Happy Sunday everyone! As the first Sunday of the month, I thought I would use today’s post to share my wrap up for the month of May, as well as share my favourites reads of the month. Whilst writing this review I did have to take pause for a moment and reflect on how ‘white’ my wrap up was, and have decided that this month (and for the many months following) I am going to actively diversify my shelves and educate myself, so that my reading reflects the wider world in which we all live – something I would actively encourage everyone to do. I want to write a blog post soon sharing my recent purchases that reflect this.
Today also marks the first sunday for the second #SundayStack challenge that I am running over on my bookstagram, and today’s challenge was – unsurprisingly – May favourite reads. I will leave the prompts down below and feel free to take part. It has been absolutely wonderful to see so many people take part and share wonderful recommendations. Make sure to tag me if you do take part so I can spotlight them and share them with everyone!
Over the course of May I managed to finish 14 books which I think is amazing. I have selected five that I think were my ‘stand out’ books to share with you today. I have to say that May was the month of discovering authors I hadn’t heard of before as well as revisiting those that were beloved to me.
Books I read:
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – *****
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – ****
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (audiobook) – *****
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – *****
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare – ****
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – *****
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien – ***
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – ****
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis – ****
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow – ***
The Universe, The Gods And Mortal: Ancient Greek Myths by Jean-Pierre Vernant – ***
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – *****
Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg – ****
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw – ***
May Favourite Reads
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller This is a wonderful queer retelling of the Trojan War and honestly broke me in the best possible way. I have written a full review here but honestly … just wow! If you are looking for a compassionate and complex retelling that humanises and represents every side of humanity, the best and the worst, this is for you.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton As I explained in my review for this read here, I picked this book up completely by accident, skimming and misreading the title and thinking it was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Honestly, the mirroring in those two titles is scary! This is a timebending, mindmelting thriller that left me reeling and completely hooked. I honestly still can’t quite get my head around it but you simply must go and read it.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid It seems only appropriate that this read goes next. This fantastic queer romance has been celebrated and shouted about all across the bookverse and for good reason. I read this as part of my work’s bookclub that I set up and simply adored it. You can read my thoughts here.
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davies Looking for a thrilling YA dystopian with wide representation? Go no further than this brilliant debut. There is so much discussed in this read, covering prejudice of all kind whilst set in a fantasy world, and I frantically turned every page. I read this in about a day and honestly couldn’t put it down! You can read my thoughts here.
Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg This month I tried my first ever graphic novel with this read. A reimagining of the world created by the Brontës when they were children, Greenberg creates an almost Narnian reality, where the Brontës can literally escape their world of grief and hardship through this magical world. I have a review for this read coming on Thursday, so keep your eyes peeled!
So there you have it! I am honestly so impressed with how much I read in May and really hope I can use my reading this month to educate myself and do some good. What were your favourite reads of the last month?