Is anyone else freaking out that May is over and it’s June tomorrow? No? Just me? Ok.
So this month I kinda disappeared for about 10 days and I’m sorry about that! I’ve just been really tired this month as I’ve been working a lot. I’m also trying to find a new job and so far its been really hard — harder than I thought so please wish me luck! 💕
But I should be around more in June — I have some really cool blog post ideas, whereas in May I didn’t really have any 😅.
27 reads: 19 books (11 audiobooks, 5 rereads), 4 graphic novels, 2 novellas, 1 webcomic, 1 poetry
I’ve been waiting so long for a full-length f/f romance novel by one of my favourite authors, KJ Charles, and she finally delivered! Proper English is an adorable novel featuring badass lesbians, a country-home murder, and accidentally walking in on your brother having sex with his boyfriend. Check out my ★★★★★ review!
Team Phison Forever is the cutest sequel to one of my favourite books, Team Phison. It’s a bit darker than the first book, but this time round we get to follow Tyson’s perspective and he’s just as adorable as the last time we saw him. Check out my ★★★★★ review!
Book the month
THREE BOOKS OF THE MONTH? What? Again? Damn, I’m reading some really good books this year!
Top Secret is an m/m romance between two rivals at college who are fighting for their fraternity club president. God, I loved this book! It has a bi main character and the other character is discovering his sexuality. SO GOOD! And their chemistry is off the charts. I really want to reread this book in June!
The Fifth Season isn’t a book that I was excited to read — I was actually pretty intimidated by it because it’s a sci-fi novel with such massive world building — but I’m so glad I did! Genuinely one of the best books I’ve read this year. I freaking loved the world building, seriously it’s the best I’ve ever come across ever. I also adore the three main characters who are such badass women. Also almost every character in this novel is Black (and if they’re not, they descend from Black people)!
Flowers from Algernon is the second book this year to join my prestigious ultimate-best shelf on Goodreads, and wow it so deserves it. This book is about a young man with a low IQ who undertakes an operation to raise his IQ and it’s genuinely one of the saddest books I’ve ever read. I was worried that the book would be quite ableist because the whole premise is “curing” a disabled person but while some characters are ableist, it is always challenged in the novel by the main character.
Ughhhhh, this book. My friend and I chose this book for our monthly bookclub because we thought it was queer, or at the very least, homoerotic. But nope — no, this book is not gay in the slightest.
My friend and I had a whole discussion about this book’s problems and we came down to how masculine it is. I don’t usually have a problem with reading books that are clearly made for men, but this book just took it too far. Every page — literally every page — there was descriptions of semen and blood and shit and piss, and I wanted to scream by the end of the book. The book’s blurb is also completely wrong because what happens in the actual book doesn’t happen in the blurb. We went into the book expecting it to be this battle between two men who are trapped on a whaling ship in the middle of nowhere, but instead the good character, Sumner, discovers the evil character, Drax, has murdered someone and he’s arrested. Then the ship crashes, Drax disappears, and Sumner has to survive in Greenland during the winter, then he saves a priest, then he goes back to England eventually. He does kill Drax eventually but it happens in the last 20 pages of the book and then that’s it. So like was the whole purpose of the book for Sumner to have a religious experience by saving the priest? What was the whole point of the book?!?!
This month I shared my bookshelf tour! I had just recently reorganised my bookshelf and took a pretty cool photo of it (if I do say so myself), and thought, “Why don’t I actually show everyone the books properly?” And so I did! Check the post out by clicking on the image below:
I’m also one of the hosts for the Queers Gone By reading and art challenge! Check out the post below, and check out some book recommendations here:
I wrapped up my readathon, #UnsolvedAThon, with a postmortem! Check out below what books I read for the challenge!
I did a pretty cool tag this month, called The Scavenger Hunt tag. It’s all about trying to find your next read based on your favourite book! Check it out:
I was tagged in the 30 interesting questions tag which was so much fun! If you want to know a little bit more about me, like about that time I ate pigeon, check it out:
And lastly the wonderful author Chace Verity so kindly wrote up a guest post about found families for me, in part of the release for their new novel, Team Phison Forever.
Arcs I received
Books I purchased
Audiobooks I purchased
RIP my bank account.
This month I didn’t do that much? I just worked a lot. That being said I did manage to watch some TV shows and see movies which was a much needed break.
First off, the final episode of Game of Thrones aired and I was a Mess. I did like the episode for the most part, but there were definitely some problems with it. All of my problems have to do with Jon Snow — everything else I loved.
The final episode of Veep also came out and I LOVED IT! So impressed with the final season! I love how every character ended up and was on the floor laughing. My only issue was with Amy’s character at one point: she got really slutty (which was not her character at all) to get the attention of a guy. That annoyed me because that’s not what Amy is like at all. Ugh.
I also watched the last ever episode of The Big Bang Theory and I actually teared up? Like its always been a show I didn’t really care about, but clearly I did. I liked it for the most part, but what annoyed me was the fact that Penny got pregnant. Like there have been multiple episodes in the past about Penny saying she never wanted children and Leonard has had to come to terms with that. I just didn’t like that one of the first times we see a woman on TV saying she doesn’t want kids ends up pregnant and “happy”, as if a woman can’t be happy without becoming a mother.
Looking forward: June
I’m hoping to be active this June but as I’m searching for a new job, I might not be! I do have some blog posts scheduled so I’ll have to set them apart so it doesn’t look like I’ve abandoned my blog haha.
Reviews to come:
- The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
How was your May? What books did you read? Are you joining any readathons for Pride Month? Let me know!