🌷 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! ❤
I’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?
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 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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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
Whenever 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
Three 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.
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.
How has your month been so far? What are you currently reading?
Any books you are excited about? 💗