Monthly wrap-up: What I read in May 2021 | recapping my reading, blogging and writing month!

Well, well, well! Another month has come to its end, so that can only mean one thing: it’s wrap-up time! May was many things for me, but primarily it was the month I started trusting things to work out again. I’m forging my own path through life and I am actually hopeful. June will be the last month of going to school for me, so it will most definitely be a difficult one, but hey! I’ve come this far, I will get through this last month, too!

But before I get all immersed in June, let’s look back at May! The good and the bad, the reading, the blogging and the writing…it’s all here! Now, let’s take a walk and I’ll tell you all about it! Shall we?

I read ten books this month and hey, I’ll let you in on a secret: I read three of these completely in one day. Yeah, that was a good day (she says, as if that wasn’t yesterday). Three of these were physical books, which is still not what I’m used to BUT I got halfway through some others! I’m really happy that I’ve finally found some energy to read physical copies!

I listened to two audiobooks this month, for the first time in…half a year? I don’t know, it was fun but I’m not gonna renew my subscription or something. Then, I read five ebooks, of which three were review copies. This month I only read YA books, from mostly contemporary to some thrillers and exactly one fantasy.

Apart from that, I’m pretty happy with the amount of diversity in the books I read this month! Though I had quite a lot of disappointments this month, if I’m being honest here, I also read some amazing books! My average rating was 3.2 stars out of five.

Now, stats are always fun, but let’s have a bit of a closer look at what I exactly read, shall we?

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Tell me how you really feel by Aminah Mae Safi
Genre: YA contemporary/romance
Representation: lesbian, Jewish, Mexican and Muslim mcs, sapphic relationship
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 2 out of 5.

My month didn’t really start with a bang, if we’re being honest here. This book is pretty well-known in the sapphic community (I mean, that cover is gay) so I finally decided to pick it up and…didn’t really like it. The rep was amazing, but the book kinda doesn’t make sense. Like, at all. The main conflict was really weak and Rachel, one of the main characters, was kinda rude? Hmm, I didn’t enjoy this, no.

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Last night at the telegraph club by Malinda Lo
Genre: YA historical fiction/romance
Representation: lesbian, Chinese main characters
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

If we’d be looking at this book from a purely historical and cultural point of view, this would be a five star without any doubts. Malinda Lo really transports you to San Francisco in the 1950s and it was just so interesting to read about! Looking at the story, though, leaves me with a much lower rating and enjoyment level. The actual characters and story just lacked something. Perhaps I’ll have to say this is theoretically a masterpiece, but that’s where it ends?

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May the best man win by Z. R. Ellor
Genre: YA contemporary/romance
Representation: trans and autistic main characters, gay relationship
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Well, coming in at number one of “books that let me down in the history of my blog” is most definitely this one. It infuriated me on so many levels, not only because I believe it’s problematic, but also because just…no? I wrote my longest Goodreads review ever for this, and I honestly highly recommend reading it. Overall, this was one of the worst books I’ve ever read…

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You should see me in a crown by Leah Johnson
Genre: YA contemporary/romance
Representation: black/sapphic main character, sapphic relationship
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Listen, I did not expect this book to turn out the way it did, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. This story brought me so much warm feelings and I was really empowered by the end of it. The rep is so, so well-done and I really liked the romance, too. But what you must understand is that this book is not focused on the romance; it’s Liz’s story, one of finding herself and shining in her small town. I can’t wait to read Leah Johnson’s next book (I got an ARC…)!

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Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli
Genre: YA contemporary/romance
Representation: gay main character and relationship
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Well, if we’re being completely honest here, I read this twice…in 36 hours…yeah. I was scared I just didn’t pay enough attention the first time, okay! I did end up rating it exactly the same, but let’s not talk about that. This is a good book and definitely very relatable, but I just didn’t love it? I watched the movie in between my “rereads” and actually ADORED it…more on that coming soon!

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A good girl’s guide to murder by Holly Jackson (reread)
Genre: YA mystery/thriller
Representation: Indian-American main character
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I really love reading YA thrillers, I just don’t enjoy most of them. I know, that sounds very…unusual, but I hope you understand. This one, though? From the characters (marry me, both Pip and Ravi), to the plot with all its twists. This was a reread and I admired Holly Jackson’s storytelling even more this time around! I’ll die on this hill if I must, but A good girl’s guide to murder is the superior YA mystery to me.

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Trouble girls by Julia Lynn Rubin
Genre: YA contemporary/thriller
Representation: lesbian and bi main characters, sapphic relationship
Click here for my review!

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Being one of my most anticipated releases of 2021, this one definitely did not live up to my expectations. It lacked so much, including an actual story. This is one of those books that could’ve easily been saved by adding more depth, but unfortunately that essential element was just not there. A major let-down, despite some parts I did really like.

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The infinity courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Genre: YA sci-fi/fantasy
Representation: Asian main character
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Ouch, what a disappointment! This one’s concept sounded like something to absolutely die for and I was ready, but can really not rate it any higher than this…It was a very repetitive story with not-so-memorable characters and a writing style that didn’t really fit, in my opinion? I don’t really know, it just left me feeling very, very empty…

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It goes like this by Miel Moreland
Genre: YA contemporary/romance
Representation: lesbian, Jewish, pansexual, non-binary, black, and bisexual mcs, sapphic relationship
Click here for my Goodreads review (interview coming June 13th…)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There’s something so extraordinary about this book…I don’t quite have the words to describe it. This debut just has so much to it! I had the honour to interview Miel Moreland, which you will be able to read June 13th. From the characters with their achingly real struggles, to the gripping story, to the many lessons you can read in-between the lines; I loved this.

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Good girl, bad blood by Holly Jackson
Genre: YA mystery/thriller
Representation: Indian-American and lesbian characters
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well, what can I tell you? This book shocked me in all the good ways. I didn’t believe it could possibly live up to A good girl’s guide to murder, but this was unbelievable. My head and heart are still recovering…All I’m thinking right now is, in all honesty, though she’s a genius, I wouldn’t want to live in Holly Jackson’s head. How does she even come up with these things??

Finally, the blogging spirit is fully back! It might not have seemed that way because, well, I didn’t post that much! However (!!!) I now have so many post ideas and drafts that are almost ready to be published! Be prepared for lots of amazing content from me…but first, let me highlight some of the posts I published in May. And because I’m narcissistic like that, these are four of the total six posts, lol!

If you’re interested in any of these, just click the image or the text below it and it’ll take you right to my amazing, show-stopping, masterpiece of a post!

This blog is not all about me of course, so why not highlight some other bloggers’ posts, too? Be sure to check out these posts I loved reading this month!

I’m still not caught up on posts so this is definitely not a complete list, but enjoy! And remember: your work is appreciated!!

I can beat around the bush and say I didn’t do a whole lot because of a lack of time, but the painful truth is this: I didn’t do close to anything. I wrote three paragraphs, probably, although that’s where the progress stops. And let’s be honest, I really am not going to have time to think about writing in June because of my exams.

So…July, perhaps? Well, I sure hope so!


And that was that! There’s not really that much to say, except: I wish each and every one of you the loveliest June! My favourite of the month was…Good girl, bad blood or It goes like this (don’t make me choose), when not counting A good girl’s guide to murder, lol! But what about you?

27 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up: What I read in May 2021 | recapping my reading, blogging and writing month!

  1. I’m so sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Trouble Girls and Tell Me How You Really Feel so much, both of these were highly anticipated for me…. maybe I need to lower my expectations a bit ahah. Good about It Goes Like This though, this book sounds SO good!
    I hope you’ll have a good month and a better writing month, too ❤

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    1. Ahh I’m so sad about both of those, lol! They could’ve been excellent reads but maybe just not for me? I don’t know, but if you read them I’d love to hear your opinions!! And yes, It goes like this was SO good!! Definitely recommend it! I’m a bit late with this reply but I hope you have/had a great month nonetheless! Thank you so much love ❤

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  2. last night at the telegraph club has been on my tbr for quite a while now and i’m really looking forward to reading it~ i’m glad you enjoyed you should see me in a crown, i’ve heard super good reviews about it for quite a while now~ seems like you had a super good reading month. happy reading in june too!!

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    1. ahh i hope you’ll love it, it’s definitely an amazing book! and you should see me in a crown was everything i needed so definitely check it out if you’re interested! thank you so much, it was a great month indeed! have a lovely june full of amazing reads!!!

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  3. i love what you said about you should see me in a crown — it definitely had a heartwarming romance but it truly was all about liz’s story and growth! and ah i’m sorry to hear that may the best man win was so bad for you, i honestly wasn’t looking forward to reading it and now i’m definitely not going to give it a chance lol. hope you have a great june!!

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  4. June seems to have been a mixed bag of a month for you!! I’m glad you found some great books among them though! I can’t wait to read It Goes Like This in June! I hope June is a really great month for you and thank you so much for mentioning my post!!

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  5. Quite a few of those books are hyped! Unfortunate that you didn’t enjoy them. But oh well, it happens. Hopefully you have a better reading and writing month in June! Also totally looking forward to more blog content from you.

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  6. oh I am so glad to see that someone shares my views on Infinity Courts! It was so overrated and everybody gushing about it made me raise my expectations, and the concept was also so cool, but the terrible execution…I ended up rating it 1.5 stars.
    A good girls guide to murder has been on my tbr since ages, I am happy you enjoyed it so much!
    Have an amazing June!!

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    1. ahh yes, i haven’t seen that many people not enjoying so it’s definitely good to know it’s not just me, lol! the execution fell really flat and yeah…even the concept couldn’t save that, i guess. i hope you adore AGGGTM, it’s one of my personal obsessions haha! have a lovely June!!!

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  7. omg! noo – may the best man win was one of my most anticipated AND i had an early copy :’) i’m heading over to goodreads now to check out your review lmao. i’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the infinity courts, because i loved it, but i understand why it might not have been your type! the good girls guide to murder series is SO good omg, and i’m so happy you loved it as much as i did 👀 i hope june treats you well! 💖💖

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    1. aahhhh it’s so sad!! maybe you’ll like it, but it’s one of the books i enjoyed the least like…ever? and i hope my goodreads review helps haha! i really wanted to love the infinity courts but i guess it just didn’t work for me. AGGGTM is superior to me, i love it so much ughhh!! have a lovely june full of amazing books ahaana!!

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