In May I was lucky enough to pick up some amazing books, go to a bookish event and join a book club, in which I’ll get to talk books with people in real life. Real people, face to face… Cue social anxiety. So that was all great.
I have alluded to the fact my mental health hasn’t been at it’s best lately and one of the symptoms was the physical need to shop. I can mostly keep it under wraps, but this flare up was bad and books are my kryptonite.
Note to self, if you are going to have an uncontrollable book buying binge, Have it in a kick arse fantasy section of a beautiful bookstore… Not in the YA section of fucking Big W. I got home literally not knowing what I had brought and when I did look, the guilt hit hard because I didn’t even want half of the fucking books. They are books I know I’m going to hate.
It is with great excitement that I can say I have finally purchased and started the Saga comics. Holy shit guys, why did I wait so long? The artwork is beautiful, I may have an absolute girl crush on Alana. The story is engaging and witty. I’m looking forward to picking up the next couple in the series. The only negative about discovering comics is that I already have another couple in mind that I’d like to start, I’m going to be poor forever.
I picked up Black Halo, by Sam Sykes, book 2 in the Aeon’s Gate series. No I don’t have book one, but I was so excited to see his book in an actual bookstore that I had to get it. I do 95% of my book shopping online, usually the fantasy section at my local bookstore has five shelves of Sarah J Maas and Stephen King, so you can understand my excitement.
Also this month I won a competition on Instagram. I was lucky enough to get myself a copy of The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong. It’s a thriller, which I hope to get to soon. I don’t often read thrillers but this one looks good.
I picked up a copy of LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff at his signing. The man is a total rock star. Well an author rock star, but you know what I mean, and so smart. I’m 90 pages into this one and I’ve hit a brick wall with it. The writing is beautiful, it flows so nicely back and forth like music, but the story is missing something for me at the moment. I’ll give it another shot soon.
And now to the books that I really shouldn’t have brought, ugh.
Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (I read it, I finished it, I have nothing positive to say about it.)
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (I got to page 46 before I decided that you couldn’t even pay me to read the rest of it.)
The Smoke Theives by Sally Green (I don’t expect to like this one, but the cover is pretty.)
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (I have hope for this one, it sounds like a kickass Sci-Fi, but I’ve been burned by YA books before.)
Twelve Nights by Andrew Zurcher (more of a middle grade read i think, it sounds fantastical.)
So that is my May wrap up. Not huge, but way bigger than it needed to be. Oh, I mentioned the book club earlier…… Our first read is A wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve read it before and I will 100% admit that it has some of the most beautiful writing I have come across, but damn, the plot was so slow. I think my feelings have been clouded by everyone else’s mad love for the book, I’m looking forward to seeing if I’ve made it more boring in my head than it is, just to be a spiteful ass. I had to pick up a new copy as I had given mine away.
Did you go overboard with new books this month too?