Hello readers! It’s that time of the month again. As June begins and I get excited about summer reading (and reading by the pool), it’s time to look back on the different books that I read in May. Or listened to. Haha. I am just LOVING my audible account and so all of these books are audiobooks that I listened to this month. I’m really liking audiobooks because I can listen to them at work and listen to them while I’m at the gym.
But enough small talk. Let’s get started, shall we?
Love, Life, & The List by Kasie West
A little bit predictable, but a fun summer read nevertheless! Abby is a teen artist looking to get into an exclusive art show. The only problem is that her work is rejected. The only conclusion she can make is that she doesn’t have enough life experience to put true emotion into her art, so she creates a list for herself of things she wants to do or complete over the course of the summer.
Her friend Cooper helps her with the list and throughout the summer the two grow closer as they work to check things off and improve Abby’s art. This was my first time reading Kasie West and I enjoyed her work. I think that this is the kind of book that I would have really liked when I was a teenager. 🙂
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
OMG. That was my first thought when I finished reading this book. Haha. It was everything that I dreamed of for these characters. And more!
See, Leah on the Offbeat is a bit of a sequel to Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, but instead of focusing on Simon’s life we learn more about Leah, one of his best friend’s since middle school. I feel like both of these books are hard to talk about because there are aspects of the story that aren’t revealed until the end so you don’t want to ruin it for potential readers.
So with that being said, just know that I loved this book. Leah is a difficult character because she clearly has a lot going on in both her family life and her friend life, as well as some personal things that she’s trying to sort out. I loved getting to read about her senior year and all of the fun things that go along with that like the school shows, her band, prom, and more. A great read if you’re looking for a contemporary YA filled with fun, diversity, and lots of laughs.
The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian
This is an interesting book to discuss because I both liked it and disliked it. The plot was unique, interesting, and kept be curious about what was going to happen to the town of Aberdeen and it’s residents, who were slowly being forced to leave during a terrible flood. That’s the main thing I liked, and I think having a unique and interesting plot is one of the main reasons we choose to read the books we read.
But with that being said, this book just didn’t do it for me and there were a couple of reasons. First of all, the pacing. I didn’t feel that it was even. Some parts (maybe even less interesting parts) seemed to go on forever while other scenes just flashed by. It was an interesting choice that just didn’t work for me. I also found the main character Keeley a bit infuriating at times (ok, a lot of times), which is fine, but in my opinion she hardly redeemed herself at the end.
So that’s my take. If you’ve read/listened to this book let me know in the comments about what you thought. I’m curious to see if anyone else felt like the pacing was off.
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
While Siobhan’s last book wasn’t quite my style, I enjoyed Stay Sweet very much! It’s the story of Sand Lake’s local ice cream stand owned by Meade Creamery. It has been run exclusively by local girls ever since the owner, Molly Meade, started making ice cream in the 1940’s for her girlfriends while the men were away at war. Now many years later Amelia is the head girl, in charge of overseeing the stand and helping to train the new employees. But when tragedy strikes and things begin to change (not always for the better), the girls of the stand must pull together to help keep tradition alive and take care of the business that they know and love.
I love how the main theme of the novel was female empowerment and sticking together. Just the kind of story I love to read because while there is a little bit of romance, it also focuses on the power and importance of friendship.
So that’s what I’ve been reading this month! What was your favorite book you read in May?