May Wrap-Up | friendship books + graduating college

Another month, another wrap-up! As May comes to a close, I’m here to talk about all the books I read this month.

I read 12 books total, same as the last two months (seems to be a trend), with an average rating of 3.8 stars and a total of 4,768 pages. There were a lot of middling 3 and 4 star books this month with a few standouts. The top two books I read this month were rereads, though, so.

A nice trend in these books that I noticed was that many of them were all about friendship! In five of these books, the primary relationship was a platonic friendship rather than a romantic relationship. That’s less than half, but it’s still a lot! I’m very happy about this trend.

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Books I Read

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The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson ⭐️⭐️.5/5

This book had a lot of promise but in a lot of ways it disappointed me and ended up being more frustrating than enjoyable. More thoughts here.

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn Alloy Era #3) ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I’m finally caught up on the Mistborn books! While there were plenty of enjoyable aspects of this, it will never be my favorite Sanderson book or series. More thoughts here.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Once again, this was a really cool concept, and while a lot of it was really fun and unique, I found myself wanting more the whole time. More thoughts in an upcoming recently read books post.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

This classic YA book was so hard to read(/listen to) but SO important. I loved the discussion of rape culture, though other aspects felt somewhat lacking. More thoughts here.

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The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

I’ll have more thoughts in an upcoming recently read books post, but overall there was a lot I liked about this book! I love me some historical fantasy, and this one DELIVERED. However, there were some aspects that I was less happy with…

You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Yet another book that felt so hard to read but SO important! This definitely felt like something that would have helped me a lot in high school. More thoughts here.

The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale (Princess Academy #3) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I finished the Princess Academy series! I feel so accomplished! This book was just adorable and lovely and made my little heart happy. More thoughts here.

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I picked up this book on a whim and ended up reading it in two sittings! Told through texts and emails between two best friends as they go to different colleges, this was both heartwarming and lots of fun. More thoughts in an upcoming recently read books post!

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Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

UGH my heart. TJR managed to take something that I don’t care much about (70s rock bands) and MADE me care…a lot. Still, it wasn’t quite up to the same level as Evelyn Hugo (an impossible standard). More thoughts here.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

Truly an EPIC fantasy, with basically everything I want from this kind of book. Dragons! Sweeping storylines! Incredible worldbuilding! Romance! Perfection. I’m so proud of myself for finishing this monster book. My full review is here!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (reread) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It’s that time again…can you feel it? It’s time for me to reread Harry Potter.

Realizing that I’ve never listened to the series on audio, I decided to place a hold on all of the audiobooks through my library. I’ve only gotten through the first one so far, but more are to come!

I don’t know, how do I rate and talk about Harry Potter objectively? Obviously I loved it. The audiobook was great, and it’s adorable seeing Harry, Ron, and Hermione taking everything so seriously at the tiny age of eleven. I’m excited to get to the rest of the books!

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (reread) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Rereading one of my all-time favorite books was EXACTLY what I needed right after graduating college. I can’t tell you how cathartic it felt – with all my confused, conflicting feelings about no longer being a student swirling inside of me – to read about my favorite characters discovering there’s more to life an academic success. I read this in less than a day and spent that whole day feeling rather emotionally fragile but also incredibly understood. I think I love this book even more than I did before, if that’s even possible. Frances and Aled remain some of the All Time Faves. Thanks Alice Oseman for my life.

If you’re curious about more of my thoughts, here’s my review from when I read it the first time last year!

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April Blog Posts

🌻 May might be over, but you can still get recommendations for books with mental health representation for Mental Health Awareness Month from Brianna the Bookworm. This is an amazing list that includes some of my personal favorite books!

🌻 I loved this discussion from Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks about why she keeps writing book reviews even though they usually aren’t the most popular posts.

🌻 The Orangutan Librarian’s recommendations of fluffy spring books is the perfect way to go into the end of the season!

🌻 Shalini @ Book Rambler compiled some amazing recommendations of books with South Asian protagonists with the help of fellow South Asian bloggers!

🌻 This discussion from The Chronicles of Tick Tock about good books vs. favorite books is so interesting and something I also have a lot of thoughts about!

🌻 Aurora Librialis had the brilliant idea of recommending books based on favorite female friendships, and the result is amazing!

🌻 June is here, and Sarah @ Written Word Worlds has a book lover’s guide to Pride Month, with plenty of book recommendations and ways to support queer bookish communities!

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Other Things

The Magicians

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I started watching this show at the beginning of the month and…listen, it’s not even very good, I’m not really enjoying it, but I don’t know how to stop watching.

This is essentially a “grown-up” Harry Potter and Narnia combined – and by grown-up, I mean that all of the characters are terrible people and all anyone cares about is sex and drugs, because apparently that’s what makes things more interesting?? Sigh. At this point I’m only watching because I’ve accidentally gotten myself invested in the story, and I have nothing better to do. (Actually, I have plenty of other better things to do. Somebody make me stop watching this.) But yeah…this is how I spent my month.

Graduating college

So, that happened.

I finished (most of) my college credits back in December, but as of this month, I’ve officially graduated! I have a degree in creative writing! It feels weird and I have no idea what comes next! But it was definitely nice to go back, see my friends again, and give a proper close to that part of my life. If your curious about my experience as a creative writing major and how college went for me, I wrote a whole post about it.

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June TBR

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  • Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
  • Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
  • I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
  • To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • Witchmark by C.L. Polk
  • Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison
  • Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

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What books did you read in May? What do you hope to pick up in June?

x Margaret 

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32 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up | friendship books + graduating college

  1. madisonsinkwell

    Congratulations on graduating! 🎉 looks like it was a great (and busy!) reading month for you. I haven’t heard of The Bird King before but that cover is beautiful! Great post.

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  2. marydrover

    Oh man, I felt so similarly about You Asked for Perfect. It was so difficult for me to read, and I really needed to put it down a few times because I was starting to feel all that old panic again, but it was definitely very important, too.

    I’ve also been feeling the Harry Potter reread itch! I usually start in the summer and work my way through until winter, so I might be picking it up again soon.

    Haha, I feel you on the Magicians, but I promise, it does get better. For a while, I couldn’t understand why I was watching, either, but slowly, it starts to get more substance, and it’s worth it, I think.

    I can’t wait to see your thoughts on Summer of Salt next month! I keep trying to write what it means to me and failing because it made me want to weep and also left me feeling comforted all at the same time.

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    1. Yes, the old Harry Potter itch is an old friend of mine, and I’m excited to relent at last! I hope you enjoy your reread if you end up picking them up again!

      Glad to hear that The Magicians gets better haha! I’m still a little iffy, but hey, I’m invested now, so I’m gonna keep going. And AHH that makes me even more excited to read Summer of Salt! 😀

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  3. jess @ crowing about books

    Wow, congrats on graduating!! Looks like you had a fairly good reading month. Radio Silence is such a good college book and I adore it so much

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  4. Ahh you’ve read so much in the past month, this is amazing and YAY for friendships! I need to read more books with friendships and WE NEED all the friendships in books. ❤
    I'm so glad you loved Radio Silence again the second time, I really want to re-read it at some point, I loved it sooooooooooo much.
    Congratulations on graduating ahh, so exciting! ❤
    I can't wait to hear what you think of Summer of Salt, I want to read this one so badly!
    happy reading and have a beautiful month! and thank you so, so much for sharing my post! ❤

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    1. Friendship books are truly a gift to the world 😄 Radio Silence was such a joy to revisit – I hope you get to reread it soon!! And thank you 💕 I’ve heard really good things about Summer of Salt so I’m particularly excited to pick that up!

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  5. Brianna

    Ahhh congratulations on graduating from college!!! That’s absolutely amazing and such a big accomplishment. It looks like you read some good books in May too! That’s lovely that many of them were about friendship. It’s always nice when books have more of a focus on platonic relationships for a change. And thank you so very much for sharing my post in here! That truly means a lot to me and I’m glad you enjoyed it. ❤️ great wrap up and I hope you have a wonderful June!

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    1. Thanks so much, Brianna! 😀 I was so excited that many of these books featured friendship, since it’s so rare to find books that prioritize those relationships. You’re welcome! ❤ Hope your June is great as well!

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  6. This looks like a great reading month! And I love that you read so many books about friendship 😊 I’ve noticed that’s been a theme in my reading lately as well and it’s the best! I’ll add I Hate Everyone But You to my TBR!

    Thank you for sharing my post 💕 And congratulations on your graduation!!!

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  7. Again, congrats on graduating! And congrats on 12 books this moth…whew, I can’t even imagine. 😭 I’m super jelly you were finally able to catch up on the Mistborn books, and haha I know how much you loved Daisy Jones. Radio Silence too! I’ve heard a lot of great things about it, so I’m glad you enjoyed it so much!
    Btw, yasss to a Song of Achilles re-read. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you!! ❤ Haha the 12 books mostly has to do with avoiding other things by reading… 😉 And you should DEFINITELY read Radio Silence!! I'm super excited to reread Song of Achilles, even though I know it's going to tear my heart out.

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  8. That’s nice that so many of these books were about friendships. So glad you liked Daisy Jones! And I’m glad Priory is great too 😀 And I really need to read Radio Silence. Thank you so much for sharing my post! ❤ I'm definitely curious about watching the Magicians. And massive congrats on graduating college!!

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  9. Aah, so many congrats on graduating college! That’s such a huge achievement ❤ And I'm sad to hear that the new Shaun David Hutchinson book (too lazy to type out the whole title haha) was disappointing for you! I'm looking forward to read it but my expectations are slightly lowered now. And so many of my favorites are in your June TBR! I hope you love TSOA and Summer Bird Blue, both of them made me cry so much when I read them ❤

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  10. I’ve been wanting to read The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried for a while, but… maybe I should rethink that? 😂

    And congratulations on graduating!! So many congrats, and more – I can’t remember if I congratulated you already, but I hope you can relax a bit now that school is over!

    Your TBR looks so good that I may just have to read some of those books, too! I hope your June is off to a good start. 🙂

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