It is the 1st June and I can’t quite believe it! Possibly because the majority of this year has been a shit show so I am trying to block it from my memory. HOWEVER, lets be positive and look on the bright side of things.. it is time to share with you, the books I read in May!
I actually had a really good reading month in May and it was also the launch of my new Instagram book club! I run it with my lovely friend Katie and we pick a book each month to read and discuss. I am absolutely loving it and having somewhere else to share my bookish loves and get creative. You can find us over at The Mummy Book Club.
I had heard so much about this book over 2019 and the hype was REAL. It is an LBGT romance following the son of the first female President of the United States and Prince Henry of Wales. It is an enemies to lovers and on paper sounded right up my street, but I really didn’t like it! It had really cute moments and was a okay read, but it was definitely written more for an American audience and lived up to Americas misconceptions of Brits & the Royal family. It just felt sort of.. meh.
I read this as part of Beth’s Book Club and really enjoyed it! I was hooked from the very start, I really enjoyed the alternating perspectives from Zoe (a woman being stalked) and Kelly, a police officer. It really makes you realise how little we take in our surroundings especially when it’s a familiar place in our everyday routine. I did predict the ending about 50% off the way through but I read a lot of thrillers so it is hard to throw me off and I second guess every single character. However, that didn’t stop me enjoying the book and i’d definitely recommend it. Particularly if you’re just delving into the thriller genre.
TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR: RAPE, SELF HARM, PTSD & VICTIM BLAMING.
“I SAID NO.”
This book is so incredibly important, As hard as it was to read, I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to give Melinda the biggest hug. The artwork is stunning, the characters & their expressions are perfect. The message of this book needs to be shared and spread by everyone, especially young adults. I’m so glad I read this in graphic novel form and I can’t recommend it enough.
One of the best thrillers I have read! The atmosphere was incredible – really immersive and eerie. I loved the multiple perspectives and flicking timeline, it was really easy to keep up with. I really like the writing style of how we KNEW there was a victim from the beginning but didn’t know which character it was going to be until the very end. The ending had me so surprised and it did not go how I thought it would – so I was very pleasantly surprised. I can’t wait to read Lucy’s other book – The Hunting Party.
I absolutely LOVE Mhairi’s books, I’ve enjoyed everything she has written and this was no exception. I finished it within a couple of days, the writing is addictive and her characters are so relatable. The character she creates and the romances are some of my absolute favourites. The story is incredibly sweet and I actually laughed out loud numerous times. The ending almost made me cry! I can’t recommend this author enough.
This was our May pick for our book club and I can’t describe how much I enjoyed it. The writing was beautiful, heart breaking and important. It follows a plane crash in which 191 passengers die and one 12 year old boy, Edward, survives. His mum, dad & brother are all killed. The chapters flip between the lead up to the crash and the aftermath in which we see how Edward tries to deal with his grief. Some of the quotes in the book made me sob & the ending was stunning. I loved the writing style although it was sad to read about the passengers planning a future or making plans for when they arrived at their destination, because as a reader you knew how it ended for them. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Absolutely loved it.
There you have it! All the books I read in May. I hope you found something you like the sound of and possibly discover a new favourite book or author.