I usually only post a wrap-up for the romance novels I read, but the truth is, May wasn’t very prolific in that regard, and I’ve been meaning to post a more general wrap-up, so here we are. Ah, May. Again, a month that went down too quickly, but as I’ve been waiting for July to come, I’m not complaining 🙈. I don’t know if that’s because of covid but it’s as if I’ve been working non-stop since March 2020 – this is not true, but I definitely feel like I did, and my mental exhaustion is real *hides*.
I read 7 books this month and DNFed one, which is okay, I guess. I’m not counting all the books I started and put on hold between 20 and 50%, but as May was definitely a mood month, they were many, sadly.
- Kings of Scars by Leigh Bardugo | ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Read my review | After waiting for so long to read it, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it!
- Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan | ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 | Read my review | ✨Favorite book of the month | Karina and Ace were so adorable, I can’t 😭
- Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko | ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | After a few false starts, I finally dived into Tarisai’s story! Even though I wasn’t convinced by everything, the gorgeous world-building, intricate mythology and rich imagery won me over. I can’t wait to know what’ll happen in Redemptor!
- People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry | ⭐⭐⭐.5 | Read my review | Sigh, this one wasn’t a total failure but disappointed me all the same.
- Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri | ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | I thoroughly enjoyed Empire of Sand‘s companion novel, and how it dealt with the ferocity of colonization through another – but no less heartbreaking and powerful – lens. It’s now fair to say that I’m in love with Tasha Suri‘s writing, her fierce heroines and oh-so-soft heroes. I can’t wait to read more from her.
- Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean | ⭐⭐⭐ | Sigh. I seriously underestimated my profound dislike for anything monarchy related, but moving on. I really liked how the conversations about belonging were handled, Izumi’s dynamics with her friends and her mum, but sadly I found the other relationships a bit superficial and underdeveloped, especially the romance.
- The Silvered Serpent by Roshani Chokshi | ⭐⭐⭐ | I will probably write a review soon so I won’t go into details but yeah, I was disappointed by this sequel😢
I posted less often this month, and after two and a half months I’m still trying to find a good balance between reading, gaming and blogging. I know myself however, and so I made peace with the fact that it would… depend on the moment, lol. As someone with ADHD I adore planning, but following up with my plans is another beast altogether 🤷♀️
Here are the posts I’m most proud of (click on the picture to visit!)
I had less time to blog-hop this month unfortunately, but I hope June will be better because I’ve missed reading all your fabulous posts! Here are my favorite from May :
- Kal talked about how video games helped during reading slumps. As a fellow gamer, I 100% agree!
- Chaima wrote a fantastic review of The Unbroken. I can’t recommend their reviews enough!
- Afoma shared a list of Middle-Grade books set in Asia. All her lists are so great, if you don’t look through her blog regularly what are you waiting for?
- Fadwa shared a wonderful list of books written by Pacific Islanders for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
- Itskoo wrote a very interesting discussion post about one of my favorite tropes : second chance romances!
- Imyril listed all the Fantasy debuts (adult and YA/crossover) you might have missed during the last 12 months.
- Saniya shared a list of 10 YA books written by BIPOC authors and I can’t wait to read them all!
- CW interviewed one of my favorite author, Fonda Lee, and it was wonderful 😭
- Saima shared a list of her favorite thrillers and anticipated releases.
- Gauri wrote a beautiful review of The Jasmine Throne.
- Brigid shared a list of Romantic Fantasy novels released this year and omg, so many look fantastic!
- Your Tita Kate recommended 7 underrated books by Asian authors and 5 Pacific Islander poets to add to your TBR.
- Ahaana wrote a fantastic post about These Violent Delights, one of my favorite books of the year!
I probably forgot many so please do share your favorite post from May below!