My last official day of classes EVER was back in April and because of that I had a lot of time to get some reading done in May. In total I read ten books last month and it was almost eleven but I finished a book a few days into June. Keep in mind that I do a mixture of audiobooks, e-books, and physical books. Of that ten – six were audiobooks, three were physical books, and one was an e-book. The book nerd in me took it one step further this month and breakdown how many pages I read and how many hours I listened. So… drumroll please.
I read approximately 1,516 pages. The biggest book I read this month was A Court of Wings and Ruin which weighs in at a hefty 699 pages long. As far as audiobooks go I listened to a total of 60 hours and 30 minutes. The longest audiobook I listened to was The Tiger at Midnight which was 12 hours and 44 minutes long.
Even I was surprised at how many audiobooks I managed to listen to this month. Usually the only time I get to listen to them is on my drive to and from work. However this past month I’ve been doing a lot of office work aka weeding books from the collection. This usually requires me to sit at my desk, take books out of the system, and then make sure all the library markings are blacked out. It’s tedious work and can quickly become boring. The audiobooks really helped the time pass by.
Now onto the reviews!
I finished up my re-read of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series this month. Well my sort of re-read. I didn’t go back to read A Court of Thorns and Roses because well… I already know what happens and it’s not like my favorite book out of the series. If I were to go back to that book at all I would probably just read the parts that feature Rhysand. Anyway! This is actually the first re-read I’ve done of A Court of Wings and Ruin AND A Court of Frost and Starlight. I haven’t really picked either of them up since I initially read them almost two years ago. It was nice to go back and go through the book again without feeling like I was rushing to find out what happens. The first time around I was so desperate to get to the conclusion of this series that there were a few little things I missed. But going back to the book I was able to re-read all of the little details I’d missed. Now I am desperately waiting for the new book series that will be set in this world. I’m not sure when Sarah J. Maas will get to them because she has a new adult series coming out in January 2020 (that I’m dying to read!!) but hopefully I won’t have to wait too long. Especially since the first book is supposed to be about Cassian and Nesta!
Another series that I revisited last month was The Sixth World series by Rebecca Roanhorse. The second book in the series, Storm of Locusts, came out and I knew I had to go back and read Trail of Lightning again. I cannot even begin to express how much I love this entire series. The whole series is based around the fact that global warming happened and half of the world is under water. However, the Diné (Navajo) Nation survived and created Dinétah, separating themselves from the rest of this post-apocalyptic world. An added twist? All the the myths and legends that the Diné have come to life. Monsters are suddenly real which means we need monster slayers. Que our one and only Maggie Hoskie! Seriously this is the superhero we all need. This girl is a total badass. She’s gone through some tough stuff but she’s a survivor. I don’t want to spoil too much in the books but just know ya’ll need to read them. Actually I would recommend that ya’ll listen to them! The narrator does an amazing job and speaks the language of the Diné.
If you’re a fan of Lin Manuel Miranda then you probably know that he tweets something motivational every morning and every night. They have become increasingly popular on Twitter and they actually helped him score a book deal. G’Morning and G’Night is a compilation of those motivational tweets accompanied by some drawings. This was a nice fun, light read that didn’t take me very long.
If you know me, then you know that one of my favorite folk tales is East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Because of that I am always on the hunt for books that re-work that folk tale. Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer is a great adaption! Instead of a polar bear the author uses a large white wolf. Her version of the castle beneath the mountain is unique and unlike anything I’ve come across before. One of my favorite things is the mirror books. Can you imagine just walking through a mirror and into a book?!
Okay, let me just start off by saying that I was really looking forward to The Tiger at Midnight. But it wasn’t quite what I thought it was. Was it a decent read? Yes. Do I think that some people really enjoy it? Yes. It just wasn’t the book for me. I listened to this book and I was okay with the narrator. The pace of the book felt a little off to me. Some parts would move the story line along pretty quickly and others would drag. A lot of the story repeated itself and some of the typical YA tropes were present and felt like a distraction. Overall I think the story is unique and I would be interested to see what happens in the next book.
One of my favorite authors is Roshani Chokshi and she has a middle grade series out known as the Pandava Quartet. This is in collaboration with Rick Riordan Presents. If don’t know who Rick Riordan is, then just know he’s a big mogul in the YA/MG publishing world because he wrote the Percy Jackson series (among others). Riordan started an imprint where people could write about their culture’s mythologies and tell it from their perspective. The first book Aru Shah and the End of Time came out last year, and this year the second book Aru Shah and the Song of Death was released. This is a really fun series and goes into detail about Hindu mythology. Aru is a reincarnation of one of the Pandava brothers and she goes on an assortment of adventures. She finds other “soul sisters” along the way that are also reincarnations. I would recommend this book to all ages!
Fan of The Little Mermaid? Then you might like To Kill A Kingdom.In my opinion this book was a complete re-work of The Little Mermaid. The Hans Christian Anderson version, not the Disney version. And I have to say the author did a great job of making this story her own. I love the way the author differentiated between sirens, mermen, and mermaids. She created a whole world and history for these characters. Unique ones at that, which can be hard to do because the mermaid trope has been played out quite a bit in the YA sphere. This is a stand-alone and the author did a great job of wrapping up the story. You don’t feel like you’re missing out on what happens to the characters.
The last book I’m going to review today is With the Fire on High. If you’ve read The Poet X then you’re already familiar with how amazing Elizabeth Acevedo is. This was one of my audiobooks and the author narrates the whole thing. She does an amazing job and I think it adds something special to the story. This is a little different from her debut novel because it’s not written in verse. Basically this book is about Emoni as she tries to make it through her senior year of high school while raising a baby. Besides all that she’s trying to figure out if she should pursue her dreams of going to college and becoming a cook. She has magic hands when it comes to cooking as it is, her food bringing out emotions in people that they never knew they had. She goes on an amazing journey of self-discovery! This book made me tear up a few times and will definitely be one of my all time favorites.
That’s all for now! Don’t forget to go to your local library and inquire about their summer reading program!