A Bookish May

Once again I am baffled by the passage of time, but here we are at the end of May. I haven’t done an April wrap up because I just don’t have it in me right now.

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May has been an odd month. It started off well enough and then Husband caught covid, then I caught covid and now I have a chest infection. We celebrated our anniversary (13 years married and 20 together) but the rain stopped our plans to go off on a forest walk, so we enjoyed brunch and a day off work. Our kitchen is almost finished, just a few little electrical bits to sort and the tiles, but I will be glad to have no work people here for a little while.

Reading wise, I have been plodding on and managed to squeeze in a lot of reading between covid naps, which should have kept me on track. However, it’s slowed down a bit now I’m back to work and exhausted. I picked a TBR but I didn’t stick to it at all this month, and I’m not even sorry.

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I didn’t stick to my TBR this month so the less said about that the better. My re-read for this month was The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. The Way Back read of the month was The Grassling by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, and most of the books I read this month were “just because” so I don’t have a specific read for that.

Number of books read: 13 Pages Read: 3, 945

Amari and the Night Brothers, by B.B. Alston A tense middle grade adventure packed with magic. Absolutely loved this one. Amari is brilliant and I can’t wait for her next adventure. 

You’re the One That I Want, by Simon James Green – I’ve never met a Simon James Green book I didn’t love. This was brilliant! I loved Freddie and his pals, really enjoyed the Grease setting and adored the romance. So many warm fuzzy feelings. 

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good, by Louie Stowell – This was an absolute riot. Hilarious, witty, and brilliantly written. I am excited for more adventures of Loki as a teen boy. 

The Crackledawn Dragon , by Abi Elphinstone – Another brilliant book from Abi. Packed with adventure, magic, brilliant characters and gorgeous messages. I think this might be my favourite in the series. 

The Girl from the Sea, by Molly Knox Ostertag – That was absolutely lush. Friendship, selkies, girls loving girls and being their best selves. The only thing I didn’t love is how soon it was finished. More like this please! 

Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It, by Susie Day – I really felt for Max trying to hold his little family together and look after his siblings. Loved the adventure to Wales and the dragon on the mountain. Brilliant story. 

The Lighthouse, by Fran Dorricott – This is one of the most tense books I’ve ever read. I had no idea where it was going but I didn’t want to put it down. Brilliant. 

Far From You, by Tess Sharpe – I love a dark, twisty YA mystery and this one really hit the spot. Sophie’s story is emotional and kept me guessing all the way through. 

The Witch Boy, by Molly Knox Ostertag – What an absolutely lush graphic novel which looks at challenging gender stereotypes and the importance of being true to who you are. Loved this so I immediately ordered the others in the series. 

Little Liar, by Julia Gray – A tense read as we try to unpick the truth from what Nora is telling us. I loved seeing her meet her match in Bel. Didn’t expect that ending at all. 

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson – reread and still adored it as much as before. Such a gorgeously written book.

The Hidden Witch, by Molly Knox Ostertag – Brilliant sequel to The Witch Boy where Aster and his family are adjusting to him being a witch. I loved seeing Aster helping Mikasi and solving the mystery of the dangerous witch with the fetch. Looking forward to the last book in this series. 

Can You See Me?, by Libby Scott, Rebecca Westcott – This was a really emotional read. Tally is autistic and struggling with a lot of changes in her life. I loved the additions of the diary entries which teach the reader a lot about autism and how to help someone who is autistic. I loved the family and friendships in this one. 

challenge updates
Storygraph: I’m up to 68 books out of my 150 book target, which puts me a whopping 6 books ahead (that you covid-fuelled middle grade reading). I’m also well ahead on my pages target, having read 23, 405 /50,000 pages.

52 Down in 2022: I’ve read 25 books towards this challenge, which I think (maths was never my strong point) puts me slightly ahead of where I need to be at this point.

The Way Back Book Club: This month’s book club read was The Grassling by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and I am almost finished it!

Re-read Challenge: This month I re-read, and absolutely loved The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. I adore this book and have such vivid memories of the first time I read it. I loved it just as much this time.

TBR: I ended March (my last update) with 62 books and currently have 63 books on my shelf. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than I expected given how many of my pre-orders have arrived recently.

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The books I’m excited for next month are:

  • This Wicked Fate by Kalynn Bayron
  • Glorious Poison by Kat Dunn
  • If You Still Recognise Me by Cynthia So

How was your May? What books are you looking forward to in June?

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