May Wrap Up

Wrap Up (2)

# of Books Read: 11 books, two graphic novels, & one poetry collection

# of Pages Read: 4,156 pages

Favourite Book(s) of the Month: Only Human, Dark Matter, The Names They Gave Us

Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel

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Amazing ending to one of my favourite series! I am so sad to see The Themis Files end but it did so in a brilliant way. I was completely satisfied with this book, even if there was less action than in the first two books! I appreciated that this book had a little more social commentary than the other books in the series.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Here is a book that lives up to the hype! I could not put it down! Just when I thought I had figured out what was going on, something would happen and I would realize I was completely wrong!

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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The Belles was a very average book for me. I love the world and the magic, but the characters fell flat for me. The main character did not have a lot of depth and I found her rather annoying at times. I am not sure if I will continue of with this series!

Saga (Volumes 1 &2) by Brian K. Vaughan

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The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

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My first poetry collection, and I rather enjoyed it! I liked a lot of what Lovelace had to say and her passion is so evident. I thought maybe she went a little to far at some points but I can understand that these poems come from a place of anger and frustration. I have a feeling writing this was cathartic for her!

The Giver by Lois Lowry

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I finally read The Giver! I have been putting this one off for ages because of the mixed reviews! I ended up enjoying it. I wish we had a little more insight in to how the memories are passed from one person to another, but other than that I thought it was great!

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

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I am often reluctant to read books written in verse, but Long Way Down was brilliant. It has a lot of impact for such a short book that takes place over the course of an elevator ride.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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This book was amazing, and so much darker than I thought it was going to be! It is another book that manages to pack a punch in so few pages. I really enjoy these characters and I am so happy that it is a series and I will get to know them better!

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

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I Let You Go is the first mysteries that I listened to on audiobook and it was such a fun and intense experience! I am going to try and listen to all of my thrillers/mysteries on audiobook from now on. There are a lot of twist in this book and I did not see the majority of them coming. There was one twist near the end that I thought was ridiculous but it didn’t ruin my overall enjoyment of the novel!

Circe by Madeline Miller

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It took me awhile to get in to Circe but once I did it was wonderful! I think it has opened the world of Greek Mythology to me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Circe’s story and learning about the characters that come in to her life. I appreciated the each and every character had their own voice and were so complex. I love that other Greek myths are included in the story as well!

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson

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I think a lot of this book went over my head! I think I made a mistake listening to the audiobook vs reading a physical copy. Maybe I will pick it up again some day soon and see if more of it sticks.

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

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I loved Puddin’ even more than Dumplin’! I thought the story was charming and I adore Millie as a character. It was nice to see so many characters from Dumplin’! I think I like the trope of two characters who are completely different coming together and forming an unlikely friendship.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

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This book was so beautiful! I was moved to tears many times! It has become an instant favourite and I need to read everything that Emery Lord has ever written. The romance was a slower burn and completely adorable, but it was the friendships that truly made this book special. I adored the setting, the writing, the characters, the message, and pretty much everything about The Names They Gave Us.

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This has been one of the best reading months that I have had in such a long time, maybe ever! A large part of that is because I have fully embraced audiobooks. They have been a complete game changer. I also read and enjoy my first poetry collection, and absolutely loved my first graphic novels!

I would love to know your thoughts on any of these books!

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47 thoughts on “May Wrap Up

  1. I know I keep on repeating it but I honestly can not wait to read Circe. I have a few ARC’s I promised to finish (I seriously need to re-consider my ARC out-of-control behaviour! 🙂 ) but want to read Circe this summer for sure.
    I love your recap, I am taking notes as The Names They Gave Us sounds really appealing and so do some of those other books.
    It’s such a joy when we have a great reading month (without feeling like smashing any of those books we read against a wall), I know exactly what you mean! 🙂

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  2. Yay, Saga! I plan to read volumes 2 & 3 in June and I am stoked! I am intrigued by Every Heart A Doorway. It sounds so good. I’ll have to see if my library has it available. I can’t wait to read Puddin’. Hoping to read it in the next month or so. Looks like you had an awesome reading month!

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  3. Lots of these are on my TBR glad to see how much you liked them. I finished sleeping giants about a month ago and I loved it, I’m currently reading Illuminae and I’m planning on reading Waking Gods next or soon. My boyfriend listens to them on audio around the same time as me but he passed me because he needed to know what happens next.

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  4. I had a good reading month but nowhere near as good as yours. 😀. I’ve seen son many great reviews for The Themis Files, Dark Matter, Every Heart A Doorway & Circe that I obviously need to get those into the TBR pile. I’ve had Astrophysics For People In A Hurry on my shelf for about a year now – just haven’t gotten ‘round to it. Time to get busy. Thanks for a great post and Cheers, Brian

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  5. Great Wrap up! I was disappointed with The Belles and I didn’t like the MC. She was really annoying. I haven’t read CIRCE yet but I’m planning to pick it up soon. i loved Emery Lord’s The Start Of Me And You but I haven’t read her other books.

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  6. Wow those are some of the best book you’ve read this month! I’m trying to pick up Dark Matter for so long, guess I’ll finally get to it this summer.
    Aah, Madeline miller’s Song of Achilles is ALSO ONE OF THE GREATEST! I can’t wait to read her Circe.

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  7. Glad you’ve had such a great reading month. I have recently started borrowing audiobooks from my local library so I can listen to something while doing the dishes, etc. I do find that some of the non-fiction doesn’t stick as well though because I would want to reread it, rather than just listen once!

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