During the month of May, I read 7 books and 1 webtoon.
Shadow of the Fox
A fantasy novel based on Japanese mythology which follows Yumeko, a kitsune,
who forms an alliance with a mysterious samurai to transport a piece of an
ancient scroll that has the power to summon a great dragon. This one took a
while to fully appreciate. It was kind of slow in the beginning and since I was
also in a book slump, that didn’t help the experience either. But towards the
end, I found it so enjoyable and the story and characters were so brilliant.
My So-Called Bollywood Life
Winnie follows her prophecy to the T. Until the boy who is supposed to be her
true love cheats on her. Now she’s doing things her way. Honestly, I found this
book rather dull and, in the end, it wasn’t really for me. I do see its appeal
and I would recommend others to give this book a try.
The Paper & Hearts Society Out of the other youtuber-turn-author books, it’s pretty decent. My thoughts about this are the same as My So-Called Bollywood Life, I see it’s appeal and how a lot of people are going to love this book and looking back, this isn’t a terrible book but it’s just one of those stories that doesn’t fit my own reading style and taste.
A Torch Against theNight
I cannot believe it took me so long to read this sequel. Having to rely on my
memory all the way from 2015 probably dampened by experience of this book, but
I really enjoyed it.
Exit West Another neutral read. Quick, captivating and interesting.
During the month of April, I read 4 books. (It’s actually 7, but I collapsed Our Dreams at Dusk because it’s in Manga volumes)
Summer Bird Blue “It was just so heartfelt and emotional, especially the last quarter had me in tears. A story about a girl exploring her grief, but also a story about family and friendship. A brilliant character-driven novel that really hit all the right notes .” My review
Hate to Want You Everyone I follow has read this book. It’s a little more steamy than I would’ve liked but the family drama was to die for and I was on edge.
The Fall and Rise of the Amir Sisters Eh, I’m not too sure about this. I love Nadiya but this book was just so weird. I found the sisters to be so unlikeable at some points. Mae was a disappointment and the attempt to portray her as a teen today really flopped. (Her texting was so irritating and illegible at some points. I don’t want to sound like an adult complaining about teens in fiction but in 2019 are most eighteen-year-olds really texting like this? “Nt doom. Better nt jinx uni. L8ers! Xxxx”)
Our Dreams at Dusk A short manga about a gay teen who is scared he’s been outed. He meets a mysterious woman and finds himself joining (a sort of) club. The depiction of different LGBT+ characters was honestly so amazing. It’s so short but so impactful. The art is so beautiful.
At first, I was a little disappointed that I only read four books this month. But, looking back, I really enjoyed each book I read this month, and I guess that was little better than reading more books and not enjoying them.
Graham’s Delicacies I signed up to join the blog tour for Em Ali’s second book, Graham’s Delicacies and I was so excited when they accepted me onto the tour! I don’t want to say much until my post goes lives, but I loved this collection of short stories.
If The Dress Fits I really enjoy one of Carla’s previous novels and I really enjoyed this one. It’s about her woman who finds out her cousin is marrying her first love and she enters a fake relationship with her best friend in order to get overbearing parent
Love from A to Z I have had the pleasure of being invited to join Simon & Schuster’s blog tour for Love From A to Z. I love S.K. Ali’s writing and her debut Saints and Misfits is one of my favourites ever! This won’t be up until May but getting the opportunity to read and review this book was an absolute joy.
Gates of Thread and Stone I found this book on Twitter and instantly fell in love with the cover. I didn’t even realise this was a 2014 release until someone brought it to my attention! This blog was still underway back then so I understood how it completely went under my radar! But I really loved this book, and it was quite a lot of fun. Read my review here!
That’s it for that month! Tell me what went on in YOUR life this month! What sort of things was important for you this month? New obsessions? New TV shows? Or book? Any new song recs (I’m always open to new music!)? Best books you read this month?
What If It’s Us – Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
A Place For Wolves – James Mills isn’t sure he can forgive his parents for dragging him away from his life, not to mention his best friend and sister, Anna. He’s never felt so alone. Enter Tomas. Falling for Tomas is unexpected, but sometimes the best things in life are.
Empress of All Seasons – Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except y?kai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy. Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea – It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped. Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.
Dear Evan Hansen – When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s griefover the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.
Oh, gosh. When I sat down to write this post, I quickly realised how many books I didn’t read this month, like I had planned to. In my defence, it was a busy month. I started the second year of university, my sister got married (walima and mehndi at the end of the month), and I also saw BTS in concert. So I apologize for this very boring rewind.
B O O K S
I was contemplating whether to even make a graphic for this month’s rewind… My reading number was extremely low, for me, this month. But I give myself a pass considering everything that had happened. If I was going to read one book, I’m glad it was a book I actually enjoyed. Girls of Paper and Fire was an amaaaazing book. The world is so beautiful but devastating. A cast of characters that were diverse and multi-faceted. Read it if you can.
An interesting discussion about blogger privilege in the book community. Fadwa’s Discuss corner is a really great section of her blog where she boosts smaller voices. Have a look of the others if you have the time!
I’ve long stopped reading books by Sarah J. Maas but this review of Kingdom of Ash had me really shocked. Maas’s writing is one of her strongest assets but honestly, these comparisons are really shocking to read.
That’s it for this month! Tell me what went on in YOUR life this month! What sort of things was important for you this month? New obsessions? New TV shows? Or book? Any new song recs (I’m always open to new music!)? Best books you read this month?