wrap up

May Wrap-Up

capture-20180530-181540l.pngHi guys! How are you? I hope you’ve had a lovely May! This was an amazing reading month for me, I actually finished 18 books!!! 12 of those I’ve already talked about in another post, so even though I read a lot, this is going to be a pretty short wrap-up. So, here’s what I read in May:

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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TW: sexual assault, anxiety attacks.

This is the best YA contemporary I’ve read in so long. It actually gave me a book-hangover and those are usually reserved for heartbreaking SFF books, so there’s that. It’s told from the dual POV’s of Sam and Penny. Penny is a writer and college student, Sam working and living in a coffee shop, but wants to make documentaries. The two of them meet, then start a friendship, which turns into romance, mostly via text and it’s so well done. Texting in books is usually a mess, but this was so natural and realistic and cute. I ship Penny and Sam so hard, you guys.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by  Jessica Townsend ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This was an absolutely delightful MG novel, about a young girl who’s whisked away to a magical city, by a mysterious stranger – on her 11th birthday. To stay in Nevermoor, Morrigans has to compete in four difficult trials and become a member of the Wundrous Society. I was so charmed by this. I love how magical and full of whimsy the city of Nevermoor is, with all it’s parades and celebrations. Morrigan’s new home, the Hotel Deucalion, is another wonderful setting, with rooms that change to fit the owner, a colorful staff and many secrets yet to explore.

 

Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This is a really beautiful and powerful book, written in verse, about a young Dominican girl finding herself and finding her voice, through poetry. It explores themes like religion, sexuality, sexism and parental expectations. My favorite part was getting to read the poems Xiomara wrote, like the rough drafts for her English assignments, so I wish we’d gotten to see more of those. My fave lines: If Medusa was Dominican and had a daughter, she might wonder at this curse/ At how her blood is always becoming some fake hero’s mission. Something to be slayed, conquered.

 

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This is a You’ve Got Mail-inspired contemporary about a girl who moves to a surfing town in California to live with her dad, without telling her internet friend/crush – who happens to live in the same town. This was such a fun and summery read, with a super cute hate-to-love romance, lovely family relationships, surfing and lots of classicmovie references.

 

 

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead ⭐⭐⭐

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This is book’s shelved as YA fantasy, but I think alt-history’s a better label for it, cause there’s nothing fantastical about it. It follows a young noble woman who escapes an arranged marriage by taking her servant’s place at a finishing school, which sends girls to the New Worldas brides. I really liked the focus on the female friendships in the first half of the book and I thought the romance was well done and really sweet. The plot wasn’t very well paced though, it dragged in some places and felt very rushed in other, especially towards the end.


Sunburn by Laura Lippman ⭐⭐

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I though this would be a sexy, twisty noir – but it was just bland and it’s a shame, cause I think there’s a good story in there somewhere. It just got lost in the terrible pacing and unnecessary POV’s. No one wants a chapter from a minor character’s sister or the main character’s ex-mother in law… I gave this one star for the main characters, who are actually charismatic and interesting, and one for the A+ food descriptions. If you want a twisty noir for summer I recommend checking out Peter Swanson or Megan Abbott instead.

 

 

 

capture-20180529-175509As I mentioned, I also read 12 other books, which you can read about in my Bookish Buzz-Words VS. BookishNope-Words, if you want to know what I thought about any of these:

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Let’s talk! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What did you read in May? Was it a good reading month for you too?

36 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up

    1. Thank you so much! It was an awesome reading month 😊 Nevermoor is the cutest! The giant cat in the window talks and has A LOT of personality – so that would be an excellent reason to read the book!

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  1. I still really want to read Emergency Contact! Everyone says it’s soo good and I just need it now :’) Also wow you had a great reading month! That’s a lot of books 😀 and a lot of really good looking books. 😀

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  2. I’ve read so many mixed reviews about Emergency Contact, it seems like everyone on my dash either loves or hates it.

    Nevermoor has such a great cover! MG novels somehow always have the best covers.

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    1. I’ve seen some mixed things too, but I adored it 😊

      That is so true! 9 out of 10 times I’m tempted to cover-buy something, it’s a MG novel. They’re just all so pretty and colorful like candy, and have such gorgeous illustrations on the cover.

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  3. I love the way you’ve set up this post it’s so gorgeous??????
    also I love texting in books so much it’s become ridiculous, I tihnk I would give a book 5 stars if it included texting c: I did a horrible thing and skimmed through Emergency Contact while @ the bookstore and I feel like a horrible person, bc now I lost interest in it bc it didn’t seem interesting??? i don’t deserve friendship *hides in shame*

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    1. Thank you so much, Melanie!!! That’s so nice of you to say 💕
      I love it too, especially when it’s done as well as in this one! Hahahaha, I’ve totally done that too, we’re both shameful. And I totally get that, it’s not a super eventful books, it’s just low-key friend to lover, mostly via text, So yeah, not a lot happens.

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  4. You had such an amazing reading month! I read Alex, Approximately back when it came out and thought it was adorable. I finally caved and bought Nevermoor because it seems like no matter what everyone’s favorite genre is, everyone seems to love it.

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  5. me and my 9 books i read in may are gonna just sit here and cry quietly……………
    im so happy u had such an amazing reading month!!!! hope june will be just as good!

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