Treat Yo Shelf: May Monthly Recap

Treat Yo Shelf:

May Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I fangirl over the books I read and bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received this month.

What did I read?

May was not my best reading month. I am going through a reading slump, again.

What books did I buy? (this does not include Kindle purchases)

What books did I receive from Publishers/Authors to review?

  •  We Own the Night by Ashley Poston from Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books (e-ARC: Netgalley review)
  • The Graces by Laure Eve from ABRAMS Kids (e-ARC: Netgalley review)

What books did I receive from friends?

  • Kids of Appetite by David Arnold (ARC w/ swag) (#booksfortrade exchange with Karina at 24hryabookblog)Books for Trade - KOA
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (ARC)  (#booksfortrade exchange with Sky)

May’s Uppercase Box


GiftLit Box: Fierce Reads Edition

Gift Lit Fierce Reads

I signed up for a 3-month subscription. GiftLit provides a list of book options and you get to pick what book you want each month. The swag is a surprise, and I’m so excited with what they sent me. Definitely give this subscription service a try. JOIN HERE!


Books/Bookish Swag from Authors/Publishers/Bookstores/Bloggers

Favorite May Moment

  • Participating in my very first Blog Tour. Thank you to XPRESSO Book Tours and Swoon Reads for giving me the opportunity to review Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius.

Have you heard? Bookish News

  • Rick Yancey is signing at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati on June 1, 2016. My VIP ticket with a pre-order of The Last Star has already been purchased.
  • I am going on a “book buying ban” in June. WISH ME LUCK!!!

May Favorites

  • Target Hauls
  • The Books for Trade hashtag #booksfortrade
  • Receiving an ARC from one of my favorite authors. Thank you, Becky Wallace!
  • The 6th season of Game of Thrones (so far).
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How did you treat your shelves in May? What books did you buy? What books did you read and would highly recommend?



FRIDAY RAVES is a feature on my blog, in which I “RAVE” about important news, authors, books, novelties, and other bookish announcements that all bibliophiles should know about.

Today I’m RAVING about…YUREKA Subscription Box

If you don’t know already, I am a self-proclaimed Subscription Box addict *cough cough,* I mean fanatic, especially when it comes to bookish subscription boxes. This month I bought and tried out Yureka Books‘ subscription box. In regards to subscribers in the USA, there are three box options to pick from: 

$15 SUBSCRIPTION = 2 paperback books

$25 SUBSCRIPTION =1 hardcover and 1 paperback book OR 3 paperback books

$35 SUBSCRIPTION = 1 hardcover and 2 paperbacks OR 4 paperback books

Personally, after selecting the $15.00 Subscription Box, I took a survey/questionnaire regarding books and genres that I have enjoyed, loved, and disliked. And around mid-May I received this beautiful package in the mail:


Contents Inside:

Yureka subscription

As you can see, I received a beautifully written welcome letter, which explained the books I received this month: a fantasy novel and a dystopian novel (both of which I do not already own…WOOHOO!). I also enjoyed the little bookish items that came along with the package: a magnetic owl bookmark and some pretty bookplates. After scrolling through Instagram pictures of other people’s Yureka packages, I noticed that a lot of subscribers received different books than me, which is awesome, because Yureka sends out books based on genres that you like reading. I also noticed that some subscribers even received extra swag like The Winner’s Trilogy items. I sadly did not receive these extra items.

Overall, I am happy with the books and bookish items I received, the great pricing of the subscription package, and more importantly, I was really blown away by the packaging/wrapping. 

If you love books and bookish items, this inexpensive subscription box is for you. 

Want to learn more about Yureka Books? Visit their main website, Yureka Books, or click on the link, How it Works.


Are you obsessed with subscription boxes, too? Which subscription box(es) do you subscribe to? Which box(es) do you highly recommend? 


Note: I bought this box with my own money. I was not asked or paid to write a review for this subscription box or company. All statements, pictures, and opinions are my own.