May Round Up

Hey everyone! Welcome to my (late) May round up. I hope you all had a lovely month. In May, I participated in Book-Buddy-A-Thon, in which I read 5 books, so that gave me a nice head start on the month. I also started the Annual Harry Potter Readathon, which will go on for another 2 months approximately. I’m so excited for it! I did get a little off track with my yearly TBR’s again, however I made sure to add some of those books in to my June TBR, which you can check out here.

As usual, this is in order of star ratings. However, they’re in no specific order once they’re organised in their star ratings. For example, one 5 star rating isn’t rated higher than the 5 star rating below it. Rambling aside, lets go!

Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Author: J. K. Rowling
Paperback: 332 pages
Average Rating: 4.44/5
My Rating:
 5 star rating

I loved this. I (shamefully) hadn’t read Harry Potter in quite a few years, so this readathon got me motivated to pick the series up again. I just love it!

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J. K. Rowling
Paperback: 360 pages
Average Rating: 4.37/5
My Rating: 5 star rating

I don’t really have much more to add to this. This is my favourite series of all time!



Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Screenplay
Author: J. K. Rowling
Hardcover: 293 pages
Average Rating: 4.42/5
My Rating: 5 star rating

I actually read this pretty recently (January), but it was part of the readathon, so I happily read it again! I haven’t read a lot of screenplays before, but I love this one, it’s so interesting to see how the movie was created.


Title: If I Was Your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Paperback: 304 pages
Rating: 4.04/5
My rating: 4.5 star rating

I read this book for my BookBuddyAThon. Out of the three given, my buddy chose this book. I was really glad, this has also been on my TBR for way too long. I really enjoyed this book, it’s an essential and there isn’t enough representation of transgender teens in YA books.

Title: Behind Closed Doors
Author: B. A. Paris
Paperback: 351 pages
Average Rating: 3.93/5
My Rating: 4.5 star rating

I came across this book after seeing some hype on BookTube. I loved it! I didn’t guess the ending and the entire time, I was hooked to this book. I needed to know what was happening next, I was so invested. The ending frustrated me, but not because it was bad, but because I wanted more justice.

Title: The Dead House
Author: Dawn Kurtagigh
Paperback: 440 pages
Average Rating: 3.73/5
My Rating: 4 star rating

I came across this book in my never ending hunt for more horror books. This is also presented in mixed media which I found incredibly interesting and helped for a quick read. The storyline had me gripped the entire time, trying to figure out what was real and what wasn’t.

Title: The A-Z of Everything
Author: Debbie Johnson
Ebook: 432 pages
Average Rating: 4.61/5
My Rating: 4 star rating

This was a really cute story which I received this via NetGalley for review. It’s about a mother who passes away and leaves a note for her two daughters, who have not spoken in years, to try and bring them back together.


Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Paperback: 554 pages
Average Rating: 4.36/5
My Rating: 4 star rating

I can’t believe it took me as long as it did to actually read The Book Thief. I finally got on it this month because it was one of my groups book of the month. I really enjoyed this book and actually flew through it a lot faster than I expected.


Title: Splintered
Author: A. G. Howard
Paperback: 371 pages
Average Rating: 3.96/5
My Rating: 4 star rating

This is a story based on Alice in Wonderland. I absolutely loved this, it completely twisted my views and messed with my mind. I’ve already ordered the next book in the series, Unhinged.


Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Paperback: 327 pages
Average Rating: 4.15/5
My Rating: 4 star rating

I borrowed this book from my library because I wasn’t sure I would like it. People seem to hate and love it. I have to say I agree, this was like junk food to me. I didn’t want to like it, but I did! I’ve now ordered the original trilogy.



Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Author: Newt Scamander (J. K. Rowling)
Hardcover: 59 pages
Average Rating: 3.95/5
My Rating: 4 star rating

I enjoyed this book, I can’t dislike anything in the Harry Potter world. However, it did lose a star because I expected there to be a picture per animal, however there wasn’t 😦





The One Memory of Flora Banks
Author: Emily Barr
Paperback: 303 pages
Rating: 3.67/5
My rating: 3.5 star rating

I had wanted to read this book for a long time and for some reason had been putting it off. With all the hype lately due to it’s release in the US, I decided it was time to pick it up. I enjoyed it, but found it quite repetitive at times. It was an interesting concept, however.

cabin 10

 The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Paperback: 352 pages
Rating: 3.67/5
My rating: 3.5 star rating

I enjoyed this book. I had a few issues with it, which I’ll lay out in my full review to come. It was a slower start for me and I wasn’t sure I liked it, however I did get more engrossed in the story towards the end, finishing it early.


Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Hardcover: 407 pages
Average Rating: 4/5
My Rating: 3.5 star rating

This cover is absolutely gorgeous. I actually own two copies of this, one is signed. You can check out my full review of this here.


Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Paperback: 278 pages
Average Rating: 3.98/5
My Rating: 3.5 star rating

I’ve seen a lot of hype about this and it seems to have pretty good reviews. However, at times, I had no idea what was going on, the writing was very confusing. However, I guess that could reflect how the mind feels at the time.


Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Paperback: 352 pages
Average Rating: 3.88/5
My Rating: 3 star rating

This is another book that I read after watching the movie. I did enjoy this, I found it really smart that the author incorporated these pictures. I will be continuing the series to see where it goes.


Title: The Edge of Everything
Author: Jeff Giles
Paperback: 357 pages
Average Rating: 3.59/5
My Rating: 3 star rating

I really enjoyed this book, I finished it extremely quickly. There was some things that put me off, mainly the ages of some of the characters that were romantic interests. However, I did enjoy this and I will be picking up the next book when it releases.

Title: Tyranny
Author: Lesley Fairfield
Paperback: 120 pages
Average Rating: 3.32/5
My Rating: 3 star rating

I picked this up on a whim from the library because I want to read more graphic novels. My library doesn’t have many graphic novels at all, so my choice was limited. However, this one was pretty interesting. The art style was very unique.

Title: Wytches
Author: Scott Snyder
Paperback: 192 pages
Average Rating: 3.84/5
My Rating: 3 star rating

This has pretty good ratings, but to be honest, I was lost for a good part of it. At times, I had no idea what was going on. I’m not sure I’ll continue with the other graphic novels.



 Justice Buried
Author: Hilary Thompson
Ebook: 283 pages
Rating: 3.85/5
My rating: 3 star rating

This was one of the only books on my TBR that started with J, however I still did enjoy the book. I’m not 100% sure I’ll continue the series, but it depends what reading mood I’m in.


So, I read a total of 20 books this month. I don’t think that was too bad! I had a pretty decent reading month too, all my books ranging from 3-5 stars. Here are some stats:

Books Read: 20
Pages Read: 6, 467
Average Pages per day: 208 pages







That’s us for this month! Thanks for checking in, I’ll see you in the next post!

Love & Laughter

Cheryl xx

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