May Wrap Up + Book Haul

I got off to a really bad reading start in May, and I ended up finishing my first book on the 24th. However, things got better after that and in total I managed to finish 4 books which I am so happy about. I’m hoping that over the next few months, I’ll be able to read more and hopefully get back on track with my Goodreads reading challenge because I’m quite far behind at the moment.

Here are all of the books that I read in May…

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green (ARC)


It took me about three weeks to finish this book, and this was partly due to the amount of point of views this book was told from. I’ve always struggled with books that have more than two or three point of views as I find it can get really messy and confuse the plot a lot. I think The Smoke Thieves was told from six perspectives which I thought was way too many. However, once I made myself sit down and read for longer than ten minutes, I found myself really enjoying it, especially as the plot really started to pick up after the first 150 pages.

3.5/5 Stars

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows


This book was amazing! It’s exactly the type of book that I love, especially when it comes to historical fiction. It’s not historically accurate but that’s beside the point because I love how the authors reinvented the history of Lady Jane Grey, and made it so much fun to read.

5/5 Stars

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas


I love the ACOTAR series a lot so I was expecting to really enjoy this book. Sadly, I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. As much as I loved to see all of the characters relaxed and trying to move on from the events that took place in ACOWAR, nothing really happened. I understand that it was a novella and not much would happen, but it’s supposed to set up the next books in the series, but I don’t see how after reading this book!

3.5/5 Stars

Royals by Rachel Hawkins


I only needed to hear two words that instantly made me want to read this book: royalty and Scotland. For the most part I really enjoyed this book, it was exactly the type of contemporary I was in the mood for and I got what I was expecting. I did have a few issues with it, mainly the way Scotland was portrayed (very stereotypical and apparently tartan obsessed), and the weird royal family. Other than that, I really liked this book and it helped me get out of a reading slump – so I’m very thankful for that!

3.75/5 Stars

Book Haul

I had another book buying splurge in May, which I blame on finally being free from Uni! In total I got 17 books which I think is the largest haul I’ve done since Christmas, which is slightly scary because I have so many books I need to catch up on. I’m going to Scotland for a week in June so I made sure to stock up on some cheap Kindle books before I go so that I don’t have to take loads of books with me, so quite a few of these are kindle purchases! May was also a really great month for book releases so I had a lot of pre-orders arriving as well which added to the amount of books in this haul!

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick


Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi


Royals by Rachel Hawkins


War Storm by Victoria Aveyard


Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley


Ink by Alice Broadway


The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton


Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake


Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett


Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill


Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman


A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge


A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas


Save the Date by Morgan Matson


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


 Legendary by Stephanie Garber


What were some of the books that you read or purchased in May?

4 thoughts on “May Wrap Up + Book Haul

    1. Thank you 😊 I’m hoping that I’ll be able to read most of them this summer haha!
      I hope you get to read My Lady Jane soon, it really is amazing!


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