The Month of Reading Graphic Novels at 5am // Monthly Wrap Up: May

May Wrap Up

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Well, I thought May was going to be better but then it ended up being one of the worst months of my entire life. I’m trying to stay positive and all your support has been AMAZING. I’m so happy I found this community. I don’t want to get all sappy every wrap up, but starting this blog has helped me a lot and I think I would have gone totally out of my mind if I didn’t have you guys.

This happened last night and I got really emotional.

I tried to make like a little thank you video, but I ended up crying so that’s not leaving my phone 😅.

My aesthetic this month was reading graphic novels at 5am and rediscovering my love for post-hardcore music. I made like 5 playlists.

It’s not a wrap up without talking about how fast time is going so – I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S JUNE? I would just really like things to slow down for a while.


Compared to last month this haul is so depressing. I mean I know it was good for my bank account (except not really because I didn’t manage to save anything?), but my shelves are sad.


The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi**The Iliad by HomerThe Odyssey by HomerThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonThe Outliers by Kimberly McCreightUnrivaled by Alyson NoelThe Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

** Won from a Giveaway

👎🏻💸 I purchased 16 books less than last month. 💸👎🏻

(I only realised after I was editing the photo in Photoshop that I put the Homer books before The Girl on the Train and it’s bugging me like crazy. I promise I know the alphabet lmao)


Clicking on a cover = Goodreads.
Clicking on a title = Review.

Yay for graphic novels making it look like I’ve read a lot this month! Sometimes I feel guilty about using graphic novels to count towards my reading goal, but then at the same time I don’t.

Giant Days Vol  1 by John Allison Giant Days Vol  2 by John Allison Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan Gotham Academy Vol  3 by Brenden Fletcher
Giant Days, Vol 1 by John Allison (★★★★★)Giant Days, Vol 2 by John Allison (★★★★★) • Gotham Academy, Vol 2: Calamity by Becky Cloonan (★★★★☆) • Gotham Academy, Vol 3: Yearbook by Brenden Fletcher (★★★☆☆)

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi The Wicked + The Divine  Vol  1 by Kieron Gillen Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (★★★★☆) • The Wicked + The Divine,Vol 1: A Faust Act by Kieron Gillen (★★★★★) • Amulet, Vol 3: The Cloud Searchers (★★★★★) • The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis (★★★★★)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Wrecked by Maria Padian The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (★★★☆☆)Wrecked by Maria Padian (★★★★☆) • The Hidden Orace by Rick Riordan (★★★★★)

Lumberjanes Vol. 1 Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson Lumberjanes Vol 3 by Noelle Stevenson
Lumberjanes, Vol 1: Beware the Kitty Holy by Noelle Stevenson (★★★★★) • Lumberjanes, Vol 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson (★★★★☆) • Lumberjanes, Vol 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson (★★★★☆)

Lumberjanes Vol. 4 Lumberjanes Vol. 5 Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Lumberjanes, Vol 4: Out of Time by Shannon Watters (★★★★☆) • Lumberjanes, Vol 5: Band Together by Shannon Watters (★★★★★) • Rat Queens, Vol 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (★★★★☆)

Total books read: 17

My favourite reads of this month were: The Hidden Oracle, The Sidekicks, Giant Days Vol. 1 and Lumberjanes Vol. 5

👍🏻😊 I read 6 books more than last month. 😊👍🏻


Wrap Ups:

April Monthly Wrap Up • May 8 • May 16

 Book Tags & Awards:

3 Days, 3 Quotes • My Intimidating TBR • #AnonymousBookaholics • The Liebster Award (Part 1) • Get To Know Me Tag • The Blogger Recognition Award • The Versatile Blogger Award • The Music Tag • NY-Times By the Book Tag • The Autumn Book Tag

Top Ten Tuesday:

10 Childhood/YA Characters You’d Love To Revisit As Adults • 10 Non Bookish Websites • 10 Books I Picked Up on A Whim • 10 Popular Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read Yet • 10 Lighthearted Contemporaries that I Want to Read


#SquadGoals – Monthly RecommendationsTome Topple Readathon

Next Month:

I have a BUNCH of posts planned out in my drafts. If things start to calm down then hopefully I can finally finish those and have them posted!

I’m not sure when I’ll be back consistently, but hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on posts and comments soon. If I miss something I apologise in advance ♥

 If you read any of the books I read this month or are planing to I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Link me to your Wrap Up posts so I can drop by!

I hope you all had a fantastic May and have an even better June xx 

53 thoughts on “The Month of Reading Graphic Novels at 5am // Monthly Wrap Up: May

  1. Aw Lauren! You’re the best – this community will always be here for you whenever you need our support. And, obviously, books will be too! I really, really hope that June will be kinder to you, and that it’ll be a great reading month as well! ❤


  2. Congratulations on reaching 300 followers! That’s amazing :))

    Also, may I just ask why exactly you read those comics at 5 am ? 😛

    Yay for Graphic Novels! Gotham Academy looks interesting. Maybe I’ll check it out 🙂 (Who knows, maybe I’ll even find it tomorrow at the comic market I’m going to)


    1. Thanks so much 😊

      Haha!! I have insomnia and when I do sleep I always wake up around 4-5am so I always end up reading graphic novels or comics because I find them so quick and easy to read.

      Gotham Academy is really fun! The first two volumes are so good. The third isn’t as good because it does’t really follow an arc and is just a bunch of short stories – it’s still fun though 😊 If you read it I hope you like it! And ooh, a comic market souds so cool.


  3. We’re all here for you, Lauren ❤ and congratulations on the 300 followers! I'm so happy for you. I really hope everything works out this month. Can't wait to read more of your posts!


  4. Hi Lauren, hope things are getting a little better or settled, and much ❤ teleporting your way! WOW Congratulations on the 300, and also on such an impressive list of books and posts!!! Happy June Reading 🙂


  5. Wow, congrats on 300 followers Lauren, you must have been so thrilled but you completely deserve it! ❤ I really love your blog!
    Also wow you got through so many books this month (I'm a little jealous!). I need to start reading graphic novels, I'm gonna start with Lumberjanes after loving Nimona so much! Also I saw The Trials of Apollo in my bookstore today and was so so tempted to buy it despite not having read the Percy Jackson series yet! 😀


    1. Thank you, Beth ♥! It was such a crazy, wonderful surprise.

      Haha, if it helps you feel better the majority were graphic novels and I can read those insanely fast. I can’t recommend graphic novels enough – especially Lumberjanes! I really think you’ll love that if you loved Nimona. It’s just so fun and refreshing because there is no unnecessary drama and just full of wonderful friendship and crazy adventures.

      😆 I love that!

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      1. Well I did manage to get through Nimona really fast when I read that! I’ll definitely have to pick up Lumberjanes soon then, I have such a lot on my to-read list at the moment though (I say that as though there’s ever a time when I don’t have tons of books on my to-read list!) but it sounds really good so I can’t wait to get started on it! 😀


  6. Congratulations on 300 subscribers, that’s amazing! 😁🎉

    I’m really sorry May wasn’t a good month, you’re such a lovely person – I hope June will be better! ♥️

    I got the unexpected everything as well this month, the dogs on the cover are so cute 😩 If you fancy a casual read-along at some point, let me know!


    1. Thanks so much 😊!!

      And aw, so are you! That really means a lot to me ♥

      The dogs are honestly a HUGE part as to why I bought a physical copy. Normally I would have just bought the ebook, but the dogs were calling my name. Readalongs sound so fun! I’m so worried I would be unreliable though 😅 A casual one might be okay though because then I won’t be as worried about getting distracted haha.

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  7. I’m really sorry that the last month sucked so much for you 😦 I hope this one turns out better.
    I’m still getting a hang of blogging and forgot wrap up posts existed lmao Well, June will be my first, something for me to look forward to.


  8. Congratulations on 300 followers, that’s amazing. And great month indeed! You bought less books than last month, but you have read more – That’s super positive, I tend to do the opposite haha.


  9. Congrats on 300 followers!! That’s amazing! 😀
    I really want to pick up Giant Days and Lumberjanes, I’ve heard so many great things about both of them.

    I hope June works out to be a better month for you ♥


  10. Love all the graphic novels! I haven’t read one in a while, I’m slipping. 🙂 Congrats on the followers and I like your books- curious to see what you think of Girl on the Train. Have a great week.


  11. I keep putting down The Star Touched Queen every time I see it at the library. Such a gorgeous cover but I wasn’t sure if it would be for me but I just might pick it up next time. Great wrap up. And congrats on 300 followers!!!


    1. The writing of TSTQ was beautiful and the mythology was incredible, but there was an awful case of instalove which definitely brought the book down. I do plan on reading more by the author though! If you decide to read it though I hope you enjoy it 😊 and thanks so much!

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  12. Congrats on the 300 subscribers! Completely well deserved 🙂 And I absolutely understand about the support of the blogging community – I’m pretty new but I love it already. Hope your June will be absolutely amazing!


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