I read (or listened to) ten books in May! This might be a personal record (as an adult, at least). Prioritizing time to read has been a great gift to myself.
Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover
I read the first in the Slammed series last year, shortly after reading Verity (my first CoHo book). I don’t think the Slammed series is my most favorite ever, but I love Colleen’s style of writing so very much. These are easy reads, and a nice break between the suspense and fantasy books. I plan on finishing the series eventually.
Open Book by Jessica Simpson
I listened to this one on audible, because reading non-fiction of any kind of pretty difficult for me. I loved listening to Jessica tell her own story, and she exceeded my expectations. I think any woman in her 30s should read this one.
A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)
I read A Court of Thorns and Roses for the first time in March, after the release of the latest in the serious created a lot of buzz. It turned out several people I knew loved this series, so I started it, too. And sure enough, I’ve loved it. This wasn’t my favorite in the series so far (I believe #2 was), but I still absolutely loved it. If you’ve never heard of this series, ACOTAR starts off like a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
My goal for 2021 is to read six classics, and this is my third of the year (Little Women and Jane Eyre were the first two). It’s hard to believe I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice before, and I don’t think I’ve even seen the movie. It was surprisingly easy to read, and I flew through it. I think everyone should read this at least once.
Shadow and Bone (#1) by Leigh Bardugo
With the Netflix series out, of course this series is all over social media. Honestly, I’d never heard of it. Several people insisted I needed to read it before watching, so I picked it up. After reading it, I feel like so much more could happen (and I assume it does). I loved it, and I plan on finishing this series, but I’m not sure how many more books I will read before I start the Netflix series!
Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This has been sitting on my shelf for some time after being one of my Book of the Month picks, so I made a point to read it this month. Honestly, I never read any sort of synopsis on it and didn’t look closely at the cover art, so I didn’t realize it was a romance or even a gay romance until I was well into it. It gave me Disney Channel original movie vibes (if you take away the love scenes, obviously). I enjoyed it but I’m starting to realize romance in general is not my most favorite genre.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
This book was recommended to me, being compared to Harry Potter. The quote on the cover said “It is like being wrapped in a big gay blanket” and I wondered if I was reading two gay romances in a row. But I realized that while there was a love story, it wasn’t a romance by any means. It wasn’t even very focused on magic. It was very much a story of Linus and his home, and I loved it.
I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom
If you were a fan of the tv series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (as you should be), you must read this book. Scratch that, listen to this book. As much as I love physical copies, you do not want to miss out on Rachel Bloom’s singing or tone.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Because Ready Player Two was released last year, the first in the series was added to my “want to read” list. Every time I passed by either of these books at a bookstore, I thought about reading it. I grabbed a copy and stuck it into my hopeful pile, and managed to squeeze it in this month. This is easily one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. Right after finishing it, I watched the movie, and I was not shocked to find the book was much, much better than the movie.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liana Moriarty
With the Hulu series coming this August, I wanted to read the book first. I had a hard time getting into this book, with the beginning feeling very slow.