Hey everyone 🙂 May was a very slow reading month for me, the main reason being that most of my mental energy has been going into getting myself a new job!! I’ve been unhappy at work for a while now so I’m hoping this change will do wonders for my mental and physical health. I’ll be leaving my current job at the end of the month and starting on a new adventure!
So yeah. I’ve been feeling a lot of stress and various emotions, going for job interviews and handing in my resignation, then breaking the news to colleagues who have become good friends. But I feel like it’s the right time. Anyway, all of this has meant that I’ve been pretty exhausted and haven’t been picking up as many books.
Let’s see what I did manage to get through!
Vox by Christina Dalcher
I started the month reading Vox, which I really enjoyed. If you take it as a standalone piece of literature and don’t try to compare it to what has come before, I think this a strong story. And I loved all the science-y stuff that was included – I thought it gave the book a unique twist.
The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers
I pushed myself out of my comfort zone with this one and I’m so glad I did as I loved it! It was creepy and thrilling, and unlike anything I’ve ever read before.
The Den by Abi Maxwell
This book wasn’t quite what I expected it to be but I still enjoyed it for its small-town American setting and its exploration of women’s roles in two different eras of history.
Books from my TBR
Finale by Stephanie Garber
I’m genuinely gutted by how this trilogy ended. This final book felt unstructured and lost a lot of what I enjoyed about the first two books.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
Rereading this one reminded me why it’s one of my least favourites in the series. This book gives me a lot of angry feelings! And I’ll never be over that significant plot event at the end.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
I actually loved this one so much more this time around. I don’t know why I had it built up in my head that I wasn’t going to enjoy it as much? Maybe after the chaos of book five haha. My reactions post will be up soon 😉
Total pages: 2971
Average pages per day: 95.8
Longest book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (766 pages)
Shortest book: The Den (288 pages)
Favourite read of the month: The Forgotten Girl/Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Biggest disappointment of the month: Finale
Male authors: 1
Female authors: 5
How was your reading month? Did you find any new favourites? Or have any major disappointments? x