Hi everyone, and happy Pride Month! I hope that you all manage to celebrate in your own way! Today I’m here with my first post of my Pride Month calendar – my May wrap up. I’ve decided to do things a wee bit differently this month so that you don’t have to sit through me rambling on about a ridiculous number of books, and only really go into my thoughts on those that I loved the most, leaving my Goodreads review links for the other books if you’re interested in them. So, without any further ado, let’s get into it!
So, the stats! In May I managed to read 21 books – of those four were short stories or novellas, one was a graphic novel, one was a poetry collection, one was nonfiction, and the rest were full-length novels – and a grand total of 5,822 pages. I had no DNFs this month again which I’m so happy about and my average rating was 4.07 stars out of 5, which I think is a pretty great reading month! My most read genre, once again, was contemporary and romance – altogether I read a grand total of ten books that fall into that category – and the grand majority of books I read in May were ARCs. Only three of the twenty-one books I read weren’t queer books and almost half the books I read were written by authors of colour. I also read five books that I would add to my favourites shelf!
My five favourite books of the month are the ones you can see above! The Ones We’re Meant to Find is Joan He’s second book – a cli-fi dystopian novel compared to her first, a high fantasy – and I adored it just as much as I did her first! I loved the unreliable narrators and the twists and turns that Joan is famous for, as well as the complex discussions on climate change, race and class. This book isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved it and it solidified Joan’s position at the top of my favourite authors list! If you want to know more of my thoughts, you can check out my review and book tour post here!
Cool for the Summer was my first read by Dahlia Adler, and I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive when I first went into this book after seeing some mixed reviews from friends, but I loved it! It’s an amazing re-imagining of Grease with a questioning main character who is really starting to flourish and come into her own. I loved Adler’s witty writing style and the whole cast of characters and I can’t wait to read more by her. Again, I have a full review up on the blog if you want to know my thoughts!
I also finally got round to reading Love Bites by Ry Herman – a sapphic vampire romcom, which is as amazing as it sounds! My girlfriend picked this book out for me when we went to a radical bookshop together last October, and since the sequel is out in June, I decided that it was finally time to pick it up. I’m so, so glad she picked this one out for me because it was an absolute delight to read! I laughed out loud several times while reading this and the romance was really sweet, too. It does deal with topics such as depression and anxiety in a way that felt so relatable as someone who also suffers from them. I really cannot recommend this book enough and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel!
May really was a month of firsts for me, as I also picked up my first book by Julie Murphy. Pumpkin is the latest book in her series of companion novels beginning with Dumplin‘, and it was a joy to read! It follows a fat, gay main character whose video audition for a drag tv show is spread around school and who, resultingly, gets nominated for prom queen – so, he decides he’s going to run, and win, alongside his twin sister’s girlfriend who was voted for prom king. This was such a wonderful read, full of vibrant characters and a really heartfelt story. I adored the fat representation in this book and although some scenes felt far from original, it was so much fun!
Finally, I read Ciara Smyth’s second novel, Not My Problem. I posted my review for this on the blog just the other day, but in short, this was a hilarious read and a real step-up from her debut novel, The Falling in Love Montage. I loved Smyth’s witty and very Irish writing style and the characters really made this novel one that I’m going to love for a long time (I’m looking directly at you Kavi!).
Some other books I read and really enjoyed last month were Every Time We Meet – a sapphic groundshog day romance novella, In the Ravenous Dark – a queer, poly, dark high fantasy, Off the Record – a powerful YA contemporary focussed on the #MeToo movement, A Master of Djinn – the first full-length novel in a fantastic series set in 1912 steampunk Cairo with a butch lesbian lead, and Luck of the Titanic – an amazing YA historical fiction novel that really pulled at my heartstrings! If you want to know more about the rest of the books I read this month, check out my Goodreads for my reviews!
So, that’s my short wrap up for this month – I’d love to know what you prefer, my longer more in depth wrap ups, or shorter ones like these! I love writing longer ones but I also don’t want to bore you all to death! See you tomorrow for day 2 of my Pride Month blogging calendar, and stay safe!