLY NEED SIMON IN YOUR LIFE.

      PS. I’ve heard good things about Every Last Word.

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      1. Haha I wasn’t a Love-Story-days fan, it wasn’t until Red, really, that I started to like her. I haven’t seen her live yet but I am going to see her on the 1989 tour which I’m so excited about!
        And ooh good things about Every Last Word, that’s promising. A protagonist with OCD will be something new for me. Can’t wait!

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      2. Oooh, interesting! So you don’t like her country days. What song converted you? And YAAAY! I want full details of the tour experience!

        Me, too! I’m a self-diagnosed OCPD so I wanna read about my people.

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      3. I don’t mind her country days but I prefer her pop era (perhaps a bit controversial 😉 I don’t know exactly what converted me but some absolute faves off Red are All Too Well, Begin Again and The Lucky One. I’m so excited for 1989 I’ll be sure to let you know the deets. People often comment on some obsessive tendencies that I have but I don’t think I have OCD, still fun to read about though.

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  2. Glad you’re feeling good after your surgery. To avoid being a negative prick I’m not going to comment on any of the books or songs you’ve written about . . .
    . . .
    . . .
    apart from Andrew Smith: his characters are about as complex as an old brick.
    (sorry)

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  3. So glad to have you back to blogging, and glad to hear you’re recovering well! 🙂
    I’m really excited to get the new Robyn Schneider book, I loved The Beginning of Everything, I hope I’ll like this one as much! 🙂 And all those book trails…damn, I love those, they look amazing! Is there any way to suggest book trailers? Because everytime I’m reading, my mind is filled with images and, I think I’m crazy, haha, but how great would that be?!
    And you love Taylor Swift, okay let’s be best friends? Haha, I love her, too, but I have to say I didn’t like the rap parts, either. Loved the rest of the song, though, and Taylor never, ever disappoints in her music videos! 🙂

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    1. Me too! I mean, Extraordinary Means. And, no, you aren’t crazy! I always make music videos in my head every time I listen to a song I particularly like. But regarding suggestions, I guess you have to be close with the author? And even that’s not a hundred percent sure. Coz I think the publishing house handles this stuff. So.

      And YES I FREAKIN’ LOVE TAYLOR!!! I think Blank Space is my favorite by far and You Belong With Me holds a special place in my heart. I wish, wish, WISH she makes an MV for Wonderland! And I’m still waiting for Enchanted, although that one’s a shot to the moon.

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      1. I do that, too!! Yes, I guess so, but I would love to see the whole behind the scenes of those book trailers, I’m sure that would be almost as amazing as working with authors! 🙂
        Blank space is pretty amazing, it’s one of those songs I can’t listen to only once! My favorite has to be All Too Well, though…Taylor really can tell stories in her songs, I love that so much!
        OH yes, I would LOVE an MV for Enchanted, let’s start up a petition, how amazing would that be! 😀

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  4. I also didn’t go to BEA. I would love to go at some point, and I am so looking forward to seeing so many BEA book hauls and torturing myself with the anticipation of all of these books that come out in November.
    -Monica @ Tomes Project

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    1. Well, I guess that’s our curse, isn’t it? We know there’ll be torture, and yet we torment ourselves by going through these book hauls. And, yeah, I’d come at one point, too. It’s one of my life goals. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by, Monica!

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  5. Surgery? I’m glad you’re alright. Hope it wasn’t cancer. 😦 You’ll be in my prayers. Yet to watch Bad Blood or listen to the song. I know, I must immediately.

    I found out what Armchair BEA was, and participated in that—although not until it actually began. It was a fun time, and somehow I managed to win something during the final Twitter Party.

    My favorite part of Armchair BEA was the twitter party. Definitely.

    Get well, soon!

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  6. Oh no, I didn’t realize you underwent surgery recently! Well I’m glad that it went well and you’re recovering! And welcome to the Pitch Perfect bandwagon, the second movie has a bunch of great (and addicting) songs.

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  7. NOPE. I completely avoided all news about BEA in case I get too jealous. 😄 hehe. It sounds so epic…gah, ultimate dream to go one day.
    YAY that you had such a good month!!! SO MANY GOOD BOOKS THOUGH. So much love for Half Bad and one of these days I’ll read Simon Vs and my life will be made because I’ve literally heard ONLY good things about that book. *flails like a wild pineapple*

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    1. One of my life goals, too! And props to you! Gaaah. Why do I always torment myself?

      Well, thank you! Yeah, I know my list is a long shot from that of voracious readers. *Coughs at you.* But I surprise even myself. And PLEASE read Simon Vs. WE HAVE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  8. I want to read so many of these books!!! Simon is high up on my list. Very high up. (And also, BAD BLOOD YAY. That video was out of control, but totally and supremely awesome. I wasn’t a fan of the rapping either, though. :P)

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Kate! How are you? 🙂 Yes, please read Simon vs soonest so we can fanboy/girl together! Coz I just know that you’ll love this, too. Bad Blood is EPIC. Also, I want my Wonderland MV!

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      1. I’m great! 🙂 Just catching up on my blogs and e-mails. I’ve gotten sooo far behind. How about you? (YES WONDERLAND. That would be such a fantastic video.)

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      2. Yeah, ’cause I feel like I haven’t heard from you in a while. I’m doing awesome. I’m recovering well and I recently finished Vanishing Girls and WTF! Have you read this one?

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