Who thinks it’s still March? ME! This year is just flying by, and I really don’t know where the time has gone. I had a decent reading month in May, I managed to read a total of 8 books. I’m not sure how much I’m going to be able to read in June, as I’m actually taking 4 summer classes at my local community college in order to make up for the semester I missed. So, who knows? Regardless, I have a bunch of really exciting books that I want to read this month. But, before we get to that, here are the books I read in May!
The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath: ★★★ I was really excited to read this book, as it’s a classic that I’ve heard really good things about. Many people whom I’ve spoken with have loved this book, and really appreciated its depiction of mental illness. I liked this book, it was ok, but I really didn’t like the writing style. I felt like it was pretty similar to the writing in The Catcher in the Rye, and I HATED that book. So, even though I can appreciate this book, it just wasn’t enjoyable for me.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows: ★★★★ This book was so sweet, and funny. I loved all of the characters, and the dry, witty humor that is characteristic of Britain was beautiful. All I want to do now is go live on an island like Guernsey. It sounds so quaint and wonderful.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: ★★★★★ I’m sure this book needs no additional hype, as it’s been incredibly popular recently, but I’m going to give it anyway. This book is absolutely amazing, and it’s so important. I really hope this is required reading someday, because everyone needs to read this.
Wildthorn by Jane Eagland: ★★★★ This book was recommended to me by Clara (as usual), and I finally got around to reading it. I really enjoyed it, though I didn’t get quite as attached to the characters as I was expecting to.
Strange the Deamer by Laini Taylor: ★★★ I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, but I had no idea it was going to be this. I really liked the characters, but for the first 300 pages of the book there seemed to be absolutely no plot. Also, the main relationship seemed super insta-lovey and just meh.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ★★★★★ This is the first nonfiction feminist book I’ve read, and it did not disappoint. Adichie has a way of putting everything I believe about feminism into incredibly elegant and somehow also funny, witty, and relatable words. Definitely going to read more by her in the future.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich: ★★★★ I liked this book a lot, but there were a few issues with it. If you want to read my review of this book, you can find it here.
Pure Drivel by Steve Martin: ★★★ My mom and I were looking for a quick, short book to listen to on our drive to/from work. It was relatively funny, but the second half in particular was just UTTER nonsense. It got so ridiculous that I couldn’t really even tell what was going on anymore, and it just wasn’t all that enjoyable.
And now, my June TBR!
What books did you read in May? What books are you planning on reading in June? Let me know in the comments!