Unexpected May wrap up & game plan for June

Hello everyone!

So, May is ending. Maybe for you it lasted years or just seconds. For me I must say that, while I feel much more present and aware of my days, May still seems to have flown by a little.

Now that I’m going to write this post and looking back to what I read it’s actually quite weird. If you asked me how was my month, I would say it was okay, that I didn’t read that much, nor it was full of great reads.

BUT

Oh big but.

Now that I’m reviewing all my reads I realize I had a pretty good month. I read a good amount for me and I actually enjoyed most of my reads. Funny, huh? I think it’s because I perceive that I read this books so long ago, that it wasn’t even in May. Well, I was wrong. Anyway, let’s dive into what I read this month…

A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa: 3.5/5 ⭐ This is the second book in this series and I felt a bit disappointed. My main problem was the relationship between the main characters. I also feel like this world could have had more political sub-plots but it doesn’t and I think that’s a lost opportunity.

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean: 4/5⭐ I really enjoyed this one. It was a great romance, that has this kind of vibe: “oh, no, you can’t love me because I don’t deserve you” and the other person is like “of course you deserve me, I love you, stop being stubborn”. I quialifying that as a trope, it must be. So, if you like that kind of thing in a more historical setting, maybe you would enjoy this one too!

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah Mac Lean: 4.5/5⭐ Second book in this series and I absolutely loved this one! I had so much fun reading it, I laughed out loud many times. I actually felt a bit more connected to Pippa than Penny but that was absolutely personal. Anyway, I felt like this had more humour than the previous one.

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter – And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay: 4/5⭐ This was quite interesting for me. I’m 21 and once I knew about it I knew I had to read it. While I don’t agree with everything said in this book, I think it gave me some perspective over somethings and made me think twice about how I picture my future.

Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski: 4/5⭐ I’m buddy reading this series with a friend and I’m really enjoying it. So far this has been better than the previous compiled short stories. This is also the first series I’m listening on audiobook and the first books that have more than 200 pages that I hear on audiobook. I have felt like this format has been the best for me to read this series.

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden: 4.5/5⭐ I have a post where I talk about this series. I loved this conclusion, it had a bit of everything and just was a great ending.

On The Edge by Ilona Andrews: 4/5⭐ I needed some comfort reads and I decided to go with Ilona Andrews, who never disappoints me. While this is some of the earlier work, I really liked the idea behind it, the world and the characters.

Theirs for the night by Katee Robert: 3/5⭐Absolute guilty read. If I’m being honest I don’t like that much the dynamics between the characters but it’s a guilty read. You know the feeling when you can’t stop reading? Mm, yeah, that kind of thing is what this gave me.

For my own “challenge” of reading Sherlock Holmes…

These were all short but I enjoyed most of them, as you can see from the ratings.

What I am still reading…

One Thousand and One Nights: I’m struggling a bit to finish this. I don’t find it as good as I had hoped. I still want to finish it and that’s why I’m working my way through it, but I don’t think it will be a favourite.

Can you notice the struggle I was in to balance the books? 😂 But I liked how it turned out!

June Game Plan

I wanted to talk about what I plan for June. Little bit of background: for years whenever I set a monthly TBR, I would absolutely skip it and read whatever the heck I wanted. But it all changed this year. These past months I have set monthly TBRs and surprisingly I have completed them.

I’m in shock tbh.

However, I miss reading whatever I feel like in that moment. As the end of the first semester approaches, and the pressure and stress gets even higher, I find myself wanting to read different things at different times. As the stakes get higher in the uni realm, in my fangirl realm I only want to follow my desires and needs. That’s why I’m going to set a very loose TBR. I’m still making a list because as I have followed them I have read books I had been wanting to read but never got around to do so, until they were on the list. So! Without more writting, let’s talk about my loose TBR.

So! This covers for me quite a lot: romance for sure, and from there we can add or dystopia, or urban fantasy, fantasy or more of a period drama vibe. Then I also have my non-fiction read, which I have to make an active effort to add or I would probably not add one at all.

I’ll try to use these as guidelines but I will read whatever I feel in the moment, or at least prioritize what I feel over my TBR. We will see how this works…

Aaand that’s it!

That is all I have to share from what was May for me in the bookish realm and what I’m looking forward and planning in June!

How was your month? Do you have plans for June? Have you read any of these books? I would love to chat!

Thank you for reading, have a great week!

Love,

Aldii


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