Since I had family over my house for most of this month, I unfortunately didn’t get to read as much as I wanted. A pro to living by the sea is that it’s often a highlight to my cousins who all live in London. I went to the beach more times in this month than I did in the past year. 😂 I also ended up taking a walk by the Seven Sisters as well which was pretty cool since I haven’t been there since a primary school trip. And, lastly, an ARTBOX café opened up in Brighton and I’M IN LOVE! If you don’t know what ARTBOX is, it’s basically a character café where for a couple of months they focus on one particularly character. And for their opening, it was PUSHEEN! I’ll post some of my highlight pictures from this month below!
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.
I am so impressed with the fact that I managed to read 14 books this month. It was most likely spurred by the fact that I start my second year of university in October so I really wanted to read as much as I could before it’s limited by deadlines and essays. Also, I’ve been cheeky and just stolen snippets from my own reviews for this post.
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | (3/5) | TSIAAS is one of those books where I’m genuinely in the middle. Like I didn’t enjoy it, but I didn’t absolutely love it. I feel like there’s a bit of switch here for me. But it’s ending was really good and the way Nicola Yoon jumps into different bystander’s voices without affecting the main plot brilliantly done. I like how it showed we are all connected in some way or another
Circe by Madeline Miller |(4/5)| Miller’s ability to re-present the classics never fails to amaze me. Seven years since TSOA was first published, four years since I had read it, and I can definitely say that Circe was definitely worth the wait.
How She Likes It by Carla de Guzman |(5/5)| Isabel Alfonso is next in line to be CEO of her family-owned company. But she’s also risking her own business to take it. Single dad Adam Sevilla is just going by, raising his daughter while also allowing her to reconnect with her distant mother. Isabel and Adam are two very different people, but they work well together. And so does this story. Its pacing was well, and it was a relatively fun and enjoyable read.
Lions Can Always Learn to Roar (Until Lambs Become Lions, #2) by Charlotte Anne Hamilton |(5/5)| After nearly dying at the hands of the Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood and her merry gang are on a deadline after the Queen Mother appears to have sent her people to Nottingham. Robin has no idea what’s ahead of her but she’ll do anything to keep her family safe.
Margot & Me by Juno Dawson |(3/5)| Fliss and her mother move in with her cold grandmother. Fliss discovers the diary she kept during the war and learns all new secrets about her seemingly distant grandmother. I don’t know what, but this book just didn’t work for me.