May Wrap Up | My Thoughts on Books I Read In May

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Without a doubt, May was the month I read the most books thus far of 2020. It was like every other day I was reading a different book. I honestly enjoyed the majority of the books I read and instead of doing individual posts I figured I’d do one big wrap up and call it a day! 

To be honest? I kind of strayed from my May TBR, just a little bit. I came across other books and received some ARCs so I focused my attention on those first. Nevertheless, I tried my best to keep up with my list. 

Related: May TBR 

Wrap Up 

Bone Criers Moon by Kathryn Purdie 

I had the great pleasure of reading this book along with the members of The Howling Pack and can I just say, wow. It was such an amazing read. I loved the romance brewing between Ailesse and Bastien, despite the fact that they wanted to kill each other. The sick secrets behind why her mother hated her so much. All the loyalty and love between her best friend, Sabine, and her. It was honestly just magical. I believe it was my first fantasy of the year and I was just AMAZED. It intrigued me so much that I found myself coming up with different theories every couple of pages because there was so much that had me gasping and losing my mind. This was one of my favorite reads of the month. 

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus 

This was another one of my favorites. It was my first book by McManus and I loved it! The mystery behind the murder. Four students being questioned for it. Love brewing between two suspects, who don’t seem like they belong together but fit perfectly like a glove. The lengths to which one person would go for a juicy story. It was downright phenomenal. I got major Pretty Little Liars vibes and you guys know I love my PLL. Five out five stars!

Related: June TBR

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

This book seriously changed my life. For the first time in years I was finally able to get rid of things I held onto since like seventh grade. And even better, I learned so much about myself and what I love along the way. But, you can read more about my experience with this book in the post I did linked down below! 

Related: Testing the Marie Kondo Method of Tidying Up

Silence: A Fable + MS. Found in a Bottle by Edgar Allen Poe

I don’t know if it was because of my lack of sleep or maybe I’ve outgrown it, but I honestly did not enjoy reading these two short stories. Growing up I always loved reading Poe’s work, it was one of the highlights of my childhood. However, I couldn’t get into it. It was like my brain shut off every single word. I gave them both three stars despite the fact that it saddened me to do so. 

Black Clover #1 by Yuki Tabata 

As first mangas go, this was a great one. Naturally, I was a little confused at first. But then I started to get the hang of it and ended up really enjoying it. I only read chapter one but I’m excited to see what the next chapters have in store. The characters were so compelling and hilarious, yet so lovable. I’d love to read a physical copy though. The online versions had too many commentaries from other readers. 

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

Oh Joker, how I love you. I just want to take a moment to appreciate how GORGEOUS the artwork was. Especially during the flashbacks when they would be in black and white but they would have one object colored in order to emphasize it. Honestly, such brilliant and amazing work. 

Out of My League by Sarah Sutton 

I read Sutton’s debut novel back in like February or March and I absolutely loved it! Going into her second novel, I had such high hopes and I can without a doubt say that it did not disappoint.

Out of My League follows the life of Sophia, a writer whose dream is to land an internship in her senior year of high school. The only problem is that in order to gain the internship, she has to write a stellar article for her school’s newspaper, but the school board has cut funding for the newspaper in order to get new bleachers for the baseball team. She comes up with an idea to expose the baseball team and get the school’s newspaper back up and running. Along the way, her boyfriend, Scott (who’s on the baseball team), publicly breaks up with her and she ends up in a fake relationship with the captain of the baseball team, Walsh Hunter. Throughout the story, Sophia and Walsh become closer and develop an understanding like no other.

I absolutely loved it, and I mean LOVED this story. The development between the two main characters was so well thought out and the story flowed tremendously well. You can tell this story was written with so much love and devotion. I loved learning about all the characters and the secrets surrounding them. It felt like I was back in high school experiencing these things first hand. Definitely one of my favorites this month. 

Related: What Are Friends For? Book Review 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 

I don’t even think I need to review this because you already know that I love Harry with every cell in my body. Reading this story again made me feel the same sort of happiness I would feel when I was younger. It took me back to my childhood when I would spend hours at the library combing through the different books in the series. It was also the first time I used an audiobook and the narrator was TREMENDOUS! I loved the different accents and voices he’d use for the different characters. And, it was even more special because this time I got to use my own set of books which I was never able to do before.

Final Thoughts 

Although I didn’t get to complete my TBR because I found other stories I was interested in, I loved getting to read the ones I did. I’m surprised that I even read so many considering I spent the first half of the month completing my finals for school. But, it was still a great literary month. I’m beyond excited to see what stories will unfold in June and I hope you guys enjoyed your May books as well! 

Until next time, 

Stay Vibrant & Embrace The Gray 

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