Hi all! I hope everyone has been doing well and staying safe in the past month, once again, asking if everyone had a good month seemed decidedly wrong given everything that has been happening over the past few weeks.
For anyone who is new to my blog since I last did one of these posts, the #RockMyTBR Challenge is a challenge originated by Sarah K at The YA Book Traveler, which I’ve adopted for myself over the past few years. The challenge is really simple and easy, you pick a list of backlist books from your TBR (ie not published in the year you’re reading them) and read them over the course of a year. I always choose 12, a book for each month and then each month I post updates of what I’ve been reading. In May, I read 5 books, another win for lockdown reading:
The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee:
My May #RockMyTBR read, Gentleman’s Guide was one of my favourite books of last year and I really enjoyed Lady’s Guide too. It was great to see Felicity get to take centre stage and although it was a little slow in places, I loved the focus on historical women and the dismantling of internalised sexism. I read this one from 29th April-8th May. Here is my review of it:
The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein:
My Netgalley read for this month, I’ve loved Elizabeth Wein’s books in the past and though this wasn’t my favourite of hers, I still really enjoyed it. It was great to see what previous CNV universe characters, Jamie and Ellen got up to during the war and new characters Louisa and Jane were great additions to the story. It was a little slow in places, but ultimately enjoyable. I read this one from 12th April-10th May. Here is my review of it:
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab:
My May PIFM book from the YA Addicted Book Club on Goodreads. I have to admit, I don’t really read middle grade all that much anymore, but this one was super fun. It was nice to have a break from the super dense fantasies that I usually read, and Victoria Schwab turned her hand to middle grade very well. I read this one from 8th-12th May. Here is my review of it:
Windwitch by Susan Dennard:
My audiobook read for May. I really enjoyed the first Witchlands book, but I found Windwitch somewhat lacking. It was slow paced, there were too many different character POVs and I wasn’t a massive fan of the narrator. I read this one from 11th April-13th May. Here is my review of it: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/windwitch-witchlands-2-review-audiobook/
Call Down The Hawk (Dreamer #1) by Maggie Stiefvater:
My final read of May. I was really excited for Call Down The Hawk as I loved The Raven Cycle, however it didn’t live up to my expectations. It was very slow paced, the plot was a little messy and it just wasn’t as fun as TRC. I still enjoyed it and will be reading the next book, but my expectations won’t be as high. I read this one from 12th-26th May. Here is my review of it:
So that’s everything I read in May, here’s what I have coming up in June:
The Gilded Wolves-Roshani Chokshi
This is my June #RockMyTBR book, although because I finished Call Down The Hawk a few days before May ended, I’ve actually already read most of it! I’ve really enjoyed it as well, it’s my first Roshani Chokshi book and I will definitely be reading more, I’ve already preordered the sequel.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass-Melissa Bashardoust
One of my two Netgalley books at the moment, I’m almost done with this one. Not really a big fan, I like that it’s a more feminist Snow White retelling, but the actual book itself has been kind of a slog to get through and if I wasn’t reading it for review then I doubt I would have finished it.
My other Netgalley book at the moment, my first book by this author and I’m enjoying it although it’s kind of slow at the moment. Still again, I think I would definitely try more of Zoraida Cordova’s books.
This is my June PIFM book from the YA Addicted Book Club, and I’m really excited as I love Neal Shusterman’s books. I haven’t read anything dystopia since this whole thing started, since the real world was feeling too much like it, but I’m hoping since this isn’t anything virus related, it should be okay!
Kingdom of Copper-S.A. Chakraborty
My current audiobook read, I loved the first book in this series and have been enjoying the second book as well, though it’s been a little slow going, it’s quite a long book and I’m only just halfway through despite reading it for a few weeks!
Empire of Gold-S.A. Chakraborty
The final Daevabad trilogy book comes out in a week’s time and I’m super excited to read it and see how this whole thing ends! Definitely a new favourite series.
Another ambitious TBR, but I feel pretty confident that I should be able to finish most of these this month, I have far too much time on my hands at the moment! What have you guys read this month? How’s your Goodreads Challenge going? I’ve read 20 books so far and my challenge is 35 so I’m feeling pretty good about it and will probably up it again before the end of the year. Let me know in the comments!