Throughout May I have read 12 books! I have been listening to quite a few audiobooks this month which seems to have bumped up the number of books I’ve read. So, I am back with another what I’ve read this month post. Here is a bunch of mini reviews for the books I read in May!
Truth Be Told by Sue Divin
Tara is from Derry, Faith is from Armagh; their lives are very different, but they look exactly the same – they just don’t know why…
Two teens from very different backgrounds – Tara, the Catholic daughter of a two generation single parent family, and Faith, the daughter of strict Evangelical Protestants from Armagh, come face to face at a residential and discover they look almost identical. A DNA test reveals they are related, and that Faith’s father is not who she thinks – while Tara has never known hers. Between them, they set out to unravel the mystery of their shared parentage, but in doing so set in motion a series of revelations about the pasts of both their families. Meanwhile, they are also dealing separately with their own issues – Tara angry and grieving after the sudden death of her boyfriend Oran, and Faith hiding her true sexuality from her family for fear of being disowned.
I read Sue Divin’s debut novel last year and loved it. So, of course I had to read her next book. She has definitely become an auto-buy author of mine. This book was eye-opening, heart-breaking and heart-warming, all at the same time. I would highly recommend it. I wrote a full review of this one which you can find here.
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny.
But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.
On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, Shara’s longtime quarterback sweetheart, and Rory, Shara’s bad boy neighbor with a crush. The three have nothing in common except Shara and the annoyingly cryptic notes she left behind, but together they must untangle Shara’s trail of clues and find her. It’ll be worth it, if Chloe can drag Shara back before graduation to beat her fair-and-square.
I had adored all of Casey McQuiston’s books and this one is no different. It is full of mystery, friendship and has an excellent romance storyline. This is Casey’s first YA novel and I cannot wait to see if they release more in the future because this one is brilliant. I would highly recommend this one! I’ve written a full review of this book which you can find here.
Here is a little snapshot of 8 of the books that I’ve read this month along with the rating I gave them. I enjoyed all of these ones!
- Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman – ★★★★★
- Heartstopper: Volume Four by Alice Oseman – ★★★★★
- The Fake-Up by Justin Myers – ★★★
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – ★★★★
- Ready or Not by Tracy Darnton – ★★★★
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – ★★★★
- Golden Boys by Phil Stamper – ★★★★
- Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms by Jamar J. Perry – ★★★★
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. When they are interviewed and then befriended by Melissa, a well-known journalist who is married to Nick, an actor, they enter a world of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence, beginning a complex ménage-à-quatre. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.
I wanted to finally read this book before the release of the TV show adaptation and I’m so glad that I did. I loved this book. Yes, it is very different from Normal People but I still loved it and the story that it told. Also, it has endometriosis rep which made me incredibly happy.
Gay Club! by Simon James Green
Barney’s a shoo-in for his school’s LGBTQ+ Society President at the club’s next election. But when the vote is opened up to the entire student body, the whole school starts paying attention. How low will the candidates go to win? Buckle up for some serious shade, scandals and sleazy shenanigans. It isn’t long before it’s National Coming Out Day – for everyone’s secrets!
But when the group faces an expected threat – and a big opportunity – can the club members put politics aside and stand united?
As soon as Simon James Green releases a new book, I have to read it. They are always hilarious but also tackle some important topics. Gay Club! made me laugh, it made me cry and brought a huge smile to my face. It is such an amazing book and I cannot recommend it enough. I’ll be posting a full review of this one very soon.
Books read this month: 12
Pages read this month: 4,189
Books read this year: 52
Pages read this year: 17,904
There you have it, that is 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!