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When I sat down to write what I read in May post, I was initially disappointed. This month has gone by in a blink of an eye, and so much has happened that I didn’t feel like I’d read anything at all. In fact, I think I’ve spent most of this month during my free time binge-watching Star Trek The Next Generation or watching Twitch streams.
However, when I actually looked, I realised that I had read seven books I thoroughly enjoyed, but this month, I also read SEVEN manuscripts as part of my beta reading services. Seven! I’ve never worked on so many in a single month before, and I found some hidden gems for sure.
What I Read in May 2021
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B Alston
Admittedly, I had only read the first few chapters of Amari and the Night Brothers when I fell in love with the world, the characters and started recommending this book for anyone who likes Middle-Grade and supernatural fiction.
I started reading Amari at the end of April, so it was the first book I finished in May, and I loved it! The story was fast-paced with likeable characters and interesting twists and turns. After I hit the 100-page mark, I just couldn’t put it down at all! If you like middle-grade fiction and supernatural investigations, then this will be the book for you!
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman Volumes 1 – 4
At the start of this month, Heartstopper Volume 4 was released, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Alice Oseman had just announced and revealed the cast of the Netflix Heartstopper adaptation, so I was already hyped to start reading rereading this series!
This graphic novel series is so good. It follows two boys called Nick and Charlie who navigate coming out and getting together in a high school environment. It’s incredibly wholesome but emotional, too, as it deals with sensitive topics such as mental health and eating disorders. If you haven’t read it already, then I highly recommend.
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
May marked me finally finishing my first readthrough of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan! And I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this series and am gutted that I never picked it up when I was younger!
However, as the conclusion to the series, I felt like it was a little underwhelming for me, and I wasn’t as engrossed as I had been with previous volumes in the series, but it was still good. I wonder if I felt underwhelmed as it felt like this concluded Percy’s journey while trying to set up the next series? I’m not too sure, but I will be picking up the next series for sure.
Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
May also marked me finally finishing my reread of Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend. I first started this at the end of March and have been slowly working my way through this volume of the Nevermoor series and have loved it.
If you don’t know what this series is about, then check out my review of the first book Nevermoor – I completely adore this series and it’s probably one of the books I recommend the most on here and in real life. I’m also hugely excited as the fourth book in the series was just announced on Jessica Townsend’s Instagram, if only October 2022 could come sooner.
Well, that is what I read in May 2021, and overall it was a good month with a lot of middle grade and lovely easy reads that I could fall into.
Have you read any of these books? What books did you enjoy in May?