Of Wonderland’s Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2017

Posted May 31, 2017 by Aly in Wrap-Ups & Unboxings / 4 Comments


Another month has come and gone, and it is getting hot out here. I, for one, am not a fan of summer. It’s the season of sweating, assholes with wings, and people telling me I need to get more sun because I’m too pale for them. Well, you listen to me, bud – I don’t get tans; I just get burned. I am all about those rainy days where I don’t melt. Actually, can I just swap places with Olaf the snowman? He can melt while I go frolic in the snow.

But I digress. Let’s take a look at our month’s gallivanting. (I really do write the most abhorrent intros, don’t I?)



The Pocketbook of Sunshine and Rain by Nenia Campbell // ★★★★
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert // ★★★★★ (reread)
The One Hundred Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson // DNF
Love What Matters: Real Stories, Real People, Real Heart by LoveWhatMatters // ★★★★★
The Haters by Jesse Andrews // DNF
Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh // ★★★★
Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne // ★★★ 1/2
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember // ★★★★

If you’re looking at this list and thinking “what the hell happened here”, you’re not wrong. I have fallen into a gigantic reading slump I can’t seem to get out of. I’m struggling with things I would normally enjoy, and there’s absolutely zero motivation to read or review a book. I did really love the Love What Matters book, which was lots of pictures with short stories about human kindness, and wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone.


A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J Maas // ★★★
Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas // ★★★★
The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano // ★★
The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley // ★★★★
Skullsworn by Brian Staveley // ★★★★

I’d like to call this month “comfort reading month” in which I read mostly books by authors I knew I was going to adore. I ripped through Staveley’s The Emperor’s Blades and Providence of Fire incredibly fast, so knew I could rely on The Last Mortal Bond and Skullsworn to give me that exciting, happy fulfillment that I seemed to have lost somewhere between ACOWAR and The Glass Spare. 


Just A Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi // ★★★ 1/5
Punkzilla by Adam Rapp // DNF
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton // ★★★★★
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix // ★★★★
Your Lie In April Vol. 2 by Naoshi Arakawa // ★★★★


May 1: Of Wonderland Book Club: May 2017

May 4: Mini Reviews: Geekerella, The Dead Inside, Other Breakable Things, Brenna Morgan and the Iron Key

May 11: Book vs Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

May 12: Where To Get Cheap Books! (In Case You Didn’t Already Know)

May 17: Of Wonderland Turns One! (GIVEAWAY + Which Co-Blogger Are You? QUIZ)

May 23: TOP TEN TUESDAY: Contemporary Recs to Light Up Your Summer (Or Winter!)

May 29: Flame In The Mist // You Must Be Swift As A Coursing River



It’s been a weird and uneventful month for me. I don’t often have reading slumps, so when they do come around, they hit me hard. As an agoraphobe, it’s especially difficult because I don’t know how to fill my days if I can’t read. So I’ve mostly been playing the Sims and watching Friends, while sighing at any books that come around and huffing at my blog dashboard. So this is a good time for me to go on hiatus, hopefully just for the month of June, but I think I need to take a break. I will be on Goodreads and Twitter, probably lurking more than actually saying much, but if anyone needs me that’s where I’ll be reachable. In the meantime, I hope you are well. ♥


It’s been a weird and uneventful month for myself, also. I have the usual updates: four months smoke-free (I think?) although I caved and had one cigarette on Saturday. I won’t be doing that again. My throat still aches and I woke up feeling dirty, and not the fun kind of dirty. I’ve played a boat load of video games this month: Assassin’s Creed I, AC II, and AC: Revelations. I’m currently re-playing Witcher 3 because IT’S FINALLY BECOMING A NETFLIX SHOW, OH MY GOODNESS I’M SO EXCITED. I’m also currently playing AC Unity, because why not. Basically, if I wasn’t reading this month, I was gaming, so I guess it’s been successful?

My sister’s dog went home this weekend, so now I don’t need to wake up multiple times a day to walk him. YAY FOR UNINTERRUPTED SLEEP. Tigger’s been really cuddly lately, and Pixie has been her usual skittish self. Overall, nothing new on my end, friends. How’s your month been?


As usual, this month has been rather uneventful. Other than that I’ve recently become OBSESSED with watching international dramas on Netflix because I’ve been finding some real gems lately. I also went shopping with my best friends a couple of times this month which was really nice because I really needed the time out. On one of our shopping trips, I finally had one of my dreams come true by visiting a Diaso, a Japanese Dollar Store and it was actually HEAVENLY. I also bought way too many manga books at the bookstore next door to the Diaso but my friends joined in so it was all good.

I also chopped off my hair and dyed it purple and it makes me SO HAPPY with life! I’ve yet to share pictures of my hair since I HATE taking pictures of myself so just use your imagination. I got a bob cut and the purple is a dark amethyst that really shows in the sunlight. Last but not least, I’ve been feeling off my A game the past few weeks and it feels like a little bit of a funk that I can’t seem to shake. Hopefully, within the next few weeks the stress will die down and I’ll have finally caught up on some much-needed sleep. I’m practically a vampire 😀


And how are you?


4 responses to “Of Wonderland’s Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2017

  1. Inge – Awww, I’m so sorry about your reading month. I had a sucky one as well, though I think it’s finally starting to see the light! Flame in the Mist is up next on my TBR, so I hope I enjoy it as much as you did 🙂

    Anissa – Your new hair sounds SO cool. If you ever do post a photo, I look forward to seeing it 🙂 and same, I’ve been in a tense, weird funk since school ended. It’s like my brain still thinks I’m existing in the height of finals stress XD

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    • I’m finally reading a lot again, too! You mentioned in another comment that you ended up DNFing Flame In The Mist, I’m sorry to hear that! But I totally understand. I hope your next read is better!

  2. Enjoy your hiatus, Inge!

    Congrats on four months (pretty much) smoke free, Aly. I should pick up a Witcher game one of these days. People were forever banging on about them even before the Netflix announcement 😀

    Your new hair sounds excellent, Anissa. Hope you’re still loving it!

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