May was a bit of a blurry month, in every sense of the word. April rolled into May with no real defining end, and the weeks continued to go along like this until suddenly it was the start of June.
I had a lot of trouble with my eyes this month, after I suffered an allergic reaction to a makeup remover. This meant that for most of May I was not a nice person to be around, and relied heavily on audiobooks and frequent naps to get through each day.
The second week of May was my mum’s birthday and my cousin organised a beautiful dinner for her with a surprise visit from my sister. I also went to two 21st parties and enjoyed watching a lot of the trees in my garden shift from green to hues of red, gold and brown.
Uprooted by Naomi Novak
This stand-alone adult fantasy, (although it reads very much like YA), was the best Beauty and the Beast retelling I’ve ever read. The romance wasn’t the main plot point and it wasn’t abusive—as a lot of B&B retellings can be. However, I do think I could have done without the sex scene. There was a great female friendship that stayed consistent throughout the book (thank you) and an equally compelling villain.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
This was definitely better than ACOMAF. I’m not the biggest fan of this series, but I do still enjoy the world and the characters—even if they do all read very similar. The plot was a lot stronger than the previous book and I found the final battle scene satisfyingly epic. In my opinion, Sarah’s best book since Heir of Fire.
Full review to come in June.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Absolutely terrifying and addicting, I loved reading The Handmaid’s Tale this month! Picture this: a futuristic America where desire has been obliterated and women are valued purely on their fertility. We follow Offred, a woman specially picked to be a breeding host for the leaders of the new regime. The ending of The Handmaid’s Tale is controversial, but it worked for me. If you haven’t picked this one up yet then GO FORTH and rectify that.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
The absolute opposite to The Handmaid’s Tale, this book is as sweet as a cupcake and as fluffy as fairy floss. I loved seeing Lara Jean’s conclusion and while this series might not be the most intellectual or ground-breaking work of literature, it makes me feel incredibly happy.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Basically, after finishing Always and Forever, Lara Jean, I picked this up. Finished it in a day. I have no regrets.
This album is not what I expected—much like Sign of the Times. I think Harry has a great voice and I’m glad he’s making music that he’s obviously passionate about. The album is one that has definitely grown on me with each listen. My favourite songs are Sweet Creature, Carolina, Woman and From the Dining Table.
Haim released two new songs this month, both of which I have been playing on repeat. I have also been listening to old school Haim which is AMAZING. My favourite songs on their first album are Days are Gone, If I Could Change Your Mind, and The Wire. Definitely one of my favourite albums.
The Man That Got Away
I have loved this song ever since I heard it played on an episode of Gilmore Girls. In May I discovered that it was covered by Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) and wow, yes his voice is perfect for it. Have a listen yourself.
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
I fell in deep, deep love with this musical around this time last year, and now I have a shiny new Broadway album to obsess over. It’s wacky, loud, a little comical, and utterly addicting. Get on this album if you haven’t already!
I spring-cleaned (in winter) my bedroom and WOW what a difference it makes having a tidy room! I also changed the collage on my door and updated the fairy lights on my bookshelf by putting new batteries in them. It’s a small thing but it has made me very happy.
What with my eyes being terrible most of the month, I kept television watching down to a minimum for most of May. I did manage to catch up and finish season one of The Halcyon. I definitely think the series got better as it went along. Very excited to see what next season brings!
Annnndd finally, this happened in May. I’m still a little shocked to be honest.
And that was May! I’m looking forward to seeing Wonder Woman next month, as well as sharing my thoughts on Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.