Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This month, I’m trying something different with my wrap-ups. Instead of waiting until the end of the month, I’m going to focus on books as I finish them.
For every day I finish a book, I’ll talk about it and share my thoughts. It’s going to be a little bit different than before but hopefully, you enjoy it. Overall, it’s going to be easier for me than trying to remember everything at the end of the month. 🙂
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer: Finished May 1st! At first, this book seemed like the journey of a young feminist following her role model. Unfortunately, it was such surface level stuff and full of unlikable characters who didn’t care that what they were doing was bad or just shrugged everything off. 3.5/5 stars.
Still (Grip #2) by Kennedy Ryan: Finished May 2nd. This was a follow-up to Grip as we followed the same characters. This book was definitely more mature with a focus on their relationship versus just sexy times. It was sad, sexy and funny all at the same time but it was more of a fluff read than anything. 4/5 stars.
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills: Finished May 3rd. I’ve written a review of this one so feel free to refer to that for all my thoughts! 5/5 stars.
Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without A Date by Katie Heaney: Finished May 4th. I’m gonna be honest, I wanted to love this book but I just didn’t. I did relate to Heaney in some ways but other, I couldn’t. It was a fun story but felt kind of the same old schtick from other books like this one. 3.5/5 stars.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: Finished May 5th. This was an adorable graphic novel with a predictable plot but featured a lovely art style and one of my favorite tropes. Overall, it was just a cute and fun spring read. 4/5 stars.
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett: Finished May 6th. Where do I even start with this book? I was tempted to make an entire review of this because I loved it that much. This book is wholly original as I’ve never seen someone so eloquently share their thoughts on a topic so close to my heart. For years, I’ve been a broken record about the NFL’s treatment of their players and Bennett put that into words.
The book doesn’t just focus on the NFL as Bennett talks about race, Black Lives Matter, the Vegas incident and everything in his life. His focus on Kaepernick is what blew me away, though as I didn’t even know the two knew each other. His section on feminism was incredibly impressive, too. Ultimately, I loved everything about this book and it’s changed me as weird as it might be to say. Sorry for my long gushing session but this book is E V E R Y T H I N G. 5/5 stars (Uh duh!)
Kat and Meg Conquer The World by Anna Priemaza: Finished May 8th. Despite its slow start, I enjoyed this book especially all the talk of fandom, friendship, and mental health. What kept me from giving it a higher rating was the petty and annoying high school drama. 4/5 stars
Meet Cute Anthology: Edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Finished May 10th. Instead of writing a normal little blurb, I’m going to discuss my three favorite stories. Click by Katherine McGee was my first 5-star and painted such a vivid picture of the future of dating along with a creative twist at the end.
My other 5-star read was Oomph by Emery Lord. I enjoyed the f/f relationship, the airport setting, and their chemistry. The story seemed incredibly realistic and I want a movie or full-length novel out of this.
My third favorite and a 4.5 read was Something Real by Julie Murphy. Not only did this have awesome fat rep but had a f/f romance, a game-show setting and was hilarious. This reminded me of a weird and strange fanfic I’d love so brownie points to Murphy for that. 3/5 stars
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: Finished May 11th. I’m #trash for Becky Albertalli and I enjoyed this book. I loved the fat rep, the f/f relationship, the inclusion of the Simon gang and Becky’s writing style. What I didn’t love was how rude Leah was, how Nick was portrayed and how smooth the ending was. If you’ve read it, you know what I mean. 4/5 stars
A Map For Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor: Finished May 11th. I read this book in a matter of hours and it was not for me. The plot followed 2 sisters and a guy stuck on an island along with alternating chapters about “this huge event.” The plot was boring and the mystery was predictable along with featuring unlikable characters. The cover was beautiful, but this book was anything but. 2.5/5 stars
Zodiac Starforce Vol 1 by Kevin Panetta: Finished May 12th. After reading so many novels, I wanted something light I could blow through. Zodiac Starforce was everything I wanted and more but I only wish we had more backstory. 4/5 stars
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin: Finished May 13th. My second graphic novel of the month and I really enjoyed it. This was an adorable f/f romance spanning decades with a cute story, lovely art and overall fluffy. The only I didn’t enjoy was all the homophobia so be warned! 4/5 stars
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone: Finished May 14th. This was featured in one of my Shelf Control posts so I figured why not read it? Focusing on a girl with OCD, this book was heavy yet still hopeful. I enjoyed most of the novel including the MC, the love interest, her love for swimming and the plot twist. What I didn’t love was her friends…if you’ve read the book, you know. 4/5 stars
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Finished May 18th. I mentioned before about my hesitation to try audiobooks, but I listened to this on audio and loved it. I won’t get into the plot as most have read it and I don’t want to spoil anything. All I’ll say is I’m so glad I started this series even though I predicted the “plot twist” at the end and I can’t wait to see what happens in book two! 5/5 stars
Royals by Rachel Hawkins: Finished May 19th. I finished this book only a mere few hours before the Royal Wedding. This book was basically cheesy goodness with a dash of royalty and romance which was fun. Only things I didn’t enjoy were all the unnecessary drama and certain relationships. 3/5 stars
El Deafo by Cece Bell: Finished May 21st. I heard Natasha from myreadingisodd talk about this and I wanted to read it so bad. I’m not deaf or hard of hearing so I can’t speak to the representation. However, I found it to be a charming graphic novel with cute illustrations and valuable lessons for kids. Knocked off a star because some of the characters were annoying. 4/5 stars
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake: Finished May 21st. My first Ashley Herring Blake book and I loved it. This is a middle-grade story about Ivy who is trying to find her place in the world and it’s so lovely. It talks about friendship, sexuality, family, and tragedy. The only issue I had was Ivy’s sister who got on my nerves constantly. 4/5 stars
Bob’s Burgers Vol 1: Medium Rare by various authors: Finished May 21st. This was my last read of the month and so bittersweet. Yesterday, the season 8 finale of the show aired and I’m already in mourning. Either way, this was everything I wanted and I won’t get into much detail but it was wonderful! 5/5 stars
I’m going to try something different with my wrap-ups this month. It probably won’t happen every month but I don’t usually read 18 books. Since I read so many, I’m going to include my top 3 favorites of the month 😀
- Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills: The queen does it again and I couldn’t be happier with this book! Easily my current favorite author ❤
- Bob’s Burgers Vol 1 by various authors: Whoever came up with the idea for a comic book was genius. I can never get enough of Bob’s or the Belchers so this is a must for the hiatus and fellow fans!
- Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett: This was not only a compelling but eye-opening book where Bennett shared thoughts and at times, felt like he was pulling them out of my head. Combined my love of sports and reading perfectly ❤
There you go! Those were the 18 books I read in May 🙂 How many books did you read in May? Did you have a top 3 favorite? Can’t wait to hear!