May 2018 Wrap Up


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.

Non-Book Favorites:

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?

30 thoughts on “May 2018 Wrap Up

  1. FIRST OFF: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LOVE! Secondly: Awh, babe, I’m sorry you didn’t have the best month. I’m sending all the thoughts, prayers, love, and light! And you still had a good reading month, in my opinion! And B99? The confirmed best! But I hope June treats you kinder, love! Happy reading! 💞xx

  2. Hamlet is the best play. I will fight you.
    Not really, but it is my personal favorite. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I highly recommend Branagh’s epic movie version. Cumberbatch was a good Hamlet but Horatio was AWFUL and Ophelia was uneven.

    1. I think I’d be willing to give it #3. It is really great! I definitely want to watch Branagh’s version – I’ve been hearing about it forever. Thanks!

  3. I’m sorry you didn’t have such a great month, hopefully it’s onward and upwards but sending good vibes and hope it gets better for you. 🙂 Also happy (belated) birthday! I completely get that feeling of not having done anything with your life, it SUCKS, and I felt that SO hard when I turned 25 last year. Now I’m just trying to stay in my own lane and concentrate on what I HAVE done rather than compare myself to my peers and what they’ve done by the same age and then feel like a bit of a sad failure…

    Oo I started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine recently too after seeing so much support for it on Twitter during the fiasco of it being cancelled and renewed. I’m so glad I made that decision because I’ve been really enjoying it, though I’m only just finished with season 1 so I have many episodes left to enjoy!

    1. Thank you! I mean, I’m not doing that bad with my life, I just live in California, so it feels like I can’t afford to live, which is frustrating. Just trying to figure things out and hopefully it improves soon.

      Brooklyn Nine-Nine is amazing. I’m a few episodes into season 2, and loving it. It’s perfect for watching at the end of a long day.

  4. Happy belated birthday! Make the best of that last year in your twenties haha
    And I am a little sad to hear that Almost Human was your least favourite in the trilogy. I still haven’t been able to order it (Amazon only had the US edition, but I need the hardcover UK to fit the others on my shelf). I hope you won’t mind that I will skip the review until I have read it.

    1. Thanks! Feel free to skip the review. I hope you like it! I didn’t dislike it, I think it just starts slowly. But it wasn’t bad. Maybe you’ll like it more than I did.

  5. Really sorry to hear you had a bad month. Hope next month will be better. I am loving the book sleeve, that llama pattern is so cute! Very intrigued by Caroline Kepnes new book, I really enjoyed You too! I also have gotten to this point in my life without reading Hamlet, so you are not alone. As an English Lit graduate I’m kind of embarrassed. Maybe I need to start reading a Shakespeare play a month like you do!

          1. Ahh awesome! I studied King Lear at school and really enjoyed it. I’ve never read Macbeth, but I watched a film adaptation and it was really good, and v creepy!

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