Wrap Up | May 2020

May has flown by! But does that also mean we read less books than we normally do? Or did we fly through those books? Let’s take a look at all the books we read this month, especially the ones we read for Middle Grade May!

Candyce

Just like last month, I’m actually shocked at how well my reading has been going. Once again, working a day less in the week and not doing much with most things being closed has helped a lot. In May I read a total of 29 books! I didn’t really follow my TBR, but I read a lot of good books.

In may I read 9,176 pages. Out of the 29 books there were 10 ARCs, 6 audiobooks, 6 e-books, 4 hardcovers, 2 paperbacks and 1 graphic novel. I had an average rating of 4,3. That’s not bad at all! So let’s talk about the books I read. If you can click on the titles, I’ve written a review and you’ll go to them when you click.

Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

I decided to re-read Red, White & Royal Blue with two friends reading for the first time. The book was just as good and maybe even better than the first time around. It was also really nice to have the physical book. The formatting was just a tad better than the e-arc.

From Blood & Ash – Jennifer L. Armentrout

As soon as this author surprised us with From Blood and Ash, I knew I needed this book. A friend and I decided to squeeze it in our schedule and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a wild ride, but so worth the time. I need the second book now!

Ghost Squad – Claribel A. Ortega

Ghost Squad was one of the TBR & Beyond group reads this month and I’m so happy I decided to join in. This book is filled with magic, friendship and family. Also, I can’t forget the very important cat! Our review will be up on the blog tomorrow!

Date Me, Bryson Keller – Kevin van Whye

I enjoyed my arc so much, that I ordered the paperback as soon it was out! Date Me, Bryson Keller is everything I need in a contemporary and more. I can’t wait to read this one again.

Aurora Burning – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

For the readers that have already read Aurora Rising, you know the ending left you wanting more. Aurora Burning does the same thing, but it’s even worse. What a ride! This book was amazing and I need the third book right now!

The Bone Charmer – Breeana Shields

I’ve seen The Bone Charmer around, but it’s not a book that’s really hyped. After reading it I don’t understand why not. This story is unique and written really well. I’m happy I’ll be diving into the sequel this week.

Storm and Fury – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Storm and Fury has been on my shelf since its release last year. I was actually planning on waiting for all three of the books to be out before reading this trilogy. Except with the release of the sequel next week, the author has been sharing a lot of teasers and I just couldn’t resist. A friend and I did a buddy read and I really enjoyed it. Rage and Ruin will be read this month after I can get my hands on it!

Dear Sweet Pea – Julie Murphy

May is middle grade May, so what a better way to start the month than with a MG read. Dear Sweet Pea was a sweet and fast read that I enjoyed. I love how important family is in this book and I think it really helped show what happens to a child after a divorce even if the parents still communicate.

Don’t Tell Him I’m a Mermaid – Laura Kirkpatrick

Don’t Tell Him I’m a Mermaid is the sequel to And Then I was a Mermaid I read last year. Just like the first book, this was a fast and fun read. I missed some depth in the world building and characters at times, but an enjoyable read all in all.

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane – Julia Nobel

I had never heard of this book until this month. A friend of mine had read it and when I read the synopsis The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane sounded like a book for me. I was right and I really enjoyed this middle grade story. The audiobook is really good and I’ll be listening to the sequel soon.

Girls Save the World in This One – Ash Parsons

When I started listening to Girls Save the World in This One, I knew it took place at a con, but I wasn’t expecting a horror story. I guess I should’ve read the synopsis better, haha. All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I’ll definitely be adding this one to my shelves in the future.

Other Words for Home – Jasmine Warga

A few friends of mine had read Other Words for Home and loved every minute of it. I had seen this book around, but wasn’t sure if it was for me. I’m happy I decided to give it a try though, because this was beautiful book.

The Map From Here to There – Emery Lord

I didn’t realize this was a sequel until I was halfway through. To me if felt like you could read The Map from Here to There without the first book, but I may have understood the main character just a little bit more. I would definitely say this is a good summer read.

Avenged by Love – LJ Evans

LJ Evans is one of my favorite authors and she did it again with Avenged by Love! I loved every minute of this story and these characters. Avenged by Love is a more personal story for this author and I definitely think you can feel this in the writing.

Fence Vol. 2 – C.S. Pacat

Another fun volume of this graphic novel. I love the storyline and the artwork is amazing. It’s also really interesting to learn more about fencing. I’ve always found it interesting, so it’s nice to know more about this sport. I’ll be reading Vol. 3 soon.

Fae’s Defiance & Fae’s Destruction – M. Lynn & Melissa A. Craven

I really enjoyed this fantasy trilogy. The mix of the modern and fantasy world was really interesting. I loved the characters and wanted them to all have a happily ever after. The authors even made me feel bad for the “villain”. I know there’s a spinoff coming, so I’ll have to keep an eye out.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Beneath the Sugar Sky, In an Absent Dream & Come Tumbling Down – Seanan McGuire

The Wayward Children series is such an unique series. Not only are the covers stunning, but the storytelling is perfect. Seanan McGuire manages to fit so much in less than 200 pages. I’m shocked by that every time. I can’t wait for the next book releasing at the beginning of 2021.

All the Stars and Teeth – Adalyn Grace

Even though I was kind of on the fence for this one, I was interested enough to pick it up. Unfortunately, it ended up letting me down.The writing and the world were really good, but the execution of the story line fell flat to me.

Harrow Lake – Kat Ellis

Horror isn’t a genre I do a lot of, but I’ve been giving more a try. Harrow Lake seemed really interesting so I signed up for the blog tour. The setting was really creepy and I enjoyed the story. A few things bothered me, but it was an enjoyable read.

The Teaching Hours – Sara Ney

The How to Date a Douchebag series is one that made me laugh, so I was curious when this novella was published. Novellas can be hit or miss and this one did well. I loved the characters and even though this ending was satisfying, I would’ve loved more of these two.

Stone Princess – Devney Perry

The Tin Gypsy series has been one that’s kept me on the edge of my seat. Between the suspense side of the story and the romance, I’ve been hooked! Stone Princess was another amazing installment. I’m looking forward to the next one.

Unsupervised – S.M. Shade

Unsupervised is the first book in the spin off to the Violent Circle series. Again, S.M. Shade gave us an amazing book. I love reading about this neighborhood and the characters are always so much fun!

We Come Apart – Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan

I’ve been interested in reading a book told in verse for awhile, but didn’t know if it would be for me. I saw We Come Apart on Scribd and decided to give it a go. We Come Apart was a well written story and the verse definitely made it interesting and unique. It’s a harder to story to read, but I think I’ll be reading more by this author in the near future.

Camp – L.C. Rosen

Another contemporary that I ended up loving and need to add to my collection. This book is so amazing and I really think everybody needs to read it. The author touches some really important subjects and the cast is diverse and amazing!

The First Score – Amie Knight

Amie Knight is a go to author for me and once again she didn’t disappoint! I loved every minute of The First Score. The characters are amazing and there’s so much more to this story than just a romance. My review will be up later this week.

Isabelle

May wasn’t the best reading month for me. I’ve been working and studying a lot and there hasn’t been that much time to actually read. Luckily I did manage to finish 6 books and I’m happy with the books I read.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Seanan McGuire

This was a reread for me and I loved it maybe even more than I did the first time I read the book. Seanan McGuire is such a talented writer and I can’t wait to read more books by her.

Don’t Tell Him I’m a Mermaid – Laura Kirkpatrick

Laura Kirkpatrick is a penname for Laura Steven and you all hopefully know she is one of my favorite authors out there. This was a cute and quick MG read! I just really dislike this cover hahaha.

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane – Julia Nobel

I listened to the audiobook for this one and I really enjoyed it! This MG mystery was great and I didn’t see the twists coming. I had a lot of fun listening to this one and already started the second book in the series.

Ruthless Gods – Emily A. Duncan

I finally finished my eARC of this one! Wicked Saints was on of my absolute favorite reads of last year and I had high hopes for Ruthless Gods. While it wasn’t as good as I was expecting, it was still a great read and I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series.

Ghost Squad – Claribel A. Ortega

Another cute MG audiobook! While the first half wasn’t as exciting as I was expecting it to be, the second half definitely made up for it. I really enjoyed the story and can’t wait to read more by this author.

The Okay Witch – Emma Steinkellner

As you possibly saw in our bookhaul yesterday, I bought this MG graphic novel for Middle Grade May. And I immediately read it haha. I flew through this one and loved it a lot. It was such a cute read.

The Second Story – Neil Patrick Harris

My last read in May! I finally picked up this one from my shelves and I’m so happy I did. This series is so cute and I love these characters. It was another quick read and a very exciting one!

Those were all the books we read in May! Did you read any of the books we read? And did you participate in Middle Grade May? Tell us in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Wrap Up | May 2020

  1. Awww Wayward – so glad you guys could join in!!! I loved them sooo much! Ghost Squad was so freaking sweet. I could go on and on about this list – you read so many good ones last month!

  2. The queen of the fae series looks really intriguing! From blood and ash is one of my most anticipated releases, can’t wait to get to it. Great wrap up!

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