PAGES READ IN MAY: 10,022 pages across 31 books.
SO FAR IN 2020: 33,372 pages across 111 books.
My average May rating is 4.02/5!
I managed to finish these on the 30th April after my post went up, so I’m logging them here as April books to keep my numbers making sense!
Nimona (x2) by Noelle Stevenson: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
When a young shapeshifter finally gets herself a spot as a supervillain’s sidekick, she thinks it’s time for all her evil plots to come to fruition – but this supervillain is a little weird, and his relationship with his arch-nemesis doesn’t always seem very… nemesis-y.
The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
It’s Csorwe’s duty to sacrifice her life to the Unspoken, a death god, until a powerful mage gives her a chance to turn against her deity and help him topple an empire – simple, as long as her the Unspoken One doesn’t come back to find her.
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
After solving Andie Bell’s murder all eyes are on Pip and her podcast, but she’s done with the detective life – until someone goes missing and the police won’t look into it, and suddenly Pip and her trusty microphone are the only ones who can find him.
Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (review here)
After a messy break-up it’s a relief for Millie to run away to a posh Scottish boarding school, until she realises that not only is she rooming with a high-maintenance metaphorical and literal princess, but she might be falling for the princess too.
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (review here)
Elendhaven sits on the sea, haunted by a monster who cannot die and the frail master he dotes upon, and assists in his revenge plan against those who wronged their city, even if it costs them the world.
We are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo: ⭐⭐⭐.5 (review here)
Lena, a convicted mage, is doing everything she can to break out of the cursed Duke’s Forest, while Constance, a secret mage herself, is doing everything she can to break back in and save her people from the curse – they meet once in passing, before they find their lives are more entwined than they thought.
We are Bound by Stars by Kesia Lupo: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (review here)
Beatrice is one of three, triplets and mask-makers bound to the masked god’s will in the city that Livio’s grandmother rules but both Beatrice and Livio are tangled in a game that they have no control over, while a shadowy assassin hunts the streets.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Scarlett’s letters to the mysterious Caraval Master Legend have always gone unanswered, until a week before her wedding she receives three tickets to bring her, her sister and
her fiancé a stranger along for a game that might be more dangerous than it is fun.
Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (review here)
A startling, achingly raw memoir about a girl living in Puerto Rico handling a splitting family, violence and depression and finding a path to hope out of despair.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Free Fall by Alex Segura: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (review here)
Before Poe Dameron was a Resistance Hero, he was a teenager stuck on Yavin IV and praying for an escape but when escape comes in the form of the Spice Runners of Kijimi, it’s possible that Poe has bitten off more than he can chew.
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells: ⭐⭐⭐.5
Teaming up with a research vessel called ART, Murderbot is finally ready to face their past when it travels to the site of the massacre that earned them their name and their freedom.
Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Gray-Cris Corporation is too big to punish for their crimes and Murderbot doesn’t like that or the questions popping up about where Dr. Mensah’s SecUnit has vanished to, so it’s time for them to take investigations into their own hands.
Exit Strategy by Martha Wells: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
After fighting Gray-Cris for evidence (scary), Murderbot now has an even scarier prospect on their hands – going ‘home – when they return the evidence to Dr. Mensah will they find the peace they’ve been looking for, or just more trouble?
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Rae Carson: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The novelisation of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final part of the sequel trilogy.
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia: ⭐⭐.5
Dani’s parents bought her forged ID papers and those papers have gotten her to a high station and a rich future – but when she’s asked to spy for a resistance group fighting for equality will she choose the privileged future her parents bought her or forge her own path?
The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Gwendolyn and Estella grew up rich and as close as sisters can be in a wealthy, powerful and deceitful family but now Gwendolyn is in a coma, the only survivor of Estella’s poisoning of their whole family – three hundred dead, and only Gwendolyn left to sort through her memories and work out why.
The Binding by Bridget Collins: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 (review here)
Emmett has been recruited by the local bookbinder after a breakdown left him too ill to work on his family’s farm, learning the mysterious trade of binding memories into books – until he finds out that there’s a book of his own and memories that he’s given up.
A Court of Thorns and Roses (x2) by Sarah J. Maas: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (review here)
When Feyre kills a fairy disguised as a wolf, she’s faintly victorious but mostly just glad for the pelt to sell and feed her sisters – until the wolf’s high fae master shows up and claims her life for the treaty and she finds herself drawn into a conflict between beings far more powerful than herself.
A Court of Mist and Fury (x2) by Sarah J. Maas: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
After the events Under the Mountain, Feyre is recovering – slowly – and learning how to cope with the trauma she suffered while preparing for her wedding, until Rhysand appears to make good on the bargain she promised him and to show Feyre that not everything is as it seems.
A Court of Wings and Ruin (x2) by Sarah J. Maas: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Feyre is back in the Spring Court, but this time she has a secret and a plan and it’s time for her to shake the world to its foundations as she and her family fight to save Prythian and the humans below the wall from the ambitious and cruel king of Hybern.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (x2) by Rick Riordan: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Percy Jackson: 12 year old, trouble-maker and demigod it turns out – when the mysterious things that happen to him catch the attention of his godly uncles, Percy has to learn to control his powers fast as he’s thrown into a quest to find Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt and prove he wasn’t the one who stole it.
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (x2) by Rick Riordan: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Percy’s back, this time with a quest to save the camp by hunting down the mysterious golden fleece that can save Camp Half-Blood, save Grover and save something else they couldn’t have imagined.
Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse (x2) by Rick Riordan: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A god is missing and Annabeth is too, can Percy, Thalia and Artemis’s hunters team up to save their friends and patrons from the rising forces of evil and a curse that is impossible to bear?
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth (x2) by Rick Riordan: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
The Labyrinth is a place of magic, myth and monsters, and Percy and his friends have no choice but to dive deep inside and hope that the minotaur’s madness doesn’t strike them before they can reach their goal.
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian (x2) by Rick Riordan: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It’s the final stand between Olympus and Kronos and Percy is going to be tested in ways he’s never been tested before, as he finally makes his choice and fulfils the prophecy.
Odessa by Jonathan Hill: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (review here)
In a post-apocalyptic world, Ginny and her brothers Wes and Harry set out on a mission to find their missing mother, but they’re going to face more danger than they know along the way.
Crossing in Time by DL Orton: ⭐⭐
The world has ended and the only hope there is of saving it is a mysterious time travel device and, somehow, the relationship breakdown between Isabel and Diego that only they can fix.
I don’t usually include DNFs as a separate section, but this month was a bit of an odd one. I had a lot of DNFs this month, and I also sorted out my ‘on pause’ shelf where I’d left books I was clearly not coming back to, so I’m giving them their own section this time. These are all books I read at least 20% of before deciding they weren’t working for me.
Ragged Alice by Gareth Powell: DNF @ 55%
Titan by François Vigneault: DNF @ 20%
Ever After by Olivia Vieweg: DNF @ 66%
Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo by Stacy King: DNF @ 50%
The Four Profound Weaves by R.B. Lemberg: DNF @ 40%
Robbergirl by S. T. Gibson: DNF @ 30%
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: 146/560 (26%)
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan: 82/385 (21%)