How is May nearly over already? This month has flown by! I got a lot read this month and I am happy with what I got to read! Here is what I read in May!
We Are Not Okay by Natália Gomes
“We Are Not Okay is a powerful novel about what happens when girls are made to be silent. Lucy think’s that she is better than all the other girls. Hopefully if she is pointing fingers at others, no one will see the secret that she is hiding.
Ulana comes from a conservative Muslim family where their reputation is everything. One rumour, true or false can destroy futures.
Trina is known for partying. She has kissed a lot of boys, but she didn’t consent to that one night at Lucy’s party. Why does no one believe her?
Sophie loves her boyfriend and did anything for him, even sending pictures of herself to him. Why is it that she is the one being pointed at in the hallways, laughed at and spat at when it was him who betrayed her trust?”
I started and finished this book right at the beginning of May on two train journeys. I throughly enjoyed this book and it left me with a lot of thoughts after I finished it. I wrote a full review for this book which you can find here.
A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
“The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?”
So I know a lot of people love this book but I didn’t. I am a true crime fanatic so I was excited to read this as soon as I hear about it. I have a few issues with the way this book is written, what Pip does throughout the investigation and some things I feel were thrown into the story to meet tropes. I can see why so many people are enjoying this book, sadly I didn’t.
Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige
“Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?”
I picked this graphic novel up not knowing much about Mera and Aquaman and left it knowing a little bit more. I enjoyed this graphic novel but not as much as other graphic novels I have read. I have written a full review of this book which you can find here.
Meat Market by Juno Dawson
“Jana Novak lives on a South London estate with her family. Jana is scouted by a modelling agency whilst on a trip to Thorpe Park and is catapulted into fashion stardom. The fashion industry however is as grimy as it is glamorous and there are unexpected predators at every turn.”
This book has very quickly made its way to the top of my favourites from this year. This book is extraordinary and I could not put it down. I cannot wait for more people to read this book and then I can share my thoughts with them. I cannot wait to see Juno Dawson at YALC this year where I am hoping she will discuss this wonderful book! I have written a full review of this book which you can find here.
Summer of No Regrets by Kate Mallinder
“Four friends, one summer, no regrets. Four friends pledge to make their summer regret-free but will it be that simple? After their exams, sixteen-year-old friends Sasha, Hetal, Nell and Cam pledge to live a summer regret-free, taking risks however much it scares them. As all these choices become difficult, even dangerous, they will need each other for the strength to face the future.”
My wonderful friend Sarah lent me this book to read as she said it was a fun and quick read. She was right! I read this book in 2 days and sped through every single chapter. It is such a fun little summer read that I know will be perfect for the summer months. If you are looking for a quick read that will make you smile, then this is it!
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
“Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favourite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favourite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.”
I finished this book just in time before the event with Ashley Poston in Manchester (I recapped this event here). I am so glad I finished it just before the event because it made me even more excited for the event. This book was spectacular and so much fun to read. I didn’t want to put it down and I cannot wait for the next book in the con series.
My Secret Lies with You by Faye Bird
“Three close friends. Two unforgettable summers. One girl’s darkest secret.
Alys appeared last summer, and then she vanished without a trace. Cait’s new in town and she needs to know the truth: Who is Alys?”
This was a fun summer read that I enjoyed. I will be reviewing this in full as part of the blog tour early in June and I will have an exciting guest post from the author too! I flew through this book and can’t wait to review it fully!
Bloom by Kevin Pancetta and Savanna Ganucheau
“Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band—if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.”
After being involved in a car accident I needed something fun and quick to read to take my mind of the crash and the pain I was in. This book was perfect for that! I was such a quick and fun read all about cute boys and baked goods. I will definitely be reading this one again when I am in need of a pick-me-up!
★★★★★Those are all of the books I have read in May! It has surprisingly been an excellent reading month! What have you read this month? What are you going to be reading next month? Let me know in the comments!