I really can’t decide if May was an okay month, or total garbage It seemed to fly by and drag by, was pretty stressful, and I feel like I didn’t really accomplish anything. But, I did get in a decent amount of reading, at least, so that’s something. I still have a list of blog posts I meant to write last month…and in April…and March… *sigh* Hopefully some motivation will strike this month, and hopefully I’ll be able to carve out some time for some of those before I totally give up/lost interest.
I’ve already posted my wrap up for the Spring Bookish Bingo, and I think that was pretty much the only challenge thing I really participated in last month. I might have checked off a couple of things for the other (year-long) reading challenges I’m doing, but I’ll be posting updates for those at the end of this month (or beginning of July) when I do a mid-year review.
On to the books!
Books I started before May but finished last month:
Tarot for Yourself: A Workbook for Personal Transformation by Mary K. Greer, which I’ve been attempting to read on and off for 5+ years I really liked this book, overall, and I would probably recommend it, but it’s not my favorite book on tarot. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers, which I’d started at the end of April and finished at the beginning of last month. This second book in the His Fair Assassins series was my favorite, and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. I freaking love Sybella ❤
Books I read in May:
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare because I’ve fallen down the romance rabbit hole and I am obsessed now that I’ve started figuring out the kinds of romance stories I enjoy. Tessa Dare is a new favorite author, and I gave this one 5 out of 5 stars.
Never Seduce a Scoundrel by Sabrina Jeffries, which I enjoyed overall, but there were several things that irritated me. In the end, I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon which was so freaking cute and sweet and steamy oh my gods ❤ Contemporary is not really my thing, but I really loved this one and highly recommend it. I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot, which I really wanted to enjoy more, but I just thought it was okay. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt, which was an eye-rolling letdown, but I didn’t hate it. I gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars, but I’ve honestly already forgotten most of it
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers which was also a bit of a letdown. It was my least favorite of the original trilogy, but I still gave it 4 out of 5 stars, so I obviously did enjoy it quite a lot, I just preferred the first two books.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber, which I’m not even talking about anymore oh my gods. I reviewed it here, and I gave it 2 out of 5 stars.
Courting Darkness by Robing LaFevers, which I wanted to like more, because Sybella, but…I wasn’t in love with this one. It was fine, I’ll read the next one, but I thought this one was just meh. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, which I ended up loving. Not as much as the first book, but I think this was my second favorite. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
War Storm by Victoria Aveyard, which was…fine? I liked some parts a lot, loved a few parts, hated a few. It was a mixed bag for me, but I didn’t hate it or feel particularly disappointed. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Royally Screwed by Emma Chase, which was entertaining, but not my favorite. I would like to read the other Royally books, but I’m not in a rush. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige, and I’m still not sure if I want to stick with 3.5 out of 5 stars, or lower it to 3 I liked this one, but not quite as much as the first, and some of it felt super rushed, while others dragged a little.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, which I’m hoping to write a review for before I start the next book. I loved it and gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, which was the runner up on my e-book poll a while back. I’m also hoping to write a review for this one, but…I didn’t love it like I expected to I ended up giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey, which I reviewed here. I am still so freaking mad about not loving this book, ugh. I gave it 2.5 out of 5 bitter stars.
Fairy Tales read (all by the Grimm brothers; links to Fairy Tales Fridays post):
And that’s a wrap, whew.
- 15 books read in May
- 2 books finished in May, and
- 3 fairy tales read
Not bad, and I’m quite pleased, overall.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am so happy I can get audiobooks to work for me now, because they’ve been a huge help, particularly with books I want to read, but my motivation isn’t super high. I like checking out the audiobook to listen to while also reading along in a physical or ebook, which is great because I don’t have to stop reading to eat, feed the cats, do the dishes, etc. Basically, I alternate between just listening and listening and reading at the same time.
They’ve also been a huge help in allowing me to enjoy books while I’m recovering from a migraine. Eye strain (my vision is total garbage) definitely contributes to causing my migraines, and sometimes they’ll come back if I’m not careful about stuff like that. I used to have to take off at least a day after a migraine, but now I can pick a book back up basically as soon as the migraine is over.
Okay, sorry, I didn’t intend to babble about that, but I really am so grateful to audiobooks (and ebooks, which are much easier on my eyes since I can increase the font size and change it to a style that’s more comfortable for me). I used to read like 5 books a week when I was a kid, but as my vision deteriorated in my teens, that number plummeted, so it’s really nice to get back to reading a lot more after all this time ❤