May Wrap-Up Post and June TBR Pile

May came in a little cold and left with beautiful summer-like weather. Finally, I can ditch my jacket and go out in a t-shirt and tank. It’s been a big month here as well. There have been new posts and a few other opprotunities I have been pursuing.  Continue reading to find out more, including upcoming reviews and links to my work around the web.

First, I’ve added a new section to the site where you can browse all of my reviews. Currently reviews are available by author and title and I am hoping to make genre available in the coming months. I’ve also added a portfolio link where you can see my other bylines around the web.

May was full of ARCs, e-galleys, and new releases! Here’s a list of the reviews that were posted this month in case you missed them.

NEW RELEASE: Killing Eva by Alex Blackmore
NEW RELEASE: Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
NEW RELEASE: With Malice by Eileen Cook
NEW RELEASE: The Girls by Emma Cline
Backlist Book Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll


Tell-Tale TV is still going strong and many explosive finales aired in May. Take a look at the reviews for Orphan Black, Blindspot, and Grey’s Anatomy that you missed this month.


Next month, I will also continue covering Pretty Little Liars when the season premieres on June 21st,  and I’ll be posting reviews for Orange is the New Black when Season 4 premieres on June 17th! In the meantime I am also finishing up Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!

Blindspot Review: Swift Hardhearted Stone (Season 1 Episode 20)
Blindspot Review: Of Whose Uneasy Route (Season 1 Episode 21)
Blindspot Review: If Love a Rebel, Death Will Render (Season 1 Episode 22)
Blindspot Season Finale Review: Why Await Life’s End (Season 1 Episode 23)

Grey’s Anatomy Review: Mama Tried (Season 12 Episode 22)
Grey’s Anatomy Review: At Last (Season 12 Episode 23)
Grey’s Anatomy Season Finale Review: Family Affair (Season 12 Episode 24)

Orphan Black Review: From Instinct to Rational Control (Season 4 Episode 4)
Orphan Black Review: Human Raw Material (Season 4 Episode 5)
Orphan Black Review: The Scandal of Altruism (Season 4 Episode 6)
Orphan Black: Top 11 Moments from ‘The Antisocialism of Sex’ (Season 4 Episode 7)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Review: Kimmy Goes to a Hotel! (Season 2 Episode 8)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Review: Kimmy Meets a Celebrity! (Season 2 Episode 11)

I also wrote a couple of features for Tell-Tale TV this month.

Actor Steven Grayhm Previews His New Character on ‘Between’ [Exclusive Interview]

How Much Do You Know About Orphan Black?

My June TBR pile is growing as well.  I am trying to take a break from thrillers for the next couple of month. I think reading Luckiest Girl Alive, With Malice, and I Let You Go all sort of tainted the genre for me for a while. Which is why I am glad there are a few ARCs in my future.

1. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

This book comes out June 14th and I have been dying to read it. It sounds spectacular and perfect for bibliophiles.

2. Euphoria by Lily King

This is the book club book for the May book club meeting. I am really excited about it. It sounds like a great read and I’ve heard some excellent things.

2. Surprise Me by Deena Goldstone

This is a lovestory between two writers that comes out on June 28th, it seems like a nice change of pace for me.

3. We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley

It’s hard for me to describe what drew me to Swan Huntley’s debut novel! All I can say is that I am really excited to read it and it looks really promising.

4. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

I am trying to cool it a little bit with the thrillers after this month, but this one is told backwards so I think that will be really interesting to see executed on paper.

5. The Life of the World to Come by Dan Cluchey

Another debut novelist on my list! This book is described as being “obsessively readable, philosophically probing, and verbally acrobatic.” I can’t wait to give it a read.

6. Within Reach by Jessica Stevens

This was a last minute addition to my ARC pile. I really liked this premise of this one and it looks like a quick read.

7. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I started this on a whim last month and I am looking forward to finishing it. I have heard great things and I really want to finish it.

8. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I have heard so many good things about this book that I picked it up on a whim last month. I am dying to read it but I am trying to make sure I get through a few ARCs first.

What do you plan on reading in June? Leave me a comment below and help me grow my TBR pile. 

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

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