So, I vanished off the face of the earth this month. It wasn’t planned or intentional – my health just decided to take an absolute dump on me. I’m a little sad because I had a great line up of books planned for this month (there were so many great releases in May, omg????) so instead of having a really small wrap-up, I’m just going to share what I did get done and some of my really super amazing May TBR I had.
Because May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), I had planned to read almost entirely from Asian authors. I have this cute little book cart and a shelf and a half were dedicated just to titles that I own and wanted to read this month – the vast majority of which I have never read before. Here’s a sampling of what was on that cart (about 1/3 of what I had on it)
Now, did I expect to get through all of it? GOODNESS NO. There were 30+ books But what I did get through felt very small and the majority of it happened in the last week of the month. Plus they were on a cute cart. Cute carts make every physical TBR way more fun. I do fully plan to try and read as many of these as I can in upcoming months though, so fear not!
So what did I read?
And honestly? All of them were really good. As of late, to sort of get out of the slump I’ve been in, I’ve only been reading books that I’ve seen strongly recommended or have synopses that really appeal to me. I feel like hitting too many ‘bleh’ books in a row kinda made me put off reading for a bit.
From left to right:
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
As someone who loves yokai, seeing them in a YA novel was fantastic. The sort of quest story-line was right up my alley too. I can’t wait for the second book to come out this month!
Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali
I went into this knowing absolutely nothing about the book other than that people were in love with it. I was definitely in for some surprises but I was in love too. I was moved EMOTIONALLY and left full of hope.
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
I’ve had this on my shelves for a while – I got it in a subscription box and just really wasn’t feeling contemporary reads at the time. I’m so glad I went back to it because it was wonderful. Food trucks and touching family moments and friendships and just, yes. Also, quite possibly the best YA dad ever?
Ash by Malinda Lo
This has been on my tbr foreverrrrr. A queer Cinderella retelling? GIMME! I waited until my 10 year anniversary copy arrived and then promptly devoured it. I had some pacing issues with it but overall it’s beautiful and it’s a classic for a reason.
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
I loved this one. A lot. I read it at the beginning of the month and it’s really stuck with me. However, I will say this was a bit of a heavier than I usually do.
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
I loved Amal. She felt very relatable and you couldn’t help but cheer for her the entire time. A good story about how bravery can be many things. Also the cover is gorgeous.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I’ve started this book a couple times and had a hard time getting into it. The beginning feels a bit slow (though a whole lot happens so man, idk what my problem is) but once I got into it, BOY WAS I INTO IT. I’ve already started book two.
Now, in addition to the books I did finish, I did get a third to halfway through a LOT of other books that I was super enjoying but I had a lot of due dates for library books hit me before I was done. I fully intend on returning to them at a later date, it’s just that May just wasn’t a good month for it.
Favorite read of the month?
I’ll probably be shoving this book at people to read for a long time to come. I loved it. I’m not going to say too much about it since I do have a review I’m working on for it but like, wonderful characters, written in a fun journal format with dual POVs, deals with important issues like microaggressions and Islamophobia as well as coping with illness, all wrapped up neatly in a sweet love story makes for an entirely delightful read. I honestly never thought I’d be much into contemporary reads but lately a lot of books have been proving me wrong – and I’m happy about it!
How did your May reading stack up? What was your favorite read of the month? Let me know!
Also, feel free to link a post to me in the comments from your blog to read as I was awful about getting around to reading other people’s posts this month! I want to see what you had to say this month!