I know this gets said every month, but how the hell is it June?! May has been a pretty hectic, crazy month. We went to Cornwall for a week, Teddy turned two & I had my grandads funeral. With all that being said, I still managed to read 5 books this month! Which I am pretty impressed with. I read a whole variety of genres including adult fiction & a memoir, I also enjoyed a good mixture of physical & e-books. I forgot to do a wrap up for April as I took some time off blogging, but you can read my March, February & January wrap ups, if you would like to see what I have read so far this year. I also have a Goodreads account where you can keep up to date with all my bookish going-ons. Here is my May reading wrap up.
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MAY READING WRAP UP
37. I HEART NEW YORK//LINDSEY KELK
“It’s official. Angela Clarke is in love – with the most fabulous city in the world. Fleeing her cheating boyfriend and clutching little more than a crumpled bridesmaid dress, a pair of Louboutins and her passport, Angela jumps on a plane, destination – NYC.
Holed up in a cute hotel room, Angela gets a New York makeover from her NBFJenny and a whirlwind tour of the city that never sleeps. Before she knows it, Angela is dating two sexy guys. And, best of all, she gets to write about it in her new blog (Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out). But it’s one thing telling readers about your romantic dilemmas, it’s another figuring them out for yourself …Angela has fallen head over heels for the big apple, but does she heart New York more than home?”
This was a re-read for me but I loved it even more the second time around! I absolutely loved the character growth from Angela & the way she handles all the shit she has been dealt. Also Jenny is one of my all time favourite side-characters. I honestly can’t recommend Lindsey’s books enough, especially if you are a fan of romance, hilarious & easy to read books. I can’t wait to continue on with the series! I gave this 4 stars.
38. WE ARE OKAY// NINA LACOUR
“Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.”
This book had been on my TBR for so long & when we went away to Cornwall, I was determined to take it with me and finally read it. I really, really enjoyed it and it is unlike anything else I have read. It is like you start the story half way through & it did take me a while to get into the swing of it, but once I did, I was completely sucked in. My heart broke for Marin and I just wanted to give her a massive hug. I gave this 3 stars.
39. NO WAY OUT (DI ADAM FAWLEY #3)// CARA HUNTER
“It’s one of the most disturbing cases DI Fawley has ever worked.
The Christmas holidays, and two children have just been pulled from the wreckage of their burning home in North Oxford. The toddler is dead, and his brother is soon fighting for his life. Why were they left in the house alone? Where is their mother, and why is their father not answering his phone?
Then new evidence is discovered, and DI Fawley’s worst nightmare comes true. Because this fire wasn’t an accident. It was murder.“
It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of these books! Cars Hunter has very quickly become one of my favourite authors & I guarantee I will buy anything she writes. The books are so clever, well thought out & you can never predict where they are going. I gave the latest in the series 5 stars!
40. THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS: A NURSE’S STORY // CHRISTIE WEST
Christie Watson spent twenty years as a nurse, and in this intimate, poignant, and remarkably powerful book, she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her unforgettable patients.
In the neonatal unit, premature babies fight for their lives, hovering at the very edge of survival, like tiny Emmanuel, wrapped up in a sandwich bag. On the cancer wards, the nurses administer chemotherapy and, long after the medicine stops working, something more important–which Watson learns to recognize when her own father is dying of cancer. In the pediatric intensive care unit, the nurses wash the hair of a little girl to remove the smell of smoke from the house fire. The emergency room is overcrowded as ever, with waves of alcohol and drug addicted patients as well as patients like Betty, a widow suffering chest pain, frail and alone. And the stories of the geriatric ward–Gladys and older patients like her–show the plight of the most vulnerable members of our society.”
I picked this book up after I read & loved Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor & I really wanted to read things from a Nurse’s perspective. This book is a lot more medical than This Is Going To Hurt, but the stories are both heart breaking & eye-opening. These types of books really do give you a whole new found respect for the NHS & the staff who work tirelessly & endlessly to help people. I gave this 4.5 stars.
41. THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO // TAYLOR JENKINS REID
“Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”
This book was incredibly realistic! On numerous occasions I found myself reaching for my phone to google Evelyn Hugo! She is 100% a fictional character! Which I am mildly disappointed about not gonna lie. I don’t what I expected this book to be like, but it really took me by surprise how much I loved it. I read it so quickly & fell in love with Evelyn. I gave this 4.5 stars.
That is my May reading wrap up! I would love to know what you have read this month?