Although May was a rather long, busy and tiring month, I managed to read a lot so I am very proud of myself! In contrast, I wasn’t able to post much here and on Youtube – unfortunately, time is limited 😔
A couple of the books I read were by Portuguese authors (and they’re not translated) so I won’t talk about those two. However, if you’d like me to talk about the Portuguese literature I read in future wrap-ups, please let me know!
Books read: 6
Pages read: 1688
Favorite read of the month: The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blædel ♡
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
This is a novella that works are some sort of bridge between the ACOTAR trilogy and the next books in the series.
I read it the day it came out, so you can probably guess how excited I was about this release 😅
Although there isn’t much of a plot at all, I really enjoyed reading ACOFAS. I mostly read for the characters anyways, so I was very happy that character interaction was basically all this was!
You can check out more of my thoughts in my spoiler-free review (which also features a spoilery section for those of you who have read it!)
★★★★★ 5/5 stars
The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blædel
This is one of my favorite crime books so far, no doubt – and definitely my favorite I’ve read by the author!
The Forgotten Girls is a rather disturbing and unpredictable story that involves an institution for people with mental illnesses. The children that were put in institutions like these were essentially forgotten by their families, hence the title.
I was hooked from the very beginning, as Blædel starts off with a stressful but captivating prologue, in which a woman is running through the woods, trying to escape from someone. Then, she is found dead and we follow detective Louise Rick as she investigates this murder.
I also had the pleasure to meet the author last week, when she came to the 88th Book Fair in Lisbon to talk about the latest release and for a book signing. She is very funny and the absolute sweetest, and she signed all of the books I own by her 💕 It was my first time ever meeting an author, and I’m so glad she was the first! 😍
If you’d like to know more, you can read my full review here.
★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Smith by Sam B. Miller II
Unfortunately, this book was a disappointment, my first 2-star rating of the year. I was sent the ebook by the author, and I thought I would love it, but that wasn’t the case. I didn’t even finish it!
I found it rather childish, especially the 18-year-old main character, and the plot wasn’t for me at all. This isn’t a middle grade but definitely feels like one.
I love my ancient history, but Smith wasn’t at all my kind of read – which sucks because I was excited to read it 😔
★★☆☆☆ 2/5 stars
And I Darken by Kiersten White
This is a book I had started over a year ago, but then I put it down and never resumed my reading – until now!
And I Darken is a historical fantasy read, set in the Ottoman Empire. The main character, Lada, is based on Vlad the Impaler.
I enjoyed pretty much everything about this read – the plot, the writing and, especially, the characters. I really grew fond of the characters, especially the badass, smart women that we meet in the story.
There’s a sort-of-love-triangle kind of situation in this book, but oh my god is it well done!! Absolutely loved it, the romance in here is everything 💕
If you’d like to know more of my thoughts, you can read my full review here.
★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars
Overall, I’m very happy that I was able to read this much in May. My TBR pile was pretty hefty and, although I didn’t read all of the books on it, I managed to read basically the same amount, just different books from what I’d planned.
June is finals time, so I probably won’t read much until the middle of the month – but hopefully, I’ll make up for it in the second half 🤞🏼😋
What have you been reading? Have you read any of these books? Let me know down in the comments! ♡
Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡