Hey everyone! I’ve been at home for just over a week now and am starting to settle in to my family’s new house. It was definitely weird coming back from Uni and not being in the house that I’d lived in for most of my life, but our new place is nice and now that I’ve got my bookshelves exactly the way I want them, I’m liking my room a lot more! Since I’ve been home, I’ve finished my first round of edits on my novel and done a lot of reading, as well as writing a lot for The National Student and on here, it’s so nice to be able to do what I want and not have to focus on Uni work.
Anyway, it’s June, so that means it’s time for me to do another #RockMyTBR Challenge Update, for those of you who aren’t familiar with what that is, #RockMyTBR is a challenge set up by Sarah K at The Book Traveller, which I have kind of adopted for myself this year, to knock books of your TBR. May was awesome for me in terms of reading, as my exams finished on the 4th and I basically did nothing but read after they finished, so I finished 5 books! This is what I read in May:
Almost Love by Louise O’Neill:
This was one of my Netgalley reads of May, I wanted to finish it, as I had started it before all of the exam craziness set in, so it was nice to be able to get back to it and finish it. It was an okay book, but the unlikeable main character and lack of plot made it difficult for me to connect to. I read this one from 18th April to 9th May. Here is my review of it:
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein:
This was my #RockMyTBR book for May. I read this one from 2nd-10th May, just over a week, which is pretty good for me! I didn’t love Rose as much as Verity, it was more harrowing and tougher for me to read, and the pacing was a little off, but I did love Rose and her crew of Rabbits and I think this is a really important book as I had no idea about all of the things that happened at Ravensbruck and had never even herd of the Rabbits before reading it. This is my review of the book:
Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody:
This was my YALC book for the month as one of my resolutions for this year was trying to actually read more of the books that I have acquired there since going in 2015, though I’ll have added even more after the 2018 event next month! Anyway, I read this one from 10th-16th May, it was a nice, short, entertaining read, I liked the murder mystery aspect and the whole setting and illusions were really cool, though the pacing was off at times. Here is my review of it:
Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter:
This was my other Netgalley read for this month, which I read from 18th April-16th May. I was really disappointed in this one, I loved Ally Carter’s Heist Society series and was hoping for the same fun, exciting read here, but it was mostly Maddie and Logan wandering around in the wilderness for 300 pages. Here is my review of it:
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan:
This was another of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and again I was disappointed. I am not doing too well on my anticipated 2018 reads so far! I read it from 17th-26th May. This book suffered from serious middle book syndrome, whilst I found Apollo as hilarious as ever, the pacing was off and for the first time, I actually found a Rick Riordan book too long! I’m hoping that the fourth book will redeem this series. Here is my review of it:
So that’s what I read in May, here is what I have coming up this month:
Crooked Kingdom-Leigh Bardugo-My June #RockMyTBR book. I’ve just started it and it’s off to a slow start, but I’m only four chapters in, so I’m sure it will definitely pick up soon. I’m really happy to be back following Kaz and the rest of the Dregs on their next adventure.
Ace of Shades-Amanda Foody-I know I had this on my list last month as well, but I’m not quite done yet. I am about 75% of the way through though, so I will definitely finish it before June is over, hopefully in the next week or so. It was a slow starter, but I’ve definitely got into it now!
Things A Bright Girl Can Do-Sally Nicholls-This is one of the books I’m reading in preparation for YALC, and I’m really excited for it as I’ve never read a historical fiction book that has focused on the Suffragettes before and with it being the 100 year anniversary of the first women’s suffrage bill in the UK, it seems like the perfect time to read it.
Legendary-Stephanie Garber-This was another of my anticipated releases for 2018, so I’m hoping it won’t disappoint me. I just got my copy on Wednesday, and I will definitely be digging into it as soon as I’ve finished Crooked Kingdom and Things A Bright Girl Can Do.
A Thousand Perfect Notes-C.G. Drews-Once I’ve finished Ace of Shades, Cait’s book will be the next Netgalley book I read, and of course I’m super excited, as Paper Fury is one of my favourite blogs! Granted, I probably would have bought a copy had I known that Ace of Shades would take me so long to read, since I will probably now be reading this after it’s UK release date has passed, but oh well! Such is life.
So there we go, my very ambitious (once again) June TBR! I feel okay with being ambitious though as my job doesn’t start until next month and I don’t have much else to do other than read and write (what a wonderful problem to have!). I don’t know if I will finish them all, but I’m hoping I will get to at least two of the physical books and both of the Netgalley books, Legendary is the wildcard here. I’ve put my Goodreads challenge up to 35 books (same as last year) and I’m still 2 books ahead, so I’m very happy with that. How is you reading going this year? Let me know in the comments!