May: Month in Review & Box Giveaway

Announcement
I’m back from BEA! What you can expect:

  • The triumphant return of Cover Snark
  • A post about what I learned at BEA 2013
  • A series of book haul vlogs for the books once my shipments arrive (hopefully all safe and sound, otherwise you shall hear of my tears).

Books Reviewed in May
This is the first month of less reviews posted and my new rating scheme in action. Woo. I forgot to post a couple of times while I was at BEA, due to lack of interwebs and reading time, but regularity will be back. Thanks for sticking with me!

5 Star:
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) – Brandon Sanderson

4.5 Star:
Losing It (Losing It #1) – Cora Carmack
Better Nate Than Ever – Tim Federle
The Boyfriend App – Katie Sise

4 Star:
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) – Susan Ee
The Planet Thieves – Dan Krokos

3.5 Star:
Tatiana and Alexander (Tatiana and Alexander #2) – Paullina Simons
The Perfume Collector – Kathleen Tessaro
The Ability (The Ability #1) – M.M. Vaughan

3 Star:
The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
Heart of Glass (Cross My Heart #2) – Sasha Gould
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #1) – Julie Kagawa
Sight Reading – Daphne Kalotay
The Sword Dancer – Jeannie Lin
The End Games – T. Michael Martin
Reboot (Reboot #1) – Amy Tintera
The Collector (Dante Walker #1) – Victoria Scott
When You Were Here – Daisy Whitney

2.5 Star:
Maya’s Notebook – Isabel Allende
The Ward (The Ward #1) – Jordana Frankel

2 Star:
Invisibility – Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

.5 Star:
Sky on Fire (Monument 14 #2) – Emmy Laybourne

Other Pop Culture in May

Happy Endings, season 1
This is one of the favorite shows of a very dear friend, so I’ve been dying to try Happy Endings for ages. The first season is funny, but not as much of a hit with me as I’d been hoping. My problem is that, though I find the basic premise and the dialog amusing, most of the characters seriously annoy me. Oh well, on the plus side, I don’t have to spend money to acquire more seasons, since this isn’t on Netflix. Glad I was able to borrow season one and check the show out, but I’ll be okay if I don’t get more.

Arrested Development, season 1
I’m refreshing myself before I watch the new season, though I won’t get all the way through beforehand. This show is fabulous. Watch it if you haven’t!

Monthly Box Giveaway
This giveaway is open to US readers only, as I will be shipping the books myself and cannot afford international postage. You can enter to win your choice of any or all of the following books:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

41 responses to “May: Month in Review & Box Giveaway”

  1. Kat Balcombe says:

    Ah now I know why it’s been so quiet the last week 😉

    I hope all your books arrive safely *sends evil thoughts to abusive mailmen*

    Welcome back!

  2. If ONLY this went to Canada! :'(

    • Christina says:

      Sorry. Shipping to Canada is 3-5 times more expensive than shipping in the US, but I do have international giveaways for my favorite reads, so check back for those.

  3. Ellis says:

    YAY! The triumphant return of Cover Snark. Dum dum duuum. Ha, also all the feels for seeing Mistborn unparalleled in the five-star spot. I’m pretty obsessed by now.

  4. Lisa says:

    Oh! I’m looking forward to cover snark and the book haul vids!

  5. Amy says:

    Can’t wait for cover snark!! And OMG your BEA book hauls!! *jumps up and down with excitement* And regularity is always a good thing. I hate it when I’m irregular *giggles* Love your face!! Glad that you are back. 🙂

  6. You have no idea how ridiculously excited I am for your BEA book haul videos haha.

  7. Angie F says:

    Welcome back! I hope your books arrive safely! I’ve been wondering why almost everyone ships their books though? Is it so you don’t have a check in your luggage? I’m just curious since I hope to go to BEA next year.

    • Christina says:

      Me toooo. Yeah, it’s because I’d have to check luggage both ways and then lug it around the city with me. The latter is the biggest deterrent. I was there for a week and did a lot of moving around.

    • Angie F says:

      Oh, okay. Thanks! That definitely make sense. I was talking to my mom about saving up to go next year, and she said she’d ship the books back home too instead of dragging around a heavy bag and having to check it.

    • Christina says:

      Um, yeah, well, I’m going to advise dragging the bag at this point, since a bunch of my books didn’t arrive.

  8. That’s a great box of books! I still need to get a hardcopy of the new Katie McGarry book. Of course, I need to actually read it too. Eeepp!

  9. Bonnie R says:

    Hope you had a fantastic time!! Very excited to see what goodies you snagged…and cover snark. I’ve been missing the Cover Snark. 😀

  10. Anita Yancey says:

    All of these book look great. I would love to read any or all of them. Thanks for having this great giveaway.
    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  11. Ems says:

    Hope your BEA books get to you safe and sound! I can’t wait to read about your experience!

  12. Kayla Beck says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you’re back. My past two Thursdays have been awful without you. 😉

  13. Megan K. says:

    Even though it’s going to make me infinitely jealous, I’m looking forward to that BEA post. And your book haul video. And more cover snark. 🙂 Ugh, I always get this paranoid feeling when I know I have books in the mail. They almost always arrive safely, though, and I’m sure yours will, too.

    • Christina says:

      Nope, this time my paranoia was right on point. Several books did not arrive at all. So yeah. I’m undecided on whether I’ll do a video at this point. We’ll see.

  14. Lilian says:

    WELCOME BACK! *throws rainbow confetti*
    80% of why I’m entering this giveaway is for INVISIBILITY. Because I need to know how his invisibility mechanics works. And if he has to walk around naked. It’s the puzzle of my life.

    Also looking forward to your BEA haul (I have a feeling the BEA hauls will be filling up my subscriptions this next week or so,) so I can find out what are the “hot” books coming out. =)

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

    • Christina says:

      Blehhhh, that book. You will hate it, and your review will make me laugh.

      Not sure if I’m going to do a BEA haul anymore since I’m so sad/angry about a bunch of books not making it.

    • Lilian says:

      That actually made me want to squeeze it into my reading schedule a lot sooner…*curious* I can be such a masochist with reading.

      Oh no!! What happened? I see something about a destroyed box in your tweets…so somebody destroyed your box? O_O

  15. Dana says:

    You know how much I missed Cover Snark but am glad you had such a great time at BEA. Can’t wait to see all your vlogs about your haul. Those of us that weren’t able to go are living through those of you were able to! Thanks for the chance to win such a great box of books…I’d freak if I won!

  16. YAY Cover Snark! 🙂

    Sorry to hear about the shipping fiasco! Hope all the others arrive safely.

  17. What a month! I can’t wait to see what you got from BEA!

  18. Callie Vamp says:

    I am so excited for my new books Thank You so much for this awesome giveaway!

    – Vampi

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