Can you guys even believe it’s June? 2020 has been….. odd, so far. I think I speak for everyone when I say that 2020 has not gone as I had imagined it would.
After finishing graduate school in the beginning of May I had a lot of time for books between job hunting and studying for my licensing exam, and I was able to read a whopping 10 books in the month of May!
I’ve also been keeping track of that books I read and where they come from; the library, my shelves, ARC or partner copies, etc. and am happy to say I’ve read 20 library books so far in 2020! I’m for sure a reader who gets wrapped up in buying buying buying, so I’m happy I’ve reigned that in a bit and been able to utilize my library’s ebranch and Scribd when I can.
Since we have quite the list this month, let’s jump in!
A gift from my wonderful friends at Kensington publishing, The Missing Ones is a twisty and un-put-downable mystery from Edwin Hill’s Hester Thursby series. I absolutely devoured this book and couldn’t put it down. I was racing toward the end but at the same time upset that it was ending so soon with no third book on my shelf. It’s definitely on the darker side, but I love a good dark murder mystery.
Full review (with trigger warnings) here!
A haunted house story that left me wanting more, The Grip of It is one of the first horror novels I’ve read in a long time. It’s not a genre I gravitate towards, but I do love a good spooky story that involves ghosts and ghouls and all manner of hauntings. This was also my first Jac Jemc novel. There was just a lot of things in this book that were a first or a nearly first for me.
I talk more about my expectations and thoughts here!
Ugh. This book. THIS BOOK. What a wild ride this one was. It read nearly like The Mummy but a bit further back in time, and I absolutely loved it. It was funny, it was steamy, it was thrilling, it was slow-burn as all hell but I couldn’t put it down at some points. I read it slowly to savor it (and stick to my planned TBR), but this was for sure a favorite. I loved it so much I went out and bought all the other books in the series, as well.
No review published for this one yet, but check back, I’m writing it now!
This was, shockingly, my first Harlequin novel! I think Harlequin is like the epitome of romance novels but I’ve never grabbed them as I thought of them more as “old lady” romance (forgive me, ya’ll). I needed some steam while I was reading some mystery books and such so I snagged this from my library. I really enjoyed it, actually. However, there were some parts that I thought were problematic in terms of the writing of the male protagonist. Also, when I was searching for a Harlequin novel like 50% of them involved a Sheikh. Is this a thing I wasn’t aware of?
No review for this one coming because it’s more of a novella than anything, but my entire thoughts were easily summed up in this short discussion above.
5-10) Vampire Knight
I continued my reading of Vampire Knight in May and read books 6-11. It gets quite twisty starting in book 6 and it can be a pinch hard to follow characters because they’re kind of all drawn the same and get called by both first and last names at different times, but I do really love this series. I think it’s some of the best manga out there and really has all the tropes I look for when I’m trying to find a manga to read.
No reviews for these, but know I love them!
Ten whole books read in May! I think that may be a record for me, honestly. I usually stick to the one a week reading schedule, but I was doing some multitasking last month.
I’ll be continuing my reading of Vampire Knight this month and have already finished off a book and am nearly halfway through two others! I have a feeling June will be a great reading month, as well. However, I am having family visit and have a beach trip planned, so who knows how much reading I’ll be able to get in.
What did you read in May? Any new favorites?