thoughts on what i read in may 2020

my favourite month is over, and I’m a sad bean:( May happens to be my birthday month, as well as a month I exclusively read books written by Asian & Pacific Islander authors, which always brings a smile to my face! May also happened to be my second best reading month this year after April! let’s just say that when it comes to reading, this month has been nice to me!

Wicked As You Wish, by Rin Chupeco — 4.5 ✰

this was one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a very long time! it kept me on the edge of my seat, made me fall in love with its characters, gasp in shock several times, laugh a lot, and most of all it fascinated me. I understand why it might not be for everybody, the magic system can be confusing at first, but it worked so well for me! the very end of the book got me so shocked, I cannot wait to read the second book!

thank you Sourcebooks Fire for sending me an e-arc

Restore Me, by Tahereh Mafi — 5 ✰ (reread)

I was one of those who thought the end of Ignite Me was perfect. I genuinely liked how the story finished, we didn’t know exactly what Juliette and Warner would have to go through, but we had put our hope in them. well, even my ‘I loved Ignite Me’s end’ ass loved this book. I see how it’s not for everybody, because true, it’s a very slow book, nothing really happens, but for a first book in this new trilogy? it’s perfect. it answers all the questions I had about Juliette’s past and it’s realistic? I would have found it weird if Juliette had been able to be this perfect Supreme Commander even though she’s fucking new to this world.
this book is more about Juliette and Warner confronting their past, thinking about what’s going to happen next now that they’re in power. what comes next? what should they do? who should they trust? and we finally learn more about this world, about why the Reestablishment was created in the first place, how it was created, who is at its head …. all these questions I had are starting to get answered.
this reread destroyed everything I had in me:)))))))))

Shadow Me, by Tahereh Mafi — 4 ✰

first of all, I’d die for Kenji. but like my second point is: what the fuck was this ending????????? this got me thinking everything that happened at the end of Restore Me and like was it a hallucination? damn, I need to read Defy Me now! I know some people see Kenji as this not really serious character, always joking around, but there’s so much depth to his character! Kenji craves love so badly I felt it in my heart.

Witch Hat Atelier, Volumes 2 & 3, by Kamome Shirahama — 4 ✰

seeing Coco in volume 2 being so passionate about magic and trying her best to learn as much as she can is so heartwarming!
volume 3 was so pure! Coco and Tartah ware so adorable, bless these kids, my heart

The Beauty of the Moment, by Tanaz Bhathena — 4.25 ✰

I enjoyed this book so much! I liked how it was completely adorable and yet dealt with tougher subjects and didn’t shy away from the harsh reality. I really liked the romance aspect of this book, it was the perfect amount of cuteness and drama mixed together, which made my reading experience truly enjoyable. completely recommend it! also, I will forever love the way Tanaz Bhathena writes, can’t help it.

The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang — 5 ✰ (reread)

I’ve stopped counting the amount of times I’ve read this book. but this time was made even more special because I got to buddy read it with my friend Clara, who was also rereading it. talking about one of my all time favourite books with a very close friend was 10/10 would recommend. this book is very very dear to my heart. when I read it, it was the first time I was seeing myself represented as a biracial South-Vietnamese person, and it meant the absolute world to me. I love both main characters, Stella and Michael. I love how much depth they have, I love how respectful they are of the other, I love everything about this book.

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame, by Jenn P. Nguyen — 3.5 ✰

overall the story was very enjoyable and cute, but you can tell this book was published in 2016. it’s full of you’re not like the other girls and girls hate tropes, and it got old at some point. but the two main characters are adorable together. I liked reading about them. it’s a nice read.

Our Wayward Fate, by Gloria Chao — 3.5 ✰

this was cute, but the pacing was off, jumping from one scene to another too quickly. sometimes I couldn’t tell how much time had passed. but as I said, it was cute, so if you need something quick to read, here you go. I recommend the audiobook!

Fake It Till You Break It, by Jenn P. Nguyen — 4 ✰ (reread)

well, that cute™ I just love the enemies to friends to lovers trope, one of the very best, especially when it’s written with a dual pov amen thank you. it was adorable, with a bit of drama but not too much, so so sweet and the Vietnamese rep was 10/10 (it’s never said Mia’s family is Vietnamese, but their last name is, and the the author is as well). I’d read it for the first time as an arc last year, and rereading it with the Dragons & Tea book club made me so happy!

Miracle Creek, by Angie Kim — 4.25 ✰

this was such a smart book. the way it showed how your choices alongside other people’s choices can have important consequences, and how one big chain of events can lead to a fucking mess was so smart. it was heartbreaking to read at times, but more than anything else it was fascinating!

Trade Me, by Courtney Milan — 4.25 ✰

well fuck, that was good. like ‘I hadn’t expected this to be this good’ good.
it was such a funny read, I loved the relationship between Blake and his dad, you can tell how much they love each other even though they spend their time cursing at one another. they had such a strong bond. and the romance between Tina and Blake was so soft? I loved that this book had very few sex scenes (so if you’re looking for a romance with little to no sex, here you go), it focused a lot on the emotional bond that was created between them. and can we talk about Blake having an eating disorder? there’s such a stigma surrounding men having an eating disorder, and I’m glad this book talked about it.

Emergency Contact, by Mary H.K. Choi — 5 ✰ (reread)

once again, I reread this book with my friend Clara (yes, we love rereading books together) and it was so good! I’d been meaning to reread this book for 2 years, and the only reason I didn’t was because I was scared of not loving this book as much as I had the first time. well, I didn’t need to fear about that, because this reread did not disappoint. it felt so good to be back with Sam and Penny, two characters I’ve kept in my heart for 2 years. it’s such an amazing book that talks about anxiety in such a realistic way (at least when compared to my own experience) and racism. it’s so so so beautiful, I love it with my entire heart!

now to talk about statistics, my favourite thing each month, as I said I’m very happy with how this month went! I’ve read 3 989 pages, 13 books, my average rating is 4.25 (so high!!!!!!!!) and my average pages per book is 307 (way less than last month, but you can’t read 1k pages long books every single month, damn).

that’s it for today, I’ll see you soon, have a nice day 🌿

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