What I Read in May 2021

June 3, 2021
What I read in May 2021 Books: Armari and the Night Brothers, Hollowpox, Heartstopper & The Last Olympian as a flay lay on a beige rug.

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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?

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  • Reply Lynn June 3, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    OMG haha I’ve been on Twitch more than usual the past few months! What streamers do you watch? Glad you had a good set of reads in May! xx

    Lynn |

    • Reply @cupofwonderland June 12, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      Haha I love Twitch! I think my favourites have been Advemtures, AlexNorimaki, WhatifJulia, Arthursarcadia, Mischacrossing, Rumbeldust, AndRumpleTeazer! So many and really inspired to give it ago myself!

  • Reply Charlotte June 4, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    This sounds like a great reading month. Hollowpox is such a good book. I have Heartstopper 4 on my TBR for this month.

    • Reply @cupofwonderland June 12, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you! Hollowpox is one of the best books for sure! I hope that you enjoy Heartstopper!

  • Reply Cora @ TeaPartyPrincess June 8, 2021 at 9:03 am

    I really need to get on with Heartstopper. I’ve been leaving Vol3 for a “really bad day” and now I have Vol4 too. I might make a night of it and binge them all on Friday, get the weekend off to a good start.
    It’s great that work is going so well for you 🙂
    Cora |

    • Reply @cupofwonderland June 12, 2021 at 1:40 pm

      Sounds like you’ve got a great reading weekend linked up! I adore the Heartstopper books for sure!

  • Reply Jenny in Neverland July 4, 2021 at 11:17 am

    I haven’t read any of these but I’d love to check out Heartstopper as I’ve heard so many great things! I only read one book in June, which was My Dark Vanessa. It was an outstanding read but very difficult – which is why it took me so long!

    • Reply @cupofwonderland October 14, 2021 at 12:16 pm

      Heartstopper is wonderful and so heartwarming and I think you’d love it! I want to pick up My Dark Vanessa but know that it may be triggering so I think I’m going to let myself be spoiled a bit before reading myself.

  • Reply Simona July 11, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve seen Cristina just got Heartstopper so I need to borrow it from her as soon as she’s done reading it! x

    • Reply @cupofwonderland October 14, 2021 at 12:16 pm

      It’s brilliant Simona! I’m sure that you will love it!

  • Reply Lovely August 3, 2021 at 6:11 am

    Interesting picks! Thanks for these recommendations!

    • Reply @cupofwonderland October 14, 2021 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you for visiting and checking them out!

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