Hello hello! This month has been incredibly crazy for me: while still in school I have moved away from school into an apartment for the summer, started my summer internship, had to move apartments, and deal with finals. As in, I have been working 40 hours a week and doing full time school simultaneously. Fun! As a result, I didn’t think I would read too many books this month, but I have actually managed to read 10! Thank you audiobooks. (Really about half my reads this month were audiobooks.)
I guess it is worth noting that I hit my yearly challenge this month of 70 books! As of now, I have read 73 books in 2021. Based on this, I am definitely going to try to get to 100 by the end of the year. However, I didn’t want to give myself a 100 goal at the very beginning of the year, because I truly didn’t know how much I would be reading – what with actually having a job this summer instead of having nothing better to do than read books all day.
My favorites of the month were A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen and Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price. Two Pride and Prejudice inspired books! I swear this was not on purpose. I also loved Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. In fact, if I had to recommend one book from this month, it would definitely be Interior Chinatown. I thought it was a great satire which examined how Asian Americans are perceived in the film industry, and in general in America.
Per usual, I also had a few duds. (Actually, more than a few. I had quite a few 2 and 3 star reads this month; it’s no wonder I’m feeling slumpy.) I finished The Agency series, but I was disappointed by the last book, I thought it was the weakest of the series. I also was not a huge fan of A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions, which I will be posting a full review of soon. Find my full list of this month’s reads and ratings under the cut!
- The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – ★★ (I wrote about my ratings drop on goodreads, but I recommend Bella or Cosette’s review)
- The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee – ★★★
- Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee – ★★★ (leaning a bit lower)
- When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – ★★ (This was a re-read that I DNF-ed at 50%, so I didn’t count it toward the month’s total)
- A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions by Sheena Boekweg – ★★
- A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen – ★★★★
- Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu – ★★★★
- How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa – ★★★ (leaning down)
- The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa – ★★★
- Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price – ★★★★
- Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong – ★★★★
As you can see, I read quite a few books by Asian authors for AAPI month. And I’ll be reading more in the next few months(and year round!), because there were a lot that I wanted to get to this month, but didn’t, or ones that I placed library holds on that haven’t come in yet.
As I said, I should be posting my review of A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions soon, so keep an eye out for that!
4 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up”
Excellent wrapup for the month! I’m so impressed that you could read 10 books while working full-time AND attending school. Kudos to you! Also, I had NO IDEA about the premise behind The House in the Cerulean Sea, so thank you so much for pointing out other reviews that examine the awful stuff more fully. I’m glad you re-evaluated your review based on new information, and I’m taking that book off my tbr ASAP. It’s interesting that both of your favorites for this month were inspired by P&P — do you like the original work by Jane Austen?
Thank you! I do love the original p&p, but like I said, it was a total coincidence that I even read 2 p&p books this month! I really do have to give Bella and Cosette all the credit for educating me on the house in the cerulean sea
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You got through a good chunk!
Thanks! I like to think so 🙂
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