wrap up: books read in May 2017

  • Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose ★★★★★ + review
  • Roses of May by Dot Hutchinson ★★★ + review
  • When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen ★★★ + review
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins ★★★★ + review
  • Black Swan Green by David Mitchell ★★★★★ + review
  • Penance by Kanae Minato ★★★★ + review
  • White Fur by Jardine Libaire ★ + review

Best: Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Runner up: Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose
Worst: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

Kind of all over the place, this month!  Two 5 stars, two really high 4 stars, two lukewarm 3 stars, and one ‘if I could give this zero stars I would’ 1 star.

There are times when I’d be saying ‘ah man, I only finished 7 books?’ but May was pretty rough, especially work-wise, and I’ve been really mentally and physically drained lately, so it’s definitely a ‘hell yeah I finished 7 whole books’ kind of month.  I also managed to review everything I read, which is the first time I’ve done that in a while!

As for June: I’m going to be in NYC for ten days and I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to that (one of my best friends lives in Brooklyn and I usually visit her every couple of months, but I haven’t actually been down since this time last year, so it’s long overdue), but that’ll cut down on my reading time a bit.  Still, a couple of books you can look forward to seeing on here next month: I’m currently reading The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (and loving it!), I have an ARC of The Former Chief Executive by Kate Vane which I’m hoping to get to this weekend, I finally bought Six of Crows for Kindle, I have Yesterday by Felicia Yap and See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt from Netgalley, and I have The Leavers by Lisa Ko and American War by Omar El Akkad from Book of the Month which I’m hoping to get to soon (I started American War a couple of weeks ago, but I only read the first 10 or 15 pages, so I took it off my currently reading shelf since I think it’s going to be a couple of weeks until I have time to return to it).  Also I’ll hopefully read a couple of plays, which I usually do every month.

So there you have it.  What’s the best book you guys read in May?  And do you have any summer plans you’re looking forward to?  Let me know in the comments!  🙂

9 thoughts on “wrap up: books read in May 2017

  1. I think seven books is great, Rachel! I only read eight in a semi-busy month and many of these were rather short. I love the sound of your June TBR too, excited to see what you think of Six of Crows. I haven’t read it, to be honest the hype is kind of putting me off a bit XD

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    • It’s funny how relative it is – I read 7 books last month too and thought ‘there is no reason I should have only read 7 books’ but now I’m like, ‘I can’t believe I finished 7 whole books!!!’ I feel like I blinked and this month was over.

      Honestly same re: Six of Crows!! One of my friends has been telling me to read it for ages so I think I’m finally gonna cave, but I’m a little scared because of all the hype, as well as the fact that it’s not my usual genre. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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      • For real! Where did May go honestly… I’m like “yay 8 books” and then others are like “I read 15 books” lmao

        And I know right? It’s not my usual genre either and honestly I’m not even sure what it’s about, I just keep seeing the title and the raving reviews that go with it but I never looked into it ahah.

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      • I don’t understand how this winter felt like it lasted 65 years, and now that the weather’s finally decent time is flying by! Why does this happen?!

        Honestly all I know about it is it’s fantasy and… something to do with a heist…? That’s literally it. Sometimes I like going into books without knowing much, so hopefully it’s the right approach to this book and I won’t be super confused, haha.

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      • Right?? Why can’t winter go by fast for once T_T Summer feels like three weeks, no wonder people get seasonal depression, honestly.

        Ooh yeah, I think I’ve seen mentions of a heist now that you mention it. Haha hopefully! I hope it’s at least an enjoyable read!

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  2. Seven’s good, and you had some great books in there! I have no idea how people who work also manage to read and blog – I reckon they must have a magic potion. Have a good time in NYC 🙂

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    • Thank you!

      Nah, no magic potion to speak of, just not much of a social life these days 😂 I actually found that school used to interfere with my reading a lot more than work does now. With all the readings for class I rarely had the energy to read for fun. Now work is tiring, but I still have the energy to read and blog, somehow!

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    • Honestly I’m more impressed that you’ve been reading/blogging while in school, that used to kill all of my reading time! With all the readings for class I rarely had the energy to read for fun, but now at least I come home tired but still in the mood to read. And thank you!!

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