Monthly Wrap-Up | May

I’m so excited that in May I actually read all five of the books I chose from my Fates jar. I started the process of choosing five books each month on the last day of February for the month of March. I had planned to use the Fates jar to pick books I owned but hadn’t read when I was bored or didn’t know what to read next. But after the first two months of the year, I saw that I was reading 9 to 11 books each month and decided to also use it to plan five books to read each month. I’ve never been all that great about planning out what to read in advance in the past, but I hope this would be different. In March, I read 4 out of the 5 books. I had started the 5th book at the end of March and finished it in April. So, in April, I chose another 5 books and only finished 1. I moved the other 4 books to May and chose only 1 more book, and I actually finished all 5 books this month. Here’s how the rest of the month went.

Books Read

This book was absolutely adorable!! I loved the relationship between Emmett and Luke, and the history that is found out at the end was wonderful. I’m not a huge country fan anymore and still found this enjoyable.
I know I’m behind but oh my word this book was so amazing and wonderful. I fell in love with everyone in this book (except Richards and the queen, boo them)! I also fell in love with love again while reading this.
Okay, this book was fascinating and wonderful! I love ALL the diverse representation. But I was so upset to learn that the second book isn’t coming out till this fall!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
A wonderfully weird and drug-infused gothic novel! It was a bit disconcerting at times but the story was fascinating and the characters felt so real.
Another wonderfully diverse book! I loved to read a book that had queer characters that weren’t white for once. The romance between Yami and Bo was so cute. I do have some issues with how Yami’s mental health was handled at the end, but other than that it was great.
This felt like such an annoying way to pander to book lovers. It didn’t feel that believable, nor where the characters that interesting. The only character I liked was the farmer (Lenox?), all the others were either boring or annoying (Nina). Don’t read is my advice!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
I read Hosseini’s The Kite Runner many years ago. I have had a copy of A Thousand Splendid Suns for many years. I knew it would leave me sobbing, and what do you know, I was right! This book was so wonderful and terrifying and heartbreaking. I cannot even begin to describe it but just go read it.
I first read excerpts of The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek in high school, I think sophomore year. I was fascinated and felt completely immersed in the scenes that Dillard created. I finally read it and it still made me feel that same way as I did in high school. Definitely a book that makes you think!
A wonderful historical fiction book. I didn’t realize until I already owned it that this is based on a real Iranian poet. Even though this is a fictional story of what her life could’ve been like, Darznik does an amazing job of bringing beauty and heartbreak and understanding to a woman’s life.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
The first part was interesting information. The second part was repetitive. The third part was a bit of knew information but also repetitive of the first two parts.
Ugh, Jack and Amber are sooo cute!! I cannot get over the fact that it keeps with the football quarterback dating the cheerleader trope but also turns it on its head by making the football player a girl. I did find there was a bit too much homophobia, and I wish the rest of the football team had to take a bit more responsibility for their actions. But it’s a still a good book.
Everyone needs to read this book!! Now! Don’t walk to the bookstore, run to it. I don’t want to let my words overpower Kendi’s own words and the entire book. I do want to say that he does a fantastic job of blending history, politics, and his own personal story throughout this book.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Comparison Stats

January

9 Books
2,738 Pages
Top 3 Moods: Emotional, Reflective, & Light
2 Nonfiction; 7 Fiction
Top Genres: Contemporary & YA
Average Rating: 4.14

February

11 Books
4,048 Pages
Top 3 Moods: Reflective, Emotional & Dark
1 Nonfiction; 10 Fiction
Top Genres: YA & Contemporary
Average Rating: 3.91

March

10 Books
3,887
Top 3 Moods: Dark, Adventurous, Tense
2 Nonfiction; 8 Fiction
Top Genres: Fantasy & LGBTQIA+
Average Rating: 3.81

April

11 Books
3,762
Top 3 Moods: Mysterious, Challenging, Reflective
1 Nonfiction; 10 Fiction
Top Genres: Literary & Mystery
Average Rating: 3.59

May

12 Books
4,318
Top 3 Moods: Emotional, Reflective, Challenging
3 Nonfiction; 9 Fiction
Top Genres: LGBTQ+ & Young Adult
Average Rating: 4.1

Books from Owned TBR

Books Chosen By the Fates for June

Happy Reading Darlings!

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