Hello, all! We hope that you had a fantastic May. For those in school, we hope that you’re out (or close to) and all your exams have gone well!
It feels like this month totally flew by for us. Here and then gone, just like the rest.
This month, we read Circe, the review should be up in June, and Goblet of Fire, which we’ll wrap up reading in June.
Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.
This month, I read 20 books! That’s a whole hell of a lot, even for me.
Roughly, this is what I read:
- The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
- The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII by Jillianne Hamilton
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (rounded up from 3.5)
- Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (rounded up from 3.5)
- The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (rounded up from 3.5)
- Circe by Madeline Miller
- Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII by Gareth Russell
- Lock In by John Scalzi
- First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung (rounded down from 3.5)
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (rounded down from 3.5)
- Furyborn by Claire Legrand (DNF)
- Providence by Caroline Kepnes (DNF)
- Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir
- Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King (DNF)
- Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan (DNF)
My average rating this month was 3.15! Not bad one bit. I think that this month was a good one for me, even if I DNFed quite a few.
Stay tuned for what I’ll be reading in June!
So, in May I read three books and DNFed one ARC. To be honest, I forgot that I finished Prisoner of Azkaban in May and I have no idea what I’m going to rate it so I’m not going to do by usual format since two of the four books I have no idea what I’m going to rate.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (4.5 out of 5)
I seriously considered giving this book five stars. I loved it THAT much. I loved it more than Simon because frankly, I relate far more to a fat, sassy, bisexual girl who is in love with one of her friends. That’s just the way it is. My only issue what that the plot didn’t flow as well as it could’ve, but it was still so much fun to read. Also, be forewarned that Leah says some things that could be upsetting to anyone who is bisexual, pan, or questioning. I thought it was out of line, but it didn’t upset me.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (rating to come)
I don’t want to spoil my thoughts on PoA because we will be writing a joint review of it coming up. I will say this, though. I love Prisoner of Azkaban, but the book fell short for me.
The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara (1 out of 5 stars – ARC, DNF)
I hate writing negative reviews, but I only got 17% into this book because I was dreading picking it up. It was so dull I didn’t even make it to the romance. Yeah, it just felt like bad fanfiction and I hate being an asshole about it, but I was so excited for this book and queer lady pirates and was seriously let down. One of the most disappointing reads ever.
Circe by Madeline Miller (rating to come)
Again, I don’t want to spoil my thoughts on this because we will be doing a joint review soon.
And I have to finish the book. However, I will say this, I didn’t just love The Song of Achilles because of Achilles and Patroclus’s relationship.
That’s it for me! I had a lot more to say but didn’t do a ton of reading. I read Leah in a short amount of time but dragged my feet with the other three. Reading is still a struggle for me for whatever reason, but I did start a new blog series called The Soundtrack of My Life where I talk about my favorite songs of all time and I will have a new series coming up in June! (Which is awesome. Trust me. I know it is.)