May Wrap Up Part 1 + 2 April Reads

May Books Wrap-Up Part 1 (+ Two April Books) // I Finally Launched My Blog!

🌷 Hi & welcome to my first wrap-up, ever! 🌷

(You might hear the word “first” a lot in my upcoming posts, because I only started my blog five days ago—but bear with me, please!! I’m excited.)

May has so far been the most eventful month of my bookish social media life, because I finally managed to (somewhat) squash my penchant for perfectionism and hyper self-criticism, and, most importantly, my anxiety, for long enough to launch my blog. And I’m so happy I did.

The entire book community here on WordPress has been so welcoming, and I’m so thankful for every single one of you who has followed me, and commented on my posts. I’m honestly floored, and I appreciate all your kind words so, so much! ❤

Many thanks to May @ Forever and EverlyMaymay @ my 1st chapter and Tal (!!!) for being so encouraging and supportive from the moment I told them about my (aspiration to) blog. 💕

books

1. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
RE-READ: APR 24 – APR 27 ☁️ RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
👭 BUDDY READ WITH MAY 👭

Saving Francesca by Melina MarchettaI’ve now read this book three times, and apparently, the third time really is the charm, because I finally felt like I could give this book its very well-deserved five stars. It’s simply too amazing not to.

Every single contemporary novel writer needs to take notice of Saving Francesca, because next to being beautifully written and immensely relatable, it has a great mental health reprensentation, and diversity.

Can we please change the fact, that Melina Marchetta’s works aren’t more widely read and appreciated?

2. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
READ: APRIL 30 – MAY 2 ☁️ RATING: ⭐⭐⭐
👫 BUDDY-READ WITH CHRISTIAN 👫

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky AlbertalliI loved reading this book. (Bless the person who came up with the concept of buddy-reads, they deserve a medal.) But the actual book itself? I only liked. Sorry?

Even though I enjoyed the many pop culture references in Leah on the Offbeat, and Simon & Blue made my heart flutter several times, all in all, the positives were merely small glimpses through a cloud of, what felt to me, obviously construed and unnecessary drama, a pacing that felt off, and an ending that was a bit too unrealistic, with issues that were all too hastily and easily resolved.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was just so much easier for me to fall in love with.

3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
READ: MAY 1 ☁️ RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

When Breat Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air is one of the books that have been sitting on my shelves for half an eternity, but I’m glad I finally got around to reading it, because it’s such a wonderful, and powerful memoir.

Paul Kalanithi has a way with words that makes it very easy to follow his journey from his early life and becoming a doctor, to finding out he has cancer, right to his last days, without ever getting bored, or feeling exhausted by the narrative. It is, unsurprisingly, very touching—especially the epilogue.

4. The Raging Ones (Raging Ones #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie [ARC]
READ: APRIL 30 – MAY 2 ☁️ RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie

I love Krista & Becca Ritchie. They’re both such talented young authors, and I was over the moon, when I received an ARC for this book. Let me be honest, though. The cover is sort of tragic. What kind of font is that?? It’s worse than Comic Sans.

But, aesthetics aside, this book is so much fun, and I loved every single second of it. It’s a YA Fantasy, and it has such an original premise, with characters and relationships you can’t help but fall in love with and become invested in. I’m already impatiently waiting for the sequel, and I genuinely hope with all my heart that this book series gets all the attention it deserves in the book community.

5. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
READ: MAY 2 – MAY 11 ☁️ RATING: ⭐⭐⭐½

What Happened by Hillary Rodham ClintonWhenever I feel myself drifting closer to a reading slump, I try to not let that keep me from enjoying books altogether by resorting to audiobooks. And since I still only like listening to audiobooks when it comes to non-fiction, preferably books that are read by the authors themselves, I found myself reaching for this one.

Not to get too political here all too much (which shouldn’t be hard, because I don’t read these kinds of books very often), but this is an extremely worthwhile read. It’s eye-opening, informative, and heartbreaking, and it sheds a light on so many important issues.

6. The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns #0.5) by Kendare Blake
READ: MAY 11 – MAY 14 ☁️ RATING: ⭐⭐½

The Young Queens by Kendare BlakeThree Dark Crowns has been one of the biggest disappointments in my reading life this year, but—swayed by much more favorable reviews from no-longer trusted friends—I decided to read its sequel, One Dark Throne.

And it was actually better [?!].

So, naturally, I then decided to read this novella … and now I’m back to my initial assessment of this series, because I was, well, mostly bored. I guess this book series and I are just not compatible. Will I read the next installment, though? Probably. Obviously, I’m too curious for my own good.


7. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
RE-READ: MAY 13 – MAY 14 ☁️ RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
👭 BUDDY-READ WITH TAL 👭

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Can I call Melina Marchetta’s writing magical, even though this is a contemporary novel? Because it is. This book inspired feelings in me I didn’t even know existed.

I first read Jellicoe Road about five years ago (= as a child), but I only discovered its magic this time around. It’s a book you have to read attentively, and give your full heart to, and it will reward you by revealing one of the most poignant, wonderful, heartbreaking, and moving stories you will ever read.

Maybe even life-changing.

blue-watercolor-wash-texture-5let's chat!How has your month been so far? What are you currently reading?
Any books you are excited about?  💗

xx, Lily

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60 thoughts on “May Books Wrap-Up Part 1 (+ Two April Books) // I Finally Launched My Blog!”

  1. You’re already such a master at this blogging thing. Your site is beautiful and I’ve been enjoying your posts thus far. Look forward to more in the future 🙂 I’ve been kinda scared to read Leah cause honestly I didn’t like her character in Simon much?? But also, I feel like it’d still be a good book to read.

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    1. Thank you so much, Savannah! That means a lot, coming from someone who’s already an experienced blogger. ☺️

      I felt the same way about Leah, and I was honestly disappointed with the book. It’s not bad, but nothing extraordinary, in my opinion. I hope you like it more than I, though. 💕

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  2. Well, let me tell you, I’m thrilled that you started blogging, because you’re doing so great already and everything is so aesthetic and I am in loooove.
    I loved Simon vs., but I haven’t read Leah so far… I have read so many mixed reviews about this :/ I’m sorry that you didn’t love it as much as you thought you would!
    I haven’t read Jellicoe Road just yet, but some blogger friends have been recommending this to me for AGES, I really need to get around to it, it sounds AMAZING 😀

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    1. Ahh you’re so kind to me, Marie, thank you so, so much!! ❤️

      I loved Simon vs. as well, it’s so cute and heartwarming (have you seen the movie?), but sadly, Leah didn’t manage to engage me. I saw it being likened it to fanfiction, and I kind of agree with that sentiment. And thank you, I hope you like it more than I!

      YES, please read Jellicoe Road, it’s such a genius contemporary, and Melina Marchetta’s writing is so beautiful & ahh please read it and love it. 💞

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      1. I haven’t seen Love, Simon just yet – it only releases at the end of June in my country… 😦 but I can’t wait 😀 Did you see it? Did you enjoy it? 😀

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  3. i only read marchetta’s books from the ones u listed in ur wrap-up & i know we already talked a little about our love for her but god!! im so so very glad u adore her too! also ur kinda making me wanna reread saving francesca again…….

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    1. Ahh Anna, I’m still so hyped that I found another Melina Marchetta appreciator!! Honestly, I’d cheer you on if you decided to re-read Saving Francesca again, because it’s just amazing. (And I need to go look for that post in which you wax poetry about our fave.)

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    1. Thank you so much, Cailin! 💞 I agree, the book community is just wonderful, everyone’s so sweet and supportive, and I’m so happy to be a part of it.

      & thank you thank you, I can only return the compliment, yours is beautiful!! And it’s so nice to meet fellow newbie bloggers! 😊🌸

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  4. I love Krista and Becca Ritchie books, but I’m a little scare to try something so different to what they usually write. I’m still giving this books a chance, but I’m nervious. Also, you’re right! That cover does not help them, it’s beyond tragic. Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Can’t wait to read it!

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    1. Ohhh hi fellow Ritchie fan!! 💖 Which book (series) is your favorite?

      I was really nervous for the exact same reasons as you, but this is such a good book & I hope you love it, when you read it, Sofia! (I think it’s still available on NetGalley.) And I’m holding out hope that we’ll get a different cover for maybe another edition. 🙏🏻

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      1. I have read the Addicted, Calloway Sisters and Like Us series. My favorites are the Calloway Sisters books, especially Hothouse Flower and Long Way Down. Ryke and Daisy are my favorite couple 😊

        I’m actually participating in a readalong for Amour Amour and Infini in June, so I’m gonna be reading more of their books soon.

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        1. Ryke and Daisy seem to be the most popular couple in the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series, but I’ll always have a soft spot for Lily and Lo. :’) I haven’t finished Infini yet (I stopped halfway through it some time ago, because I wasn’t in the right mood), and I’ve yet to read Amour Amour and the Like Us series.

          I hope you enjoy them both! I’m so excited to hear what you think. 💖

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          1. I enjoyed the Like Us series, but I went into it with very low expectations and I think that played a big part in why I actually liked it. A lot of people have very bad opinions about it because they had so many expectations. Are you planning on reading it?

            Also, I hope I enjoy Amour Amour and Infini, I have heard a lot good things about them. I’ll let you know what I think after reading them.

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  5. hello yes I’m quite late at commenting on this post but I’M VERY HAPPY I HAD A SMALL PART IN HELPING YOU DEFEATING ANXIETY MOMENTARILY AND MAKING A BLOG!!!! you seem to be doing very well. very professional. why are you so good at everything

    also yes to LOTO like something is off about it??? I originally rated it 5 stars but I’m lowering it to either 3.5 or 4 stars after thinking a lot about it :///

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    1. I’m very, very thankful and honored that you’re my friend!! 💖 And ahhh why are you always turning me into a sap?? I’m definitely not good at everything haha, but I sure wish I was. LOOK AT YOURSELF, THOUGH??

      I was partially blinded by Simon and B’s cuteness and my excitement while reading LOTO, but honestly, I felt very disconnected from Leah throughout the book, and didn’t enjoy the progression of the romance. 😦

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  6. WELCOME!!! welcome to the book bloggers community. I havent read any of these books but they sound so interesting. I have been having a bad reading month though. Im in a bad reading slump.

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