So, May has been a difficult month for me in my reading life. This month I handed my dissertation and pretty much finished off my degree, which is great but hasn’t really left much time for reading. It’s hard to strike the balance between overworking yourself and not working enough sometimes and I think I’ve found that out the hard way. When things get tough I don’t really know how to shut off sometimes and do things for enjoyment rather than work. The easy solution would be better time management, but that’s much easier said than done! For example, I should be working on an essay right now, but here I am blogging in between episodes of Thirteen Reasons Why (let me know if you’re interested in hearing my thoughts on this by the way, I have a lot of them!). Whilst it’s lovely to keep you all updated, I suppose I should get onto the main point of this post and that is my monthly wrap up!
In the month of May I only managed to read 3 books. This is half my average, but I’m forgiving myself because of the heavy work load! I honestly didn’t think I would end up reading less than in April but here we are… One of those three was an ARC at least, which is good!
Here goes! I’m going to post the titles and ratings first and the give some thoughts on each one below.
MAY WRAP UP:
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – 3.75 Stars!
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – 5 Stars!
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare – 5 Stars!
What If It’s Us
I liked this book quite a bit! It was cute and fun but felt like it was missing something slightly. I expected something more impactful from this dream team and came out feeling like they’d just written the cutest, fluffiest romance they possibly could. I LOVE the representation though; a gay love story between a Jewish boy and a Puerto Rican boy? Yes please. More of this. Other authors take note! I just wish they could have dedicated some page time in this book to discuss some deeper issues, but maybe that’s just me. I think I need more to my fluffy contemporaries than just romance. If you love a lighthearted, fun and diverse read then you will love this book, but if you’re looking for a little more then it might fall flat, but I’d still recommend giving it a go! I have a full review up here if you want to hear some more thoughts!
A Court of Thorns and Roses
WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO READ THIS BOOK? I absolutely adored this, which was a nice surprise as I’d been told the first one was the worst. If that’s true then I cannot even comprehend what’s coming for me. I loved the world set up and the establishment of the magic system. It’s so interesting! I also cannot believe that we finally have a female protagonist I like! She’s badass and she’s saving the man for once! I love that we follow a female character who is strong and capable and has a mind of her own. I feel like the foundations of character dynamics have been laid really well for the rest of the series and I can’t wait to see how the characters change and develop.
City of Lost Souls
I’m not even sure I have the words to explain to you how I feel about this book. It was a great installment in the Mortal Instruments series and I am excited yet terrified for the conclusion. I really enjoyed reading deeper into some characters that we’ve not delved into before; the relationship between Simon and Isabelle really became something special in this book. I loved seeing more about Simon’s own personal struggles and how he deals with them, and also seeing him interact with other characters without Clary present. I felt like we got more of who Simon really is in this book rather than him just being ‘Clary’s friend Simon’. Similarly, I feel like through her relationship with Simon we got to know Izzy so much better. We know Izzy is smart and a badass and completely capable of saving her own skin, but to see a vulnerable side of her that even she didn’t know was there is really specially. I love that Cassie Clare is showing as that you can be a kickass demon killer with the intelligence to match, but you can also be vulnerable and need love and emotion. Oh yeah, and the plot was good too. I could ramble on about character arcs and dynamics for days.
I also read over half of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine this month which is not an easy read, hence why I haven’t flown through it in time to talk about it here. That will be covered in June’s wrap up and I’m sure will get it’s own book review!
I’m going to end this post by letting you know some of my reading plans for June! Top of my list is City of Heavenly Fire (which clocks in at a whopping 733 pages, so is going to take me a while!). After I’ve got through that beast I want to read Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey and crack on with the next books in the ACOTAR series! At the end of June, My Plain Jane is finally being released and I know I’ll be reading that as soon as I can rip into the Amazon box. If you’re interested in seeing how I get on with these, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and go head over to my instagram for live updates on my reading!