June 3, 2020

Reading Report // May 2020

* Ok, I know this is pretty late. But it's only the 3rd of June, so not too late. I just can't believe how hard it's been for me to keep up with my blog posts the last couple months. I'm blaming it on the current world situation and also my anxiety. Plus I was in a major reading slump the month of May. It was hard enough to read books let alone write about them. But I digress. The good news is that I'm back and hopefully more on top of things. 


May 2020 Reading Wrap Up


✽ Let's start off with the books I read in May.


Bone Crier's Moon by Katherine Purdie

This was such an intriguing book! I loved the female relationship between two of the main characters. And the lore/world-building is so interesting. The very end of the book was so intense I couldn't wait to figure out what would happen. Bone Crier's Moon is the first book in a duology and I'm very excited to see how things go in the second one.

The City of Tears by Kate Mosse
⭐. 5

It took me almost the entire month to read The City of Tears. If I'm honest I think that's the book that threw me officially into my slump. But I HAD to read it because it was supposed to get published this month. And I've had it open on Net Galley since January this year. It was time to read it and get my review out there. I have since learned that publication for the book has been pushed back to January 2021.... Anyway, I read it and it was a decent book. I had some moments where I wasn't sure I wanted to continue reading it but I pushed through and it ended up being really liking the ending.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

This was by far my favorite book of the month. I was actually pretty hesitant to read this because I thought Six of Crows was just an ok book. I was trying not to get my hopes up ok? Needless to say I enjoyed Crooked Kingdom so much more than Six of Crows and I'm so glad I gave it a chance. This one had me feeling all the feels.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

This was an okay book. It didn't surpass the first book really. Other than the end wasn't what I expected it to be at all. But it makes sense for the story. If I would have read this in my high school years I would have loved it. 

✽ Next, the books I purchased / received in May.


Bone Crier's Moon by Kathryn Purdie

- Although I already have several copies of this book, this edition came in the March Fairyloot box and boy is it gorgeous! I'm definitely keeping this one.

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

- I finally have all the books in The Dark Artifices series. Here's to hoping it's way better than The Mortal Instruments. 🤞

Crescent City by Sarah J Maas

- While I already owned the Waterstones exclusive of this book, I had to have the US hardcover as well because it is significantly different from the UK edition.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

- My plan in May was to finally finish The Mortal Instruments series. Let's just say I've officially hung up the rag on this series and I literally cannot make myself waste any more time reading the series that could have been wrapped up in two books. 🤷It goes without saying that this will be on my June book unhaul.

Kingdom of Copper by SA Chakraborty

- I was so thankful to still be able to get a UK hardcover of this book even though I know it's been out for a while. Thank you Book Depository for still having them in stock!


✽ And finally, the books I unhauled in May.


Grim Lovelies and Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd

- I read these in April for the O.W.L.s readathon and they were good books. Just not really my thing. I've said it before but I'm very quickly exiting the YA book genre. I just am having such a hard time relating to it anymore. Hopefully, some young reader that goes to my local library will be able to enjoy them more.

Bone Crier's Moon (LitJoy Crate Edition & regular edition I bought for preorders)

- Since I originally received four copies of this book I didn't think I needed to keep them all to myself. The regular edition will be going to my local library (if it ever opens back up) and I'll be putting the LitJoy crate edition up for sale on eBay.

This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

- Again, I'm really hoping that a young reader from my local library will like these more than I did. I hope they fall in love with the characters and want to reread it over and over again.

✽ Some bookish stats for May.


Starting unread: 25
Unread shelf books read: 4
June starting unread: 21 

{Thanks to a couple of reading slumps this year I'm not making as much progress as I hoped. It might be true that I'm getting rid of more books than I'm reading but I'm actually ok with that.}

Total books read: 4
Books reread: 0
Total new to me books: 4
Best book: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Pages read: 2,059
No. of print books: 2
No. of ebooks: 1
No. of audiobooks: 1


May was a pretty chill month as far as reading goes. But I'm definitely hoping that June is miles better. There's even a mini #magicalreadathon happening so I'm pretty excited about that! 

Happy reading,

Alicen