Its officially June, and so its time for my May Wrap Up! This month I managed to read a total of 5 books, which I super proud of, as although this isn’t a ton highly than my monthly average, May was a pretty hectic month, and so I definitely didn’t expect to read that many books during it. As for the Read-A-Thin read-a-thon, I managed to complete 4 of the books of the six on my TBR for the challenge, something I am again really happy with, particularly due to my tendency to just completely ignore any TBR’s I make for myself!
I also wanted to use this post to announce that I will be going on hiatus for a few weeks! I’ve mentioned it a couple of times in my recent posts that I have my A Level exams coming up, and so at the minute my entire life is taken over with revision and writing practice essays in preparation for them. As much as I am enjoying blogging and really feel like I have finally gotten into the flow of it recently, I know that I will not have the time to blog in the coming weeks, and even if I did try to find time to write a post, it wouldn’t be something I’d be particularly proud of or put much effort into. At the minute, I do plan to be back towards the end of June, and so unless anything else pops up I am really looking forward to coming back to this blog and this bookish community then!
But for now, here are all of the books I read in May!
I started off the month with one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and honestly it did not disappoint! This one follows Alive, a neuroatypical girl with Aspergers and a tragic history, and the chronically ill boy trying to break the vault encasing her heart. I loved Alvie so much and thought she was a great main character who made mistakes and faced challenges but who I adored all the same. I also adored the plot of this book, as we got to really see Alvie try to find her place in the world, with the writing something that just sucked me in straight away. This was such an addictive read that I managed to fly through in just 3 days as I just couldn’t not put this book down without knowing what happened next.
Next up I decided to pick up another book from my Read-A-Thin TBR, with this likely the one I was most nervous to pick up as I actually DNFed this book about a year ago now. However, after rereading Shadow and Bone at the start of the year, I knew I had to get to this one soon, and so it seemed that now was as good a time as any to do just that.
I am glad that I did decide to give this book another shot as I definitely enjoyed more both this time around and than the first book in the trilogy. Although it took a while for me to really get into the story, once I did I found myself enjoying the story and anxious to see what would happen next. Alina did start to grow on me within this book, and whilst Mal is still definitely not a favourite of mine, the introduction of Nikolai certainly made up my dislike of him. So whilst this still isn’t one of my favourite series, I am certainly excited to see where the story goes in the final book in this trilogy!
Okay, so after reading Siege and Storm, I was really not sure what I wanted to read next as I wasn’t feeling any of the remaining books on my Read-A-Thin TBR. Then, after reading the first chapter of this fantasy novel about dragons and stories, I just knew that I wanted to keep reading, even if it did mean diverging from my Read-A-Thin TBR. However, this book could still count for Challenge 12, Read a book you’ve been meaning to get to but haven’t, as this book has been on my TBR ever since I received in a Fairyloot box last year.
Similarly to Siege and Storm, although I didn’t love this book, I definitely did thoroughly enjoy it. I loved the incorporation of stories and dragons in this world, with the history of this setting and old stories something I really liked reading about. I was also a fan of the characters, particularly Dax and Safire, with the writing style something I found super easy to get invested in, even if this story was sometimes a little too fast-paced for my personal taste. Nonetheless, I did enjoy this story and am excited to read more set in this world in the future.
As this was the first graphic novel I ever picked up, I was pretty nervous about whether or not it was going to be for me, but I finally bit the bullet and picked this one up over a weekend recently. This was another on my Read-A-Thin TBR that fulfilled the Challenge 7 to read a manga or graphic novel, and so that was definitely an incentive to pick this book up this month.
This book has fully converted me to graphic novels. I adored everything about this book, from its hilarious humour to its awesome art style to its spectacular plot. I flew through this story because I was just so addicted to it all that I couldn’t put it down without finishing it, so I think its safe to say that I will be picking many more graphic novels up in the future.
Finally, I ended the month with another book I was super nervous about starting as I know so many people both adore this last book in the Infernal Devices series, and are equally left heartbroken by it. However, not only was a desperate to get to this one soon before I forgot what happened in Clockwork Prince, but this book also fits the Challenge 11, read a book that is part of a series, for the Read-A-Thin TBR, and so it seemed like exactly the right time to dive into this final book.
I can’t tell you how much of a rollercoaster this book was! It felt as if my heart was always being pulled one way or another, with one scene filling me with happiness and the next breaking my heart. I really liked where the plot went in this book and as always the writing was so easy to fall into and enter into this world through it. I am so in love with all of these characters that I adored watching as they all worked together to try and finally defeat the Magister, and am so happy with where each and every one of their stories ended up.
Due to my slowly approaching A Level exams, this month I have fallen so behind on TV. That said, one show that I am firmly up-to-date on is Westworld, which I am so in love with! This second season is so much better than I expected and is going in directions that I never expected it to, and I honestly can’t wait to see what happens next. I also somehow found time to binge-watch the Netflix series Girls Incarcerated as I have got super into crime documentaries and stuff recently, so it was definitely a show that filled my need for that and that I just generally really enjoyed watching. Finally, I am also currently trying to catch up on the most recent season of Shadowhunters because I somehow only watched the first episode of it whilst it was running, and so I am hoping to catch up with it very soon.
If like me you need something to fill the void left by Infinity War, then definitely check out Swetlana @ The Caffeinated Bookworm Life’s post, F***, Marry, Kill – The ‘Swetlana Is Obsessed With Marvel’ Edition
Or if you want to read a relatable post that will leave you saying ‘that’s me!’ over and over again, I’d definitely recommend reading 17 Oddly Specific Types Of Books That Make Me Go “Yes! I’d Like More Of That Please!” by Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader.
How many books did you read this month? Which was your favourite? What TV shows or movies did you watch, or blog posts that really enjoyed reading? What are your reading plans for next month?