Well hello every, how is everyone doing? Happy June!! Can you believe it’s June already? Where did the time go? So I am sure you have noticed that my blog has been a little quiet in the month of May.
I want to start by saying that obviously it was not my intention. I absolutely love writing and reviewing books and talking about all things bookish! I am an anxiety sufferer or what my doctor likes to call a ‘high functioning’ anxiety sufferer. It just means that I can get on with my day to day stuff. However, at the beginning of May, for me things seemed to get harder and harder to handle. The first thing I did was see a doctor who advised me to take some time off work and relax for a little. I cannot stress this enough, if you are suffering please do not suffer in silence. If I had just spoken with someone maybe I wouldn’t have had the issues I had. I feel it is important to speak out about these things in order to help each other out.
Anyway, after my little break, normal service is resumed. So in the month of May I finished one book from April and started and finished three others. So essentially I finished four books. They were:
- Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda – Becky ALbertalli
- The Upside OF Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
- The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After – Jenny Colgan
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chobsky
First of all, I absolutely adored both of Albertalli’s books. They were funny, relevant, relatable and life affirming. Although they were easy reads, they did have a strong message of tolerance and acceptance. She sets up worlds where everyone is accepted for who they are regardless of colour or orientation. If not, there is a lesson where it teaches you about tolerance. I think everyone should read them. I understand that YA aren’t to everyone’s tastes but sometimes books transcend their categories because they are that powerful! All in all, I just wanted to be friends with Molly (Upside) and Simon (Simon Vs.). I felt like I could relate to them on so many levels. Simon Vs. is actually been turned into a TV show which I am so excited about. I just hope they do the book justice.
I have a type of story that I love reading again and again regardless of how similar each story is. The story is about a girl who loves books so much, works in a library and/ or bookshop. I have read so many books like this and I never get tired of them. The Shop OF Happily Ever After is no exception. Regardless, I loved it!! I fell in love with Nina and afterwards Lennox, I loved how bookish she is and the scenery in this book was spectacular. It made me want to go and live in Scotland! Jenny Colgan is great at writing such cute and immersive stories. If you like books like this, I would also recommend The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris .
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky was a recommendation my friend gave me. I tried reading this in the middle of May and I felt Charlie – the main character – read a little too young for me so I just put it to the side and started reading Jenny Colgan’s book. When I told my friend, she said to persevere and I will make more sense of it as I read on. Boy was she right. This book took my heart, ripped it in half and then stomped on it with Doc Martens repeatedly, so yeah thanks for the recommendation! Haha! It’s about a boy growing up and learning about life’s up and downs. The good thing about this book is that it is open to interpretation. I feel like if there were more people like Charlie in this world, it would be a happier more loving place.
So these are my books that I have read in the month of May. Now on to my June TBR (To Be Read) pile. This pile is an ambitious one because I am not the fastest reader and I can barely read three books a month let alone the four I have on this list!
- Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (For the first time ever, I know! Shocking!)
- Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Queen)
- A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J Maas (I need to start this soon!!!)
- Waking Lands by Callie Bates (Advanced Reader Copy – Thank you Hodder and Stoughton)
So this is my list and I hope to finish these in the month of June! I will also have spoiler free reviews of the books I finished in the month of May if you are interested in reading any of them.
So until next time, keep reading!!