Monthly Reading Wrap Up: What I Read in May

May called for tons of traveling for both our wedding & honeymoon which in turn, allowed me to have tons of reading time [ because reading on planes & in airports just hits different]. This month especially, I branched out to new genres & even started a much hyped fantasy series. Let me know if you have read any of these listed & whether you liked them or not.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now, but when I saw they were making it into a motion picture, I figured I should read the book first. I love the setting of this book & the concept but I’ll be honest, it wasn’t a top tier read for me. I absolutely loved the dynamic between Kya & Tate as well as the story of her childhood & growing up. I think for me, the beginning was a very slow burn & didn’t get going until 100 pages in. But overall I give it a solid 3.5 stars & I feel like as a movie, it will be very good.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy

This was one of those reads where, if it hadn’t of been free on the book app, I don’t think I would have chosen to read it. But a lot of people rave about the off campus series & so I decided to see what the hype was all about. It definitely wasn’t one of those books with a lot of depth to it but it kept my attention in a “college drama & smut sort of way.” It’s tough to say if I’ll ever get around to read the entire series, but it was a great option if you are looking for a quick & easy read in between those more lengthy favorites.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

TJR is probably one of my favorite authors at the moment. Her writing & creativity is phenomenal & I honestly felt like I was reading about a REAL band in the 70’s. This is an easy read for it’s dialogue written style. It realistically tells the struggles of rock & roll, drug use, alcohol abuse & the tension that builds among bandmates. I also really enjoyed the stylistic twist at the end. I did find this novel to be sad a times & is filled with triggers [ so check the warnings]. But I truly believe TJR has a way of telling a story to really make the point of such struggles known to the world. I highly recommend it.

The UnHoneymooners by Christina Lauren

This was such a fun light read for my honeymoon travels. The story is based in Maui [ which is the main reason I decided to read it this month] & it’s an enemies to lovers trope of them being forced to go on a trip to Maui [ her sister’s honeymoon] after her sister & entire wedding guests get food poisoning besides her & her enemy, Ethan. I definitely recommend this one for a summer read & can’t wait to read more from this author, including her ever so popular book, “Love & Other Words”.

A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas Book #1

We are ending off the month with a strong one. I finally decided to start the ever so popular fantasy series ACOTR. When I say I can already tell I’m going to love a series after reading simply the first chapter, you KNOW it’s going to be good! Please, no spoilers. I haven’t felt this drawn to a story since highschool & the Twilight series. At first, I was hesitant to read this series because it seemed too YA for my taste. But it definetely fits closer to an adult audience than I realized. I felt like I was watching a movie, the story was so good! I’m sure they plan to make this series into a Netflix series of some kind in the future. Or rather, I seriously hope they do! I can’t wait to get to the second book & read the entire series.

What books should I add to my June TBR?


36 thoughts on “Monthly Reading Wrap Up: What I Read in May”

  1. Congrats on getting married! It sounds like you had a great reading month, most of these are actually on my tbr so it was interesting to hear what you thought of them. I’ll definitely be bumping ACOTAR up it now, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for sharing, I hope June is a great reading month for you too x

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  2. Looks like you had a good month of reading. I haven’t read any of my books, but want to read more and tick the books I have off the reading list. Thank you for sharing! Have a fabulous month!

    Lauren x

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  3. Ooo sounds like you’ve read some great things throughout May. Thank you for reviewing them, I love posts like this as it helps me navigate what’s good or not so good in the book world! Look forward to seeing what you read in June Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

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  4. I love Where the Crawdads Sing! That’s one of my favorites. I also have The Unhoneymooners on my TBR pile too. Can’t wait to start it

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  5. I debated reading Where the Crawdad’s Sing, but ultimately chose a different book. The Deal has also been on my radar for awhile but still remains a TBR.

    I am SO glad you started ACOTAR. I promise, no spoilers, but I absolutely love the series. I agree that it is more adult than YA, especially as the series progresses. I can’t wait to read your opinion on the rest of the series!

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  6. These sound like interesting reads. I started ACTR series long ago but never finished. I’ll have to revisit the series. I’m huge Twilight fan too. Congratulations on your wedding. Wishing you a long and happy marriage.

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