THE MONTH OF MAY
May was a wild month for me. I had some ups and downs this month, like some steep downs. But with those downs, I had immense growth within myself. I feel as though I finally started making an impact on some of my core goals, and I’m proud of myself for that.
So what have I done this month? Let me tell you.
MY PHOTOS WERE USED IN A FESTIVAL
And it was honestly one of the most surreal moments of my life. To see my very own work billowing in the wind, displayed for everyone to see was unlike anything else. I hope this is the first of many.
I READ FIVE BOOKS
Considering the mess of the month I had, I would say that’s not too bad. ESPECIALLY when I’ve been reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is over 800 PAGES LONG. (tbh that length felt super unnecessary.)
I REACHED 40K IN MY HISTORICAL FICTION
Yes, I know I’ve been referring to my WIP as a fantasy, but the more it’s developed, the more I realize this is a historical fiction. It’s been such an incredible experience diving into Scottish history and using it within my own novel. I never thought I’d be able to write historical fiction, but here I am, reading the biographies of forgotten kings and queens to create a wild, magical twist on history.
This novel is becoming something very beautiful. Something I’m quickly becoming fond and proud of. I’ll be sharing more about it with all of you very soon, so keep your eyes open for that!
I GOT A RECORD PLAYER
And as I expressed on Twitter, I love this record player more than myself and would take a bullet rather than see it scratched or mishandled. #truth
I CHANGED MY GOODREADS READING GOAL TO 50
I know I was adamant to read 100 books this year—and I still may—but I was tired of stressing about it. With so many new things in my life, the added weight of this goal was unnecessary. So I reduced my goal to 50, bringing myself eleven goals ahead of schedule. *high fives self*
THE BOOKS OF MAY
THE MARTIAN BY ANDY WEIR
The Martian is a novel I have seen splattered through Bookstagram, adapted into the film that was praised by critics and readers alike. I’ve always found space and the galaxy extremely fascinating, so I was excited to pick this up.
I’m happy to say, even with all of the hype, The Martian did not disappoint. The characters, particularly our main character Mark, were incredibly witty and entertaining. I really felt invested with the plot, despite having a strong inkling with how it was all going to wrap-up. (P.S. I was right.)
I must admit, however, all of the technicalities of the machinery and the overall science of everything became a bit daunting at times. Although, I highly, highly admire the author for conducting such thorough research into his work. That is a quality I have to appreciate as a writer myself.
THE DREAM THIEVES BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER (THE RAVEN CYCLE #2)
The Dream Thieves, the sequel to one of my all-time favorite novels, The Raven Boys, was even better than I expected it to be. There was mystery and magic and so much sass, just like the first book.
“While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.”
Without spoiling too much of the plot, being that this is a sequel, all I can say is that the story-line was just as intriguing as the first, featuring a few new characters (the Gray Man and Joseph Kavinsky) along with my favorite cast of characters, Blue, Adam, Ronan, Noah, and Gansey. Each character showed significant growth within this novel, particularly Ronan.
In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.
The Dream Thieves was quite centered on Ronan, and I was here for it. I learned so much about his past and gained more insight from his perspective. Ronan is easily one of my favorite characters from the series, so I loved watching him develop.
Also, to those who have read this series or at least, up until The Dream Thieves, RONAN DIDN’T DENY WHAT KAVINSKY SAID TO HIM AT THE END OF THE BOOK AND I AM (as the kids would say) SHOOK.
ALSO BLUE AND GANSEY I AM
DREAM BOY BY MADELYN ROSENBERG AND MARY CROCKETT
There was clearly an underlying theme of dreams this month, I suppose. However, I’m afraid I didn’t enjoy Dream Boy nearly as much I loved The Dream Thieves. (And honestly, who can compete with Richard Gansey II? Nobody, is the answer.)
Dream Boy was an interesting paranormal read. We follow Annabelle, a girl who has strange, vivid dreams. One day, the reoccurring boy in her dreams shows up at her school, and then things get crazy.
The plot seemed promising, but I’m afraid the premise was lost in the insta-love and the love triangle. I have found this to be a problem with many novels in the past, where the plot is incredibly fascinating, and yet it is erased with the over-the-top romance.
Now, the romance was not that bad. I actually found the love triangle weirdly intriguing, but it didn’t take long for me to cringe at the romance between Annabelle and her two love interests.
But that aside, this was a quick and interesting read with creepy paranormal aspects. I enjoyed the development of the plot and where it led our protagonist. Annabelle showed significant growth by the end of the novel, and I admire that. I just wish so much of her story wasn’t lost in these boys.
THE ANATOMY OF CHEATING BY NESLY CLERGE
I was given the wonderful opportunity to review The Anatomy of Cheating in exchange for an honest review. Thrillers are not something I often reach for, but I’ve been meaning to add more to my list.
The Anatomy of Cheating gave a good start. There were lies and mysteries and LOADS of drama. It was all quite interesting and entertaining up until the halfway point. Then the story began to feel a bit too much.
For my full review of this wild novel, click here.
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING BY NICOLA YOON
With the upcoming release of the film Everything, Everything, it was perfect timing for my TBR jar to finally give me the novel that has been sitting on my kindle for months. Because as we know, the book is usually better and IT’S BASICALLY A SIN TO WATCH THE FILM FIRST. (But also, not really. I’ve done it and it’s totally okay.)
I flew through this book within twenty-four hours. I thought the plot was intriguing, and with the way it was told through journal entries, sketches, emails, and of course, regular first person narration, I couldn’t get enough.
“Love can’t kill me,” I say, parroting Carla’s words.
“That’s not true,” she says. “Whoever told you that?”
All right, so as we know, I’m quite iffy about romance in general. But the romance between Maddy and Olly? SO ADORABLE. Like, too adorable? Yeah, it wasn’t very realistic. It was borderline insta-lovey, but somehow Yoon didn’t make it too unbearable or cringey. Maybe it was because of all of the amazing quotes.
My heart is too bruised and I want to keep the pain as a reminder. I don’t want sunlight on it. I don’t want it to heal. Because if it does, I might be tempted to use it again.
But my issue with Everything, Everything is the way Maddy’s disorder was handled. I have no experience of anything like this—mast cell activation syndrome. (Although, I believe Yoon called it something else in the book?) I have read reviews from some people who do suffer from similar conditions, and this book didn’t give them the representation they deserved. At least, in my opinion, it didn’t.
I know this wrap-up is, once again, a bit late. But hey, what can a girl do? (Get it together, is what I can do.) But still, I hope you enjoyed reading about my month of May. I do love how this segment has sort of become a diary of mine, and hopefully you love it, too.
What books did you read in May? Anything you would like to share? Be sure to let me know! And feel free to leave any other thoughts or comments down below!