Can we all collectively agree that April felt like some kind of fever dream? I don’t know about you but for me it definitely seemed that way. Either way, May has arrived and we’re looking going into a month full of new chances which is never a bad thing, right? I’m really excited for this month since I’ve got so many fun things planned, but my birthday is also coming up!
For this wrap-up post I’m trying out something new and not just talking about the books I read, but also about my goals, blogging and more so buckle up! Let’s take a walk, shall we?
This month I read eight books of which two were rereads and four were review copies! There was a balance between the amount of physical books I picked up and ebooks I read as both ended up being four. I’m really happy with the diversity in the books I read and the fact that I read across different genres! My average rating this month was 3.1 which is quite low in my opinion. Anyway, let’s look at those books!
I’m gonna be really honest here: this book disgusted me in so many way. I honestly can’t believe I barely see anyone speak about what is wrong with this book, because, well, there’s a lot to say. I read this a few years ago and loved it but this? No. Never again. Despite the author’s good intentions, this book is problematic.
Another reread, but this time a really, really positive one! It had been exactly one year since I first read this and I was really excited to dive back in! But wow, this book was so much better than I remembered it to be? I fell in love with everything but especially the characters and their dynamics. This book reminded me that books can bring you pure happiness in the form of joy, not tears (I did cry though, but let’s ignore that fact…).
Bruised by Tanya Boteju
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: sapphic romance, (main) characters from various backgrounds and with various sexualities, non-binary side character, deaf side character
Click here for my review!
I hate to say this but the amount of representation really was the best thing about this book. It’s supposed to be a really emotional journey but I just can’t help but to feel…nothing. That’s why there’s really not much to say except for the fact that this was a big let-down.
Listen, I didn’t expect to totally fall in love with this book, but here we are. I cried, I screamed and I pressed repeat on both of those. I am still not okay as you can probably tell! This book is genuinely one of the best books I’ve ever read; it has so much going for it (unique concept, three-dimensional/morally grey characters and complicated back stories). I repeat, I am in love.
I don’t even know what to say about this one. I kinda didn’t joy any of it at all. My first thought was that maybe I just don’t enjoy classics but then I really love Wuthering heights so…I don’t know. It just frustrated me and I had to push myself through the whole thing. Not a fan.
Has the impossible really happened? Have I discovered two new favourite books this month? It does seem like it, even though I’m always hesitant to call something a new favourite. These feathered flames absolutely deserves that title though: from the beautiful writing to the unique plot and magic system to the characters! Will I say it again with this book? Hell yes, because I! am! in! love!
Counting down with you by Tashie Bhuiyan
Genre: YA contemporary/romance
Representation: Bangladeshi main character, Muslim main character, bi side character
Goodreads review in progress (I am behind, oops)
I was kinda scared to read this book. There was the option where I could love it, and the option where I absolutely didn’t, but overall this book left me confused. It was so ridiculous at times that I was laughing, but I also really enjoyed my time with it? Like, I don’t know, it did make me feel things and I cried (look away please). So yeah, ehm, very confused indeed.
For those of you who read my review already and are wondering if I’m still thinking about that plottwist, here’s your answer: yes. Yes I am. It was just so incredible and unique and ah, I just can’t say anything but Joan He is a master in storytelling, and I can’t wait to read more by her hand!My reading goals for May:
My reading goals for May
- Read 12 books
- Update your Goodreads
- Catch up on ARCs
- Read the book club books
- Try to listen to an audiobook again
I didn’t blog a lot in April, unfortunately. I did get two reviews, an interview and two lists up, but that’s all. What I did do is blog hop a lot, so I’ve seen so much amazing posts from even more amazing creators! So…why not share some posts YOU should check out without a doubt?
- Julie @ Struck by stories talks about books with autistic rep in honor of autism awareness month!
- The Quiet Pond is coming at us with another edition of The Pond News, aka my favourite posts to have ever existed
- May @ Forever and everly did the anti-TBR tag and talked about some books she absolutely doesn’t want to read
- Susana @ Susana loves books has an amazing discussion post on how school ruins reading for teens
- Reads Rainbow is giving us lots of lesbian lit recommendations, and I want to read them all!
My only goal for May is to blog more consistently!
April was a month for preparing and outlining a lot for me. I’ve been stuck with writing for a while so I decided to completely redo my old wip. There are some basic elements that stayed the same, but the whole plot is new and I’m honestly so satisfied with it. And then I came up with another story idea, too.
I haven’t written contemporary in years because I tend to enjoy writing thrillers and especially fantasy more, but now an idea just struck and I’m in love. I will of course not spill too much yet, but it’s a sapphic romance between two estranged best friends. I have a detailed outline and a first sentence ready, but I’ve decided to focus on my fantasy wip first.
My dark YA fantasy is the one where I basically redid the plot and I’m so, so excited for it now! The project was kinda burning me out, but now I’ve definitely rekindled my love for it. I will start drafting it in May since I basically have everything ready…except for a first sentence, which I’ve been struggling with, oops!
My writing goals for May
- Start drafting the YA fantasy
- Concentrate on ONE project
- Look for some writing buddies/ critique partners
- Playlists and aesthetics perhaps?
- Build a writing routine
This was so much fun to write so let’s say the additions are a success for me! I hope you also liked reading about all the books I read, my writing projects and I really do want to encourage you to check out some posts I listed in here, too! Have a lovely May, y’all!