Hi guys! Long time no see! I’ve missed you all so much over the past month, I can’t wait to get back into blogging consistently again.
Since it’s my first day back (and the first day of June) it’s high time I give you a reading update. I really liked what I did last month, combining the Wrap Up and the TBR, so I’m going to stick with it, if that’s okay with you all.
I had a pretty good reading month this month, made even better by the fact that I participated in the #boutofbooks readathon at the beginning of the month. Let’s take a look at some stats shall we!
1. Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
+ I’m so happy I got to see some more of these characters.
+I loved the family dynamic – as always.
+ I will forever ship Lara Jean and Peter – they’re just too cute!
+ I thought this book resolved the series really nicely.
– Unfortunately, I just didn’t feel like Lara Jean has grown up as much as I would have liked.
2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
+ A really nice concept.
+ It reminded me so much of an old Irish folk tale, with the whole 3 stories layout.
+ I can see how the story would lend itself to a movie adaptation (I can’t wait to watch it now!)
– I just don’t like Ness’ writing (don’t shoot me).
– I felt like you could tell it wasn’t his story to tell, they weren’t his characters and it wasn’t his world.
3. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
+ I loved the different lists, BSL lessons and messenger convos that littered this book – it made it really quick to read.
+ Rhys is just the cutest character ever.
+ I was really interested to read from a character with selective mutism, it’s not something you hear about very often.
+ I loved the really subtle and simple integration of an immigrant best friend – it was so naturally done, just beautiful.
– I was really hoping for some truly butterfly inducing moments, but they just didn’t come really.
4. The Crown by Kiera Cass.
+ Cass does have a talent for writing really good guys, I’m hooked.
+ I liked the inclusion of a homosexual relationship.
+ America is so much more tolerable now that she’s an adult and a mother.
– As always, it just felt a little short to me… better than the original series in this regard, but still short.
– However, Eadlyn was as annoying as I remember.
5. Literally by Lucy Keating
+ Lucy Keating has a talent for writing these really magical books that feel so much like a contemporary you’d swear they were really happening.
+ It wasn’t what I was expecting, but overall it was so much better than what I thought it was going to be.
+ It had a nice message about writing your own future and taking control of your own path
+ The dominant relationship in the story was cute and fuzzy and everything you want in this type of story.
– I got super duper confused by the fact that the author in the book was called Lucy Keating, but isn’t real-life Lucy Keating.
6. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
+ I loved how Kinsella wrote this family – it felt so realistic and so beautifully average.
+ I liked the Britishness of the mum’s obsession with the Daily Mail – it was great.
+ Audrey’s slow healing process was very realistic.
+ It was able to present anxiety in a way that was digestible, but not flippant.
– I wasn’t hugely into the Audrey/Linus relationship – it seemed a bit too fast for my liking.
7. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
+ I really liked the protagonist in this story (surprisingly)
+ The universal nature of the sort was really nice, it was as much about friendship as it was about anxiety.
+ Her relationship with AJ was really cute, I got a few butterflies
+ I loved the idea of poets corner
– I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the actual poetry from the poets – especially Sydney’s stuff, I would have liked a bit more depth.
8. Fallen by Lauren Kate
+ So much nostalgia it’s crazy!
+ Lauren Kate’s efforts to make Luce a feminist character were admirable.
+ Reading about angels again was a really nice switch from my usual genre.
+ The setting in the reform school has always been something I enjoyed about this series.
— I wasn’t a huge fan of the relationships this time around, they all just felt a bit flat to me.
9. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
+ It was just one of those stories that really hit the spot.
+ I loved Hayden as a character, I just wish we’d gotten more of him.
+ I loved being able to hate Jules – if that makes sense.
+ As a concept, it was just the perfect fluffy little contemporary.
– Gia was really not a very nice protagonist – she was pretty superficial.
10. The Maddie Diaries by Maddie Ziegler
+ Em, well, MADDIE!
+ I liked hearing about her favourite dances and bits on Dance Moms.
+ It felt like it was written by a 14-year-old – as it should.
– It felt a little superficial in places, as if she was writing what she thought she should write, rather than what she felt.
– It didn’t help me get to know the real Maddie, which is what I’d hoped for.
11. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
+ One of my favourite classics of all time.
+ I’m just so into the absurdist thing it’s crazy.I loved its crazy depiction of war, it’s just one of those books you have to read
+ I loved its crazy depiction of war, it’s just one of those books you have to read.
+ Unreliable narrators are the best.
– I listened to it this time on Audible, narrated by James Franco and wasn’t a huge fan of it – he seemed to talk very fast, and with minimal range unfortunately.
12. Metamorphisis by Franz Kafka
+ Really interesting to read from a creative writing student’s perspective (the total ignorance of the 3 act structure is fun).
+ I guess ultimately, I’m glad I can now say that I’ve read it.
+ It’s short.
– Despite its length, I feel like it took me a long time to get through (comparative to some other novellas)
– Although I understand his intention, it’s not a read I really enjoyed or appreciated at anything more than a technical level.
13. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
+ It was interesting to find out some more about Cal’s mother and the nature of her life.
+ I enjoyed seeing more of Farley and Shade’s early relationship
— I didn’t feel like I was reading the same series, the stories almost felt forced.
— I really hated the layout of Steel Scars (especially the command reports)
— Overall, I just didn’t feel like these added anything to the series or the characters, unfortunately.
So there you have it, a quick look at the 12 books I read this month. I’m hoping to take part in this months #AYearAThon readathon in the second week of June, it should give me the opportunity to get caught up on some of my series.
Plus, my plan for June is literally to just work up a storm leaving my evenings free for my reading pleasure.
Since I will be posting a TBR for that Readathon in a couple of days, I’m not going to really do a whole TBR, I’m just going to carryover my two outcasts from last month (Noteworthy by Riley Redgate and Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins). Apart from that, the world is my oyster!
What are you guys excited to read this coming month? Did you read anything fantastic in May? Let me know in the comments! I love hearing from you guys and I’ve missed you so much! Thanks for sticking with me!