Okay so, I am officially getting back on track with my reading and I love it! I’ve had a few shaky months but the reading mood is back. I did hand in my Bachelor thesis this month, which of course took out a chunk of time, but besides that, I did okay. Here are the books I read in May in finishing order:
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #1.5)
(Finished May 5th)
After finishing the second book in the Shatter Me series I was incredibly disappointed. I picked up this novella since it had Warner’s POV and I needed a break from the ever-whining Juliette. It was a good choice. The story took place at the end of book 1 and I enjoyed it way more that the main books. We get more of Warner’s soft side, which is a good addition to his character – especially before getting into Ignite Me (book 3 in the series).
My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4,2/5
Page count: 109
Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #2.5)
(Finished May 6th)
Immediately after reading Destroy Me, I picked up Fracture Me – the second companion novella. This one was told from Adam’s perspective right after the end of Unravel Me (book 2 in the series). There’s no nice way to put this, I hate Adam. He is whiny, possessive, weirdly aggressive and think he’s a hero. Although I wanted to know what happened to the characters after the end of book 2, I was grateful that his part only lasted for 67 pages.
My rating: 2/5
Goodreads rating: 3,7/5
Page count: 67
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
(Finished May 8th)
The story of a young girl, Liesel, living in Nazi-Germany during World War 2 is well known. It’s a modern classic with its own movie adaption (also amazing) and it’s such an important story. It has everything you’d expect: love, friendship, loss, war, terrible and beautiful moments. It also contains amazing characters and Death himself narrates the story – check out my full review of The Book Thief.
My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4,3/5
Page count: 592
The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin
(Finished May 16th)
Next, I picked up the first book in a series of novellas that take place 90 years before Game of Thrones. We follow the journey of Dunk and Egg – a newly knighted young man and his young squire (who’s full of secrets). It was a lot of fun to see familiar names like Lannister, Tully and Baratheon in a time where the Targaryens were still ruling the Seven Kingdoms. First book in a series of 6 novellas and I’m definitely going to continue.
My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4,2/5
Page count: 116
Of Gods and Men by Jean-Pierre Dionnet
(Finished May 17th)
I received this graphic novel as an e-ARC from NetGalley and to be honest, I have no feelings for it. The artwork is pretty amazing with vibrant colors that’s perfect for a comic. The story is.. insanely awkward. The entire comic feels like volume 4 or 5 – like you’ve missed out on many epic events but that’s not even the case. The dialogue is off too – are they joking or not? It’s just so goddamn weird and not in the good way!
My rating: 2,5/5
Goodreads rating: 2/5
Page count: 64
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #3)
(Finished May 21st)
The third and final book in the Shatter Me series (of the original trilogy at least). I definitely preferred this book over the second instalment but that doesn’t mean I loved it. It picked up in regards to action and character development but not enough to make me feel invested – I honestly just wanted to finish the series and not look back. This series is highly popular and it’s just one of those times where I’m sitting pretty in the unpopular opinion-lounge, I guess. Oh well.
My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 4,4/5
Page count: 421
Total amount of pages I have read this month: 1369
Book of the month: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
May was for sure one of the better reading months – although the page count isn’t that amazing. I got around to a lot of genres and finished 6 books (started 8), so I’m quite pleased. It was definitely the month of finishing up the Shatter Me series.. overall, I’m pretty disappointed – I really liked the first book. Oh well, you can’t win every time. On to June (my birthday month, yay) and a whole lotta reading!