My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s May 2017 Wrap Up

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld (★★★★)

The first trade in a new graphic novel series by young adult author Scott Westerfeld takes place after a series of localized disasters around the globe bends reality itself. Full of terrifying and incredibly imaginative monsters, so-called Spill Zones around the world have turned former idyllic towns into nightmarish landscapes. Intriguingly plotted and beautifully colored, my only complaint is how quickly I devoured this.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★★)

Even though it was just as beautifully written as its predecessor, I had a lot of trouble getting into the second book in The Raven Cycle. Despite the extremely slow start however, The Dream Thieves ended up containing my favorite new character — the enigmatic Mr. Gray — and cemented my new favorite Raven Boy: Ronan. Just as predicted.

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly (★★★★)

I didn’t know what to expect going into the soon-to-be adapted I Kill Giants, but I certainly didn’t anticipate being a crying mess by the end. While the graphic novel started off confusing, frustrating and a little too on the juvenile side for my tastes, I was blown away and incredibly touched by the final reveal. Get your hankies ready, because this one takes a hard left turn!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (★★★★½)

The continuation of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters books, Lady Midnight picks up five years after the conclusion of The Mortal Instruments series. Emma, Julian and the rest of the orphans are all grown up, and I was very wrong when I assumed I wouldn’t love them as much as my TID and TMI friends. Don’t worry though, your favorites still make cameos.

Bitch Planet: Vol. 2: President Bitch by Kelly DeConnick (★★★★)

Sometimes you need to read something that’s essentially one giant middle finger aimed at the patriarchy. A feminist comic book full of scathing satire, while I didn’t think volume two was nearly as strong as its predecessor, I’m looking forward to seeing what the Bitch Planet team has in store for its third arc. Vive la révolution!

But What If We’re Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman (★★★★)

The latest nonfiction novel by Chuck Klosterman is a departure from his past works. Rather than of a series of pop culture essays, Klosterman instead tackles one topic: what if everything we know to be true now is one day proven wrong? Klosterman’s trademark humor — and his one dreaded sports chapter — are still present in his newest offering, but with one insightful and overarching theme.


Rock My TBR 2017 Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 3
Totals: 18/24 books

2017 New Release Challenge

Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 12/14 books

2017 Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Prequel/Sequel Points Earned This Month: 4
Totals: 45/78 points

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Series Enders Completed This Month: 0
Totals: 2/7 books

2017 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 16/25 books


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