Monthly Roundup

Monthly Roundup: May 2014


Every first Wednesday of the month, I’ll be posting a roundup of the month just gone, and writing about what’s to come in the next few weeks.

Books Read May 2014

Last month I read a total of fourteen books: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, Midnight Crossroad (Midnight #1) by Charlaine Harris, Fantastic Four: Books of Doom by Ed Brubaker, Ms Marvel: War of the Marvels (Ms Marvel #8) by Brian Reed, Insignia (Insignia #1) by S.J. Kincaid, The Amazing Spider-Man: Book of Ezekiel (Amazing Spider-Man #7) by J. Michael Straczynski, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers (Guardians of the Galaxy #1) by Brian Michael Bendis, New X-Men: E is for Extinction (New X-Men #1) by Grant Morrison, Doctor Who: Keeping Up With The Joneses (Doctor Who Time Trips #3) by Nick Harkaway, Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay #1) by Chris Wooding, Lexicon by Max Barry, The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar, Sabriel by Garth Nix and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia.

I read a lot of graphic novels this month, but I think I’ve read every one I can get my hands on in the county library system… so looks like I’ll have to find them elsewhere from now on. My favourite of the graphic novels was Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers – some great art in there, and I am SO excited for the film! Standout novels included Lexicon, Retribution Falls and Insignia. The latter two are the first books in series, so that’s two more series to continue now…


Challenge progress:

  • I read four books towards the Avengers vs. X-Men Challenge – two books towards defeating Bullseye, May’s villain, so I didn’t quite manage to beat him. Next month’s villain has been revealed as Loki, so hopefully I’ll be able to take down the trickster god!
  • Last month I raised my Goodreads goal to seventy-five books. I’m now at seventy-one books, so it looks like I’ll be raising it again soon!
  • I read one book for my USA Challenge, which admittedly I’ve mostly forgotten about…


Currently reading:

The Quick by Lauren Owen Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence


Off the blog:

May has been uneventful… in fact most of the ‘Off the blog’ stuff I shared last month happened in May. Oops! I did go and see X-Men: Days of Future Past on Thursday, and LOVED it. It also reignited my *ahem* ‘interest’ in Michael Fassbender… But apart from that, pretty uneventful! Here’s some stuff from my Instagram:

May Instagram
Left to right: My awesome new Game of Thrones t-shirt from Teefury; scaring myself silly by playing Bioshock in the dark & with headphones; my town has a festival every day and the May bank holiday weekend was just PERFECT for it 🙂

10 thoughts on “Monthly Roundup: May 2014”

  1. You can change your goodread book target? That’s useful to know! Found a book I’ve been after for months!!! Almost skipped out of Waterstones!!!!

    1. Yep if you click on it on your profile, there’s an edit option on the actual page 🙂 So you can increase (or decrease) it if you want.

      Yess I saw that on FB! I didn’t know that was one of King’s books actually.

  2. Nice GoT t-shirt! I was squirming watching episode 8 though :S

    Is the Guardians of the Galaxy graphic novel worth getting?

    1. I KNOW UGH. I knew it was going to be bad, but not that bad. Gross gross gross.

      Yes! Loved it 🙂 You can borrow it if you want. I want volume 2 now!

  3. I switched up my Goodreads goal too! Onwards to more books! 😀

    I really like your video game feature! I’m hoping to put out a video game feature too soon, but it’ll be in June so that’s a bit of a ways away. 🙂

    1. Haha I wrote this on the weekend and I’m now at 74 books 😀 Definitely gonna take it up to 100 after book #75!

      Thanks Ana 🙂 Can’t wait to see yours! I need to write up the next one… I know what it’ll be, I just have to make some coherent sentences 😛

  4. I am patiently waiting for vol 2 of Guardians to get to my library! I have it on hold and am really enjoying that series. About to look through some of your other posts I might have missed these past two weeks (had family in town).

  5. I really wanted to like ‘Retribution Falls’ but it just didn’t do it for me, unfortunately. Confession time: I’m still a little bummed about it!

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