What an interesting month May was. Part of me hardly remembers what happened in May, and part of me clung to every second. I’m really happy with the reading that I did in May, struggling through the first book was hard. I was worried it would take me all month to finish. Luckily I got to read a few other really great romance books and I felt a lot of joy with these reads.
Sleeping Beauties – Stephen King
Rating: ★ ★ ★
I started my month off with a bang, Stephen King. First reading of any King book. It was a big moment for me, I don’t even know why but it felt like a big deal. I had 3 Stephen King books to choose from; Sleeping Beauties, Under The Dome, or 11/22/63. Let’s be honest, Under the Dome was fairly intimidating. A friend thought that I would like Sleeping Beauties so I went with that one. The beginning… man, I struggled. I told myself that if I got to 100 pages and still didn’t like it then it would be DNF’d. To my dismay, I got to 100 pages and just needed to see how this continued. It was a slow burn for me though, there was no moment where I was wowed or ached to continue reading. I went through the motions and eventually finished. I did love the idea behind the story though. The characters were all a little mediocre for me, no one really stood out as a favourite. I did hear from someone that this was one of his earlier works, and less popular. I wish this story was written differently, I’m not quite sure how, but I just wanted more. I won’t let that get me down though, I will continue to read his other books. What should I continue with next?
In Five Years – Rebecca Serle
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
After Stephen King’s book, I knew I needed a bit of a pick me up, which is mostly why I read romance novels now. This book was one I bought during quarantine because of bookstagram. The cover just looked beautiful and I needed to read it. I finished all 272 pages in 2 days. I just started reading and couldn’t stop. This book kind of reminded me of The Future of Us by Jay Asher. People who see into their future and have to figure out how to change certain events in their lives for a different outcome. This book took me on an amazing ride of the struggle Dannie making decisions based on what she saw. The story broke my heart, and the ending just stomped on it. I was crying and just a hot mess. I really loved this book and would strongly recommend it to anyone who loves romance and life struggles.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Rating: ★ ★
When sifting through my TBR shelf I realized I bought this book in 2015 (as per the receipt) and I was honestly pretty embarrassed that I never read it. I decided there is no better time than the present so I picked it up and started reading. I never watched this movie when it was really popular, and I had no idea what it would be about. I’m a sucker for a letter, e-mail, or alternative format for books. I honestly never really understood the hype over this book. It just really didn’t do much for me. The story is really sad and depressing, I think it is a story that might be very relatable to people. It’s a story that follows Charlie, struggling to figure out his life. He writes to an anonymous person about his life; what is happening and feeling. I wish we found out who he was writing to though.
Write Naked – Jennifer Probst
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
I love reading books that are about writing. Writing has been a way for me to release my emotions, express myself, and just to have fun. Reading about other people’s writing process is just so interesting to me because everyone has a different experience when writing and how they started. This book is all about Jennifer’s process of writing her romance books. She talks about all these different aspects of the writing community and how to navigate around it. It is really helpful to someone who just writes for fun and doesn’t quite know how you could advance into publishing. She is really encouraging not just on the process of publishing, but just on writing in general. Her experience is mostly in romance but I wouldn’t let that deter you from reading this if you write/read other genres. I would heavily recommend this book to anyone who likes writing, is interested in the publishing process, or just needs a boost of confidence for their work.
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
I feel like the copy of this book that I own is just so much bigger than normal copies and I don’t know why lol but it bugs me. I enjoyed the writing of this novel. It just grabbed me and took me on this beautiful journey. There was so much going on but it flowed so well. Once I started reading this I remembered seeing the movie trailer. It is a heartbreaking story. It follows Louisa in her new job working as a caregiver for Will who is bound to a wheelchair. You see her struggle with her own life, and though she is supposed to be the one watching out for Will and helping him, he ends up being the one who helps her. It is beautiful to read their love story and see it flourish. So badly I wanted the ending to be different, but it was so perfect. I love this book a lot. I know some people said it was really cliche, but it wasn’t for me. I can’t wait to read the others in the series.
What are some of your favourite reads of the month? Did you get through as much reading as you wanted to?