May is usually the month when my reading starts to slow down. As the temperatures rise, my heart is with my kids (as always), the outdoors, the pool, campfires, and everything summer time. I’m happy to report that this was a great reading month!! I read 9 books in total (so close to double digits!) and 4 of those were in the first week!! Kids are out of school at the end of June, so I know that things will change soon enough. But I’m taking it all in while I still can! Here’s what I read this month:
SAGA VOLUME FIVE and VOLUME SIX by Fiona Staples and Brian K Vaughn – 5 stars
Continuing on with my Saga reread, I finished volumes 5 and 6 this month. Same as the others – no review as these are rereads 🙂
MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows <—– (full review) 5 stars!
This book!!! WOW! I read it because it was chosen as my TBR unhaul book for May. It’s one that I’ve wanted to read for the longest time but always kept putting it off. I am kicking my own ass for waiting for so long! This book was amazing and will most definitely make my top 10 for 2018! There were elements of historical fiction, magical realism, fantasy, and so much more. But it was the fact that the romance was adorable and the humour had me laughing the whole way through that made this one of my new favourites!
A COURT OF FROST AND STARLIGHT by Sarah J Maas <—– (Full review) 5 stars!
Like I said in my review, this book was like coming home! It felt great to be back in this world and with the Night Court. This family is such a joy. If I could choose any fictional family to be a part of, this would be the one (ok, aside from being a Weasley!). Mainly I was excited to be back with Az. He slowly grew to be a part of my heart. Looking forward to the continuing trilogy!
THE FINAL SIX by Alexandra Monir <—– (Full review) 2.75 stars
This book was difficult for me. On one hand it was good. The writing was fantastic! I absolutely loved the flow of her words, the descriptions, the world building, and the characters. BUT – there were too many negatives for me to enjoy it. I got caught up in the fact that there wasn’t enough forward direction with the plot to keep me interested. It seemed to drag and focus on things for too long. I feel like it could have been condensed a little bit. And then there was the romance. Literally the most eye rolling and annoying romance on the planet. I won’t continue with this series, but I will read more from her in the future!
LIFEL1K3 by Jay (the writing god) Kristoff <—– (Full review) obviously 5 stars
This book only heightened my obsession with this man. He is King! No, not Stephen King. King of writing fucking amazing books! Sorry, but I get a little excited. This book was amazing! He had such incredible balance with this one. A human life struggling that introduces artificial intelligence. Then the humans are faced to walk the line of rights, protection, and relationships between the two. There were also science fiction elements balance with a dystopian world AND an Anastasia retelling! So much going on but was never overwhelming. It’s been a while and I still haven’t stopped thinking about this book!!
THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller <—– (Full review) 4 stars
Yet another book that I held off from reading. I think I stayed away from it because I didn’t really know anything about the story of Achilles. I felt that I would either be confused or feel like I was left out because I didn’t know the back story. But bloggers insisted that I MUST read it – so I did – and it was great! As wonderful as Achilles was, Patroclus was everything. Now I need to pick up Circe!
ONLY HUMAN by Sylvain Neuvel (book 3 of the Themis files) 3.5 stars
I finished this one a few days ago and haven’t had the chance to write and post the review. I was highly anticipating this series finale, but I was a little let down. Compared to books one and two, there was a significant reduction in the action and mystery. It was a satisfying ending, but not quite what I expected. Full review will be coming next week hopefully 🙂
LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber <—– (full review) 5 stars
It’s a very rare occasion indeed where I enjoy the sequel better than the first book, but this one is definitely in that category! I absolutely loved Tella which I didn’t expect at all. In Caraval I found a lot of faults with Scarlett and Tella, but after reading her perspective, I may have fallen for her. This book was full of mystery, confusion, twists, darkness and magic. The authors writing also improved – not saying that the first book was substandard, but I noticed a positive shift for her in this one! Can’t wait for book 3!
So there’s the month of May! I don’t think I’ve ever read that much in May before! I have to say that I’m really proud of myself – that goal of 100 books in 2018 might just be possible!!!!!!!! What did you read in the month of May?
Until next time, happy reading!