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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite its barely-over-200 page count, Dear Martin was such a powerful book. Reading about the struggles that Justyce — and so many people of color in the United States — go through made me frustrated, furious, stunned, and hopeful all at once.
The deed has been done. I have officially fallen in love with A Song of Ice and Fire. A Storm of Swords was, in my opinion, the best of the series so far, and the plot twists and (OMG) THE DEATHS were up there in terms of quantity.