I had another great reading month in May! Finished nearly everything on my May TBR and then managed to complete a few extra books on the side that I have been wanting to get to for a while now. I think this was my most successful reading month of the year so far and I had a great time reading through these books!
Pride by Ibi Zoboi – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – ⭐️4/5 stars
Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl – ⭐️4/5 stars
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – ⭐️4/5 stars
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – ⭐️5/5 stars
Save the Date by Morgan Matson – ⭐️3/5 stars
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – ⭐️5/5 stars
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – ⭐️3/5 stars
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
What if it’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – ⭐️4/5 stars
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart – ⭐️4/5 stars
This weeks Top 10 Tuesday is my favourite books released in the last 10 years (one book for each year). This was a lot of fun to come up with, there were some years where I had 3-4 books that were all released together and it was really difficult to just choose one, but I think this list represents my reading tastes well!
2019 – The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson (Published Jan 22nd 2019)
2018 – The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware (Published May 29th 2018)
2017 – Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (Published April 4th 2017)
2016 – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (Published May 3rd 2016)
2015 – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Published September 29th 2015)
2014 – Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Published March 4th 2014)
2013 – Inferno by Dan Brown (Published May 13th 2013)
2012 – Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Published August 2nd 2012)
2011 – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Published May 5th 2011)
2010 – The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (Aug 31st 2010)
2009 – The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (Published October 6th 2009)
Perfection, I absolutely LOVED this book!!!!
Nona was saved by the High Priestess Glass just as she was about to be hanged. Falsely accused of murder Nona is sought after by some powerful enemies. The Priestess sweeps her away to the Convent of Sweet Mercy where all their novices are raised to become lethal killers.
The premise of this book is everything that I love about fantasy to be honest. The school setting was wonderful, all of the different classes that Nona has to attend surrounded by the other novices. Even the different bells and their meaning were interesting and utilised throughout the course of the book.
I really liked Nona; she is such an interesting character. Super loyal to all of her friends and isn’t afraid to speak up in their defense or even sacrifice herself to save them from any harm. She has a lot of secrets and I like that we aren’t made aware of some of the more significant ones til the end of the book. I like that her ignorance was kind of used as a way to be able to explain everything in a lot more detail letting the reader absorb all the knowledge slowly. Being that a majority of the characters are very young only 9-11 they are really discovering themselves as the plot progresses.
The story is incredibly rich with magical lore and also political machinations. The whole trial that the High Priestess Glass and Nona had to endure and the eventual reasoning’s behind it really took me by surprise. I was stunned that Glass put everything in place and saved Nona just on the off chance that this would occur, putting herself and Nona in danger. Her cunning and intellect really engaged me and I was deeply invested in the plot after that!
The way that the story shifts and the revelations really start to come out was so well done, multiple layers of plot lines with different characters with different intentions. Convoluted fantasy books with a multitude of characters and magical elements are my favourite books of all time and this really blew me away!
⭐️5/5 High stakes, magical, bad ass fighting nuns, I am IN!
All the books I’m hoping to read in May! Pretty diverse group of books that have been on my radar for a while now that I am very excited to get to!
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Red Sister by Martin Lawrence