WHAT I READ IN MAY

Another month has passed by quicker than ever, but thankfully this one was packed with plenty of wonderful fiction to stretch out the days for me. Where in April I read mostly non-fiction, I decided to change things up in May and knock a few books off of my YA to read list, as well as getting around to reading some graphic novels which I've had my eye on for a while. I made my way through three books and two comics this month - here's what I thought of them all!

The Girls - Emma Cline
I absolutely adore fiction set in the sixties. The lazy, mellow, hippy vibes never fail to draw me in. When I read the summary of Emma Cline's The Girls in the window of Waterstones, I just felt like I instantly needed it in my life. I know that The Girls has had mixed reviews from a lot of people, but for me, it was wonderful. The story is slow and static, which may not be your cup of tea, but for me this made it all the more perfect. Depicting the life of Evie, who is swept up by a cult which preys on young girls seeking more meaning from their middle classed lives, the atmosphere of The Girls is hazy and sun-kissed. For me, it was the perfect juxtaposition to the books I so often read which are full of action and adventure. I'd definitely recommend The Girls if you're looking for a summer read with a dark twist.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
I'm usually not a fan of watching a film before I've read the book, so when Miss Peregrine came out in cinemas a few months ago, I instantly popped the first book on my To Read list. It's taken my a little while to get around to buying and reading it, but I finally did in May. I didn't have the highest of expectations for this book before reading it, I'll be honest. I was intrigued by the elements of dark magic that I'd seen in the film trailer and I also adored the idea that the story was based on a series of real photographs which are also included inside book. I wasn't so sure that I'd love the story and it's narrator, from what I'd seen of the Disneyesque film trailer. I was, however, very pleasantly surprised. (I got through the book in just a couple of days!). It's dark and magical and plays out at a perfect pace. I actually loved the story and the character development which came with it. I'm super excited to pick up the next book and actually be able to watch the film now! Plus, the photos are just the kind of nightmare inducing creepy that I love.

Saga Volume's 1 & 2 - Brian K. Vaughan
I've heard so much about Saga since I started reading graphic novels. After reading (and adoring, as you'll know if you've read any of the many blog posts I've mentioned them in) the first few issues of Paper Girls, a series also by Vaughan, I knew I needed to give Saga a try. So far I've bought the first three volumes of Saga and in May I quickly made my way through the first two. I don't think I've laughed so hard at any form of print storytelling in a very long time. Saga is witty, smart and SO much more crude than I was expecting it to be. Which is completely why I'm loving it so far. Saga is a wild space fantasy telling the story of two lovers from long-warring races, both on the run from the authorities and a galactic war. Sound pretty thrilling, right? But it's not just 'space stuff'. It's beautifully illustrated, has brilliant comedic timing and comes with a plethora of fantastically badass female characters. I'm so excited to continue with the next few volumes of Saga. Expect to see it on my read list again next month!

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
I'm trying to make it my mission this year to pick up books which aren't necessarily stories within my comfort zone which I can relate to. I think a lot of us fall into the trap of so often only reading one or two genres of fiction and forgetting how many other amazing stories are out there waiting to teach us the stories of other people. Over the last couple of months, I've seen The Hate U Give cropping up on my Twitter timeline again and again, with so many of my favourite bloggers giving it glowing reviews. I decided on a whim that I'd pick it up too, and I am so, SO glad that I did. The Hate U Give tells the story of a young girl who is thrown into the spotlight after witnessing the police shooting of her best friend. The story is raw, emotional and unbelievably brave. It's modern fiction at it's most real and I'm so glad that Angie Thomas decided to write this book for a YA audience. It needs to be read and it needs to be felt. It flipped everything I thought I knew already about police brutality and showed it to me from a new perspective. This book is the call to action which we all need and I urge you to read it as soon as you can.

6 comments :

  1. I keep reading so many good thing about Saga, I really need to give it a go.

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    1. You definitely should! I'm absolutely loving it so far. xx

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  2. Awesome post, I really want to read ‘The Girls’ too, it sounds really captivating and I love the summer vibes from the front cover. I like to switch it up between fiction and non-fiction too! I’m currently reading ‘The Creative Photography Handbook’ by Lee Frost and ‘Alice Bliss’ by Laura Harrington which has vibes of the ‘P.s I love You’ book/film. :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Definitely give The Girls a go - it's a great summer read. I'll check out those two books on your recommendation, thank you!xx

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  3. I loved The Girls. I need to read THUG so bad.

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    1. Couldn't recommend THUG more - it's incredible x

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