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Welcome to Summer Bookish Babes! After 2 family vacations, moving apartments, and celebrating my birthday all in the last month I am finally getting back to blogging and posting original content on Instagram.
To get back in the swing of things let’s chat about what I read during the month of May.
After all the hype surrounding this new series in the Shadowhunter world I was all sorts of excited to check it out! The Los Angeles Institute was introduced during The Mortal Instrument series and I was definitely left wanting more. I really enjoyed this book, despite having a few issues with it. I loved getting to delve deeper into the parabati bond, however I did not enjoy having more love triangles thrown in the mix. While I think Cassandra Clare is skilled at world building, sometimes her themes seem to be a bit repetitive. This book interested me enough that I plan on picking up the second one when it comes out, but I’m not head over heals about it.
Another series that has had a lot of hype surrounding it, clearly I wanted to see what all the fuss was about in the bookish community this month. This book gave me MAJOR Hunger Games vibes. In fact it kinda pissed me off at the beginning as I didn’t find the world very original, as I got more into the story I began to find it more intriguing. So far I find this series to be very YA typical. I want to check out the second one to see where the story goes, but we’ll see how it goes.
My husband and I listened to this audiobook on a drive to Arkansas a few weeks ago. I’ve listed to a few Neil Gaiman audiobooks and I really like that he narrates his own work, this book was really excellent! It reminded me a little bit Coraline with the supernatural impersonator character, however I do prefer this book. I’ve alway really enjoyed how Gaiman writes supernatural thrillers in such a creepy and calm tone. I recommend checking this one out if you enjoy Gaiman’s work and/or creepy sci-fi!
I really enjoyed the blunt humor presented in this book and found myself laughing out loud more than once! The spiritual and earth energy aspect to the book was certainly interesting, however it was just a little bit out there for my tastes. I’m glad I read this, but I didn’t find it as impactfull as Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (which I HIGHLY recommend).
This was the April pick for Emma Watson’s book club. I found parts of this book entertaining and poignant, however overall I really did not enjoy it. I found some of the things the author said is a rite of passage for being a woman to be gross and untrue. For example, she said that all women should taste their period blood to be become a true woman….just….no. I also found that she tended to put women as a whole into a box, which I did not like at all. When reading ‘feminist bible’ type books be sure to think about them critically and don’t take everything within at face value.
That wraps up May books! What did you read this month? I would love to discuss in the comments or over on Instagram.
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