Wrap Up | May 2023

Yesterday we showed you the books we added to our shelves in May, so today it’s time to tell you about what we read in May! How was our reading month? Did we discover any new favorites? Keep on reading for our May wrap up.


May was actually my best reading month so far and I was able to finish my Goodreads challenge of 100 books at the end of the month. I’m very happy about this. In May I read 25 books and I had 2 DNF’s (8 e-books, 6 paperbacks, 6 audiobooks, 3 ARCs, 2 manga, and 2 graphic novels).

Click’d – Tamara Ireland Stone

Click’d was a middle grade contemporary book I’ve had on my TBR for way too long! This was a cute story about a girl who had created an app for people to connect with. I love how it got really popular and she saw it doing great things, but also that not everything works as it should and there are things that have to be worked on. And that it’s okay to ask for help.

Happy Place – Emily Henry

Emily Henry is an author I’ve loved everything from so far. Happy Place was a book that I flew through. If you’re not a fan of miscommunication in books I would advise to avoid this one. Hariet and Wyn’s story is messy at times, but also amazing to read about. I also loved the group of friends and their own version of found family.

A Darker Shade of Magic & A Gathering of Shadows – VE Schwab

I first read A Darker Shade of Magic about six years ago, but never continued with this series. When I suggested the first book for book club and it wasn’t chosen a friend and I decided to buddy read. I’m glad we did. It’s great being back in these Londons and all of the politics with these amazing characters. These books were hard to put down.

Carrie Soto is Back – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid is another author that I love to read books by and that are always emotional in one way or another. I’m not going to lie I didn’t really like Carrie in the beginning, but in the end I understood her more. I know a lot more about tennis than I did before this book and once I started reading I just couldn’t put it down.

Re-Coil – J.T. Nicholas

Re-Coil was our book club book of the month and it was an interesting read, but there were also some issues we all agreed on. I’m not really into physics, so some things in this book made me feel a bit stupid, haha. Probably one of the reasons I don’t pick up science fiction that often.

In the Lives of Puppets – TJ Klune

TJ Klune writes books that hit you in all the feels and In the Lives of Puppets was no exception. In this story robots have basically taken over the world. Our main character is the last human and it’s such an interesting story and journey about humanity and the world.

My Dress-Up Darling Vol. 1 – Shinichi Fukuda

My boyfriend bought this manga series and loved it, so he also suggested it to me. The first volume was fun. One of the main characters wants the help of the other for her cosplay. There are some awkward and funny moments and it feels like a lighthearted one to continue with.

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Vol. 1 – Fujita

My boyfriend also got me into anime by choosing stuff he’ll know I’ll love. Wotakoi is an anime we watched and I decided I wanted to give the manga a go. I’m so glad I did, because it was so much fun. I think this is one of my favorite manga I’ve read.

If Only You – Chloe Liese

The Bergman Brothers series is one of my favorites and I was so excited about If Only You. Ziggy is the only girl in the family, but we finally got her story. This one also had my favorite trope! Fake dating. If Only You wasn’t my favorite of the series, but I loved it!

Brutal Obsession – S. Massery

I’ve been enjoying sports romances and dark romances, so I figured Brutal Obsession would be a great one to read. Unfortunately, Brutal Obsession didn’t work for me. I just didn’t feel the connection between these two or a lot of development. And I love smut in a book, but I felt like that’s the only way they solved their problems.

There are No Saints & There is No Devil – Sophie Lark

I got a lot of You vibes from this duology, but I loved it. These books get pretty dark, but I couldn’t put them down. Mara and Cole were such intriguing characters that were perfect for each other. I could’ve easily read more books about these two.

I Like You Like That – Kayla Grosse

A plus size MC and a body guard romance? Yes, please! Birdy and Liam were friends in high school, but when Birdy confessed her love things got weird and they lost touch. That is until Birdy gets an amazing music career and a stalker. Then comes Liam who now does security work. I loved watch them slowly getting to know each other again with a little suspense on the side.

Satan’s Affair – HD Carlton

Satan’s Affair is a novella in the Cat and Mouse Duet that I decided to read before Haunting Adeline. Do be aware this is very dark and gruesome. Sibby grew up in a cult and has a different look on life and wants her own revenge. I had a feeling I knew the twist and I was right!

Haunting Adeling – HD Carlton

I’ve been hearing so many amazing things about Haunting Adeline, so I decided to finally give it a try. I’m starting to think that HD Carlton isn’t really for me though, because Does it Hurt didn’t really work for me. I felt like we didn’t really get to know the characters and my favorite story line was about the great grandmother. So unfortunately, I DNF’d this one.

Charming Your Dad – Sarah Blue

Charming Your Dad is a paranormal boyfriend’s father romance. There is no cheating, but in the beginning she wants to get back at her ex. Blair is a witch and Dax a demon. I loved that there was a story line beside the romance. My only issue was that thinks ended rather quickly and was very convenient.

The Boyband Correspondence – Mayra de Gracia

When I heard about this book on Twitter I was so excited. As a fan of boy bands growing up a romance between a “normal” person and a boy band member seemed like so much fun to read. It started out fun and I loved that the author incorporated little tweets and articles about the boyband and members. Unfortunately, there were a lot of spelling errors and even a few times the wrong word was used and when they would go on a date or do something together I felt we only really read what the characters thought about it, but didn’t read about the actual date. So at 35% I decided I needed to DNF The Boyband Correspondence.

Dirty Crazy Bad: A Prequel Short Story – Siobhan Davis

I recently started buddy reading with someone and we’ve decided to read the Dirty Crazy Bad duet. This prequel story is almost 40 pages and for a prequel it definitely has me wanting to continue with this story. I want to know more about these characters.

Crimes of Passion – Jack Harbon

Crimes of Passion is an audible exclusive audiobook about rival true-crime podcast hosts that have to work together. This was a fast and fun read, but not very long. I think it would’ve worked better for me as a full length novel.

Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake – Mazey Eddings

Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake was such a feel good and realistic romance. After a one night stand Lizzie gets pregnant and tells the guy she slept with. I love there was no surprise she was honest and he wanted to be there for her and the baby. Their romance slowly develops and I loved every minute of it. Lizzie has ADHD and is really trying to take control of her life. This was a heartwarming story.

A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon – Sarah Hawley

Mariel is supposed to be the most powerful witch in centuries, but rather be gardening than casting spells. So when she accidentally summons a demon things get messy and she decides to solve this by saying she’s dating him. This book had a lot of fun moments and I’m excited to read the next book in this series.

In a Jam – Kate Canterbary

In a Jam was one of my favorite books this month! This book hit me in all the feels and I’m so glad I read it. Our main character’s wedding gets called off and she finds out she inherited her step grandmother’s farm. To be able to keep it she has to live there for a year and get married. So when she finds a friend from back in high school we all know where it’s going to go.

Meesh the Bad Demon – Michelle Lam

Meesh is a demon, so seen as “bad”. Except she’s one that always sees the good in people. I loved this story and that the actual message is that your super power really is loving yourself!

Lost in Taiwan – Mark Crilley

Lost in Taiwan was done beautifully and I loved the story. Our main character is in Taiwan with his brother, but doesn’t really want to be there. He ends up lost in Taiwan and his brother is away and has no clue how to get home. He meets a girl and she tries to help him find his way home.

Best Men – Sidney Karger

I was really looking forward to Best Men, but the story fell just a little bit flat for me. Our main character Max is his best friend’s best man for her wedding, but doesn’t really know what he’s doing. Best Men mostly concentrated on Max’s daily life and job he isn’t happy at. I would’ve loved more wedding planning and time with Chasten (the love interest).



Unfortunately I haven’t been reading that much this month. It started off pretty good but after my vacation I had a busy time at work. The past two weeks have been filled with sickness in the family and daily hospital visits so not a lot of reading either. Hopefully I can read some more soon. In the end I finished 4 manga and an audiobook.

Haikyu! 5 – 8 – Haruichi Furudate

I adore this manga series so much! It’s hard to pace myself but I only have 4 more on my TBR before I have to spend some money haha. I really enjoyed these volumes and I don’t mind the ‘slow’ pace at all. It probably won’t be long until I have read the last volumes I own ;).

The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J. Maas

The latest book in my reread! I adored this and I can’t believe there are readers who skip this one. Personally I think reading this one after Heir of Fire is perfect, but as long as it’s read before Queen of Shadows I guess you’re good. I’m already enjoying my reread of Queen of Shadows and while I can’t wait to read the other books, I’m also dreading the upcoming heartbreak.

So that’s our reading wrap up for last month. How was your reading month? Did you discover any new favorites? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.

4 thoughts on “Wrap Up | May 2023

  1. Fab wrap up!! Omg you read so many books in May, Candyce, go you!! I’m glad you enjoyed most of them! Isabelle, I really need to get back into the Throne of Glass series, thank you for reminding me about it!

  2. Wow, that’s a lot of books Candyce!! Isabelle, hope you and your family are alright ❤️. I haven’t really tried manga before but I definitely should ☺️.

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