How are we nearly half way into this year already months down in the year already? I am really finding my reading groove now and I am loving it! It is so much more relaxing spending my lunchtimes reading a book than mindlessly scrolling through social.
Here are the books I have crossed off my TBR this month:
42. Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohen and David Leviathan ⭐⭐⭐
This was such an adorable novella. Sam and Ilsa are always throwing extravagant parties for their friends and plan on throwing a big final bash for graduation. The catch is they have each invited 3 people and they haven’t told the other who is on their guest list. There is ex’s and ex friends amongst the list – what could possibly go wrong? – This was an easy read but I could never really get fully on board with the concept.
43. F*cked: Being Sexually Explorative and Self Confident in a World Thats Screwed by Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher ⭐⭐
This book covers everything from shame, anatomy, sex, relationships, sex education, sexual assault and abortion. This can be read from cover to cover or you could just dive into the essay that peaks your interest. Nothing revolutionary but a few decent essays.
44. Optimists die first by Susin Neilsen ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I adored this book and devoured it in one day! I loved the narrative voice the story had and I loved the humour of it. The story follows our main character Petula who is a 16 year old girl who has shut herself off from the world after her younger sister dies. She heads to Art Therapy in the hopes that it will help her come to terms with her grief and loss. This is where she meets Jacob someone who has equally dealing with his own grief and has a bionic arm. She slowly starts to let Jacob in and trust again but when she finds out he has been lying can she forgive him? Super easy and quick read – there were quite a few moments where I really related to Petula which always makes a book more appealing to me.
45. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Yet another Adam Silvera book that has absolutely destroyed me and I am 100% okay with that. I was laughing one minute and sobbing the next! This story follows our main character Griffin in dual timeline when his first love and ex-boyfriend Theo dies in a drowning accident. Even though Theo had moved states and got a new boyfriend, Jackson, Griffin always believed that Theo would find his way back to him and they would get back together. Griffin is devastated and starts become overwhelmed by his OCD and is struggling to come to terms with it, the only person who really understands how he feels – Jackson. This story is about friendship, memories, future, romance and grief. This book was a perfect read and I can’t wait for Adam to release more work.
46. Bad Girls with Pretty Faces by Lynn Weingarten ⭐⭐
Not my fave read of the month but super quick and easy to get into. The story follows our main characters Xavier and Sasha. Sasha who has developed feelings for her best friend Xavier believes no one is good enough for him, least of all his scheming and cheating ex-Ivy. When the two get back together Sasha decides to catfish Ivy to see if she can get proof of her damaging ways. She poses as a hot guy in the hope of proving that cheaters never change, but when things take a dark turn Sasha wishes she had never gone along with this plan at all.
47. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was my first read from Sarah Knight. If you recognise the title that is because this is a parody of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up. Sarah goes through her main pieces of advice and steps to stop being stressed, to stop being overbook and underwhelmed. She goes into detail about the things you should be caring about and the things that quite frankly can be chucked in the f**k it bucket ad move on. From work to family and friends this is great and humorous look into how to make more time in your life for the things you truly care about.
That’s a wrap on May’s reads. What have you been reading this month? let me know in the comments below.
Until Next Time,
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