Hello everyone! I had a really good reading month in May, I finished 6 books! My normal amount so far this year has been four per month so I’m in full celebration mode.
I’m going to start rating my books out of five starts in these posts, much like the Goodreads system (also StarringPamela on there). I haven’t done separate, full reviews on any of the books I’ve read yet on this blog but if anyone is interested in a review of a specific book let me know in the comments and I’ll probably do one. This post will be spoiler free unless otherwise stated. Here we go with the books I’ve read!
I’ll start with my lowest rated book, Girl Online, by Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella on YouTube. In this book the main character Penny is an awkward teen with anxiety and regular teen hardships. Penny is also author of the rapidly growing blog Girl Online. Eventually her issues spiral to the point that her loving and supporting parents pull her from school at the end of the term and she goes on a trip to New York City with them where she finds a love interest and escapes her problems for a bit.
I gave Girl Online two stars. I thought it was an okay book. It was pretty typical of a YA and followed Zoe’s background much like her real life played out so the story felt familiar. To be honest I hated the beginning, I actually told my dad that it was terrible. But I powered through as a fan of Zoe’s and it did get better. It was just not very good overall.
My four star book of the month was A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. The main character Feyre (pronounced Fay-ruh for reasons I don’t understand) is essentially placed into Beauty and the Beast, fairy style.
This book was entertaining although I did feel that it was dragged on a bit in the beginning while the ending was rushed. The story was interesting and the choices Feyre made were very much within the character Maas created for her throughout the novel. While I didn’t love this book I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
The next three books I’ll talk about together, the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. That includes Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, and Library of Souls. I’ve rated all three books as 5 stars, so the series as a whole also gets 5. The Miss Peregrine’s series follows the story of Jacob, a boy with peculiar abilities and his journeys after he learns of the peculiar world.
I mostly read this because of Jessethereader on YouTube. I wanted to finish the series initially before BookCon as Ransom Riggs was meant to be there. I didn’t finish them as I think I was almost done or just finished Hollow City but not started Library of Souls. All three were very good but I think Hollow City was probably my least favorite of the three story-wise. The other two were tied for being my favorite.
The final book that gets a five star rating is Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I’ve been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack non-stop (get it?) and I finally picked up the book to read.
I finished the book in two days and listened to all the songs alongside it. Reading the little bits where the songs come together, along with the cast and crew, were incredible. I really enjoyed it and I am so happy that I decided to buy this book because it really is beautifully written and put together. My favorite parts were Lin-Manuel’s notes by the songs and anytime his wife was right. It was adorable.
My June TBR includes:
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (was on my May TBR – did not start)
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (Currently reading but barely started. Likely won’t finish this month.)
- La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Currently reading, plan to finish)
- Username: Evie by Joe Sugg
- Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
- We are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly (ARC from BookCon)
While I likely won’t get to all of these in June I hope to at least read a good number of these. A few of these I have requested from the library so I actually need people to finish reading them so I can pick them up. We shall see what happens!
Feel free to leave any thoughts on these books or suggestions!
Thanks for reading!