2021 May Wrap Up

Ok, so it’s June, but only just (kinda), so I figured I’d quickly give you a May wrap up before I put up my June mid-wrap up. This will include what I’ve read for the second half of the month, plus stats. If you want to see my mid-month wrap up for May, be sure to follow the link.

Let’s take a look at the numbers…

Stats

Total Books Read: 18 (tied with February)
Total Books DNF’d: 0
Genres Read Most: Graphic Novels (6), Contemporary(5), Fantasy(3), Mythology (2), and Horror/Mystery(2)
Average Page Length: 1167.5/day
Total Pages: 5,191
Average Star Rating: 3.72

Star Break Down

5⭐ – 4
4⭐ – 7
3⭐ – 5
2⭐ – 2
1⭐ – 0

Age Category

Adult – 1
New Adult – 3
YA – 1
Middle Grade – 13

Publication Year

New 2021 Releases – 9
Backlist – 12

Source

Library – 6
ARC – 3
Own – 9

ReRead

Yes – 0
No – 18

LGBTQIA+ Rep

Main Character – 5
Present (meaning side characters, but may not be mentioned often) – 1
Absent – 12 (Ok )

Standalone/Series

Standalone – 6
Series – 14

Authors

POC – 7
Gender – 4 (man), 13 (women), 0 (nonbinary) 0 (genderfluid)
Own Voices – 6

Books

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

I was really worried about this one. Everyone seemed to love it, but when I first picked it up I had a hard time getting into it. However, after about the 25% mark, I understood the world a little better. I loved how everything, even things that feel separate managed to connect in some way at the end. I can’t wait to pick up something else by Kelly Barnhill!

I gave it 4.5⭐

Goals Met:
✔ Physically Owned
✔ Backlist
✔ Owned before 2021

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi

This was an impactful read. It’s a middle grade in verse that deals with a family immigrating to the USA. I’m always amazed at how much emotion and power can come from so few words.

This one deserves 5⭐, not doubt about it. I know I didn’t talk about it much, but I’m finding it harder to put all my thoughts together on exactly why…. you know other than….

Goals Met:
✔ Diverse Reading

The In-Between by Rebecca Ansari

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Although I shouldn’t be surprised since this was an OwlCrate Jr book pick and they always pick amazing middle grades. This was right creepy and had you questioning EVERYTHING!! I didn’t predict any of the twists in the end either!

I did give this one I gave 5⭐

Goals Met:
✔ Physically Owned

Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe

I picked this up because it was a group read and I was in love with the cover! I regret nothing except that I hadn’t grabbed it sooner! This was a sweet, cozy magic read.

This one easily got a 5 ⭐

Goals Met:
✔ Physically Owned
✔ Diverse Reading

920London by Remy Boydell

Ok, so this is where it starts to get weird. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this, and I almost still don’t know. I lived the art style but found the actual story disjointed. There felt like random jumping points, to the point where I wasn’t sure how much time had past at any point. It overall felt flat and void of emotion – which I think was what it was going for with the emo characters – and wasn’t something I enjoyed reading. I don’t regret reading this, but I won’t be recommending it either. I really did slog through this one and I honestly don’t recommend this to anyone. The positive about this one was I enjoyed the artwork, but wished it was in colour.

This one easily got a 2 ⭐

Goals Met:
None? This one is harder because people on Goodreads are labelling it as LGBT and some even labelling it as Transgender; however, there was nothing specifically put on page.

Dreamy Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book by Leighton Gray, Vernon Shaw, Wendy Xu, Lee C.A., C Spike Trotman, Josh Trujillo (and so many more)

I enjoyed this one all right. It had a quirkiness about it. It was a collection of 5 (?) short stories that follow different dads – them all being connected in some way. I liked the 3 out of 5 of them, but not all of them were gay like I had hoped/thought. Overall, it was a cute, quick 3⭐ read that is perfect for those who enjoy contemporary comics/graphic novels.

Goals Met:
✔ Diverse Reading

Sunstone Vol. 1 by Stjepan Sejic

This sucked me in more than I had expected. This is beyond not suitable for work, but I loved it! The artwork is amazing and expressive. I enjoy getting both character’s perspectives while they explored their new relationship. It’s also told from Lisa’s perspective as she writes the story (essentially we are reading her as she write the story.

I gave this Sapphic BDSM a 4⭐

Goals Met:
✔Backlist
✔Diverse Reading

The Awakening Storm by Jaimal Yogis

Release Date: September 21st, 2021

This was such a cute read! It follows Grace who has just transferred to a private boarding school in Hong Kong. Grace is felt like a smart character, but was out of her element. After a dragon’s egg is gifted to her, antics ensure and soon learn about the secret experiments. Grace learns more about her father’s heritage and her lineage. She obviously learn that the myths and stories that her father told her about were true. I loved the vibrant artwork and it had an overall bubbly tone, despite hitting some rather difficult topics, like loss of a parent and survivors guilt.

I gave this cute middle grade graphic novel a 4⭐.

Goals Met:
✔ARC
✔Diverse Reading

Shark Summer by Ira Marcks

TBR and Beyond Tours is hosting a book tour for this graphic novel later in June. You can check out my review and interview with the author on June 23rd. Until then, I gave this one 3⭐.

Goals Met:
✔ARC

That’s it! We’re all caught up. You’ll likely on have to wait a few days to find out how I’m doing in the first half of June, so stay tuned for that!

What did you read last month?

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