may 2024 mid month reading update

Nightmares, Wedding Crashers, and Serial Killers: Mid-Month Reading Update

Hi, loves! I actually had a different blog post scheduled to go up today, but I had this overwhelming urge to do a mid-month reading update post instead. 😂 This is probably something I’ll do on the blog every mid-month from now on (maybe)! Once a month seems too sparse, and every week seems too often (at least for me, since I only can only post once or twice a week right now).

If you guys want more semi-realtime reading updates from me, feel free to friend or follow me on Goodreads where I’m super active! 😊💖

ANYWAY, here we go! May has been a major rollercoaster of reads for me so far. I absolutely ADORED 2 reads (4 & 4.5 stars!), but reaaally didn’t enjoy the other 3 reads (all 2 stars).

Books I’ve Read

A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft
The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent
The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent
  • Two Twisted Crowns by Rachel Gillig (⭐⭐⭐⭐½): I absolutely LOVED this book (and was so surprised that I did)! I did a series review for this one and the first book, so please check that out if you haven’t yet. I hope I can convince you to read this duology. 😉
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (⭐⭐): I really, really thought that I was going to love this one. I put it off for YEARS because I wanted to be in the perfect mood for it (and not at all because it was chunky and intimidating…). I might have enjoyed this more if I read it as a teenager.
  • Happily Never After by Lynn Painter (⭐⭐): The concept of the MCs being wedding crashers was fun at first, and the humor was okay, but towards the middle, the scenes just became incredibly repetitive, and I can’t even remember the MCs’ names. 🤷‍♀️
Steelstriker by Marie Lu
Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
  • The Mindf*ck Series by S.T. Abby (⭐⭐): This was my first shot at the dark romance genre that has apparently been getting super popular lately. It was unsurprisingly (and unfortunately) of poor quality. I weirdly had a lot of thoughts about this one, and I have a slightly lengthy review for this series scheduled to go up next week. My general thoughts are on my GR review, though, if you want a heads up.
  • Out on a Limb by Hannah Bonam-Young (⭐⭐⭐⭐): MY HEART. This was the most wholesome book I’ve read in a while. The MCs were both sweet and charming, and they had a glorious romance full of mutual pining. I’m not sure if I’ll write a full review for this one, but general thoughts are also here on my GR review. 😊

Books I’m Currently Reading

Kiss the Sky by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

I’m in the middle of (as of writing this post) Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater. I was just in the mood for a light romantasy because there’s still remnants of the Mindf*ck insanity in my brain. 😂 Also, it’s been so long since I’ve read a Fae book that I really loved… the last time might have been the Iron Fey books way back in 2011 (which I need to reread to see if I still like them). 😭

So far, it’s giving Emily Wilde but for people with shorter attention spans (AKA me), which is nice. Nothing particularly amazing so far, but enjoyable.

Books I Plan to Read

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: I’ve been meaning to read for years now! I posted a poll on GR asking my friends to *gently* pressure me into reading something I’m intimidated to read, and The Poppy War won!
  • Ten Thousand Stitches by Olivia Atwater: I’m liking Half a Soul well enough, so I might just read the sequel when I finish The Poppy War. Or will I end up reading the sequels to The Poppy War instead? We shall see!
  • Flawless by Elsie Silver / Binding 13 by Chloe Walsh: I’m definitely going to want a contemporary romance after all the fantasies, so we’ll see what romance read I’ll be in the mood for… I’m thinking Flawless or Binding 13. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these!

Let’s chat!

Any books on here that you’ve read or want to read? Do you like to constantly switch genres when reading books, or can you go 5 books in a row of all the same genre?

26 responses to “Nightmares, Wedding Crashers, and Serial Killers: Mid-Month Reading Update”

  1. […] Happily Never After (⭐⭐), The Mindf*ck Series (⭐⭐), and Out on a Limb (⭐⭐⭐⭐) on my Mid-Month Updates post, so head over there or click on the links to check out my reviews on GR if you want more juicy […]

  2. Charlotte Avatar

    I’m sorry An Ember In The Ashes didn’t work for you. I only got to it last year but still loved it. Although I do get where you’re coming from with some books being more enjoyable when your younger. I’ve read a couple where I’ve wondered if that would be the case recently. I hope you’re finding more enjoyable reads for the rest of May🤞

    I also have Poppy War on my TBR still although it’s dropped down it. Maybe if you enjoy it it’ll reignite my excitement.

    Oh and I loved the Iron Fey books. Although like you it’s been a while since I read them.

  3. Marie Avatar

    Love this little update! I’m sorry you didn’t love an Ember in the Ashes, sometimes I feel like we get to books too late and our younger selves would have fallen for these stories, more, I completely agree!
    Out on a Limb sounds so lovely, so happy you enjoyed it!!

  4. Yvonne (It's All About Books) Avatar

    I’ve been meaning to read An Ember In The Ashes for years now, but somehow I never do… Looks like I shouldn’t be in too much of a hurry after all. 😉 I think this book might have worked 5+ years ago back when I still read a lot of YA, but I’m not sure it would be a good fit anymore. I hope you will enjoy whatever you read next!

  5. themoonphoenix Avatar

    So excited for Out on a Limb, It looks really cute, a friend also highly recommends it to me.

  6. hena Avatar

    I too was disappointed by An Ember in the Ashes. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either.

  7. Leslie Avatar

    I still need to read Two Twisted Crowns so I’m glad to see that got a good review!!

  8. Rachel @Waves of Fiction Avatar
    Rachel @Waves of Fiction

    Out on a Limb looks like a good one. My daughter read the Twisted Crowns duology and loved it, too. Have a wonderful week!

  9. yvonne473 Avatar

    All of your books look so good. I hope you enjoy them. Have a great week!

  10. shanaqui Avatar

    I keep hearing good things about Two Twisted Crowns, it makes me so curious!

  11. Samantha @WLABB Avatar

    OMG! When Bo started crying, I started crying. That was just one of many beautiful moments in that book. Happy to hear you enjoyed it.

  12. Greg Avatar

    I think Twisted crowns sounds great! Just went over to Goodreads to check it out.

  13. Cindy Davis Avatar

    It’s hard when a book is so anticipated and then not as good as you hoped it would be! I hope you have a great week!

  14. Lisa @TenaciousReader Avatar

    An Ember in Ashes was one that I thought for sure I would want to read, but I saw some negative reviews like yours and put it off. I may need to read the Rachel Gillig duology though, I’ve seen a number of people post positive reactions to it

  15. Meezan Avatar

    That’s definitely not a good sign when you can’t remember the MC’s name. Glad you did enjoy some of the books you read. Have a great week. 🙂

  16. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books Avatar
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Sorry to see you encountered a couple of duds this week. Glad you enjoyed Out on a Limb, though. That one is already on my TBR. I keep seeing raves for it!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  17. Tammy Avatar

    I did not like Half a Soul all that much, but just about everyone I know that read it did, so it might just be me? In any case, I love the variety of books you’re reading so far this month😁

  18. ratmom Avatar

    For the most part I stick to the same genre but if a book sounds good I’ll read it. I love paranormal romance so that’s what I mostly read.

  19. theorangutanlibrarian Avatar

    I really enjoyed half a soul! Glad you’re enjoying it. I’m so keen to read Rachel gillig as well!! I had the exact same experience with ember in the ashes- I so wanted to enjoy it and I didn’t!! Great reviews!

  20. ER LeVar Avatar

    Disappointed to hear you didn’t enjoy An Ember in the Ashes. I’ve put it off for a long time, too, because I want to be in the right mood… and now I’m wondering if I might not be the right audience anymore. I’m going to give it a shot eventually, but we’ll see.

  21. Jodie | That Happy Reader Avatar

    I’m sorry your reading during the first half of the month has been disappointing. Let’s hope the last half is better!

  22. Hannah Avatar

    Out on a limb sounds charming 😍 and Half a Soul was lovely – I really enjoyed it and you nailed the shorter attention span bit 😂 that is also me. It suited me so well haha

  23. Ellie Warren Avatar

    Frequency of updates is hard to get right which is why I now have a “not-weekly check-in”. I used to do monthly, changed it to weekly, then failed to do it every week. I enjoyed Half a Soul but haven’t got round to getting hold of the other books in the series yet.

  24. Rebecca Avatar

    I like to genre hop, especially if I am reading more than one book at a time. Like I’ve currently got a contemp audiobook going (Summers at the Saint), and probably going to start a romantasy in print, or a historical romance. Still debating 😂 If I read too many of the same in close order, especially thriller/mysteries, they get too jumbled 🤪

  25. Elsie LMC Avatar

    Out on a limb is on my tbr and you’ve made me really want to get it! I’ve started Binding 13 and it’s really good so far, hope you enjoy all of your current reads ✨️📚

  26. Joanna @ TheGeekishBrunette Avatar
    Joanna @ TheGeekishBrunette

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy An Ember in the Ashes. It is one of my favorite series! I am happy to see you enjoyed Two Twisted Crowns! I thought it was such a great conclusion!

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