May in books

Hi friends!

Sorry I’ve been a bit sporadic posting the past few weeks… it’s been half term and to be honest I’ve just beenb enjoying being off. Normal service will resume from now: I promise!

Today I’m here to wrap up my May reading! 

In May, I:

Spent some time on half term enjoying books.
Loved the sunshine!
Had a few wobbles, but kept on my feet.
Finally started getting excited for YALC.
Started running.
Spent time on the beach with my class.
Started a mystery book in the classroom and my kids are LOVING it. 
Read 10 books.

So let’s get started!

Let’s start with YA because that’s the smaller of the two!

In May, I read 4 YA books!

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Some absolute bangers this month. Watch of for reviews of all of them in the coming weeks. Man, I do love a good mix of books!

The Deathless Girls – Kiran Milwood Hargrave
Shadowscent – P.M.Freestone
Alex in Wonderland – Simon James Green
The Year I Didn’t Eat – Samuel Pollen

Now to the MG books!

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This collection of kids books sees some of my favourite kinds of books. I can’t wait to share my reviews of these in the coming months! Massive massive shout outs for Jemima Small, Can You See Me and And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid: brilliant female voices and ALL so different.

Can You See Me – Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott
The Good Thieves – Katherine Rundell
Jemima Small Versus the Universe – Tamsin Winter
And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid – Laura Kirkpatrick
Not My Fault – Cath Howe
The Unexpected Find – Toby Ibbotson

And there we have it… all the books I read in May!

HOW AM I DOING FOR MY BOOK CHALLENGES?

GOODREADS CHALLENGE: 65/52
#52BOOKS CHALLENGE (JUST KIDS BOOKS): 35/52

Thanks for stopping by! Talk to me!

How did you do with your reading in May? 
What were your stand out books from last month?
Do you agree with any of my faves from May?

What would you recommend me from your 2019 reading list?

See you soon!

S x

May books!

So here we are, May is done and dusted. We’re almost half way through the year! And what a year so far it has been for books. 

May was a pretty good book month for me… somehow I managed to read 10 books! I think half term helped – so far in half term I’ve read 5 books and I’m in the middle of reading number 6 and number 7! But what were those 10 books I hear you cry?

IMG_4879(These are the only 5 I still have physical copies of, the rest I’ve either sent on to pastures new or they were kindle books)

  • The Fallen Children – David Owen
    Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Supernatural. 
  • Noah Can’t Even – Simon James Green
    Some great, funny moments in it, properly ridiculous. But in a good way.
  • The Silver Boy – Kristina Ohlsson
    Loved it, great for KS2 kids. Mysterious and a bit creepy.
  • The Memory Book – Lara Avery 
    Bloody brilliant. It took me totally by surprise. I fell for this book totally.
  • Troublemakers – Catherine Barter
    Great book looking at politics and sibling relationships. I loved the characters in this so much.

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  • The Heart Collector – Melinda Salisbury (ebook)
    What can I say? The Queen does it again. The Heart Collector filled the gap that TSED left behind.
  • How To Stop Time – Matt Haig (ebook)
    I loved this book from start to finish. It was unlike anything I’d read before.
  • I Have No Secrets – Penny Joelson
    I struggled with this initially and despised one of the characters, but there is a definite turning point in this book that then gripped me.
  • Tim Baker and the Ancient Curse – Stella Tarakson (ebook)
    This was a very quick read. Really funny and kids would love it!
  • All About Mia – Lisa Williamson
    Again this was one that I struggled with initially because the characters are not very likeable, but it’s so worth it in the end. 

If you’re interested in any of these books, here are some reviews:

I will update this list when the reviews are posted!

As you all know May was my month when I couldn’t buy any books (see: You MAY not buy any books) and you will all be proud to know that I only bought 1 book! Blame Melinda Salisbury. But it was so worth it. It was only about £1 so it doesn’t count, right? So yes, I succeeded in my no book buying ban. I’m going to try and keep it up until YALC, because well ALL OF THE BOOKS will be bought at YALC. 

Reading challenge update: 36/52 books read! 

Pretty good going! I’m hoping to get a good bit more reading done in this half term! 

What did you read in May?
Do you have a favourite May read?
Will you be at YALC?

Let me know in the comments, or on twitter – I can’t wait to hear what you’ve been reading!

S x