Monthly reading review – May 2020
This May I have read:
The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan ★★★★
Incubus Dreaming (The Incubus, #2) by A. H. Lee ★★★★★
Indiscretions (Scandalous Seductions #2) by Madelynne Ellis ★★★★
The Testament of Loki (Loki #2) by Joanne M. Harris ★★
The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark, #2) by Veronica Roth ★★★
Death of a Darklord (Ravenloft #13) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★
A Most Unsuitable Earl (Marriage By Scandal #2) by Ruth Ann Nordin ★★★★
Carry On (Simon Snow, #1) by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan, John Rocco ★★★★
Cable Volume 1: Shining Path by David Tischman, Igor Kordej ★★
1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?
This month I have read ten books altogether. Three were in digital form and the other seven can be seen on the picture above. I am happy to keep my reading in double digits!
2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in May? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?
There were a lot of good books I read in May but the best for me was Incubus Dreaming (The Incubus, #2) by A. H. Lee. This kind of blend of traditional fantasy setting and some urban elements matched very well with erotica. I wish I could find more books like this one. Anything that is mainstream fantasy is mostly PG13 and most of all who have erotic elements turn out to be nothing but smut written by fanfiction type writers who are annoyed by the lack of sex in the fantasy books in general. This book has it all I and I loved that!
3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?
There were two books this May that kinda fell flat for me: The Testament of Loki (Loki #2) by Joanne M. Harris and Cable Volume 1: Shining Path by David Tischman, Igor Kordej. For The Testament of Loki I just could not seem to find a character that I could connect with. Loki seemed a bit watered down to me and the rest of the characters could have used a bit more backstory and depth for me to start caring and get myself more immersed into the story. The ending of the book seemed a bit psychedelic and kinda bland at the same time. The whole book in general seemed like an interlude to something else and not very good on it’s own. And in case of Cable Volume 1: Shining Path the story was good. I had some problems with following all the action. I kept feeling like I was missing something and had to catch up. I have some issues the artwork. Kordej’s works are very recognizable with chunky characters and muscles. What bugged me the most was actually the coloring and I really did not like how it looked with illustrators firm and dark lines.
4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?
For the month of May I decided to try out the Medieval-A-Thon reading challenge for the first time – you can check out my original post for it HERE. I will write a more detailed post about my experience with it soon but it is safe to say I am happy with how it all went.
5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?
I am actually very pleased with the reading I have done in finishing and continuing some book series in May! I finished two book series and one of those was a long time coming. I finally made some progress with The Trials of Apollo book series and I can hope to get to the next book soonish as well. I started out one new book series I plan to continue and that would be Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell.
6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?
Instead of the books I would recommend the author Rainbow Rowell for her quirky yet relatable writing style and a reading challenge as creative as Medieval-A-Thon. I loved little updates on Instagram and opportunities for some extra rewards and story plots to further my reading!
Final thoughts on May 2020 reading
At first I thought May was going to be a slow reading month after doing the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon in April but after finding Medieval-A-Thon reading challenge I was hooked and a bit scared how will I manage it since I started a week later. I managed to exceed all my expectation and have fun reading some books that were on my TBR for a very long time. I’m glad for challenging myself this way. Only thing that is curbing my enthusiasm right now is that I made zero progress with my book club assignment which is due next week.
Looking forward to a fun a and more relaxed reading in June 🙂