I might not have gotten too many books read in the month of May, but I enjoyed everything I picked up. For that alone, I consider my reading in May to be a success. In addition the the books I speak about below, I also participated in the Asian Readathon. Here’s my 2020 Asian Readathon TBR and Wrap Up.
I’ll admit, I also spent a lot of this month spoiling my puppy. Yzma got a new outdoor bed and she not only loved it outside but wanted to sit in it inside as well. Playing in the sun with her was also a great way to spend some time. I hope that you’ve got some space to play with a puppy as well – it’s certainly a great way to spend time!
Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:
For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks. Library books.
Total books completed: 4
Total pages read: 1978 pages (avg. 495 pages per book)
- Stain by A. G. Howard (Goodreads)[5 stars]
- The Fallen Angel by Kenneth B Andersen (The Great Devil War, Book 5)[4.5 stars]
- The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (Goodreads)[5 stars]
- Fire Study by Maria V Snyder (Poison Study, Book 3; The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 3)[4.24 stars]
Dedicated Blog Posts:
- Stain by A.G. Howard
- The Fallen Angel by Kenneth B Andersen
- The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
- Fire Study by Maria V Snyder
- Storm Glass by Maria V Snyder
Lyra, a princess incapable of speech or sound, finds herself cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt. Saved by a witch who steals her memories and raises her in an enchanted forest, Lyra is disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, the prince of thorns and night is dying. The only way for him to break the curse is to marry the princess of daylight as she is his true equal. But while Lyra is finding her way back to her identity, an impostor princess appears to steal her prince and crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice and strong enough to pass a series of tests.
I’ve yet to read anything by Howard that I haven’t loved, Stain being no exception. This fantastically twisted retelling of Princess and the Pea is everything I didn’t know I needed. Howard is amazing at drawing emotions out of me and making her characters feel real. If you’re looking for a good twisted retelling, I’d highly recommend giving this book a try.
The Fallen Angel:
Almost two years since Philip left Hell for good, things have changed – but so has Philip. Haunted by terrifying nightmares, he’s never felt so lonely or angry.
When the impossible happens and Philip finds himself back in Hell, he’s surprised to learn that it wasn’t the Devil but the Almighty himself that brought him there. The Great Devil War might have ended, but the worst is yet to come.
I fell in love with this series when I first picked up The Devil’s Apprentice (Goodreads) and every book has held up to the first one. Not only does this story show a fascinatingly unique version of the Afterlife, it also contains realistic characters figuring out who they are. If you enjoy YA fantasies, you should give this series a try.
The Story of My Life:
At 19 months old, Helen Keller suffered a severe illness that left her blind and deaf. Not long after, she also became mute. With the help of her inspiring teacher, Keller overcame these handicaps to lead a wonderful life. She wrote this autobiography in 1903, recounting her first 22 years of life as she remembered them.
This is my favourite classic of all time. If you haven’t yet read this inspiring story, I highly recommend you check it out.
Word that Yelena is a soulfinder is spreading like wildfire throughout Sitia and people are growing uneasy. Yelena’s past and her unusual abilities set her apart from other magicians, leaving the Council debating Yelena’s fate. When she receives the disturbing message that a murderous sorcerer she’s defeated before is plotting against her homeland, honour sets Yelena on a quest to stop him once and for all.
The final book in the first trilogy of The Chronicles of Ixia, the reader gets to explore more of Sitia. Yelena and her friends continue to grow and defeat the odds, proving time and time again that they’re strongest when they stick together. As this isn’t my first time reading this book, I can honestly say it’s worth the read.
I might not have read everything that I set out to in my Monthly TBR, but I’m still content with the quality of reading. Sometimes quality is better than quantity, and in reading I find that especially true. I hope that even if you didn’t manage to read a lot this month you enjoyed everything you did read.
Finally, the question of the month: If you had to only read one book for the rest of your life, what book would it be?