Books I Read in May & June

I’ll be honest, I’ve not been on it with the reading the last two months. Heavy deadlines at uni and chronic illness flare ups conspired to slow me down but that’s okay, it happens. I also broke my phone in June so lost all my old photos – including the bookish ones I saved for this post – no of COURSE I didn’t cry about that… With that in mind, it made sense to combine the last two months of reading into one post, so here are the titles I’ve read in May and June!

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Flatlay of open book, iced coffee and brown wicker handbag open on wood table in the sunshine.

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

My first forray into audiobooks in a looooong time, did you know this book is available for free on Spotify to listen to? This is a fun, lighthearted, queer romance read that ends up being pretty heartwarming, but I found the main character SUPER annoying, so it lost a little of it’s charm because of that!

★★★✩✩

A copy of Wendy Darling by AC Wise on a brown wooden bookshelf, with books stacked behind it. Cover features Wendy's silhouette flying over london.

Wendy Darling by A.C. Wise

Thank you to the publishers for gifting me an advanced copy.

The feminist imagining of what happened to Wendy after Neverland that you never knew you needed. I’ve already recommended this book to loads of friends, think historical fiction focusing on how women were treated in the early 20th century, combined with the magic of Neverland. I loved this book, it’s heart-wrenching and definitely made me cry!

★★★★★

open book with pages rippling in the wind is held infront of the sea, the tide is out and you can see the sand through the clear water.

A Touch of Malice by Scarlett St Clair

Just awful. You can read my full review here, but in essence this book wasn’t even proof-read, and what was a fun smutty series turned into a cringe-worthy eye-rolling filler. Yawn.

★✩✩✩✩

Birds eye view of an outdoor table with a pink water bottle and pink, grey and white striped towel. Resting on top is a copy of the book Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid which has a pink sunset and wave splash cover. Orange and white zig zag rug under the table, and a view of my legs and feet!

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Can you believe this was my first TJR book?! I know, I know, I’m late to the party. I loved this, it was a super fun and addictive summer read, I really connected with all the Riva siblings and ended up binging this in a day.

★★★★★

One last stop by casey mcquiston is open on a bed with white sheets, and my arm holds a coffee with swirly foam.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

God I just LOVED this. This book had the most heartwarming queer found family I didn’t know I needed, and when the book ended I felt genuinely sad that I couldn’t continue to read about their lives forever. If you only read one book from this post, make it this one.

★★★★★

Photo looks down on a sunny table where I am holding a copy of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, featuring a woman in a green dress with a dark red background on the cover. Also on the table is a wicker bag, a coffee in a takeaway cup and a pastel de nata

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Catching up on the TJR hype and I really enjoyed this one too. The character of Evelyn was so well thought out I almost convinced myself she was real. I found the ‘twist’ reveal at the end a little rushed and I wish that there was more about the fallout of Evelyn’s ‘reveal’, but overall I really enjoyed this one.

★★★★✩

A photo of The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, with a bookcase in the background, and a chair with a pink cushion

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

A fun romance with diversity, who’d have thought! We have Vietnamese, and Vietnamese-American characters, and an autistic love interest. An easy fun read.

★★★★✩

A copy of Grown is held in front of a full bookcase

Grown by Tiffany D Jackson

A difficult read inspired by the cases of sexual misconduct bought against R. Kelly, this covers important topics like child abuse and the way black girls are ignored and not believed by the police. It’s tough to read but important.

★★★★✩

A flatlay on the beach featuring Hani and Ishu's Guide To Fake Dating, a wicker handbag, brown sunglasses, a bottle of suncream, an apple and a beach towel.

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

A sweet and wholesome queer love story featuring two Bengali girls – I love the diversity in this book! It’s a quick and easy YA read that I really enjoyed – perfect for the beach!

★★★★★

Photo looking down at my feet in the sea, and an open book in my hand

Have you read anything good recently?