Hello all! Hope you are all well and keeping safe. I am back with another what I read this month post! In May I read a grand total of 12 books. This is the exact same amount of books I read last month and I can’t believe it. I have a lot of thoughts I want to share on the book I read in May, so, I’m going to do mini reviews for a couple, mention others and declare my love for a couple. Here is what I read in May!
Wonderland by Juno Dawson
“Alice lives in a world of stifling privilege and luxury – but none of it means anything when your own head plays tricks on your reality. When her troubled friend Bunny goes missing, Alice becomes obsessed with finding her. On the trail of her last movements, Alice discovers a mysterious invitation to ‘Wonderland’: the party to end all parties – three days of hedonistic excess to which only the elite are welcome.
Will she find Bunny there? Or is this really a case of finding herself? Because Alice has secrets of her own, and ruthless socialite queen Paisley Hart is determined to uncover them, whatever it takes.
Alice is all alone, miles from home and without her essential medication. She can trust no-one, least of all herself, and now she has a new enemy who wants her head…”
I cannot recommend Wonderland enough. It has an intriguing plot, amazing characters and the talent and wonder that is Juno Dawson’s writing. I highly recommend you give it a go and fall into the rabbit hold of escapism and mystery! Here is my full review of this book!
A Curse So Dark and Lonely and A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
“Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.”
I absolutely adore Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporary books but had never branched into her fantasy books until this month. Sarah from The Little Contemporary and I buddy read both of these over the space of a couple months. I absolutely adored them and if anyone was to introduce me to the fantasy world it would have been Brigid Kemmerer. If you’ve not read this series yet, I highly recommend it!
Every Little Piece of My Heart by Non Pratt
“When Sophie receives a parcel from her best friend, Freya, she expects it to contain the reason why Freya left town so suddenly, without goodbyes and without explanation. Instead, she finds a letter addressed to Win, a girl Freya barely knew – or did she? As more letters arrive for more people on the periphery of Freya’s life, Sophie and Win begin to piece together who Freya was and why she left. Sometimes it’s not about who’s gone, but about who they leave behind”
I absolutely flew through this book. Non has such a way with words and this multiple POV story was wonderful in so many different ways. I was so intrigued by the story and found myself flying through the pages. I am going to be reviewing this one in full very very soon, so look out for that!
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
“It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.
The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined – every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.”
Now, as you can imagine I have a lot of thoughts about this book and I want to get them all written down properly before I say anything too much about it. Just know that it has sent me into a Hunger Games spiral again and I’m currently re-reading the entire series!
Here is a quite snapshot at 5 of the books I read and the ratings I gave them. I enjoyed them all and hope to write reviews for them in the future but for now here are my ratings!
- Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano – ★★★★
- Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds – ★★★★
- Meet Cute by Various Authors – ★★★★
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone – ★★★★
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – ★★★★
Again Again by E. Lockhart
“If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?
After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times—while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.”
E. Lockhart is the master of books that interest you, confuse you and wow you all at once. This is a book exactly like that and I throughly enjoyed it. E. Lockhart is a wonderful author whose work I’d like to read more of in the future. I will be writing a full review of this book very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
“Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…
In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.
Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.”
This book is beautiful and I absolutely adore it. A novel in verse that absolutely blew me away. Elizabeth Acevedo is such a talented author and I’ve heard so many good things about her other books which I cannot wait to read. I’ll be writing a full review of this very soon!
There you have it, everything I read in May! What have you read in May and what are you looking forward to reading in June? Let me know in the comments!