What I Read This Month | May 2020

We’re still in lockdown here in the UK and it’s all a little confusing about what’s going on and what’s going to happen.

I submitted my final assignment for my university module and after the bank holiday I’ll be making a start on my dissertation. I’ve already got a few ideas so will just need to whittle them down and make a plan of attack!

Did you guess what the 800 page book I read in April was? If you follow me on Instagram you’d have seen that I was reading The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – it was fab, what more can I say?

I also finished The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco at the end of April, a magical fantasy. Literally. Now I’m intrigued to read the rest of the series, there’s three books in total!

Anyways… here’s what I read in May.

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  • Help Me!: One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Her Life by Marianne Power

As someone who likes reading self-help books, I thought the idea of this was really cool! The answer surprised me though, but it did make me re-think if reading all of the self-help books was actually useful and maybe we’re alright as we are?

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  • Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults curated by Lucy Mangan

I received this as part of World Book Night and took to listening to it in the evenings. It’s filled with stories and poems you may or may not know and is the perfect way to relax before heading to bed.

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  • The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz

I read the first one in the series last year and really enjoyed it, this second one did not disappoint. A fun and slightly mind-bending ‘who-dunnit’.

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  • The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski

This is the only book I actually read this month, the rest I listened to. A fabulous middle-grade, filled with magic, mayhem, friendship and adventure. A perfect escape.

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  • Domina by L.S. Hilton

An old proof that I’ve had for a while, I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book. At times, I wanted to put it down as I felt it was quite graphic but the mystery and ‘cat and mouse chase’ was the thing that made me want to keep reading.

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  • The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab has become a favourite of mine over the past few years and I was excited to read one of her earliest books. A magical mystery set in the cold and windy surroundings of the moors.

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  • Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

After sitting on my TBR for 2.5 I FINALLY finished this 700 page book! It took me a couple of tries and at times I grrr-ed at the characters, but it’s a pretty strange book. Especially reading during this time.

As per last month, I’m still currently reading the paperbacks of Inland by Téa Obreht and A Women in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter (this was a recommendation from a friend), neither of which I’ve picked up this month. Oops.

Do let me know in the comments below if you’d set yourself a TBR pile for May and how you got on? Did you read any good books this month, any you’d recommend? Or were you like me and found the month, especially the back end of this month, particularly hard to concentrate? Let me know in the comments below.

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