Hello, lovelies! Another month has passed us by, so I wanted to share my reading for the month of May with you all! I was inspired by my amazing friend Taylor to try a new layout for my wrap, so let me know what you guys think!
1. A Court of Frost and Starlight — Sarah J. Maas ★★★★★
I know this book let a lot of people down, but I personally genuinely enjoyed it! I think it helped that I went into it expecting nothing more than fluffly filler material.
2. Wanna Bet? — Talia Hibbert ★★★★★
I really love Talia’s writing, and this one was no exception; a fat black heroine, a South Asian hero, and lots of cuteness and steam.
3. Emergency Contact — Mary H.K. Choi ★★★★☆
I struggled a little with the pacing and the treatment of some female characters, but overall, this was a super cute buddy read with Reg!
4. Fresh Ink — Lamar Giles ★★★★★
This anthology is all own-voice stories by authors of color, primarily contemporary and related to POC struggles (especially in America). Absolutely magnificent, so important, and I cannot recommend it enough.
5. Crooked Kingdom — Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★
I am destroyed. That is all.
6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams ★★★★☆
I’d been putting this book off forever, though I enjoyed the film (the Martin Freeman/Mos Def one!), but I finally read it and really enjoyed it! Super funny. I buddy read this one with my fiance Terry!
7. The Queen Underneath — Stacey Filak 🚫
This was an unrequested ARC that showed up randomly, and the cover was pretty so I gave it a try… yikes. I DNFed it about 50 pages in because it was so, so, SO bad.
8. Babyteeth, Vol 2 — Donny Cates ★★★★☆
I loved the first volume a little more than this one, but it was still cute demon babies and lots of sweetness and mommies defending their young, and I liked it.
9. The Summer Children — Dot Hutchison ★★★★★
I was so sad to see this series end, but it was absolutely amazing right to the very last page. Major trigger warnings for this entire series if child abuse/death is a trigger for you!
10. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings — Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman ★★★★★
Another own-voice anthology full of amazing authors of color, though this one is Asian authors retelling Asian fairytales and myths. I couldn’t get enough. ♥
11. A Head Full of Ghosts — Paul Tremblay ★★★★★
I listened to the audiobook for most of this one, and really enjoyed it! The narrator had a fantastic delivery and the story overall is creepy and a bit of a mind-fuck. That ending blew me away and I can’t wait to read more from Paul.
12. LIFEL1K3 — Jay Kristoff ★★★★★
Mad Max: Fury Road meets the Fallout game franchise. Lots of mecha everywhere, super badass characters, and one of the most lovable side characters I’ve ever met!
13. The Princess Trap — Talia Hibbert ★★★★★
Another Talia book, another 5-star review! This one has a fat black heroine and a queer Nordic hero, and is angsty AS HELL, but in the best, most addicting way.
14. Tithe — Holly Black ★★★☆☆
I read this several times as a kid, but hadn’t revisited the series in over a decade! I had no idea how far Holly had come in her writing or how problematic this book was, but it was still a fast and very fun read, and I’ll definitely continue the series (finally!).
15. Sky in the Deep — Adrienne Young ★★★★★
I buddy read this with Taylor, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it! I actually didn’t expect to love it so much, but Eelyn is a very lovable protagonist, and the love interest is my favorite sort of soft teddy-bear-meets-semi-alpha-male type. (#noshame)
16. From Twinkle, With Love — Sandhya Menon ★★★☆☆
I had super high hopes for Twinkle, but sadly, it wasn’t for me; her character was very self-centered and unlikable, and the writing felt extremely juvenile. That said, if you don’t mind a very “young”-sounding teen MC, maybe check this one out!
17. Open Mic — Mitali Perkins ★★★★☆
This was a (mostly nonfiction) anthology by authors of color, and while parts of it dragged, I enjoyed it a lot overall and it’s a very fast read!
18. Before She Was Harriet — Lesa Cline-Ransome ★★★★★
This was my first picture book required for my summer class, and it was the best picture book I’ve ever read. It made me bawl, no joke, and is so good – it’s absolutely stunning, and I think any reader, of any age, would benefit from adding this to their collection.
19. Children of Blood and Bone — Tomi Adeyemi ★★★★☆
You may remember that I DNFed this earlier in the year because it put me into an awful slump, but I picked it back up at the end of the month because it had been voted in as a Life & Lit BOTM choice, and I’m glad I did! While it wasn’t perfect for me by any means, it picked up a lot around the 250-275 page mark, and I finished it off easily.
Other Reviews Posted this Month…
(Click the titles for review links!)
A Gathering of Shadows ★★★★★
Throne of Glass ★★★★☆
Bad Romance ★★★★★
A Girl Like Her ★★★★★
Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★★
The Way You Make Me Feel ★★★★★
The Devil and the Deep ★★★★☆
Undead Girl Gang ★★★★★
Favorite Non-Review Posts of the Month…
Unfinished May Reads…
A Conjuring of Light — started May 8
Bright We Burn — started May 15
History is All You Left Me — started May 21
City of Glass — started May 22
A Different Mirror for Young People — started May 23
The Astonishing Color of After — started May 24
Kitchen Table Tarot — started May 27
Crown of Midnight — started May 29
Anger is a Gift — started May 30
Scream All Night — started May 30
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces — started May 30
AVERAGE RATING FOR THE MONTH: 4.26/5
FORMAT: 47% PRINT, 53% DIGITAL
PERCENTAGE OF MAY TBR COMPLETED: Moody May — no TBR!