May doesn’t seem to have lasted the same 50,000 years that April did, and I’m quite surprised it’s time to write my wrap up again already. Join me in a coffee?
This week’s coffee is another coffee from Glen Lyon roasters. The Brazilian Fazenda Do Lobo which has tasting notes of macadamia nut, toffee and lime.
May has been another weird month with us being in lockdown. We’re all still working at home and S especially has had a difficult month. As this post goes live, we’re in the middle of what would have been his half term, so we have all taken the week off working. We might go on a couple of socially distanced walks a bit further afield, but we’re mostly staying at home.
We went on a drive out in the car recently and I experienced the worst travel sickness of my life. It was so strange to be out moving at anything faster than a jogging pace, and I don’t think I care for it! I also got to visit the sea and dip my toes in it and it was truly wonderful.
This month, Cora chose me a cracking list of books to read this month and I’ve flown through them, which has made this a great month for reading.
Books Read: 14
Pages Read: 5227
- Don’t Tell Him I’m A Mermaid by Laura Kirkpatrick: Another brilliantly hilarious book from Laura. I loved being back with Seabrook sisters; they are the most lovely and bonkers sibling group. I hope there will be more in this series!
- Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig: Another fantastic book from Matt Haig, and exactly what I needed to read with everything that’s going on in the world.
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins: I absolutely loved the original trilogy and I was definitely curious when I heard this was going to be Snow’s story, but it turned out to be much more than I expected. I loved it. It is clever and intricate. I need more.
- The Yellow Room by Jess Vallance: This book was a ride. I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t bear to put it down. Brilliantly written with wonderful characters and the perfectly twisted plot. Absolutely loved it.
- Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans: Oh my. This is one of the best dystopian books I’ve read for a long time. I loved this. The concept, the writing, the characters…all of it. Just brilliant!
- Dark Blue Rising by Teri Terry: I am very definitely not okay and I am going to read the sequel now please. I loved everything about this book. Teri’s writing is as brilliant as always, the ocean setting stole my heart and the twists in this book knocked me sideways. It’s going to be a LONG wait for book two.
- Wonderland by Juno Dawson: This is brilliant! I loved this take on the traditional Alice story. The Alice in this book is marvellous. I don’t know that I liked any of the other characters, but I loved their story. Reading this was like falling down a rabbit hole for sure.
- The Mask of Aribella by Annabel Hoghton: I loved this so much. Brilliant setting, amazing characters, the best kind of magic. A new favourite!
- Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: A brilliant book that gave me some really strong feelings: there were times it made me feel so sick and angry at what was happening to the girls that I almost threw it out of the window. But I couldn’t put it down. I’ll definitely pick up the sequel to this because that ending was a killer.
- A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer: I loved this sequel. I was a huge fan of Grey in book one and loved following his story in this book. This was a tense read and I am very intrigued to see where it goes next.
- Margot and Me by Juno Dawson: This book broke me. It is gut-wrenchingly sad, but also uplifting. I loved the growing relationship between Fliss and Margot. Another brilliantly written book from Juno. I’m only disappointed I didn’t read it sooner.
- The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr: It’s embarrassing how long this book has been sat on my shelf unread. I loved this story. Meredith was wonderful. Her story of battling with her magic and her conscience about what she has to do made me want to reach into the pages and give her a big hug. I’m intrigued to see where her story goes next.
- The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson: Loved this. It was hilarious and sad in equal measure. I adored Freddie and his friends and the messages it has about family.
- The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. This was a bit slow to start, but I really enjoyed the second half when it all started to come together. I couldn’t stand any of the characters, but was very invested in finding out what had happened. It reminded me a bit of STAGS
Goodreads: 67 / 175 which apparently means I am 3 books behind schedule. I think a year ago this would have bothered me, but with everything that’s going on and how little I feel I’ve read, I’m okay with this.
Conquering Mount Ted: 156 books, which is lower than last month. I’m loving how many books I’m knocking off this challenge whilst I can’t physically shop in book stores. That said, I have a lot of pre-orders to arrive in the next few weeks so next month might not look so good.
Steph’s Books: Lol. Once again I have finished none of Steph’s books. However, I have started one so I should get some points for that.
I have no idea if the release dates for these are still the same, but June books I am very excited for are:
- The Heartstopper Colouring Book by Alice Oseman.
- Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran.
- Burn by Patrick Ness.
- Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett.
What have you been reading recently? And how has your May been?