Since it’s the end of May, I’m going to be talking you through all the books I’ve read this month and share some brief thoughts on them along with my ratings! This wasn’t the best month for me, to be honest, I was disappointed a lot.
You can check out last month’s wrap up here.
1. The Betrothed by Kiera Cass ★★ — This was The Selection again, but the writing hadn’t improved, the main character was more shallow and annoying than America and nothing happened until around 80%.
2. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams ★★★ — This was a play for class and I enjoyed it, but had no strong feelings as a whole.
3. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan ★★★ — It was interesting to see the books starting to mature and the stakes being raised, but the lack of Annabeth was a huge let down for me.
4. The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant ★★ — It was a slow read with uncoordinated time skips and almost tried too hard, it was like it couldn’t decide what the actual plot was. It wasn’t bad, but definitely not for me.
• Read my full ARC review here.
5. The Fallen by Liz Braswell ★ — I started watching the TV show adapted from this book and loved it, but the book was nothing like the show! There was no character development in the book and a lot of slut shaming. I almost DNF-ed, but it was pretty short and easy to read.
• Check out other YA books being adapted for screen here.
6. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins ★★★ — Whilst I didn’t have the same emotional attachment to this as The Hunger Games, it was still interesting to learn more about the games. However, it dragged at times and Snow was not a good choice for the main character since he was boring and I couldn’t connect with him.
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ★★★★ — This was a reread, but I adored it all the same. I love how it serves as a social commentary on top of being an invigorating story. I definitely saw Katniss through new eyes now that I’m older.
8. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ★★★★ ½ — By far my favourite in the series because the Quarter Quell is such a sinister twist. This also saw the introduction of Finnick, who is my favourite character in the series.
9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ★★★ ½ — Despite being where the tension is at a peak, this is a slower book and I didn’t find myself as eager to continue reading as the others. It was a satisfying enough conclusion, I suppose, and the idea of Peeta being hijacked was fantastic.
10. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde ★★★★ — This was for class also, but it is easily one of my favourite classics. With morally grey characters, twists on every page and the most beautiful prose, it’s impossible not to adore it.
TOP 3 BOOKS OF MAY: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Let me know how many books you’ve read in May or what your favourite was in the replies below. I’m really disappointed in how low I rated a lot of books this month and the ones with higher ratings were rereads.
read it and weep,