Hello friends and happy Thursday! I cannot believe we’re already at the end of May when I could’ve sworn that it just started like two weeks ago. This is pure insanity. The last few months haven’t been the best reading wise for me and I’d been kind of disappointed in myself but I promised that I’d turn things around and I think this was finally my month! I was still as busy as I normally am but I think I was picking up books that worked for me and it kept me going. My Reading Challenge still might be a mess but I’m not worrying about that now. I got nothing but good vibes coming out of May.
Remember how the past few months I’d be reading only 5 books and I’d be so sad? Well, let’s just say I KILLED it this month compared to the past few! Looking at my Goodreads, it appears that I’ve read 9 books this month! 9! I can’t remember the last time I did that, if I even did that at all! Usually 8 is my magic number so I’m very proud of my 9 this month. They were all quite wonderful reads and nothing too disappointing and that’s why I’m calling May quite the successful reading month.
- Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin (Dearest #1) – ☆☆☆1/2 This was for sure more of a cute and fun read, something I was desperately in the mood for, and I’d say it successfully did its job. I loved so much about the relationship and the characters and I thought the plot had a solid balance of different tropes and genres, definitely a little bit of everything. Only minor things about the writing and the timeline bothered me but I’m willing to overlook it because of how cute it was.
- Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin (Dearest #2) – ☆☆☆ I was honestly expecting this book to be my favourite but it just wasn’t. I liked the characters fine but I was thinking it’d go down one route but it didn’t. I guess because my expectations were let down automatically I didn’t enjoy where the book went anyways even though it had some cuteness to it. But if it did what I wanted it to it would’ve been fantastic.
- Kissing Madeline by Lex Martin (Dearest #3) – ☆☆☆☆ The biggest surprise of them all is the fact that this one was my favourite. I was ready to write Daren off like I already had but I’m glad this book proved me wrong and helped me see him in a different light. And then there’s Maddie who was so unbelievably fantastic that I want to be her when I grow up, honestly. This was also Martin’s strongest writing and a nice way to close out the series.
- Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – ☆☆☆☆ I love Peter Pan, I love retellings, and this was both mashed into one. I loved being able to see this classic story in a new light and loved so much about the writing and overall story. I was expecting it to be somewhat heartbreaking but I swear that this book just shattered it. Both Tink and Tiger Lily really killed me but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
- Shameless by Lex Martin – ☆☆☆☆ I’d been dying to read this book for almost a year and because I finally got to Dearest I could get to this and it did not disappoint. I loved actually getting to know Brady this time around and Katherine was adorable. Their relationship was so cute and sweet and I loved how they brought out the best in each other. I can for sure see myself reading this over and over again.
- Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – ☆☆☆☆ Ok, this book messed me up. Like seriously, seriously messed me up. I don’t typically pick up thrillers but the ones I do always get me and this one did exactly that. I was not expecting that ending and I can’t talk about anything else without giving it away. But I can tell you that the author replied to the tweet I made after finishing it and I think she’s happy that it messed me up so much. I mean…..damn.
- To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – ☆☆☆☆1/2 How long have I been saying I want a retelling of The Little Mermaid? A long time, right? Well I now finally have it and it was fantastic. So much about this book made me happy but the actual story and writing would’ve been worth it even if it wasn’t a retelling I’ve been craving. It may or may not be my favourite retelling and possibly best new release of 2018. I love it that much.
- PS I Like You by Kasie West – ☆☆☆ I know that West’s books aren’t for some kind of deeper or hidden meaning and more for cute and light reads so that’s why I picked this one up. It wasn’t quite what I wanted to see happen and kind of played on tropes I didn’t like but it still ended up being cute enough.
- Jock Row by Sara Ney – ☆☆☆ I liked this book, I did, but it was pretty underwhelming for me. It didn’t really feel like the usual NA book because it didn’t hit all those important parts like the climactic drama and solution or really have anything that gave way to character development. It seemed pretty flat compared to her other series and just the general NA formula. It was cute, that’s for sure. But also had zero baseball and I’m not about that.
I’m still trying to be good and not reread anything but Managed is still hanging around but it’s fine.
READING CHALLENGE UPDATE
As of May 31, I am 38% done my Reading Challenge and I am 3 books behind. I have read 38 out of 100 books, not including rereads. I’m close to being back on track. I got this.
Currently I am reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and I’m so hyped up about this book! I’m not that far into it but I have high expectations for sure.
Until next time,