Hi everyone! How’s everyone today?
Another month bites the dust! (that song is stuck in my head but I’m not complaining). I can’t believe we are in our 6th month of the year already. This month wasn’t too bad. I was able to finish six books. This is going to be a long wrap-up, it’s over a thousand words!
What I Read this Month:
- Jane Eyre (Manga Classics) by Stacy King, Charlotte Bronte – rating 4/5
- Pride and Prejudice (Manga Classics) by Stacy King, Jane Austen – rating 4/5
- Sense and Sensibility (Manga Classics) by Stacy King, Jane Austen – rating 3.5/5
As you can see I’ve been devouring my Manga Classics and have been absolutely loving it. I have just bought another which I’ll mention in my upcoming Manga haul. These are the only Manga’s I’ve ever read and reading these makes me want to buy more. I love how easy they are to read as well as the illustrations. Also, the classic collection is a great option to read a classic story if you don’t want to tackle the novel.
- Mated to the Alpha King by Jennise K – rating 3/5
By the time I came across the book on my phone the author said that it was only a sample and I found that it was available on Amazon kindle and was only under $10 so I thought why not. I love my supernatural and a sucker for werewolves.
Overall, it was an alright read. I enjoyed the story and got through it at a decent pace, however, I did find it a bit tedious at times. The beginning really hooked me in but towards the middle there were certain situations that I felt like were drawn out and reoccurred multiple times and I was like ‘okay we’ve been here before‘. I did get the characters confuse at times as well. I’ve read another book by her called Beasty, which I believe is the follow-on story but can be easily read as a stand-alone. I prefer that story to this one and hope to re-read it again in the next month or so.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling – rating 5/5
There is nothing like Harry Potter. I listened to the audiobook and loved Stephen Fry’s narration. I listened to this whenever I was in the car and my younger brother and sister (who are both seven) really got into it as well. They love Harry Potter and seen the first film hundreds of times so it was awesome for all of us to listen to the book version too. They loved it and as did I.
- The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld, #2) by Gena Showalter – 3.75/5
I finished this one a few days ago and wasn’t sure whether to rate it a 3.75/5 or 4/5. I really enjoyed the world Gena Showalter created. I love reading about mythology and how this series is influenced with that. It’s about how these warriors opened up Pandora’s box and demons escaped the box. As punishment, after the demons were found, Zeus allocated each demon’s spirit to inhabit the warriors and now the warriors have to live with the consequences of their actions. I haven’t read the first book, as at the time I believed I didn’t own it until halfway through I found it on my bookshelf (ugh!), but not as huge deal as they can be read as a stand alone.
The Darkest Kiss follows Lucien, who is also known as Death. He transports souls to either heaven or hell. Anya is a very strong female lead and I admire her strength. When reading reviews I did see some debates on how she can be a bit too forward towards her attraction to Lucien at the beginning and how if roles were reversed there would be some complaints on how Lucien shouldn’t be too pushy, however, as it’s Anya, people didn’t look into it much. Does that make sense? I do understand that and agree but overall it did not ruin my experience reading the book.
There are explicit scenes (in other words smut) as well as there being a trigger warning of harming oneself as one of the warriors, Reyes, has been given the demon of pain. The demon is sedated if he/Reyes inflicts pain and to make sure he doesn’t hurt others he inflicts it on himself. Reyes is a side character though in this story as it’s more focused on Lucien and Anya. Overall, I really liked her writing style, the story as well as the characters. Lucien and Anya are a powerful couple and I love them both. I’ll be reading the first book soon.
What I’m currently reading:
- The Falconer by Elizabeth May – I started this halfway through the month but got side tracked. I am really enjoying it so I’m eager to pick this up again. I’m only slightly under half-way through so I’ve already read a decent amount.
- Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – I plan to listen to this book on audio. I started to physically read this a couple of months ago, had read ten chapters, put it down and just forgot to pick it up again. I started other books and it was just left on the side. It wasn’t because I wasn’t enjoying it or anything like that. I’m not too sure why. It is a book I do want to read so I thought it order to make sure I do get through it, I will listen to it rather than physically read it.
What I’ve Been Watching Lately:
I’ve been watching a lot of BookTube recently and getting into that. I ‘m surprised it’s taken me this long to find BookTube videos but I’ve subscribe to a few channels I’m loving:
- Book Roast – G is so lovely and I love her videos whether that’s her weekly vlogs or her unboxings. She lives in Edinburgh and I found her channel at the beginning of March when she posted the video about the O.W.L’s Magical Readathon. Her video popped up and the readathon intrigued me and I just loved her vibe. In her vlogs she talks about mental health and also her two cats are so gorgeous.
- Readbyzoe – the first video I watched of Zoe’s was her O.W.L’s readathon vlog as she was, too, was taking part in the readathon. She’s always a burst of energy. My favourite videos of hers are her 24 hours readathon vlogs, especially her theme ones. She’s committed as she will stay awake for the whole of the 24 hours and just read.
- Brittany the Bibliophile – Brittany is so sweet and gives of such a good vibe. Her book collection amazes me. She’s just got a great attitude and is honest with you. Love her cats appearances in her videos too.
- Books with Chloe – Chloe (a fellow Australian!) has such a cute channel. I adore her style. She has a range from vlogs, to book hauls and unboxings. She’s always happy and smiling, reading her books with Scruffy (her dog) nearby.
- Jessethereader – Jesse is the newest channel I have come across yet he has been on YouTube since 2012. He is so energetic and bubbly!
- Blogging wise I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done this month. I uploaded five posts and have been writing a few to upload in June already. I hope to continue with how I’m doing with my blog, aim for at least four posts a month.
- I want to get into Yoga. I’ve been doing it every now and them but I want to do it more consistently
- Also I started a mini course on the Intro to Psychology to refresh myself and test myself out a bit. So I hope to complete that and see how I feel at the end. It’s six weeks so it’ll get me through June.
I hope you guys enjoyed this wrap-up. It’s definitely longer than any of my other wrap-ups as I discussed the books I read rather than just stating them. Let me know if you prefer me talking about the books or just giving a list on what I’ve read. I hope your May was great!
Until next time…