Hello, friends! May was a weird month. It went by in a blink, and to be honest I can’t seem to recall a thing that happened. Just a month more passed and I haven’t started to think about the next big step of my life just yet. I was stuck in a reading slump for the most of the month (after reading awesome book after awesome book in April this was expected.) I did manage to read two books this month, so let’s see what I thought of them!
What I read
Everless by Sara Holland
I feel robbed. How can you take such an amazing story idea and magic system (which is seriously one of the coolest I have ever read) and turned it into something so…boring? A world where time is currency, this story had so much potential. Instead it turned out to be a very typical YA fantasy book (I mean, it is YA fantasy, but you get my point) complete with a main character who does not know she is beautiful, a love interest she’d had a crush on for ten years, and a totally unnecessary, halfhearted love triangle.
The magic system is great,I can give it that, and I initially enjoyed reading this. My rating: ★★✩✩✩ (two stars)
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
I’ve heard so many good things about this book, that I was so excited to pick it up. This book throws us right into the action and it is confusing, at least until you get to the middle. It tells us about how two enemies locked in a time war start conversing with each other through letters in the most wacky, creative ways imaginable,and how they eventually grow to love each other.
This book has wonderful prose throughout, and it’s such a pity I only started to make a sense of what was going on around halfway through the book. (Increased my rating after one reread because wow, I know what’s going on) My rating: ★★★★✩ (3.5 stars)
What I watched
I finally finished watching this! I love this witty, funny chaotic show. This is about an angel Aziraphale, and the demon Crowley, who team up to stop the end of the world. There’s also a a witch and a witchfinder, a band of curious eleven-year-olds, and one adorable dog (who has not-so adorable origins)
What I liked the best about this is that although it is funny nothing is ever dumbed down, and the entire thing contains so much love for humanity. Things get batshit crazy at times but it’s such a fun ride.
Having only mildly enjoyed the sequel trilogy and grown kind of tired of the second season of the Mandalorian, I’m kinda surprised by how much I’m obsessed with this show. (And I want everyone who calls this illogical fan service to shut up.)
I’ve never thought a great deal about Obi-wan as a character but this makes his story so interesting, tragic and heartbreaking. And incredibly angsty because there’s so MUCH history between these characters. Also a (tiny) character is introduced and loved the addition of them into the story so much.
The month of May was basically the same day played on repeat, over and over again. Nothing particularly exciting happened and I didn’t get the push to do anything creative, draw, or write. (Watching too many movies definitely messed with my brain)
I also have survived peacefully on twitter so far – it is toxic sometimes, yes, but it helps that I’m probably not articulate enough, or social enough, to engage in discourse. And if I find anyone too annoying I simply mute or block them.
Totally out of topic, but the Percy Jackson casting was announced! The actors and actresses look perfect for their roles and I can’t WAIT till the show is released next year.
Here’s a tentative TBR to keep me occupied for the next month:
🔸The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: everyone liked this one, plus I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology and it’s a wonder how I haven’t read this so far.
🔸Renegades by Marissa Meyer: I’m really digging the vibe the synopsis and the cover give off.
🔸Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim: my expectations are enormous and I hope this lives up to them.
🔸Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko: again, I hope I love this!!
Around the blogosphere
Janhavi redesigned her blog! It’s now called Dazed Chronicles and has an amazing aesthetic, everybody go follow her now!
Naemi’s confessions of being an evil book blogger made me laugh while also being the most relatable thing I’ve ever read
Fadwa’s list of books by South Asian authors made my TBR grow significantly larger
Rachel @ A Bookworm’s Paradise discusses how Pride and Prejudice does enemies to lovers better than modern day YA books
Anoushka’s very detailed rant review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children hurt me a bit because I loved that book lol.