May 2020

May was a weird month. Last month, I managed to read so many books and I thought I was the sort of person who was reading a lot more during lockdown. However, May shows that this was not the case. I think this was definitely affected by the fact that I was fasting for most of the month but also by the fact that I was in full on dissertation mode. However, I am officially finished done with university and I am no longer fasting so I have nothing but time (still haven’t been reading as much as I want to but still). But anyway… this is a shorter wrap up than last month but here we go.

Books

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

I’m not entirely sure what led me to pick this book up but I looked at my physical TBR and decided that I was finally in the mood for a new fantasy book. I ended up really enjoying this book. It was fast paced, interesting and definitely full of action. Also unexpectedly queer which was delightful. The only thing I didn’t really like about it was the ending. I’m a big fan of fantasy books that don’t have magic in it, and this book became more magical as the book progressed which I wasn’t a fan of. Then the plot twist at the end just disappointed me because I don’t think I will enjoy the path the sequel is going to go down. However, I still enjoyed this book as it is and I would recommend it. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

I got approved for this on Netgalley and immediately started reading it because I have heard a lot of buzz around this already. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely a lot of fun but I loved that it touched on some serious aspects of the character’s pasts. I also really enjoyed the cult aspect of the novel which is not something I ever gravitate towards in novels but in this book, it was really well done. It was definitely a very small sub plot which is probably why I enjoyed it but it was still really intriguing. I thought both of the characters were great and their romance was a lot of fun to read about. If you like adult romances, you will enjoy this book. – 4 out of 5 stars.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

After I finished Beach Read, I had no idea what to read so I decided to finally pick up the oldest book on my TBR. I’ve had this book since 2012 so it’s been some time and I’m so happy that I finally read it. It’s not something that I would usually gravitate towards because I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction but this was as good as everyone was saying it was. It wasn’t a five star read for me because I felt like the ending was rushed and I wanted to learn more about what happened. – 4 out of 5 stars.

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

I then decided to pick up this new release from the author of the Selection which is one of those series that I love even though it’s definitely not great. This book was in a similar realm but not as good as The Selection for me. The main character, Hollis, was very irritating and the love triangle aspect wasn’t as good as it was in the Selection. This might be because in The Selection, I loved Maxon but in this book, I didn’t particularly care for any of them. I was ready to give this book two stars but the ending really saved it for me. It was a twist that I wasn’t expecting, especially from Kiera Cass. I cannot wait for the sequel. – 3 out of 5 stars.

Wonder by RJ Palacio

This is the joint oldest book on my TBR as I got this at the same time that I bought The Book Thief. Therefore, after finishing The Book Thief, I decided to pick up the next oldest book on my TBR. I loved this book so much. It was so wonderfully heartwarming and I can’t believe it took me this long to get to it. I’m scared to watch the film because I know it will make me cry. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

I decided to carry on the theme of some of the oldest books on my TBR. This is a book that I got for my 16th birthday and I had no idea what it was. It’s therefore been sitting on my TBR for 5 years and I have never reached for it. I can’t believe I waited so long because I adored this book. I think it deserves a lot more hype because the representation of blind people was so great. I loved the romance aspect and it just made me feel so happy. I would highly recommend it. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Read With Pride by Lucy Powrie

I loved The Paper and Hearts Society, it was one of my favourite books of last year so I was incredibly excited for the sequel and it did not disappoint. I really love this world Lucy has created, mainly because the characters are so wonderful. I love every single one of the characters and they are all so well fleshed out. This book introduced a lot of new characters who I loved equally as much as the original gang. This book was great and the plot was just wonderful. Seeing young teenagers in literature fighting for something they believe in warmed my heart. I always felt like Lucy accurately portrays teenagers so well because they don’t feel like caricatures. They’re unique and so realistic to modern day teenagers. What I especially adored about this book was the conversation around burn out. Teens who are doing their GCSEs have a lot to deal with at that point and most YA contemporaries skip over the school aspects of teenagers which is so stupid. It’s such a big portion of a teenager’s life and I love when they’re portrayed accurately. Lucy Powrie always manages to talk about difficult topics but still having wonderful and hilarious stories. Now I’m just waiting for Ed’s story as he is my personal favourite character….. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Films

The Half of It

Like most people, I was eagerly anticipating the release of this film and it did not disappoint. I love coming of age films and this is definitely one that I will be rewatching a lot. It centred around the friendship between the main two which is something that I loved. I also did not expect the little Bollywood reference in there and it made my heart swell. I love a good train scene. I highly recommend this film and I’m dying to watch it again. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Love, Wedding, Repeat

I watched this on a Netflix Party with some of my work friends and god this film was awful. All of us found it incredibly boring but also very stupid. I have seen very mixed things about this film but I thought it would be at least enjoyable… it was not. Sam Claflin, you’ve let me down. – 2 out of 5 stars.

Shubh Mangal Zyaada Saavdhan

I then decided to watch a Bollywood film for the first time in a while because I just missed it. This was an early 2020 release that focuses on a gay couple in India. I enjoyed this film. It made me laugh constantly however, it wasn’t amazing. I felt like there wasn’t enough romance and it also came across quite preachy at times. Bollywood has never been great at subtlety but this film really needed some. The really intense speeches about how they’ve all got a disease called homophobia whilst shirtless with a pride flag around them, was a bit much. However, it was a fun film to watch and it made me laugh a lot. – 3 out of 5 stars.

Newsies: The Broadway Musical

I was having a low day once and decided to watch this production on Disney+. I saw this in cinema back in 2017 but I could not remember anything about it. Now that I’m a much bigger musical fan, I decided to give it another go and I loved it. The songs are incredibly catchy. The star of the show is definitely the choreography. It’s so wonderfully crafted and you can’t take your eyes off during the dance break scenes. – 4.5 out of 5 stars.

I also watched all 6 seasons of Schitt’s Creek in less than a week and I became quite obsessed. I fully understand the love for it and I want more.

Anyway…. that was my month. What was your favourite read of the month?

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