This was just an all-around horrible month. It started bad, and progressively got worse. I’m feeling a bit better in the last couple of days, but still not great. Needles to say, I didn’t do much reading at all (there was a huge reading slump in there). I also didn’t listen to any audiobooks at all this month. But I did read something, so here we are.
What I Read:
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – ★★★☆☆. I needed something fun and light, and the trailer for this had just come out, so I finally picked it up. It didn’t blow my mind, but it was definitely entertaining. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue the series, but I’m also not ruling it out. Read my review of Crazy Rich Asians if you’d like to find out more.
Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel – ★★★★☆. This is the finale to the Themis Files trilogy. I do think my rating was a bit generous, since this was my least favorite book of the series. But it wasn’t bad, just a bit slow. I wrote a (short) review of Only Human if you’re curious.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare – ★★★★★. This was my Shakespeare play of the month, and I can’t believe it took me this long to read Hamlet. It didn’t quite surpass Macbeth or King Lear, but it was still really great. Check out my Shakespeare Mini Reviews if you’re interested.
Still Lives by Maria Hummel – ★★★☆☆. This was my Book of the Month pick for May. And even though I very rarely read these right away, this sounded like a fun thriller. Which isn’t exactly what it was. This was a surprisingly slow read, and I didn’t ever really get into it. It wasn’t bad, but it was not at all satisfying. If you want to hear more, you can read my review of Still Lives.
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – ★★★★★. I needed something short to get through, and this fit the bill. It’s a great, quick read that reminded me a lot of We Should All Be Feminists. Highly recommend this one!
What I’m Currently Reading:
Providence by Caroline Kepnes. I really enjoyed You, so I was excited to read Kepnes’s newest novel. This one is completely different, and is actually reminding me a lot of Stephen King. It’s weird and dark and a little bit mysterious. I’m hoping to finish it soon and have a review up in the next week or so.
What I Watched:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I started watching this in grad school and then my thesis happened and I stopped watching all TV. Decided to pick this one back up again (I started from the beginning).
What I Did:
Turned Twenty-Nine. As of today, I have one year left of my twenties. Which is a strange feeling. I’m not mad about it, but I also feel like I haven’t done anything with my life.
Black Cat Bookshop Co. Book Sleeves. I finally ordered myself a book sleeve this month (so I can have a book in my bag without ruining it), and I love it. I ordered the llama pattern (seen in the header picture) and almost immediately ordered a different size made from fabric with cats in flower crowns. Because I needed it. These are really cute and well made, and I’m so happy with them.
I think that’s about it for this month. I’m excited to move past this slump, and hopefully get into some great books this summer.
What was your favorite book this month?