Hoarders : Mid May Book Haul & Reading Update
Legacy by Shannon Messenger | Flashback by Shannon Messenger | Nightfall by Shannon Messenger | Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby | Later by Stephen King | Arsenic and Adobo by Mia. P Manansala | Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee | The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner | Plain Bad Heroines by Emily Danforth | Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir | Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
In my defence, four of these books were ordered before I decided I wasn't going to buy any books in May. And then Mother's Day happened and my family gifted me with some gift cards to spend at the bookstore. So here we are. I realized that the only way I can avoid buying books is if I avoid reading blogs. We all know that's not going to happen so I think I'm just going to gird up my loins every weekend because that's when I usually give in and drag my husband to go book shopping. Lol.
L I F E L A T E L Y
So what's been up with me besides reading like books are going out of style? Not much. I usually put up a weekly reading update, but since I've not really been blogging, my read pile is now a tall stack. As of this writing, I've read a total of 19 books in May. So once again, I will probably end up with 30 books for the month.
You may not know this but I'm a competitive person. Every month, I try to enter into a fitness challenge of sort. For May, I joined a running challenge which involves me trying to run 100 kms in 20 days. I recorded 39 kms so far, so I've got a long ways to go. But I do try to clock 5 kms a day, and on days when I have the energy, I try to to do a 10 k run.
My husband and I have gotten our first dose of Covid vaccine. My daughter is scheduled tomorrow, then my 13-year old is scheduled for the 28th. Like I mentioned on my Tuesday post, we are on our third lockdown, so the province is pretty much speeding up the process of getting everyone vaccinated. Thank goodness! I just want life to go back to normal. I want to be able to go back to the gym and workout without a mask on. :(
M I D M O N T H R E A D I N G U P D A T E
- These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I haven't tried to write a review for this book, but if you're not familiar with what it's about, it's a historical fiction/Romeo & Juliet retelling in the 20s. There's a monster roaming the streets of Shanghai that spreads a disease that makes them gouge their own throats to a bloody pulp. Very gory. Enjoyed it very much.
- You Only Love Me When I'm Suffering by Jon Lupin. ⭐⭐⭐. This is a collection of poetry. I wish I enjoyed it more, but it was sappy for my taste.
- Light for the World to See by Kwame Alexander. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Short. Succinct. Important.
- Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. This book is absolutely beautiful. It will make you want to connect with nature in ways that you've never been tempted before. The story focuses on a girl from Nunavut who goes through life full of wonder, rude awakenings, and acceptance. It's so spiritual, and even now, I'm having a tough time explaining what my experience was while reading this book.
- The Whisper Man by Alex North. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ By far, my favourite Alex North novel. Mind you, he's only written two so far. So let's just say I loved this one more than The Shadows. I feel like this was more emotionally wrought because it's about how complicated father and son relationships are sometimes. And of course, it's also about a serial killer. So good times, good times.
- Dante, Hell's Ankor #6 by Aiden Bates. ⭐⭐⭐ Not my favourite installment, but enjoyable, nonetheless. Basically, the start of Hell's Ankor and another club's amalgamation. But it was pretty boring. Lol.
- From Blood & Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout. DNF. I haven't DNF'd a book in years, so this is big. Lol. I gave it up to page 220 until I gave up. It was pretty uninteresting, to be honest. But it's a popular book so maybe it's just me.
- Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved this one. It's about how to be a proper ally and actually listening to our BIPOC folks.
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Gretchen Rubin spent a year with monthly resolutions to come up with her own definition of happiness. I guess you can say it's a self help book, but not really relatable in some cases.
- Pride by Ibi Zoboi. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Pride & Prejudice retelling in New York that talks about social caste, prejudices, discrimination, and gentrification. Loved it!
- Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I posted a review of this book. Read it here if you like.
- We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I bought this book last year from Book Outlet and so glad I finally got it off my TBR. I don't know why I waited! It has enemies to lovers trope, fantastical world based on an ancient Arabian myth, a huntress posting as a hunter to take care of her family and her village and a dark shadow that's taking over the kingdom. Whew. That is a lot. I've got the second book on queue from the library, so can't wait to dive in!
- The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was one heartbreak after another and I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment because I absolutely loved this tear jerker. I will attempt to write a review sometime.
- The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was about a girl who forged identities and documents mostly for Jewish children in WWII. Loved this one, it's loosely based on historical facts, but mostly fictional.
- Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was bloody and gory and glorious. READ IT!
- Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved pretty much everything Adriana's queer romance so this was no different. She's written some diverse characters from different parts of the world. This one in particular centres around a couple in Ethiopia. One of the MC is from the States who works for US Aid and meets Elias. In most African countries, homosexuality is still illegal so there's a lot of hiding that our characters have had to do.
- Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Eve is probably my favourite Brown sister. This was funny af.
- HRC by J Allen & A Parnes. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I've had this book since 2014, but I just picked it up last weekend. Kicking myself why I waited so long! Loved this. My review is posted here.
- Last Call by Elon Green. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐My very first True Crime novel. I'm absolutely hooked! This is about the killings of gay men in the New York area back in the 90s.