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What I Read In May 2021

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I’m actually writing this blog post up before May officially ends. The reasoning is I’m off on my honeymoon! I wanted to make sure I got this months round up in a timely matter since I would be gone. This months books were all digital. Between 4 audio books and 3 e-books I didn’t get to pick up any physical book. I have quite a few ARC books to get through from NetGalley which I was trying to do. Plus, when I first got my kindle I downloaded a few free books as well. This month is exciting with two 5 star books!

Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn

5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved this book so much! I don’t usually go for YA books, but this exceeded my expectations. As a fellow pastors kid/church kid I related to so many aspects of Never Saw You Coming. My story is not as dramatic as either Meg’s or Micah’s but the concept of purity culture that Erin, the author, addresses is so prevalent. I thought the book related to what growing up in the church is like in the best way! The book didn’t put down the church or tell you it was a bad thing to go, but still showed that it is a flawed culture. I applaud her for doing it so well and not being political or preachy either. Seriously could not recommend the book enough! I want to go give it to all the people who I grew up in church with.

Thanks NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the ARC ebook. Never Saw You Coming will be released September 7th, 2021.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

3.5/5⭐⭐⭐💫

I’m almost sad I listened to this book after seeing the movie. Crazy Rich Asians is one of my favorite movies and I think I’d have enjoyed the book more if I hadn’t seen the movie. Now I’m excited to read the second book just so I can come at it with fresh eyes.

This book is well written and interesting. I love the characters. While there is a lot of names, having seen the movie helped me keep them straight. I just wish I could have had a fresh perspective.

Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein

2/5⭐⭐

I wanted to like this book! The premise of matchmaking as a career is so cute, but man was this book predictable! And honestly Sasha wasn’t that likeable as a character. Maybe it’s her age but the choices she kept making throughout the book were so frustrating!

Under a Gilded Moon by Joy Jordan-Lake

3/5⭐⭐⭐

This book to me is an average good book. Not spectacular but not bad. The beginning to me felt kind of slow and the real drama didn’t start until the middle. I was also bothered by how the chapters ended and started. It almost felt like scenes in a movie stopping and starting rather than flowing together. I was left with so many questions and stories unfinished at the end.

I did love how the author included historical events and places.

The Mix-Up by Elizabeth Neep

2.5/5⭐⭐💫

This book is nothing like the description. I felt like the description of the book was focused around the romance of Marley and Cameron, but really the book is more about female friendship and being happy with where you are at in life. The book is good overall, but the description is very misleading. While there is a slight romance in the book it’s definitely not the main focus. Which even in the last chapter the characters kind of reference.

Overall, the book is okay. It’s a decent and quick read, but I don’t know that I would rave about it to someone. I want to give it 2 stars, but I’ll round up from like a 2.5-2.8 to 3.

Thanks NetGalley and Bookouture for letting me read the ARC ecopy.

American Royals by Katharine McGee

3/5⭐⭐⭐

I don’t think I realized this was a young adult book when I started but it definitely feels that way. The characters are 18-21 and the author did such a good job of being in the world of a YA. My heart hurts so much for the characters. It’s not a happy go lucky royal romance book. Still very good! You definitely feel for the characters but it leaves you hanging.

In the story there are sooo many love triangles. It keeps you guessing the whole time as to what’s gonna happen or who’s going to end up with who.

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loveddddd this book! The whole concept is amazing with the switching chapters. Both plots were great and I loved how they even overlapped in some ways. The characters are so likeable and you just root for them the whole way through. Highly recommend!

Majesty by Katharine McGee

4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I need more!! I seriously hope the author is going to keep writing American Royal books!

In this second book the stories come to such a good spot. More love triangles like the first one but I feel like you got to see the characters develop and grow which was really cool. You almost watch them mature and grow up as you read. There’s even some unlikely love matches that you don’t expect but that is part of their growing up.

What have you read lately?

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    • Nailil
    • June 16, 2021
    Reply

    I haven’t read a book in a long time. Ok’ing to your blog makes me want to pick up a copy, maybe a romance book. I used to love those.

    Xx, Nailil

    • Lizzie
    • June 14, 2021
    Reply

    These sounds pretty good! I loved the Crazy Rich Asians movie too!

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

  1. Reply

    After reading your thoughts on Never Saw You Coming, I absolutely HAVE to get my hands on it. It sounds like it would be incredibly relatable for me as well (fellow pastor’s kid haha). I’m bummed you didn’t enjoy Crazy Rich Asians as much. I saw the movie first as well, but far preferred the trilogy to the movie. It just had so much MORE! But to each their own, of course 🙂 I hope you give the rest of the trilogy a go, so that you can get past what was shown in the first movie!

    • Lee
    • June 11, 2021
    Reply

    I wanna read Maybe in Another Life!

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