Book Update: May (2019)

Hey Happy Bookworms!

So today’s gonna be a long post again, I’m on my half term so I’ve had a lot of time to read! Don’t worry about spoilers in this post, I promise anything spoilery will be marked! Also, I made some graphics for this *Let’s see how this goes* 😂

I had such a good reading month though! 4 5-star reads, 3 4-star reads & only 2 3-star reads. I just really enjoyed most of the books I read this month!
Also, I made some bookish discoveries:

  • I love thriller/mysteries & I really enjoyed using them as a refresher between fantasies!
  • I tried out 2 graphic novels & actually really enjoyed them


Heartless by Marissa Meyer 

31458203AHHHHHHH! I love this book so much! Y’all probably know already since I’ve been screaming about it to all of you on your posts!
This definitely beat cinder – hands down & I’m so glad I read cinder first so it only got better! I’m hoping that the lunar chronicles get even better and that they follow in the footsteps of this book!
It was honestly just so good – you know when you read an incredible book & you just don’t have enough words to describe it to someone? All I can say is that you just have to read it, like, as soon as possible!

~~ Spoilers ~~

The ending was so good, like I knew it was gonna happen but I just really didn’t want to believe it!
And the characters were gorgeous, Hatta & Raven were presented so well! And Jest 😭💔
Marissa did such a good job at using wonderland, everything was so smart & I loved picking up all the little Easter eggs!
I also loved reading her little note/information thing at the end about Lewis Carroll.

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

43260849This wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be 😦 I really want to read Alex, approximately so when I got the opportunity to read this as an ARC, I was super excited but it just wasn’t as good as I hoped – read my full review here.

Heartstopper (volume one) by Alice Oseman

42189109I can hear the fangirl screams from here 😂 I saw this in my library & I know some of you that have loved this graphic novel so I thought I’d pick it up. AND IT’S SO CUTE!
It was set in England, which was a welcome surprise, so it was just extra funny to me in some bits.
This is meant to be the backstory of 2 characters in another of Alice Oseman’s books, can’t remember which one, anyway I haven’t read that one yet but it’s on my TBR & I wouldn’t say you need to read the original book first.
Also, this was my first graphic novel in awhile! Definitely my first YA one & I really enjoyed it!

Two can keep a secret by Karen M. McManus


I knew I wanted to read this after reading one of us is lying & I’ve now become a big fan of Karen M. McManus! I have to admit, I enjoyed one of us is lying more but I think I just liked the characters more in that (so, personal preference?)
Karen M.McManus is always very good at handling multi-perspective books but sometimes I got a bit confused & had to go back & check who’s chapter I was reading, I think that was just because I got caught up in the story & didn’t pay attention to the chapter narrator though.
Anyway, despite what I said about the one of us is lying thing, there’s still lots of great characters & I love how everything turned out with the family mysteries as well!

A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending by India Desjardins, Marianne Ferrer (Illustrator), Solange Ouellet (Translator)

40697808This wasn’t like your typical graphic novel, it read more like a picture book with big picture spreads and minimal text.
This was just a cute story – I saw it in my library, picked it up & read it quickly.
It’s nice to know you’re getting a happy ending 🙂

Toffee by Sarah Crossan


I really wasn’t sure about the premise of this book but it actually worked so well!Honestly, how could I ever have even considered not reading a Sarah Crossan?!
I just love the way she writes & not just the tone but the format.
And she always makes me cry – which is a good thing in these cases! 😭
But overall it was so, so, so sweet & it’s crazy how attached you get to the characters when you can read the book pretty quick.

Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

This is the sequel to Ash Princess (see my reread review here)
For most of this book, it wasn’t what I wanted. It was tame & even boring as nothing of much substance went on. The end however, picked up immensely.
I did love the writing though – when I was reading it, I never felt bored, I just feel that now, looking back on it. It’s one of the reason this book took me so long to read, I enjoyed it when I was reading it but never felt encouraged to start reading it.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

41588951This was a buddy read with my GR friend, Gab 💕 (Hey, if you’re reading 😉) We read strange the dreamer together so it was only natural we read this together too!

*Little spoiler* Ahhh! What can I say?
I love the world of Lazlo Strange so, so, so much!
It was a great sequel (I feel like nowadays authors always stretch their series out so they’re so long) & I’m happy it’s only a duology because everything just fell into place! Great character arcs (especially Minya 💖) and a perfect ending for a perfect story!

We Are Young by Cat Clarke

Another thriller/mystery book, well GR says it isn’t but I think it kinda is so…
I liked this one because it was new, it wasn’t about murder. It still had some seriously dark, messed up stuff in it though *cough* Tim *cough* it was interesting because it was about a real-life thing that’s devastating & yeah, sometimes it got a bit preachy but it was alright.
And a great family dynamic *cough* apart from Tim *cough* Evan’s mum was so sweet! And Billy was definitely my favourite character, Evan’s such a good big sis to him!

Thanks for reading this!

How was your reading moth? Read any of these books? Have I convinced you to put any of these on your TBR?

Also, thank you all so much for all your sweet 100 followers messages 💕


20 thoughts on “Book Update: May (2019)

  1. Aditi says:

    omg WHY didn’t I comment on this yet?? (oh right, cuz I saw it and had no wifi and couldn’t comment 😡) This post is so fun!
    Heartstopper sounds adorableee! (fangirl screams) and I’ve already added A Story About Cancer With A Happy Ending (I almost typed ‘hippy ending’ XD) to my TBR. Toffee sounds interesting from your review- what’s it about? I want to hear it from you, not the Internet, lol 😀
    Cya, El! xxx

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    • El says:

      😂 For the best 2 days they’ve been doing work on the WiFi or something & it’s DRAINED my mobile data 😭
      Yay I’m so glad I’ve inspired you to add some books! Haha, I guess we’re both having spelling problems recently 😂
      Toffee was SUPER good & I’ve even lent it to my mum to read. It’s about this girl from an abusive home & she runs away, she thinks this house is abandoned so she sleeps in the shed for a night but then the old woman who actually owns it notices her but she thinks she’s her best friend from when she was younger (the old woman has dementia or something like that, I can’t remember if it actually said?) but yeah, it’s just a really heartbreaking book about them getting to know each other more. Then there’s also these girls who live in town & at first they befriend her but actually they’re not nice. It was really good even if my synopsis didn’t do it justice!
      Hehe, thank you for reminding me 😉

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      • Aditi says:

        Omg lolol I FEEL YOU GURL.
        Yay, me too! BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS= MEEE. Yup, me doez not sppel XD.
        Toffee sounds great! I really really want to read it after that amazing synopsis you gave me 😂 😉
        So this girl. What country does this take place and how old is this poor child? *sobs in pity for that poor girl I’m so sorry hun* and PLEASE tell me that she gets a happy ending and the old woman too *sobs harder*
        And no probs! 😉 I’ll be glad to remind ya anyyy time ’bout that GORGEOUZ design (that z. that z, I know)
        ~ Aditi xxxxx

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        • El says:

          Um…I can’t remember exactly how old but definitely teenager maybe 16ish? Takes place in England (repping my home country) THAT WOULD BE SPOILING IT IF I TOLD YOU! I DEMAND YOU GO READ THE BOOK YOURSELF! But I will tell you it’s bittersweet (but whatever does that mean El? You’ll have to find out for yourself 😈)

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    • El says:

      It’s so cute isn’t it?! Yep, I’m waiting for my library to hopefully get the next one 🤞
      You should totally check out Heartless! It’s such a good book, I loved it!
      Good luck on that 🏳️‍🌈


  2. Maggie says:

    It has been way too long since I read your blog, El, but I’m so happy to be back! _> I’ve been thinking through a lot of stuff, and when I’m doing that, I don’t read as much 😂 because I can’t focus! But there are some cool books I’d really like to read soon, and I’ll probably review them, too!

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    • El says:

      Aww – that’s understandable with all the changes going on in your life (I mean, how many blogs do you have now?!)
      That’s so great – can’t wait to see what you’re reading & hear what you think! 💕


  3. Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

    Wow you had such a good reading month!! I’m glad you loved Heartless– I’ve read all of the lunar chronicles and I did enjoy the series– the last 2 books were my favourite!! I might have to check out Heartless as well now!!
    And I glad you loved Heartstopper– I’ve heard so many good things and it looks ADORABLE!! I really want to read it and I like that it is set in a British school as I haven’t read many books with that setting (I mean I mostly read fantasy or it is American schools– where I still don’t understand the ‘grade’ system haha)!!
    Happy reading!! ❤

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    • El says:

      Yes! You totally should! I’ve read Cinder & own scarlet (will get round to it soon… 😂) but I loved, loved, loved Heartless!

      I know right! I really don’t understand the American grade system or how old middle school/high school kids are?
      But Heartstopper was totally adorable & I can’t wait to read the next one! 💕

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      • Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

        I’m glad you loved Heartless so much!! 😊
        Yes I have no clue– and I have no idea about the ages either. I feel like after watching so many films and reading books I would know a little bit more but I am still clueless 😂
        Yes I am excited to read Heartstopper. 💕

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  4. Xandra @ Starry Sky Books says:

    I would like to read all of these soon! One of my good friends suggested Heartless to me a few years ago, and I still haven’t gotten around to it 😂 And I have yet to read a Karen M. McManus, but I would like to! I’m in a contemporary/suspense mood!

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    • El says:

      Ahh! You have to read Heartless RIGHT NOW! Nah, but I really did love that book! And you should definitely read one of us is lying – it was such a good book, especially if you’re in the mood for it!


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