May Reading Wrap Up

It’s been a busy month, I’ll tell you that. Finals, Ramadan, and a load of reading, which means we’ll have a bit of a longer wrap-up.

I read a total of 11 books this month. Not as many as I thought I would read, I’ll tell you that, but still pretty impressive if I do say so myself.

I know for a fact that I’ll be reading 12+ books in June because I have nothing planned. I mean nothing. So endless time I can devote to reading and shrinking my TBR.

Also, I’m taking a different approach to choosing my TBR pile for this month. I chose around 20 books I want to choose from and placed the titles into a mug. I pick out a book to read, finish it, and then pick out another book to read from the mug. It’s been quite effective till now, so I think I’ll be doing that for the rest of the month, hence me not having a set TBR with my wrap-up. Maybe even adding more books as I go on.

It’s been quite effective till now, so I think I’ll be doing that for the rest of the month. Maybe even adding more books as I go on.

Anyways, let’s move on to the wrap-up and TBR


READING WRAP UP


1. STARS ABOVE (THE LUNAR CHRONICLES 4.5) 

BY MARISSA MEYER

I’ve been putting off reading this collection of short stories for so long, and I don’t even know why. It’s not like I thought I wouldn’t like it; it’s Marissa Meyer, of course I’ll love it, but I guess I was afraid for some reason.

I, unsurprisingly, loved every one of the short stories. I wrote up my initial one-sentence thoughts in a little Goodreads review, and it’s spoiler free, so if you want to read that then click the link below.

GOODREADS REVIEW

Reading this also made me want to reread the series so I might end up doing that in June, we’ll see.

5 stars

2. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT ME

BY RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH 

I’ve literally had this book on my shelves for 4 years. FOUR YEARS. And I just got around to reading it.

I thought it was going to be this great, diverse read about a Muslim girl that just absolutely blows my mind, but… I was underwhelmed. Very.

I guess I did have high expectations for this, but I just came out of it with a well that was a waste of my time. 

It wasn’t really that entertaining, and the writing wasn’t good enough to redeem that. If you’re thinking of picking this up, I wouldn’t really tell you to not read it, but I would strongly recommend you choose something else.

I gave this book an extra 0.5 because we really do need more diverse books about Islamic main characters, and I appreciate Randa Abdel-Fattah for putting this out there.

(I have her other book Does My Head Look Big in This? and I’m not sure what to do with it: un-haul or give it a chance? I really don’t know.

1.5 stars

3. THE KUŘIM CASE: A TERRIFYING TRUE STORY OF CHILD ABUSE, CULTS, AND CANNIBALISM

BY RYAN GREEN

I’ve been trying to get into more true crime shows, podcasts, and books, and the title of this seemed promising. You see a title like that and you think wow, that must be a creepy book. You are mistaken, my friend.

It’s either this book isn’t that scary or I’m just super desensitized to ‘horror’. Probably the latter.

I guess it’s kind of weird to think that this actually happened, I guess that’s why I gave this a 1.5 instead of a 1 out of 5. But still; this wasn’t really interesting enough.

I got it on audiobook, by the way, and throughout the whole 3 hours, I was just on the verge of falling asleep.

I’ll say the same thing I said about 10 Things I Hate About Me, you can find something way better, so I wouldn’t recommend reading this.

1.5 stars

4. THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: COMPLETE PROTECTION FROM THE LIVING DEAD

BY MAX BROOKS

Now, this is how you write a great book! I’ve been super into zombies lately, and this totally fed my craving (no pun intended) for some living dead.

I legit thought this was a nonfiction book until I reached the documented cases part. Even though this is a fiction book, I think if, on the off chance, that the zombie apocalypse actually occurs, this will come in handy because it has some great (serious) advice we could use.

I listened to the whole audiobook in a day, and I ordered the physical copy straight away! This is a book every zombie fanatic should pick up or just flip through.

(I also just found out that Max Brooks wrote World War Z. This guy is great, I seriously need to read more of his books ASAP!)

4.5 stars

 

5. THE REPTILE ROOM (A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS #2)

BY LEMONY SNICKET 

I mentioned in my April wrap-up that I ‘read’ the first book (I listened to it on audiobook), and really enjoyed it!

I think the books are juts going to get better and better as the plot thickens and the characters develop and grow older.

I don’t really have much to say other than I love how dark this series is, to be honest. It’s great, and I don’t think you need me to tell you to go read it.

(I also need to get these in a physical form. I need those gorgeous covers on my shelf!)

4 stars

6. HEIR OF FIRE (THRONE OF GLASS #3)

BY SARAH J. MAAS

loved the first 2 books. Absolutely adored them! But then I read this book and came out of it with a that was good… what should I read next? kind of vibe. I didn’t have that urge to immediately go and read Queen of Shadows.

Don’t get me wrong, I really liked this, and will read Queen of Shadows soon, but it wasn’t mind blowing like the first two installments.

Before I move on to the next book, I want to say this: love Manon and Rowan. 

4.5 stars

(I’m so sorry for the shitty photo, I was running out of time and the sun was setting.

7. LOVE AND MISADVENTURE

BY LANG LEAV

I really wanted to love this. I tried my best to love this. I think the problem is that I didn’t give it enough time.

I saw great potential in this, I really did. It’s just I had exams and I didn’t dedicate enough time to ponder each poem in here.

A couple poems I read were fantastic and really stood out, but the rest just kind of blurred into this book full of sulky love poems.

If you’re trying to get into modern poetry, I recommend you go with something like Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur as it’s more likely to have something you can relate to more.

People say that Lang Leav is the kind of author you either live for or don’t really care for. I guess I’m part of the latter group.

I might pick this up sometime and read it again to see if the environment I was in affected my opinion by any chance.

2 stars

8. THE MARK OF ATHENA (THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS #3)

BY RICK RIORDAN

I FINALLY READ IT! God, I took me so long to finish this. I swear it was like 2 weeks, but it’s over now.

That was great! I think the second half of the book was a lot better than the first one (mainly because of that killer ending!), and that’s kind of the main thing that made it a 4-star book.

Throughout the whole book, I also found that I was forgetting who was who and which camp they were from, but by the halfway point, that cleared up.

I SPOILED MYSELF! I know that something happens to Leo. I just went to the riordanwiki to make sure of something and read a passage I was not meant to read.

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4 stars

9. SALT TO THE SEA

BY RUTA SEPETYS

I think you can of tell through my wrap-ups that I don’t read much historical fiction, my main genre is fantasy, and that’s why I picked this up.

I thought this was going to be a high fantasy about something that happens at sea etc, but it turned out to be a WWII historical fiction.

It was great, don’t get me wrong, just not what I expected.

This was a quick read, I’ll tell you that. All the chapters were super short and the writing was simple but in an almost lyrical way that made it really fast to read.

The premise of what happens at the end of the book is based on a true story that actually happened in WWII, which makes the whole thing more heartbreaking.

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3 stars

10. LOOKING FOR ALASKA 

BY JOHN GREEN

I’ve done it again… I told you guys I’ll be reading it every 3 months or so, and I just happened to do that completely by accident.

Do I seriously need to say anything about this book anymore? I’ve read it 4 times now, and every single time I do, I fall in love all over again. I’m (finally) working on a review of this which I think will come out late June/early July!

GO READ LFA! (Also, more posts about this book are coming out soon!)

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5 stars

 

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