Book Update: May (+ 200 followers?!)

Hey Happy Bookworms!

It feels like a long time since I’ve written anything even though it really isn’t – it’s been less than a week even? Idk does anyone else get this weird feeling sometimes 😂

Anyway it’s the end of May! Time is flying by & I’ve only got one half term left before the summer holidays begin! Which will feel really weird…
But let’s wrap up some books I read this month! I was kinda slumping after my massive readathon of last month but I still did pretty well 🙂

As usual, I’ll try to keep it as spoiler free as possible & put spoiler warnings on anything that needs it…also bear with me, I’m trying to get used to the new editor 😑

*🌠 means that I got an e-copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review


🌠 Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Because of my slump I didn’t enjoy this as much as I should – also I’m beginning to come to terms with the fact that I just don’t really click with eBooks for reading fantasy.
But that’s besides the point – this book is really really beautiful & I loved exploring the world (I’ve never read anything set in this setting & period before) so I’m obsessed with the whole atmosphere of it 🌸

  • It was more political than I was expecting but that wasn’t necessarily bad (just not the best thing when you’re in a slump 😅)
  • I also was not expecting the mystery thing but I kinda loved that as well (although, as always, there was a whole lot of chance riding on what happened 🙄)
  • And the romance was such. A. Slow. Burn. But I loved that as well & can’t wait for the continuation of the story 😉 (I’m guessing there’ll be a part 2 even though I can’t find mention of it anywhere)

But yeah I really loved going somewhere new with fantasy 🙂

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

This book had some really cute moments & I loved Callie’s character (fierce 🔥) but some of Millie’s moments were a bit slow? I’m just never a fan of faux cursing & I know that Millie’s innocence was meant to be endearing & it was pretty cute in some parts but just not really my vibe, I found her adorable as a side character in Dumplin’ but not as a main character in this.
Plus Willowdean was kinda mean in this 😂
Anyway, dumplin’ was definitely better but this was a sweet follow up to check up on the characters 😊

Normal People by Sally Rooney

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This was a really interesting book. It was told kinda disjointedly in fragments & sometimes it would go on a bit of a tangent where you lost where you where originally. Plus the characters are slightly removed from you just in the way it was told & the author’s word choices but it all worked for this book? Like normally that would be a horrible combination but it really worked for this.

This stretches over a long period of time too & I love how we don’t see a lot of their lives, how we were just left to fill it in ourselves & assume. Sometimes this made me feel a bit disorientated but ultimately I liked how the author didn’t feel the need to explain every detail & event to us because it made the ones that were shown more effective.

I can’t wait to watch the series! 🙂

The Circle by Dave Eggers

I finally finished it!
This book was a bit of a trek for me but when I properly sat down & gave it a go it was actually really interesting.
Definitely an important, albeit scary, read.
I have to say that I suspected the Kalden reveal for a long time so that wasn’t really shocking to me & probably would have made the ending better if I hadn’t guessed.
But overall, sure the plot’s a little strange & repetitive in some places but the book’s worth a read for the frightening brainwashing normal people with technology can trigger. (you know, if you’re into reading fun stuff like that)

🌠 Every Little Piece of My Heart by Non Pratt

I can’t remember the last time I read a book about normal British teens and this was. So. BOMB. Like I literally loved it!

I loved all the characters, this had some great rep in it (but like casual rep which is the best kind, not forced rep) and the relationships between them were written really well. Plus it was a multi POV and I didn’t get bored with any of them!
I also loved the plot, not a new idea per se but with enough new elements to make it feel unique & different. Plus it was actually really funny (my favourite thing in books 😆) And to top it all off I actually really liked the ending, I know it’ll be probably be a marmite ending but I think it was a great way to end it.

Although all the GCSE talk gave me anxiety – plausible deniability right? 😂

Publish date: 6th August


Also guysssss I hit 200 followers ☺ It means so much to me that you guys stick around to read my random book thoughts 💕💕

Have you read any of the books above? Do you plan to? Opinions? Tell me all! 💖

35 thoughts on “Book Update: May (+ 200 followers?!)

  1. cluelessceres says:

    El, love, there’s nobody who deserves two hundred like you do (yu da best ❤ )
    honestly, you were THE first blogger (Dodo doesn't count because she's the one who forced me to blog in the first place) who reached out with a warm huggy comment on my blog, and you're reason I even stuck around during all those….procrastinatory….moments, so technically, YOU'RE THE REASON I MET SUCH HELLA AMAZING PEOPLE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE!!!! I owe you an arm and a leg, forever a slave to you now, your wish is my command (I'm cringing already)
    Also you're one of the sweeetest people I know, and I could'nt be happier for you…YU DA BESTTT!!! ❤

    Aaaaalso I'd love to talk about this book update buuutt *embarassed* I haven't read any of these eeek…
    aaaah hws life El, whats kickin, hows everything???

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    • El says:

      Awwwww stop you’re making me blushhh 😊
      Haha you know I will hold you to that right? ‘Forever a slave to you’ 😈
      Life’s a bit meh at the moment, looking forward to the end of school (I’ve only got one more half term left then it’s the holidayysss) how about you? What’s cooking in your life? *I’ll join you in cringing*
      Again, thank youuuu 💕💕

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      • cluelessceres says:

        mwahaha mission accomplished!!!
        uhoh…did I go too far????!!?!?!?
        oh, hon, it’s gonna get better, I mean, how could it get worse haha (famous last words)
        ooof really? man am I jelous, our school year literally just started!!!! (like three months ago but stillll)
        nothing much, same as you, waiting for Summer vaca (I might die of the heat before it comes around, though)
        you dont need to thank me, just stating facts!!!

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  2. Amber says:

    Congratulations on 200 followers!! You deserve them SO much El, your blog is honestly just incredible 💕 I mean it’s a book blog, duh XD Anyways all these books look amazing, especially the one with British teens like I need more books like that 😂 But damn the GCSE talk in the books stress me out, even when they talk about failing exams I’m just like ahhh! Normal People sounds very abnormal 🤭 That was not remotely funny was it, but I honestly really want to read that now as I like it when they only give you fragments of the story! Great post El and congratulations again :))

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    • El says:

      Thank youuuu 🥰
      Ahhh I think you’d LOVE every little piece of my heart – I 100% recommend!
      Normal people is definitely something you need to be in the mood for since it’s an adult book but I really enjoyed it 💕

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      • Amber says:

        Of course!! Yes I saw you recommended it to me on Goodreads (how do you even do that lol?! It was so cool! 😂) so I’ve added it to my TBR, I’ve checked my library has a. Copy so as soon as it opens I’m straight in there LOL 🤭
        Ah yes I feel like when I read books like that it takes me so long to read them and it can put me in a reading slump sometimes 😭 I’ll definitely give it a go still though 😊

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        • El says:

          The website has a lot of features you can’t get on the app 😂 yesssss then I can share this book with someone!
          I think you’ll enjoy it more than that – it didn’t have that tone that a lot of adult books have, you know where it’s really hard to feel anything for the book? Although it does have some pretty mature scenes in just warning you so you won’t be scandalised 😂💕

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          • Amber says:

            Oh that’s so good to know, thank you! 💖 I mainly use the app so I’ll keep that in mind 🙂
            Ah thank you for telling me, and I agree! That was what I was worried about because I accidentally picked up an adult book before and I just didn’t feel anything for it 🙂 Haha it’s totally fine thanks for warning me!! 😂

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  3. Charlotte says:

    Yay congratulations on 200 followers!! That’s fantastic and you deserve so many more!! Ah I can’t wait to read Descendant Of The Crane. I’ve wanted to for ages as it sounds fantastic. And yeah I admit the gorgeous cover helps too 😍 seriously though the plot sounds amazing 😍😍 I hope you enjoy the series of Normal People. As per usual lately I’ve seen the adaptation but not read the book 🙈

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  4. Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

    yesss congrats on 200 followers !! ❤ That is incredible !!
    I felt the same with Descendant of the Crane, it felt like such a fresh fantasy and I loved the political, mystery side. It was beautiful !!
    I've seen a lot about the show for Normal People so it was interesting to hear your thoughts on the book !!
    I read a book by Non Pratt last year and enjoyed it so I'm so glad you loved this one. I will have to check it out !! 🙂

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  5. Aditi says:

    CONGRATULATIONS ON 200 FOLLOWERS!! I’m sooo proud of you 💛😘 and you deserve this times a hundred and two (exactly that).
    Ily girl even tho we haven’t talked much recently 😭 but I hope ur doing okay!! When does your school end?

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    • El says:

      Yesssss I 100% think you’ll love it (and also find it extremely stressful as it adds to the downward spiral of GCSEs *smiles through the pain*)

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  6. xoxlucy says:

    Congrats on 200 followers girl!!!👏👏 I read dumplin a years back but had no idea there was a sequel! Did you hear about the Netflix movie of dumplin? The other books look interesting and I’m intrigued to read them.

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  7. arshia says:

    These are all such great books! I totally get the disoriented feeling you felt after reading Normal People. I couldn’t pick up another book for a week after I finished it and it was quite strange. That being said, I did love the book and I’m yet to watch the series!
    And congratulations on 200 followers!!

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