Hello everyone and welcome to my May 2020 Wrap Up! We’re still in a bit of a funny time here in the UK, with lockdown and whatnot. I’m still firmly in team isolation and social distance but we are starting to see more and more people bend the guidelines and well… that’s a discussion for another day.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that although I’m working full time from home I obviously still have more time to read, and managed to get through ten books in May which I’m super happy about!
If you’re in the market for a new adult college sports romance, then look no further! The Off Campus series is about a group of hockey playing friends, with each book focussing on a different couple, though the stories do intertwine. These books are super smutty and undeniably hot, but also absolutely hilarious. Just wait until you meet Winston. Trust me.
Alongside this, the books also deal with more serious subjects. Trigger warnings for rape, drugs, alcoholism, MS, cancer, grief and death. The Off Campus books are super quick reads with an impact and erm I kind of need to be in this group of friends. Also shoutout to the group chat where we all scream into the void over these men…
The Mistake, The Score and The Goal
So it looks like with the announcement of the BBC adaptation, I picked the right time to finally read this series huh? On one hand I’m a little disappointed because I’m not loving them as much as I thought I would. Don’t get me wrong, I’m racing through them, but it’s just missing a teeny something for me! I preferred the first book, Clockwork Angel, but I’m really looking forward to finishing Clockwork Princess and moving onto Cassandra Clare’s other books!
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder was one of my favourite books of 2019, so I was super excited to finally pick up the sequel. I devoured this book; full of the twists and turns we come to expect from Holly. The integration of social media and technology with the case was really interesting, and I enjoyed the formatting: transcribes of podcasts, some photographs and maps. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book and I managed to work a few things out before the reveal, this was still a solid read.
With another TV adaption of a YA fave being announced this month, I decided it was finally time to pick up the Percy Jackson books. I actually thought I’d unhauled this months ago but I found it in my donate box! So I recently I vlogged reading this for the first time so if you want to see me rambling about my thoughts, check that out here.
Otherwise, I did enjoy this book but not as much as I anticipated after seeing the hype. I’m not going to knock it for reading young because you know… that was kind of the point?? But I think had I read this when younger I would have had an emotional attachment to it, but reading it for the first time now just didn’t have the same effect.
It was fast paced and a quick read and I enjoyed learning more about Greek mythology. I probably will continue with the series at some point but just not right now.
With the publication of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, I wanted to go back and re-read The Hunger Games in preparation. I first read these back in 2011 so nearly ten years ago, and I’m so glad I decided to revisit them now! It was so interesting to see what I picked up on at 25 which I definitely didn’t at 16 or 17; I think I actually enjoyed them more this time around? I vlogged all my thoughts here and don’t think I could fit them all into a concise paragraph, but essentially: Peeta and Finnick deserved better, the social commentary in these books is 10/10, wow these book are dark, fast paced and full of action (and gore!), RUE.
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire and Mockingjay
So there we have my May 2020 wrap up. I think I had a pretty good reading month if I do say so myself! What was your favourite book that you read this month?
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