Saturday, June 11, 2022

Monthly Reading Wrap-up - May 2022

This year I thought I would share a little more of all my books and I thought the best way to do that would be if I wrapped up my reads of each month, so I can share mini reviews on all the books I've gone through! 

It could be a big range from 2 to 10 books depending on how much I read, but I figure I can share a little synopsis and quick thoughts on each book. I will still be doing more in depth reviews on books that really capture me! 

Unrest was received as a review copy - this post contains affiliate links

So, in May I read 8 books - a mix of genres from adult romance to young adult fantasy books. I love most genres, and I really want to keep my reads diversified this year - I think I have been doing a great job of that so far! Also, I've been trying to read a mix of old and new books, which I've done a good job at so far this yet, but this month was mainly newer books. I read these a 50/50 split of audio and physical books. 

Here's a quick look at all the books I read in the past month:  

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo ~ ☆☆☆☆ - 4 stars. This is a young adult fiction book written in verse. This is about a teen girl finding her way through the world and in to slam poetry - she is trying to discover who she is through strict parents, relationships, siblings and religion. I love this author's writing and I enjoyed the characters! 

Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf ~ ☆☆☆ - 3 stars. This is a young adult mystery centred around competitive scrabble - I really enjoyed the setting and the author's writing and the scrabble tie ins throughout the book. Unfortunately, this book solidified that YA mystery is not a genre I love - the reveals just don't have enough oomph and this one had a little too many characters and I got a little lost sometimes. 

By The Book by Jasmine Guillory ~ ☆☆☆☆ - 4 stars. This is an adult romance - it is part of the Meant to Be series by Disney, so it's an adult spin on Beauty and the Beast (it's not a full on retelling, more hints of the story instead of a blatant retelling). This features a bad boy author and an editor helping them - this was adorable and had me smiling. Perfect Summer read! 

How To Fail As A Popstar by Vivek Shraya ~ ☆☆☆ ½ - 3.5 stars. This is an adult non-fiction play - it is adapted from the author's single person show about failing as a popstar in their earlier career. It is a mix of stories of struggles and some song lyrics input in there. This was a quick, easy read! 

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid☆☆☆ ½ - 4.5 stars. This is an adult fiction book (maybe a little romancey) - I did write a full review on this book, you can check it out here! The main character's husband goes missing in a place crash and years later, she is ready to move on and falls in love again, only for her husband to return home. This is so heartbreaking, but lovely and all about the finding the right person for you. TJR is just a phenomenal writer - no one is perfect and the characters are all flawed, and make choices you might not always agree with but are still relatable. Great read! 

Unrest by Emma Cote☆☆☆☆ - 4 stars. This is an adult fiction novella - I was certainly feeling the shorter books this month before my trip, as I didn't want to leave a book hanging while I was away so this was perfect. This is about a funeral director whose Mother passes away - they had a strained relationship, but she decides to tour the US and see all the gravesites her mom visited before she passed following a trail of postcards her mom left. It was a cute, emotional read and I enjoyed it (but, with most short books, I wanted a little more!) 

Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson☆☆☆☆½ - 4.5 stars. This is the second book in the Trickster series - this is labelled as an adult fiction book, but is often labelled as a young adult fantasy - it's somehow a blend of all the genres with a little indigenous story in there. I am really getting in to this trilogy with this book! The first book was certainly more difficult to read with Jared and his life. In this book, Jared is trying to turn things around for himself and I enjoyed the setting and new characters introduced. Of course, things can't be that easy for him and he has numerous people out to get him - there is a lot of tension waiting to see what else is going to happen. I like the pace and the reveals and I'm excited to see how the trilogy will end!

When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles ~ ☆☆ ½ - 2.5 stars. This is the second book in the Kingdom of Cards young adult fantasy duology (Where Dreams Descend was the first book). This was a long book (18 hours on audio, but I wanted to finish this duology). Unfortunately, this story didn't really do it for me - it felt like it introduced new characters, who were basically the same as the first book) and this one was okay, but it just didn't hook me with the story - it drug on a little but. There was some good moments, but also found a bit of the writing quite clunky and repetitive.

I would I would call May a good reading month - a little bit of everything, from a 2.5 to a 4.5 read. A little less than the past couple of months because of travelling, but overall good! 

Here's a little refresh of my rating system:

5 Stars: Excellent/Fantastic/Amazing Read 
4.5 Stars: Really Great Read
4 Stars: Great Read 
3.5 Stars: Really Good Book
3 Stars: Good Book 
2.5 Stars: Eh, It was Okay Read
2 Stars: Finished it, but Didn't Enjoy It
1.5 Stars: Not Good at All
1 Star: DNF (Did Not Finish)

What was the best book you read this month?! My favourite of all of these was One True Loves. 

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