Welcome to my May wrap-up! I don’t really know what to say about this month. I started an internship and a lot of things in my life changed. I moved a few days ago and I still haven’t brought my few physical books with me to the new place (that’s why I love ebooks). All in all I feel like I’m a mess but also like I can actually make it?? I’m trying to accept the fact that it takes me longer sometimes to do things that others get done in no time.
Anyway, in all this I read 10 books in May, which isn’t bad at all. If you’ve been long enough to have seen my March and April wrap-ups, you’ll see I’m still on my Riordan bs and I’m loving it. The audiobooks are just so much fun and I love not having to read with my eyes. Oh and if you think audiobooks don’t count you can unfollow my blog right now btw 🙂
• The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan: so. much. character. development. I honestly think Riordan outdid himself here.
• The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan: I can’t understand how anyone could not love Apollo. Just say you hate character development. I love his disaster bisexual self more than anything, and the rep is so casual and amazing. Also, the SolAngelo scenes. And I love Meg so much. The abuse rep hit me in the gut.
• Fence #6 by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad: holy épée this issue. So much happened and FINALLY we got to see some more of the dynamics between Seiji and Nicholas. Also, I would die for Aiden.
• A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by Jude Sierra: I loved this for the mental illness rep and the healthy relationship between the two MCs. I also think it’s a perfect example of how to write a sexy but not fetishized M/M romance.
• The Pros of Cons by Allison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman: this was so much fun! I still haven’t written a review for it although I’m planning to, but basically it’s a book that’s a bit in the style of Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, in that it follows not one but three cons, one of which is a fandom one. There’s three MCs and one of them is a queer girl and although the book isn’t too focused on romance, her love interest is an enby person, which is so rare to find in YA!
🏳️🌈 Autoboyography by Christina Lauren: I’ve heard so much about this book, so when I saw that it was available to read for free on Riveted I knew it was the right moment to start reading it! It will be available for the whole month of June (Pride Month yay ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜). Other books available are We Are the Ants and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I will make sure to read the first one for sure, and maybe reread Ari&Dante too! Btw I’m not sponsored or anything (I wish), but Riveted is one of the few ways I know of reading diverse books for free and legally so I always point out if there’s books that have been on my radar!
🌈 The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert: holy crap this book. I’m barely halfway in but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a five star. This book is. Wow. Yeah. Just. Um. Hot. The protagonists are a fat black woman and a bisexual Scandinavian Prince, and there’s a diverse surrounding cast (the MC’s sister is sapphic and disabled, one of the prince’s friends is a Muslim and possibly sapphic (?) woman). Plus who doesn’t love a fake engagement trope??
🏳️🌈 The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan: I love it and I’m so mad that because of work and me moving to a different house I haven’t been able to give it the attention it deserves. Apollo continues to be a true bi icon and I love that we get to see many familiar faces (from PJO and HoO). I’m also scared because I heard it’s gonna be heartbreaking 😦
• I finally posted my F/F romance recs! I was so scared to write this because I feel like I have simultaneously read really famous ones (aka books everyone has already rec’d) but also not enough of the ones everyone is talking about?? But I’m so glad the post had such a good reception! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
• I had a lot of fun doing the 20 questions book tag!
• I talked about which characters I’d want to have as family
• I ranted about how bad A Court of Frost and Starlight is. I feel made fun of by the author and the publisher. I didn’t even expect much from it, and it still managed to disappoint me more than I imagined was possible.
• One minor change I did to my blog is that I decided to start adding short descriptions in the titles of my reviews. This happened because after I posted my Come to the Rocks review I realized that no one would know it had a f/f romance unless they actually read my review. So now my titles will usually be like this: “Review: Title // small description of the book especially about the type of rep that’s in it”.
• I got a Ko-fi! You definitely don’t need to do anything about it but I got it and it’s always there in my sidebar now. I might also add the link to it at the end of posts or discussions that I feel are useful or that took me long to write, but other than that you won’t see me advertise it much.