May Books – An epic month for reading

Every year when May comes around, I try and clear my reading schedule to make sure I’m prepared. In fact, last year, I booked some time off work to give myself even more time. That’s because May is a MEGA month of books for me. I don’t know why, but each and every year, when May rolls into town, my favourite authors start releasing their newest works for me to devour.

I’m going to try and pace myself this year, make it last, maybe into June. But here are the May releases top of my reading list.

a court of wings and ruin | Sarah J MaasCourt of Wings and Ruin | Sarah J Maas

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

I’m so ridiculously excited for this one. I “liked” the first one and LOVED the second, so I have been looking forward to this for MONTHS! Problem is, I’m a little worried that I may have “bigged” this one up in my mind so much, that reality is just not going to meet my expectations. The constant hype on twitter and Goodreads isn’t helping much either.

You can read my full review here




Into the water | Paula HawkinsInto the water | Paula Hawkins

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

I was a bit late to the party with Girl on a Train. I didn’t even consider it until I saw the film was being released. If I’m honest, it’s not a genre I read much of at the moment, but once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Having read the blurb above I’m very intrigued and will be adding this to my TBR list.




The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband | Julie QuinnThe Girl with the Make-Believe Husband | Julie Quinn

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He’s unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier’s life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie…

I told everyone I was your wife

I adore Julia Quinn books. I read the Bridgerton series as a teenager and fell in love with her quirky heroines and sarcastic dialogue. This is the second book in a prequel series and I already have it on pre-order

You can read my full review here




Lord of Shadows | Cassandra ClareLord of Shadows | Cassandra Clare

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

Last year I booked the week off work to read Lady Midnight, sadly I think I hyped it up so much in my mind, that it didn’t quite match up to what I expected. I’m sticking with it though and I’m still very excited to read the second instalment in the series.




Flame in the Mist | Renee AhdiehFlame in the Mist | Renee Ahdieh

Mariko has always known that being a woman means she’s not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan en route to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden – the emperor’s son – Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued… or she can take matters into her own hands, hunt down the clan and find the person who wants her dead.

Disguising herself as a peasant boy, Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan’s hideout and befriends their leader, the rebel ronin Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami. Ranmaru and Okami warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. But as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

I still have The Rose and the Dagger to read but I really love the sound of this one. Having recently completed a trip to Japan I’m looking forward to the setting of this one.

You can read my full review here



What books are you most looking forward to this month? Have you read any of the above? I’d love to know what you think




  1. Melissa
    May 9, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Thanks for all the book suggestions, always looking for some great beach reads! Especially interested in the first book Court of Wings and Ruin, will have to check it out!

    • hannah
      May 9, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      I’m 60% through it. I’ll be posting a review when I’m done 🙂

  2. May 9, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    I am so excited I found your blog! I am ALWAYS looking for book reviews and suggestions! I’ll absolutely be checking back regularly!

    • hannah
      May 9, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      thanks Nikki, hope you find something good to read 🙂

  3. May 10, 2017 / 2:51 am

    I love love love adding books to my “to-read” list. Reading is how I unwind after each day. I read a few pages a night. These days, it takes me a while to get through books–but I’m going to check some of these out. Thank you!

    • hannah
      May 10, 2017 / 9:53 am

      me too, it really helps me switch off

  4. Matt
    May 10, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    This is so great I love book communities!

  5. May 15, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Would love to know what you think of Into The Water, I’ve heard a couple people talk about how much they liked the book so I’d be interested to know if it lives up to the hype.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  6. May 26, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    OMG the second book is out. I need to get Lord of Shadows!!! Really great way to display some new books and I guess I know now what to read in my holidays!
    lea, xx

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