Hey guys! I find it unbelievable that it’s the end of May – I feel like it was January 2 weeks ago? Yet, at the same time, this has been a looong month. Moving into my house was way more stressful than I’d anticipated and my mental health took a real hit which meant I wasn’t reading as much as usual. However, I’m pleased to say I still managed to get through 8 books – and my mood is also improving so I’m hopeful for a great reading month in June!
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
I only read one classic this month (the audiobooks took one of the biggest hits because anytime I was in my car I was moving boxes and couldn’t concentrate on ‘reading’). Widely credited as the first detective mystery, there was a lot to enjoy in this novel. It’s wry humour had me laughing out loud at times and it rarely felt dull or long-winded like a lot of other literature of its time! I gave this one 4/5 stars.
Review Books/Books I was sent
Life Lessons from Remarkable Women
This anthology of mini essays from 25 female celebrities was sent to me by the lovely people at Penguin Life. It’s a really valuable resource that I can see myself dipping in and out of in years to come; there really is something for everyone in there. I found something personally relevant in many of the ‘lessons’. 4/5 stars.
The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet
This was an enjoyable and compelling domestic drama with a really interesting mental health vein. You can read my full spoiler-free review here! A solid 4/5 stars.
Guilt by Amanda Robson
I had quite a few issues with this book but still found it an addictive read! It was super fast-paced and really gripping. If you’re interested to see exactly what I didn’t like about it, click here. 4/5 stars for enjoyment.
Ill Will by Michael Stewart
I requested this book due to its link with Wuthering Heights (one of my all-time favourites). There is a period in the original classic where Heathcliff disappears and returns having mysteriously educated himself and become a gentleman. This book is basically the story of what happens in the time he is away. I should have known that it couldn’t possibly live up to my adoration of Brontë’s masterpiece. There were some things I liked about it but it’s definitely not a new favourite. I’ll be reviewing this one in full soon but I gave it 3/5 stars.
Books from my TBR
Scythe by Neal Schusterman
My book club’s pick this month was a novel that has been on my radar for a while now but that I might not have been inclined to pick up anytime soon. I’m really glad we chose this one as it has a really intriguing concept at its heart and will make for an amazing moral discussion! I’ll be reading the sequel Thunderhead soon too. Scythe was a strong 4/5 stars.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
I won this book in a giveaway by Reading Between the Pages (thank you again!) and it ended up being my favourite of the month. It was full of sassy characters and amazing world-building, which are two things that almost always guarantee I will love a book. Check out my spoiler-free review here! 5/5 stars!
Lips Touch by Laini Taylor
Everyone knows by now that I am Laini Taylor trash. The woman is a queen. I got the urge to try this short story collection and I’m pleased to say it’s just as gorgeous as everything else I’ve read from Laini so far. She continues to combine buckets of imagination with the most sumptuous writing, and it just blows me away every single time. All the stars for Laini!
Total pages: 2837
Average pages per day: 94.5
Longest book: The Moonstone (512 pages)
Shortest book: Life Lessons from Remarkable Women (188 pages)
Favourite read of the month: To Kill a Kingdom
Biggest disappointment of the month: Ill Will
Male authors: 4
Female authors: 5
Books read towards Pop Sugar Reading Challenge: 1 (oops!)
And that’s my wrap-up for May! My worst reading month of the year but I’m still well ahead on my Goodreads goal so I’m not worried.
How did your month go? Leave me a comment telling me the best thing that happened to you in May! x