The Month in Books: May 2020

Can you believe that May is already over? Staying indoors in quarantine seems to make time drag and fly at the same time.

Today, I’ll be doing my first monthly wrap-up here at Beyond the Read! I wasn’t being as prolific as possible in May, but I picked up some stunners and finished a couple of books that I’ve been meaning to read since forever.

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The Perfect Book Tag

Happy Thursday all! Today, I’m participating in Tag Thursday — which, as far as I can tell, is… when bloggers do tags on Thursdays. The name is pretty self-explanatory, I guess.

The Perfect Book Tag was created by Sofii at her lovely blog A Book A Thought, and I stumbled upon it on my Internet wanderings. Nobody tagged me, but this tag looked so fun that I decided to steal it. Because that’s how you justify tag thievery.

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Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I had heard so many great things about Patrick Ness’s books before picking up The Rest of Us Just Live Here, so my expectations were considerably high. This book did not disappoint me, and I’m definitely going to be picking up more of Ness’s books.

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7 Times Characters Got Sassed to Stars Above (Happy Birthday, Thorne!)

On May 22, 106 T. E., Carswell Thorne was born, setting the scene for a life of 214 Rampions, getting sassed by Cinder, and one candy-sweet romance in the world of the Lunar Chronicles. Happy birthday, Thorne!

In honor of such a significant day, I’m celebrating here at Beyond the Read by compiling some of the wittiest comebacks that characters have thrown, Thorne-style. Imagine being witty enough to take part in banter. Can’t relate.

Image Credit: Lexi RubyLeaf at Pinterest
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Review: The Ascendance Series Books 1-3 by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Jennifer A. Nielsen’s books just have that perfectly wholesome blend of politics, friendship, romance, and brilliance. This three-in-one volume of the Ascendance Series was no exception. I had an incredible time in Carthya with Sage as he navigates affairs of state, first love, and betrayals all while war brews in the background.

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Review: They Went Left by Monica Hesse

Let me set the scene.

I am reading the final chapter of They Went Left by Monica Hesse at the kitchen table. Tears are trickling from my eyes when suddenly my mom bursts out laughing from the kitchen. She says watching me read a book is nothing short of a comedy show.

… thanks, Mom.

I sacrificed my dignity and my dinner time to finish They Went Left, and it was so, so, so worth it.

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My Near-Future TBR (Special Thanks to the Wonder That Is Libby)

I must admit, one of the perks of being in quarantine is being able to focus on cutting short my ever-increasing TBR.

And thanks to the wonderful app that is Libby, I have been able to access my local library’s digital catalog and catch up on so many books I have been meaning to read.

Today, I’m listing some of the books I’m expecting to finish anytime by the end of May. I’m so excited to read these. 😆

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We Need to Talk About Holland Vosijk

The thing about quarantine, it seems, is that it rekindles your love of habits and hobbies and obsessions that you’d thought you’d gotten over with a fierce and fiery vengeance.

And for me, that obsession is one Mr. Holland Vosijk.

For those who have no earthly idea what I’m on about, Holland Vosijk is a character from the Shades of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab. Depending on who you ask, he can be considered either a villain, antihero, or hero of the series.

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