May AND June Book Wrap Up Because Well…

While the world went even more down the pooper during these months, I didn’t really spend my time reading or writing much of anything. Most of the books I “read” were audiobooks. So I decided to do a two-month wrap up instead.

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All the Books I Read May-June

May Books 🌸

Life of Pi – Yan Martel – Rating 3/ 5 Stars

This book was slow, and I honestly enjoyed the visuals of the movie better. Kind of a disappointment.

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer – Rating 4/5 Stars

Classic. And I unabashedly love it. It’s addicting, although the plot happens in the last 50 pages. So that’s kind of crazy.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance – Tomi Adeyemi – Rating 2/5 Stars

Like the first book, I listened to this one on audiobook. All the characters seemed to move backwards in progress, and their arguments felt weak. I was so disappointed in this book, but I’ll probably still give the third one a go when it comes out. Also (SPOILER?) it did one of my least favorite things and brought back a “dead” character right at the beginning when his death was everything. EVERYTHING.

House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig – Rating 3/5 Stars

Another audiobook read. I really liked the reader, but I was so bummed that I predicted everything in this book (which never happens). It was pretty creepy at parts. But I think the plot could have been stronger. Fun concept though—i.e. family curse and sea-based religion.

The Speed of Falling Objects – Nancy Richardson Fischer – Rating 3/5 Stars

This book was ridiculous. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes not so much. Her relationship with her psychopath dad was hard to bear sometimes.

June Books 🌾

A Drop of Midnight – Jason Diakité – Rating 5/5 Stars

A nonfiction autobiography of a Black hip-hop artist tracing his roots in the American south and Sweden. Honestly—beautiful storytelling, good pacing, and well-ended (one of the worst parts of non-fiction in my opinion).

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins – Rating 2/5 Stars

I don’t have much to say about this book besides that I could barely get through it. Part two, which is the section of the actual Hunger Games, is entertaining. Most of the book is forced, and the ending was a fever dream. I would have enjoyed it much more if it was split between different perspectives.

Letter to My Daughter – Maya Angelou – Rating 4/5 Stars

It’s really a lovely collection of memories, poems, and advice. I think I could read this several times and pick up on different ideas and lessons. But this time through was like a breath of fresh air.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – David Levithan & John Green – Rating 3/5 Stars

Again the ending—rushed and just kind of weird. I don’t usually enjoy contemporary fiction, but this was better than most. I liked the concept of fate and the characters were relatable and charming.

Each Little Bird That Sings – Deborah Wiles – Rating 5/5 Stars

I’ve had this on my shelf—no joke—since elementary school when I saw a video trailer for it at a book fair. This is a wonderfully macabre book that explains death and grief in a humorous and down-to-earth way. I was charmed.

Blood of Elves – Andrzej Sapkowski – Rating 4/5 Stars

A return to the Witcher series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was slow but still interesting. And I love the characters so much that I didn’t even care if anything was actually happening.

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