Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2021

Hi everyone! Welcome to my May 2021 wrap-up post. For these wrap-ups I include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon.May was Book Coven’s Taylor Swift Lyric challenge so I actually read some books!

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go. This month the club read two books:

  1. The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
  2. Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller

I’ve already read The One’s We’re Meant to Find which was a really thought provoking read, and unfortunately I didn’t get around to reading Blade of Secrets this month, but looks like a lot of the Book Coven members enjoyed it!

We haven’t chosen our next book yet but we had 16 books make the bracket and they’re all LGBTQ+ books as its Pride Month!

Favourites

I re-read Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown (this series is my fave I love it so much). Talia Hibbert’s books always make me smile and these two are no different. They also have the most adorable covers! The books just give me so many feels and I’m in a perpetual state of wanting to re-read them.

I also read A Dowry of Blood – this one is a lyrical retelling of Dracula’s brides and I found the writing to be so beautiful. I only wish it was longer so I could enjoy the writing even more! If you like gothic books that are really going to hit you in the feels then I recommend checking this out, it’s honestly so unique.

For something a little bit different to be normal reads I picked up Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I’m not usually a big mystery reader but this one was really enjoyable as it examined real people’s lives in the context of a mystery. I thought I’d hate the drama but it turned out it gave me a lot of emotions and I loved the way it all wrapped up. On the mystery theme, I also read The Girl’s I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe. This one is about a teenager who grew up as the daughter of a con-artist who ends up in a bank with her friends while it is being robbed. Makes for a really gripping story which I loved!

Last but not least for this post, I read Dear Martin by Nic Stone. This is a short YA that follows a boy called Justyce as he experiences racial profiling first hand and explores what it means for him as he never expected it. There are lots of class discussions at his school that would make for great educational material!

Books to Look Out For

Releasing on June 10th is The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri! I absolutely loved this book – it’s told from two main point of view (f/f romance!) and has other points of view intermingled which give some wider context. Loved the world building in this one, it really is unique and magical.

Hana Khan Carries on by Uzma Jalaluddin was also a huge hit with me – it was so much more than a romance with it’s interesting family dynamics and examination of racism against Muslims in Toronto. I loved Hana’s character so much – she had such strong values throughout.

Next month?

I’m not sure what I’m going to read in June – hopefully lots of LGBTQ+ books for pride! In terms of arcs I am really looking forward to reading She Who Became the Sun and Velvet Was the Night. After loving The House in the Cerulean Sea so much I’m also excited to read Under the Whispering Door.

I’ve also got to read the final book in the Isles of Storm and Sorrow series, I’m really intrigued to find out how Bex Hogan is going to wrap it up in Vulture!

I hope everyone had a wonderful reading month in May – I know I did. naturally work is still hectic, plus I had a little visit to my sister’s new house. June looks to be a bit quieter, and I’m really enjoying the sunshine we’re getting in the UK a the moment. Have a great June!!!

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