Read-a-thons

Summerathon Wrap-Up! (2019)

Summerathon was a whole bunch of fun, and it got me reading more than I had for the rest of the month. All these books I just flew through and I loved them! And I managed to complete all of the challenges, so very successful! Let’s get into the books I read and what challenges they fulfilled, and also my thoughts on them.

 

~The Challenges~
1: Read a ‘beachy’ read
2: Read a book with sunrise colours on the cover
3: Read a book featuring a road trip/travelling or summer holiday
4: Read a book set in summer
5: Read a book with food on the cover
6: Drink your favourite summery drink while reading

 

33877465. sy475 Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

Challenges: 1. Read a ‘beachy’ read, 3. a book ft. travelling, 4. set in Summer, 5. food on the cover

Pages: 352 (paperback)

Goodreads

This was a great summery, ‘beachy’ read. I loved re-exploring Italy, it felt like I was back on holiday there! And all the gelato testing really had me wanting to go back! It was a very fun, cute romance but I found it really unnerving and unrealistic when all this happened in the space of a week. The relationship developed so quickly, it was literally insta-love (which became ‘real love’ after a week?) I thought it was strange that you’d invite a girl to your house and introduce them to your mother on the same day you met! Howard was by far my favourite character, and I felt really sad for him because of the twist, he was such a sweetheart and just wanted the best. If there was less ‘who’s you daddy?’ plot then I would’ve rated it higher possibly. Nonetheless I still enjoyed my time.

3 STARS


 

 

With the Fire on HighWith The Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

Challenges: 2. sunrise colours on cover, 5. food on the cover

Pages: 400 (hardcover)

Goodreads

I don’t think I’ve ever read a 400-page book so quickly in my life, before I knew it  I was already halfway! I loved the story and the growth the main character had. It showed the struggle between wanting the spend time and support her daughter, and also wanting to follow her dream to become a chef. The author’s writing is so easy to read and flows so beautifully. The romance was so sweet and it showed how the main character tried to hold back because of how it might affect her daughter. And I loved the relationship with the grandmother. I would’ve liked a bit more exploration on what it’s like being a young, single mother, and it did annoy me when she kept calling her daughter ‘Babygirl’, so much so that I got confused when they used her real name because I had to think back to who it was! But apart from that I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend.

4.5 STARS


 

 

If I'm Being HonestIf I’m Being Honest – Emily Wibberley andAustin Siegemund-Broka

Challenges: 1. a ‘beachy’ read, 2. sunrise colours on the cover, 6. drink your fave summery drink whilst reading

Pages: 362 (hardcover)

Goodreads

This was the perfect romance for me, everything about it I loved! Amazing Shakespeare and nerdy references! It was like Mean Girls, but if Regina decided to befriend the Art Freaks. I knew who the love interest was, but it was such a slow-burn and a ‘hate-to-love’. The chemistry between them was gorgeous, and seeing the guy come out of his shell and the main character seeing who he really is was adorable. The dynamics of the main character were so incredibly well done, I saw her struggling between what she thought was right and what was right for her. Her family was interesting and really showed how the main characters personality was the way it was. She was using brutal honesty as a way of hiding her emotions and being ‘tough-skinned’ and ‘successful’ like her dad. The friendship development was so beautiful as well. I loved how it tackled the issues with social cliques and how we are actually more similar than we are different, but because we stay in the ‘clique’ we find comfortable, we never know who we may find.

5 STARS!! (ALL THE STARS)


 

 

Now that I’ve read some summery reads, it’s finally feeling like summer in the UK! All of a sudden the weather did a 180 and it’s now sunny and hot, it’s like a miracle!

So did any of you also participate in the Summerathon? If so, what did you read? Have you also read any of these? If so, what did you think? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

The Book Junkie Trials TBR! (2019)

I have decided to jump right into another readathon, and it’s an exciting one! The Bookish Trials is a Month-long readathon and Competitive event taking place from 1st – 31st July 2019. The main creator and Queen of the Queendom is Rachael from Rachael Marie Book Junkie. You can take part in two ways, either the Quest to The Bookish Grail, or the Competitive Trails. Here I’m going to go through the details for the Quest, if you’re interested in the Competitive Trails you can see Rachael’s Announcement Video for details on the Trails or for further information. Everything here has been created by Rachael and it’s all so incredible! In addition, she has recommended books for each of the prompts here! Be sure to be following to Twitter page and check the Google Drive for any additional bits!

There are four teams, Mage, Scribe, Bard, and Outlaw, (you can take a quiz to be sorted, or pick a team you prefer) and each team has a leader, a strength and weakness, and as it’s a quest to The Bookie Grail, each team also has a set quest where each step is a different reading prompt! There are 4 prompts that are set for each team, and then the final reading prompt which is the Group Book which everyone will need to read to complete the quest. As it is a quest, each prompt needs to be completed in order of your path and is only one book per prompt. You will need to log your completed books onto the Progress Tracker so you can get points for your team on every book you complete! It is 10 points for prompts in your set path, 50 points for reaching The Bookie Grail, and 5 points for each additional book.

I chose to be in the team of the Mages, and The Marquess of Magi is the lovely Becca from Becca And The Books. Because we can bend time, we get a 3 day jump on the readathon, so we get to start on 28th June instead of 1st July. But for the weakness, because one of our spells went weary, we would have to read a book out of our comfort zone. Below is the map, and the Magi are starting at the Orc Grove and working our way through Ol’ Pirate Road, Glimmer, the Draconic Isle and finally to the The Bookish Grail.

I will also be trying to go for Quest Champion which is to complete all the prompts, for that I am going to do a separate post as this one is likely to be long enough already!

The High Queendom Map


 

Orc Grove

30223025Dread Nation – Justina Ireland 

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, RETELLING, FANTASY, HORROR, HISTORICAL, PARANORMAL, ZOMBIES, ALTERNATE HISTORY

Prompt: Read a gruesome, dark, or gritty book

Pages: 455

Goodreads


 

 

Ol’ Pirate Road

26889459The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware  

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, MYSTERY, THRILLER, SUSPENSE

Prompt: Read a book partly taken place at sea

Pages: 344

Goodreads

 


 

 

Glimmer

32191710Astrophysics For People in a Hurry – Neil DeGrasse Tyson  

ADULT, NON-FICTION, SCIENCE, PHYSICS, SPACE

Prompt: A beautiful/colourful book

Pages: 224

Goodreads

 


Draconic Isle

891592Temeraire – Naomi Novik  

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, HISTORICAL, ALTERNATE HISTORY, DRAGONS

Prompt: A book featuring dragons

Pages: 340

Goodreads

 


The Bookish Grail

818478Stardust – Neil Gaiman  

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, ADVENTURE, ROMANCE

Prompt: Group book

Pages: 194

Goodreads

 


 

So those are the books I’m reading to complete the Book Junkie Trials! Are any of you also participating? If so, which team are you on? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Seasonal Reading Lists

SUMMER Reading List (2019)

21st June was the Summer Equinox so officially Summertime! And the weather has suddenly turned 180 and is actually nice and sunny in the UK! Like it’s a miracle! So I’ve got another seasonal reading list. It’s a list of titles that I would be more likely to read in Summer, and would wish to get to in the Summer time. If I’m struggling to fill a TBR then I’ll come here for some inspiration or just select a title at random (for funsies). They are mostly fluffy contemporaries, a few fantasies, some quick reads like thrillers, it’s quite a mix bag! Some of them are here purely because they’re set in Summer or somewhere sunny. Enjoy!

 

  1. The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
  2. One True Loves – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  3. Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
  4. Last Year In Havana – Chanel Cleeton
  5. Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
  6. The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
  7. With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo
  8. Summer of Salt – Katrina Leno
  9. Serious Moonlight – Jenn Bennett
  10. Goodbye, Perfect – Sara Barnard
  11. Where’d You Go, Bernadette
  12. Watching You – Lisa Jewell
  13. The Cactus – Sarah Haywood
  14. Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty
  15. If I’m Being Honest – Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
  16. Opposite of Always – Justin A. Reynolds
  17. Stay With Me – Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ 
  18. Allegedly – Tiffany D. Jackson
  19. Somewhere Only We Know – Maureen Goo
  20. By Your Side – Kasie West
  21. Orange – Ichigo Takano
  22. More Than We Can Tell – Brigid Kemmerer
  23. Water Runs Red – Jenna Clare
  24. Verity – Colleen Hoover
  25. The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory
  26. Always Never Yours – Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
  27. Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch
  28. Listen To Your Heart – Kasie West

 

So what are you’re reading plans for the Summertime? Any of these you’ve read? And if so, what did you think of them? Any books that I haven’t mentioned that you recommend? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Summerathon TBR! (2019)

This month there is where we start seeing summery readathons! The first I am participating in is the Summerathon.

The readathon was created by Amy from acourtofcrownsandquills, and she is also hosting along with Heather from Bookables, Melanie from meltotheany, Aimee from Aimee Reads and Jen from Pinot and Pages. The readathon is running from 21st – 27th June! There are 6 prompts; five reading and one freebie. There is no set amount of books you need to read, just read what you can and complete as many/little prompts as you want, and you can also double-up/triple-up on prompts or bend them to fit your TBR! There is also a Twitter account for the readathon found here along with their Instagram page linked here to follow all the updates and join in with discussions! Below are the various reading prompts along with my TBR.

~The Challenges~
1: Read a ‘beachy’ read
2: Read a book with sunrise colours on the cover
3: Read a book featuring a road trip/travelling or summer holiday
4: Read a book set in summer
5: Read a book with food on the cover
6: Drink your favourite summery drink while reading

 

FYI. It feels nothing like summer in the UK right now; it’s been grey and cloudy, the weather’s either raining or windy or both, I haven’t seen the sun in what feels like an age, and the temperature hasn’t risen above 16C in two weeks… But hopefully reading some summery books is going to help me believe that I’m actually on a beach in Hawaii or something.

I originally only had two books in my TBR, but because I hadn’t done Romanceathon as originally planned, I added a few books from my June TBR to fit more prompts, below are the books I’m planning to read with the prompts!


 

 

33877465Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, TRAVELLING, ITALY, FAMILY SECRETS

Challenges: Read a ‘beachy’ read, set in Summer, food on the cover, a book ft. travelling

Pages: 352 (paperback)

Goodreads

 


 

 

40087230If I’m Being Honest – Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, RETELLING, SHAKESPEARE

Challenges: Sunrise colours on the cover, a ‘beachy’ read

Pages: 362 (hardcover)

Goodreads

 

 


 

 

41154268With The Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, COMING-OF-AGE, CULINARY, DIVERSITY, OWN VOICES, POC REPRESENTATION

Challenges: Food on the cover, sunrise colours on the cover

Pages: 400 (hardcover)

Goodreads

 


 

 

43425166Girls on the Verge – Sharon Biggs Waller

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, FEMINISM, SOCIAL ISSUES, HARD-HITTING, TRIGGER WARNINGS

Challenges: Book ft. a road trip/travelling/summer holiday, set in Summer

Pages: 240 (hardcover)

Goodreads

 


 

So those are the books I’m planning to read to fulfil Summerathon 2019! If my calculations are correct, I’ll need to read on average 194 pages a day to finish these books. But I feel like I haven’t had an opportunity to read much this month so I’m itching to find some reading time amongst work!

So are any of you also participating? If so, what are you planning to read? If you’ve read any of these, what did you think of them? And how are your reading plans going for June? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

 

Read-a-thons

Buzzwordathon Round 4 TBR! (2019)

It is time for another Buzzword Readathon! The idea for this readathon is that we read books that include the ‘Buzzword’ within the title or series name. The Buzzword for this round is ‘You, and it could be any forms of that word i.e. YOUR, YOU’RE, YOU’D, YOU’LL, YOU’VE, YOURS, etc. The hosts for the readathon are BooksandLala and chanelletime, and it will be running from 12th – 18th January. There are no reading challenges, just the main aim of reading books with the buzzword! There is a Goodreads recommendation page for books including the Buzzword, and also a Twitter account to stay up-to-date on all the jazz.

So as usual, I have LOADS of books which could fit, so I won’t be listing a set TBR, just a list of books that have ‘you’ in the title and I’ll get to as many as possible hopefully!

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  1. I’m Fine and Neither Are You – Camille Pagán
  2. P.S. I Like You – Kasie West
  3. Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
  4. The Way You Make Me Feel – Maureen Goo
  5. Listen To Your Heart – Kasie West
  6. By Your Side – Kasie West
  7. You’re Doing Just Fine – Charlotte Eriksson
  8. The Brain: The Story of You – David Eagleman
  9. Your Soul Is a River – Nikita Gill
  10. Watching You – Lisa Jewell
  11. I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh
  12. You – Caroline Kepnes
  13. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
  14. Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple
  15. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry – Fredrick Backman

 

We’ll see which of these I hope to read in the next week, they are all on my TBR and want to get to them soon anyway!

Have any of you read these books? If so, what did you think? Any you think I should prioritise? Any others you think I should pick up instead? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Mentalhealth-athon Wrap-Up (2019)

In case you weren’t aware, for May I was focusing on reading mental health books for Mentalhealth-athon and also Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK (Month in the US). For Mentalhealth-athon there was a Bingo board which you didn’t necessarily have to follow, but I wanted to. I was originally aiming to complete the whole board, but I had to change my plans halfway through the month when life got busy. We can see below that I still was able to accomplish one ‘bingo’ and also most of the challenges which I am happy with!

 

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So lets break down all the prompts and where I got with them:

 

Group Book

For Group Book, I wasn’t able to start because my order of Sparrow by Sarah Moon didn’t arrive until 25th May, and I was already trying to fit in other books to finish so I didn’t get to start it unfortunately.


 

Own Voices

  • Book: Turtles All The Way Down
  • Author: John Green
  • Mental Illness: OCD
  • Rating: 4 stars

I went into my thoughts for this in my May Wrap-Up post!


 

Non-Fiction

  • Book: Girl, Interrupted
  • Author: Susanna Kaysen
  • Mental Illness: Personality Disorder
  • Rating: 2.5 stars

More of my thoughts in my May Wrap-Up post.


 

Anxiety

For this prompt, I was hoping to read Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman but I only managed to get about 80 pages through, I am going to finish it this month so it’ll be included in my June Wrap-Up no doubt.


 

Schizophrenia

  • Book: Made You Up
  • Author: Francesca Zappia
  • Mental Illness: Schizophrenia
  • Rating: 3 stars

I go into more detail in my May Wrap-Up post


 

OCD

  • Book: Turtles All The Way Down
  • Author: John Green
  • Mental Illness: OCD
  • Rating: 4.5 stars

More in my May Wrap-Up!


 

Intersectional

For this I was also going to read Starfish, but I should have it finish by my June Wrap-Up!


 

Bipolar

I was hoping to read A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom, but sadly didn’t get around to picking it up.


 

Hosts Pick

  • Book: Six of Crows
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Mental Illness: PTSD
  • Rating: 5 stars

More in my May Wrap-Up!


 

Personality Disorder

  • Book: Four Weeks, Five People
  • Author: Jennifer Yu
  • Mental Illness: Personality Disorder (also OCD, eating disorder, depression)
  • Rating: 3 stars

More of a review in my May Wrap-Up!


 

Phobia

  • Book: The Yellow Wallpaper & Other Stories
  • Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Mental Illness: Phobia (also depression)
  • Rating: 2.5 stars

Reviewed more in May Wrap-Up.


 

Eating Disorder

  • Book: Four Weeks, Five People
  • Author: Jennifer Yu
  • Mental Illness: Eating Disorder (also OCD, personality disorder, depression)
  • Rating: 3 stars

More detail in my May Wrap-Up!


 

PTSD

  • Book: Six of Crows
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Mental Illness: PTSD
  • Rating: 5 stars!

More in my May Wrap-Up post!


 

Other

  • Book: Beneath a Meth Moon
  • Author: Jacqueline Woodson
  • Mental Illness: Addiction
  • Rating: 3.5 stars

There’s a review of my thought in my May Wrap-Up!


 

Depression

  • Book: This Song Will Save Your Life
  • Author: Leila Sales
  • Mental Illness: Depression
  • Rating: 4 stars

I have gone into more detail in my May Wrap-Up post!


 

So overall, I completed most of the prompts, and I read a lot of mental health books which had been on my TBR for ages, so I still class this readathon as a win!

Did any of you participate in the Mentalhealth-athon as well? What did you read? Any new recommendations? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Wrap-Ups

May Wrap-Up (2019)

Hey readers! May is over and it’s time for a reading wrap-up! May didn’t seem to last, and now it’s already 9th June, so time is slipping by! Too many books, too little time! There was also 2 month-long readathons that I participated in, and they were the Asian Readathon and the Mental Health-athon. One I did better than the other but that was expected! My respective wrap-ups for those will come soon!

But overall I am happy with my progress this year, my plan to read 10+ books a month is still going strong and I am doing really well this year. This month I had read a total of 11 books, so it was a slower month than the rest of the year, but again I’m not worried or upset about it. So lets see my stats and also what I thought of the books I read in May, starting with the first read on to the most recent!

 

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28485534good omens – terry pratchett & neil gaiman

format: Audible

length: 432 pages

Goodreads

I know this has gotten a lot more buzz recently in response to the TV adaption, but this was a re-read so it didn’t affect my expectations. As a massive fan of Neil Gaiman (this was the first book I read of his!) I knew I was going to still love this, and I wasn’t wrong! It’s so typically British with it’s humour and story-telling and I enjoyed myself so much, possibly even more so now I understand more of the references! I mostly listened to the Audiobook (whilst reading the book a little) and it added to my enjoyment. I was catching myself smiling or full-on giggling at moments. I do see why people didn’t enjoy this, particularly those who don’t know British humour, but it is firmly still a favourite of mine!

5 STARS!!


 

 

31371681made you up – francesca zappia

format: paperback

length: 445 pages

Goodreads

After reading Eliza and Her Monsters, I was excited to read more from her (even though this was published first) and expecting a lot. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Eliza, although there were aspects I really did enjoy. I felt like I got a lot of insight into what it might be like to live with Schizophrenia as it is something that’s not widely discussed or known about. The pacing was off and it did drag quite a lot; it didn’t need to be 400+ pages in my opinion. I did think it was giving a good message about putting your mental health first and understanding that everyone is fighting a battle of their own. I gave more detail in a review on Goodreads.

3 stars


 

 

99300the yellow wallpaper & other stories – charlotte perkins gillman

format: Kindle

length: 70 pages

Goodreads

I found this more insightful rather than enjoyable, it was really interesting to see how sexism and mental health was dealt with in 18th-century USA. The author was clearly extremely talented and before-her-time, especially the feminist perspective she used for each story. I just didn’t enjoy my time reading the main story (who would when it deals with a mentally-ill women being trapped in a room with yellow wallpaper because her husband didn’t feel her postpartum depression wasn’t a ‘valid illness’..?) and I don’t think it will leave a lasting impression, maybe if I read a bigger collection? Still would recommend if looking for feminist stories!

2.5 stars


 

 

18114890this song will save your life – leila sales

format: paperback

length: 276 pages

Goodreads

This possibly is one of my favourite coming-of-age books. I loved seeing Elise’s journey, and how determined she was to keep learning, and keep trying. The female friendships were enjoyable to read as well, and we also saw how she coped with living in two families (her dads and her mums new family) and the complications from that. It felt quite similar to my own experiences. Although I felt heartbroken for the Dad for most of the book, he seemed to be really lonely and he was seeing his only family, Elise, less and less frequently. The main male character was a SERIOUS a**hole, I got a bad feeling about him from the beginning. I didn’t like how he treated any of the female characters and also how he got very jealous with Elise’s talent and progression with DJ-ing. All in all, I very much enjoyed this! Explored depression really well and could easily relate to my own experiences.

4.25 stars!


 

 

15812832beneath a meth moon – jacqueline woodson

format: paperback

length: 183 pages

Goodreads

This was a very difficult read, despite how short it was. It was a topic highly out of my comfort zone as it heavily focused on the main characters substance abuse. Woodson’s writing is beautiful and poetic as she describes Daneau and her path to addiction and recovery, she really goes through some terrible things and it was really difficult to read at times. I would very much like to read more from the author to see if it was just because of the subject matter which stopped me from fully enjoying and appreciating her poetic writing. Time will tell!

3.5 stars


 

 

6508785the handmaid’s tale – margaret atwood

format: Audible/paperback

length: 324 pages

Goodreads

This dystopian book was definitely terrifying. Simply because it was very realistic. It’s not difficult to imagine how close to reality it could be to live in this misogynistic, highly religious society. I am always in awe of Atwood’s ability to craft a world, the amount of detail that she went into was astounding, especially as the world seems possible now. I enjoyed how the story was told, as we’re only getting Offred’s perspective and only witness things that happen to her. I feel that vagueness made me more terrified about the world. It ended very abruptly but I understand why, because we are getting her perspective in tape entries, it makes sense for the ending to be where it was and so abrupt. The pacing was slow in parts and it wasn’t a “fun” read but this book will leave you thinking!

4 stars


 

 

35499526turtles all the way down – john green

format: Kindle

length: 288 pages

Goodreads

“I would never slay the dragon, because the dragon was also me. My self and the disease were knotted together for life.” I was so pleasantly surprised with this book! I heard mixed things and didn’t expect to like it at all. We experience the main character’s struggles with OCD and knowing this was also an own voices book as John Green also has OCD, I never realised how crippling the illness actually is! There is a slight cross over with anxiety so I understood a little bit but honestly my mind was blown. I loved the main character and how she came to terms with accepting her illness, and also the people around her were so lovely and understanding. The side plot with the investigation didn’t really seem to fit at the starts and I felt like it was thrown in to give the book a bit more ‘substance’, but I understand it was also part of the development of a side character and their relationship with the main character, so it did all blend together at the end.

4.5 stars!


 

 

32336077four weeks, five people – jennifer yu

format: Kindle 

length: 384 pages

Goodreads

This was okay. I didn’t really connect with the story, but I loved the development of (most of) the characters. There were things I agreed and disagreed with overall which affected my enjoyment. I do understand that being in nature and seperated from ‘society norms’ can aid in mental health recovery, but I felt the ‘counsellors’ were rubbish. They didn’t seem to help much and were just there for adult supervision. I did like the message I found which was that recovery doesn’t happen overnight, it is a slow progress and could take years, or you may not ever recover, you just learn to live with the illness, which was what I learned when trying to recover. I thought it was good to include a male character with an eating disorder as that is never touched on (in society or books) and it was great to see tackled. Also seeing forms of personality disorders were interesting but I can’t tell how accurate they were. Overall, I enjoyed this, but not enough to rate it any higher.

3 stars


 

 

36301029a thousand beginnings and endings – ellen oh et. al.

format: hardcover

length: 336 pages

Goodreads

I don’t seem to get on well with anthologies. Even though I enjoyed most of these, there were some I didn’t and that lowered my overall enjoyment. I really liked seeing retellings of Asian myths and folktales, and also learning about said myths/folktales. I really felt like I learned a lot about Asian cultures that I didn’t really know about. I would love to learn more about other myths and folktales. I definitely enjoyed Bullet, Butterfly, Forbidden Fruit, and The Counting of Vermillion Beads the most, but others I can’t really remember what happens and they didn’t really stick with me.

3.5 stars


 

 

29975820six of crows – leigh bardugo

format: paperback

length: 495 pages

Goodreads

Let’s just say it now: I AM LEIGH BARDUGO TRASH. I really loved this! The plot development and tactical planning was so entertaining. I flew through the last few sections and things kept surprising me and before I knew it, I was reading Crooked Kingdom. The relationship between Matthias and Nina was incredible, their history and development was amazing and Nina is my queen. All the witty banter was also hilarious and I want separate novels written about each of these characters. We get so much development into them but I still want more from them. I can’t say enough good things about this, but I will say that my enjoyment was helped because I read the Grisha trilogy beforehand. I honestly believe you need to read that before getting into this because the magic system isn’t explained. I also loved all the nods to the trilogy too!

5 stars!!


 

 

68783girl, interrupted – susanna kaysen

format: paperback

length: 262 pages

Goodreads

The writing was very jarring and all over the place, but I feel like that was probably intentional. Going through an experience like this, it makes sense that things aren’t chronological and sort of blend into one mesh of memories and emotions. It did bring down my enjoyment of the book sadly. It was more interesting and enjoyable. I liked learning about how mental health (specifically personality disorders) are dealt with in this time period where mental health wasn’t widely known let alone accepted. It must’ve been a horrifying thing to go through the experiences the author encountered in her time at the hospital and I am forever thankful that there is more acceptance and knowledge about mental health now.

2.5 stars


 

Unfinished:

  • Starfish – Akemo :78 pages

So let’s see which books I managed to complete off of my TBR!

TBR books:

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – Julie C Dao

Four Weeks, Five People – Jennifer Yu

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Ellen Oh et. al.

Made You Up – Francesca Zappia

Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful – Eric Lindstrom

Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

 

  • Kindle/Audible pick: The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Classics pick: The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Non-Fiction pick: Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen

 

= 9/12 TBR books!


 

So those are all the books I read for May, mentalhealth-athon and Asian Readathon! I hope you enjoyed!

What did you read in May? Have you read any of these books, and if so, what did you think of them? Any differing opinions? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx