Well, after a great month of reading in April, I just couldn’t keep up in May. There was just too much going on and at the end of most days, I didn’t have the energy to focus on reading. If it hadn’t been for the Bout of Books Readathon and the couple of days we ended up with nothing on the schedule, I probably wouldn’t have gotten any reading done at all! But luckily I did and even better? I enjoyed most of the books I did read! And really, at the end of the day, that’s why we’re really here. So here are the books I did end up reading in May and the ones I hope to read in June! (Sorry if there are a bunch of repeats from last month!)
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas and That Summer by Sarah Dessen: I’m going to be completely honest and say that I was pretty disappointed by both of these. I was addicted to ACOWAR but it wasn’t as good as I was hoping. And That Summer is so far the only Dessen book that I would not actually recommend to anyone.
The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cuzzo and Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts: Unfortunately, I DNF’d The Truth About Happily Ever After. I feel really bad about but I just could not stand the MC and how judgemental she was. It also annoyed me how mismarketed the book is. It’s clearly New Adult because the MC is living on her own and is in college and not at all a young adult book. So I was confused for the first little bit because I seriously thought she was like sixteen by the way she was talking at first. But oh well. A lot of people love it so I think it’s just me. But I did really enjoy Royal Bastards. It’s just a crazy, fun, band of misfits on a mission and I read straight through it and still want more from these characters. Lots of fun and some really crazy twists and turns!
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: These were both fantastic! For very different reasons but I highly recommend both.
The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano and The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy: I didn’t realize I read so many middle-grade books this month! TGWTGM was actually super duper sad. Really not what I was expecting at all. So much death and loss and sadness in this one. I just didn’t love it, especially when it took a certain turn near the end. I was definitely disappointed after reading and enjoying her other two MG books. Hero’s Guide, on the other hand, is incredibly funny and definitely a book I’d recommend to pretty much anyone!
Binding the Shadows and Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett: I can’t help it, I’m still obsessed with this series! I really like this for the lighter urban fantasy aspects and the addicting plotlines. I’m a little sad that I’ve finished it up now but I’m hoping my next Bennett book will be The Anatomical Shape of a Heart!! I already own it, so that shouldn’t be a problem!
Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn: Shattered Warrior was a really good science fiction graphic novel. I loved the art and the story and I hope we’ll get more books in this world soon!
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios and Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser: Two of my highly anticipated books that for whatever reason I just didn’t read last month. They were on my list and I literally have no idea what happened. I’ve been dying for these for months and then just didn’t read them. I’m a bad blogger.
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen and Roar by Cora Carmack: And here are two more from last month that just didn’t happen. I’M SO SORRY, BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL read you this month!
Internet Famous by Danika Stone and Blind Item by Kevin DIckson and Jack Ketsoyan: I’m really intrigued by both of these but also a little nervous. I’ve been burned by both kinds of these books before. But I’m going to keep an open mind and hope it all goes well!
The Falconer, The Vanishing Throne and The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May: I’m so excited for this! I’m going to binge the whole series! I read the first one years ago and have the third one for review so I decided the best and only thing to do was start from the beginning again and go all the way through! If the others are like the first at all, I know I won’t be able to put them down!
Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: I’m a huge fan of the Hundred Oaks series so I’m dying to read this one but also a little sad that it’s the last one! And Gentleman’s Guide is getting tons of buzz and lots of great reviews so I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about but also trying to keep my expectations low so I don’t end up the disappointed black sheep of this one.
What are you guys reading this month?