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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?

-B

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Monthly Reading Wrap Up: What I Read In April

I’ve decided to start a new book series on my blog where I share what I’ve read each month. And I hope to do a full yearly wrap up in December. Currently, I’ve read 12 books this year – April being the longest reading list of six books. If you are interested in keeping up with my book updates in real time, be sure you are following my bookstagram.

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

I actually started reading this one at the end of March & finished it the first week of April. What made me pick this book up was the author commendatory saying it was similar to Stephen Kings the Shining which I think was a bit of a stretch. I did love the atmosphere of this read & the trope of being snowed in a creepy sanatorium turned hotel. If you enjoy detective stories & “who done it’s”, I recommend this read, It’s the first of three, so I’m curious to know how the story continues in Pearse’s second book, The Retreat.

Let Me Go by Kate Bold

This is your PSA to check out some of the free novels provided on the book app. Although this story was rather predicable at the end, it kept my attention the entire time. It tells the story about a woman who’s past is coming to haunt her when she takes her husband to meet her family & childhood town.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

I love a good self help book. And although the majority of the book was rather repetitive & filled with psychological statistics, what really made me love this book was the introduction. The author shares her personal stories of lost & how she went through grief.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

I’ve had this Ruth Ware novel on my shelves for over a year & I finally decided to read it. In the past, I tried reading it but wasn’t in the mood. I strongly believe it’s ok to read based on your mood. Don’t force yourself to finish a book. You can always come back to it later. This one was about a young girl who was trying to find her place in the world after losing her mother. She is surprisingly sent a mysterious letter informing her of a family inheritance. When she goes to find answers, she discovers so much more.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One of the most hyped novels everywhere & I finally decided to read it. This is hands down my favorite read of 2022 so far. If you haven’t read this one yet & are questioning whether it’s worth the hype, well it is! It tells the story of Evelyn Hugo, a 50’s starlet actress who decides to tell her story to a new magazine writer & proposes she writes an entire novel about her life, her seven husbands & other secrets.

No Exit by Taylor Adams

I was going to wait until winter to read this one as it is set during a blizzard & 5 strangers are stranded together at a truck stop. I also wanted to compare the Hulu movie to the novel, which both are very gruesome & dark. I’m more of a fan of psychological thrillers & this was definitely out of my comfort zone.

Have you read any of these?

-B