the books I read in May

the books I read in May

It’s been a little while since I’m shown my face around here, but I got a lot of reading done in May, so – here I am! Ready to share. Overshare, probably. But hey.

In May, I decided to read more ebooks and listen to more audiobooks (it’s what I was in the mood for, weirdly enough!) and definitely did. I don’t think I read a single physical book in May.

A question I do get a lot is: Do you buy all of your books? And the answer is no, I do not. I do preorder books if I know the author or have already read and enjoyed another of the author’s books; I’ll also buy a hardcover of a book if I read the e-ARC and enjoyed it, to show the author my support! I’ll also buy books in a series, if it’s a series I’m enjoying.

If you’re trying to save money on books / cut down on physical copies, I recommend signing up for a library card! Not only can you check out physical copies, but most libraries these days will allow you access to Overdrive, Libby and/or Hoopla. Out of all of these, Hoopla is easily the best – the offerings are limited, but you can check anything out without hold times, and it offers audiobooks and ebooks.

I hardly ever get physical copies from my local library, but I do utilize the digital resources all the time!

Another option, especially if you review books on Goodreads or Amazon, is to sign up for Netgalley. You can request early access copies (also known as ARCs) of books from the publisher! I’ve read many books this way.

Anyway. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

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What I read in May

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

Amazon | Goodreads

This book is a sequel to Ace of Shades. It is delicious and complicated and a masterful series, and I definitely recommend reading both books if you haven’t yet. The romance is a slow burn, for sure, but it is incredibly satisfying!

Note: I received this book as an e-ARC from the publisher.

We Set The Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Meija

Amazon | Goodreads

Easily, this was one of my favorite books of 2019 so far. Five big, big, big stars. This story is set in a fascinating world where a wall separates a people who are “blessed” by a god and a people who are left to suffer; the main character’s parents smuggle her over this wall to try and give her a better life as the future wife of a politician. It is a fantasy novel, but it definitely draws so many parallels to our present and is so worth reading.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Amazon | Goodreads

This is a totally spooky 12 Dancing Princesses retelling (not that the original story isn’t spooky, but this one is INCREDIBLY spooky!) with heavy sea and ocean influences. I’m not a big fan of scary reads, and there was certainly a heavy dose of horror / body horror in this one, but it was a great story that didn’t feel too tightly constrained by the story it was retelling.

Note: I received this book as an e-ARC from the publisher.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Amazon | Goodreads

Another retelling! I was certainly in the mood for them in May. This was a Mulan retelling, although it didn’t adhere too closely to the story. (The main character dresses as a boy to join a competition for master tailors, instead of as a soldier.) It was a fun read, either way!

Note: I received this book as an e-ARC from the publisher.

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Amazon | Goodreads

I love listening to historical fiction in audiobook form, and I’ve really been enjoying the Platanganet series by Philippa Gregory. This one is probably my favorite so far – it’s about Jacquetta Rivers who was a badass.

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Amazon | Goodreads

This was probably my least favorite book I read in May. Romanov is the story of Anastasia Romanov… with a little magic. (Another retelling – who knew?) I checked this book out with Hoopla and read it in its entirety while getting my hair done. It was fun if you like Anastasia, but a little less fun if you read a lot of historical fiction.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

Amazon | Goodreads

None of the Plantaganets have particularly good ends, but I find Anne Neville’s story particularly sad. She was the wife of Richard III and went through a lot. Even though I am Team Elizabeth Woodville in this whole historical debacle, I enjoyed Anne’s story and think it was the second best one in the series so far.