May 2023 Reading Wrap-Up

I’ve been working hard to work my way through my TBR and each month I do my best to get through as many books as I can while attempting to limit how many new books I buy. This month was heavy on rereads so I can finally continue reading the series I have been meaning to finish for a while now. My May 2023 reading wrap-up showcases the books I read this month and my thoughts on them.

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May 2023 Reading Wrap-Up

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

I feel like I am late to the part with this one. Legends & Lattes is a quick read but quite fun. I’ve never read a cozy fantasy before – or at least I think this was the first one I have encountered. I liked the more laidback way this book read, whereas many fantasies have so many different aspects you need to keep track of they can be difficult to keep up with everything. The variety of characters in this book was fantastic. Cal was my favorite, but they all brought something unique to the story. There are some repetitive parts but overall, I think this is a great little book, and look forward to seeing what the sequel has in store.

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

I read this one a while back but was eager to continue the series, so I decided to reread this so it was fresh in my mind before diving into the second book. Once again, I was drawn in by the richness of the story, the writing, the character building, and the magic in both of the worlds. The differences between Tyen and Rielle’s story and world really helped to draw me in and left me curious as to how the two are related to each other in the grand scheme of the series.

My Happy Marriage Vol. 1 by Akumi Agitogi

Another reread, once again so the story is fresh in my mind before reading the second book. I wanted the story fresh in my mind so I could continue the series. Seeing Miyo and Kiyoka navigate each other and the world around them, along with Miyo’s struggles and growth throughout the book really drew me in once again. I cannot wait to see what comes next for these two.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

My third reread of the month. It’s been a few years since I read Speak and wanted to revisit it. This book is difficult to read and yet does a wonderful job of portraying a teen dealing with a traumatic experience and dealing with the consequences of it. I can see why it is a highly recommended read. Melinda’s struggles after a traumatic experience and having to navigate school while steadily becoming an outcast because of what she had done were painful to read at times but it does highlight how victims deal with much more than what people think and can often be ostracized because of their behaviors post-trauma.

Komi Can’t Communicate Vol. 23 by Tomohito Oda

I’ve been feeling less excited for the series for the last few volumes but this one renewed my love of it. I do feel like it took a bit too long to reach this point in the story but I am glad we finally got here. Shoko and Tadano are so cute and awkward throughout the volume but it makes the entire experience better seeing that they really haven’t changed all that much from the beginning of the series. I am now looking forward to continuing this series.

Orange Vol. 1-7 by Ichigo Takano

I have read the first 6 books a couple of times and have always enjoyed it. Since volume 7, the final volume, came out a while ago, I figured it was time to reread them before diving into the final volume. While volume 6 is my least favorite of all of them, the series overall is fantastic. The characters, the two timelines, and the chances for a happy ending all help to create a fantastic story. I really enjoyed reading volume 7 as we finally get to see more of Naho and Kakeru’s relationship growing and them finding happiness in each other. I know I will be revisiting this series again because it is such a beautiful story.

Samurai: The Japanese Warrior’s Unofficial Manual by Stephen Turnbull

I’ve been interested in samurai for a while now, so this book certainly caught my interest. There is a decent amount of information about becoming a samurai, traditions, training, history, and more. I did learn quite a bit from reading this one. However, I didn’t like the format. There is a quiz included with each chapter to test your knowledge and honestly, it felt like reading a teen magazine from the 90s. A decent read but not one to rave about.

Month 2023 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 13
  • Books purchased: 15
  • Books purged: 4
  • Books DNF’d: 3

I hope you enjoyed my May 2023 reading wrap-up. What books did you read in May?


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