May wrap-up: a month of beginnings, endings and surprises 🌻

may wrap-upHi everyone!

May was a month of final exams, getting the results for said final exams, moving, a couple weeks of vacation before I start work in June and not reading as many books as I would have liked. Good news is, my exams went alright and I passed my first year of studying law at university 🎉 I was honestly so relieved because I was expecting to have failed my second semester. I’ve also finished my replay of Mass Effect 2 (a game from my favourite game series, as I’ve mentioned a few times I think?) and as usual, it was emotional. I pretty much know the last mission of the game by heart, and yet I was worried I would make a mistake (I didn’t). I started my replay of Mass Effect 3 right after, but I haven’t made much progress. I love video games because, to me, they’re just another form of storytelling with incredible characters and plots so I wanted to mention it.

Like I said, I start work at the beginning of June for the summer. I’m hoping I’ll be able to post on the blog as much as I want but I’m not too worried about it, to be honest. I’m also hoping to read more in June, there are just so many books I want to get to. In the month of May, I’ve only read 6 books which is a little bit disappointing. I still enjoyed the ones I read though!

In last month’s wrap-up, I said I was reading A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna, and I actually finished the novel on May 1st.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

a spark of white fireI really enjoyed this novel. It has an incredible and captivating universe, complex characters I love, ones that surprised me (both in a positive and negative way) and heartbreaking plot twists. That ending. I won’t reveal any spoilers, but that ending brought me to tears. It was just so well-done, and changed everything for the characters. It sets up the sequel perfectly, and I can’t wait for September to read A House of Rage and Sorrow. If I cried with this first novel, the title of the second one leads me to believe I will cry even more with the sequel.

I then read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, which was actually a reread.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

daughter of smoke and boneI first read this novel a few years ago, and I remember really enjoying it. I had rated it 4 stars then and I wanted to read the sequel. Unfortunately, the ebook for the second novel wasn’t available in France back then (even if the ebook for the third one was, weirdly enough) so I waited. And waited. When it was finally available, I just wasn’t in the mood to read it, and I had forgotten a bit of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. But this month, I wanted to continue with the series, so I reread the first novel to remind myself of the world, the characters and the ending. Rereading it, I remembered bits here and there, but I was still surprised by quite a few things, so it was a good reread. I’m determined to finish the trilogy this year.

One of my most anticipated release of the year came out at the end of April: The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala so of course I read it in May.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

the tiger at midnightThe Tiger at Midnight was such a fun, fast-paced read, with very interesting world-building. The history of this world, why the characters were where they were and why they were doing what they were doing at the beginning of the novel was engaging and full of twists and turns. I was a little disappointed with the character of Esha: there is this whole legend surrounding her, and events attributed to her, some of which she admits she has actually done. Yet, in the novel itself, she seemed different from what she said she was. I still loved her however. The chase between the two main characters definitely kept me reading, and I loved the dual point of view. It added complexity to the world and what I thought was going to happen. I’ll read the sequel when it comes out, without a doubt.

Then I read the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

six of crows & crooked kingdomI had wanted to read it since it was released, but since I had never finished the Grisha Trilogy, I didn’t plan on reading it. But I was finally convinced, and you can find my review for Six of Crows right here. I also loved reading Crooked Kingdom. It felt different from the first novel, but not in a bad way. I loved getting more backstory on the characters, more relationship development. It was, just like Six of Crows. full of plot twists which kept me on my toes and invested in the story. It was so well done. I’m really glad I decided to read this duology.

The last book I read this month was another one of my most anticipated releases of 2019, We hunt the flame by Hafsah Faizal.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

we hunt the flameI so wanted to love this novel, and I really thought I would. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It isn’t a bad novel at all, otherwise I wouldn’t have rated it 3 stars. Some elements simply didn’t work for me, and I know I’m in the minority here. For instance, I thought the beginning was too slow and the ending rushed. Sometimes, it felt to me like a simple succession of plot points needed to reach the ending, and some seemed a bit too easy on the characters. And besides the two main characters and Altair, I had trouble getting attached to the other characters in the group. I would have liked more about them. However, I still think I will read the sequel and final novel in the duology, because the ending opened some very interesting storylines and I would love to see how the story wraps up.

flowerWhat book am I bringing into the month of June? Well, something a bit strange happened. See, I never read two novels at once. Yet, I wanted to try listening to an audiobook, but I still wanted to read a novel aside from it, so I’m reading two novels right now, one on audio and another one on my kindle. But that’s not all: if you’ve read some of my posts, you would have noticed I don’t really read contemporary. I’m almost never in the mood for it. Yet, last night, as I was thinking about which book I wanted to read next, I realized: I’m in the mood to read a contemporary novel. It honestly was complete surprise, and I was a bit confused? So here are the two novels I’m currently reading:

  • The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, which I’m currently listening to. I really like the narrator, and so far I’m enjoying the story a lot 💖
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, I’ve only read the first chapter so far but I can tell I’ll like this novel already!

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flowerThis month, I wanted to highlight some blog posts I loved in the month of May:

✨ Clara @ The bookworm of Notre-Dame with Five reasons why you should read Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

✨ Shri @ Sun and Chai with a review of Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

✨ Lauren @ twenty-seven letters with An open letter to the reader falling out of love with their favorite books

✨ Marija @ Inside my Library Mind with The Idiosyncrasies of My Reading

✨ Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books with 5 reasons she keep on writing book reviews

✨ CW @ The Quiet Pond with Six Tips to Diversify Your Reading!

✨ Dominique @ Dear Dominique with Five popular book series she hasn’t read yet

As for my goodreads reading challenge, I’m at 38/50 books so it’s going well!

How was your month of May? What was your favourite book you read this month? Any book you’re excited to read in June? I’d love to hear all about it!

Until next time,

Noémie

15 thoughts on “May wrap-up: a month of beginnings, endings and surprises 🌻

  1. Congratulations on passing your first uni year yay, so happy and proud of you!! ❤ Here's to a little break and best of luck for your summer job ❤
    I'm so sorry to hear you were a little disappointed by We Hunt The Flame, I've heard so many great things about that one! I'm still curious about it but I think I need to lower my expectations a little bit 🙂
    thank you so, so much for sharing my post! I hope you'll have a beautiful June ❤

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  2. thank you so much for the shout out noemie!!!! also, i’m really happy you liked A Spark of White Fire and read The Tiger at Midnight! (your review for it makes me so excited because i’m going to read it next). happy reading in june!!

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  3. Congrats on finishing your first year of studying law! That’s such a huge accomplishment!!

    I’m glad to hear that you mostly enjoyed the books you read in May 😀 And Red White and Royal Blue has been one of my favorite reads of the year so far – I hope you continue to like it!!

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  4. Congratulations on finishing your first year, Noémie! That’s’ so incredible! And thank you so, so much for including me in some of your favorite posts this month! ❤️

    I am SO glad to hear that you enjoyed the Six of Crows duology! As you mentioned, I really loved Crooked Kingdom because you do get to learn so much more backstory about the characters, and that just made me become even more attached to them.

    I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed a majority of the books that you read this past month, and I hope that you have an even better June!

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