May 2020 Book Recommendations: What to Read & What to Skip
Welcome to my regular round up of books for my May 2020 book recommendations! I focused on a lot of 2020 new releases so you’ll have plenty of opportunities for preorders!
This list of May 2020 book recommendations includes a few must-read hits and some middle of the road reads you can take or leave. I like to share both my five star reads and any misses to help you get a better idea of what you should read or might want to skip.
As always, I love to hear if you agree or disagree with my ratings! Let me know in the comments what you thought of my May 2020 book recommendations.
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May 2020 Book Recommendations
The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
In one of the sweetest gestures I’ve experienced so far as a book blogger, my blogging friend Rachael (who runs the fabulous Booklist Queen blog) sent me this book as a surprise!! She raved about it and I said I was looking forward to reading it at some point based on her recommendation. Then one day it appeared at my door!
When Monica finds an ordinary notebook with a secret confession inside that encourages the next reader to live authentically, she scribbles her own confession and passes it own. As the notebook continues its journey, the writers eventually find each other and connect in ways they never imagined!
5 Stars | Amazon
Beach Read by Emily Henry
In a shocking turn of events, I actually read my Book of the Month selection in the same month I received it! I couldn’t resist the premise – two writers who switch genres for the summer. As they give each other a crash course in how to write, they can’t help but start to fall in love. This takes place literally in a beach town, often in beach houses, so it’s an absolutely perfect summer read.
I read this book in 24 hours because I just didn’t want to put it down. I’ll admit I dropped it down to 4.5 stars because the ending didn’t hook me quite as much as the first half, but it’s still overall a terrific novel. I was laughing out loud at parts and just loved the writing style and dialogue.
4.5 Stars | Amazon (Release Date May 19, 2020)
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eBooks (reading from Netgalley / Library):
Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey
I read Winfrey’s previous novel, Waiting for Tom Hanks, earlier this year and fell completely in love with the characters. So, you can imagine I was thrilled to discover the sequel would be out in 2020! This time, Chloe takes center stage.
I did get a little frustrated with Chloe’s inability to acknowledge what was right in front of her. Her decisions were sometimes a little too self destructive and it seemed like it was solely to extend the plot a bit longer. So, if that sort of thing annoys you, you may want to skip this. However, if you enjoy a cute rom-com or loved Waiting For Tom Hanks you’ll find this absolutely enjoyable!
3.5 Stars | Amazon (Release Date July 7, 2020)
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
A Young Adult Fantasy novel with a fairy tale twist. In this dark tale, the princess is not the one who needs to be saved. Soraya was cursed as a baby and now poison runs through her veins. Anyone who touches her skin will be killed. So, she’s locked away to protect her family’s royal status. When a demon is captured and brought to her castle, she sees an opportunity to find out how to break the curse. But dealing with a demon might mean turning against her family.
This has a lot of the standard YA tropes, so those parts of the story didn’t feel terribly original. However, I absolutely adored the Persian folklore influences that serve as the backbone for the tale. The setting, language, and characters all reflect Persian culture and that fact sets it apart from the multitude of other YA fantasy novels.
3.5 Stars | Amazon (Release Date July 7, 2020)
The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund
This is one of those Bookstagram made me do it books, but for the first time wasn’t a hit. Keely decides she needs to take matters into her own hands if she doesn’t want to be the last virgin in her class before she graduates. So, she makes it her mission to find the right guy. When an absurdly perfect guy drops into her path, she thinks she hit the lottery. However, she doesn’t want to seem inexperienced with an older boy so she sets a new plan to “practice” with her best guy friend first.
This YA novel isn’t bad, but I just couldn’t connect with the characters and their decisions. There are so many other YA books I’d recommend instead (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Fangirl, etc)!
3 Stars | Amazon
Audio Books (listening on Kindle Unlimited / Audible):
My commute is nonexistent so I haven’t been listening to any audiobooks! I’m sure I’m not the only one…
Reading Tracker Analysis (Data: Jan – Present)
Since I created my Reading Tracker (available for $5 in my store), I thought it’d be fun to showcase a few of the graphs each month. I’m an accountant, so books + Excel is my dream combo 🙂
First up this month is a look at which formats I’m reading the most. At this point in the year, almost half of my books are eBooks!! I guess I’m reading more novels from NetGalley, which means more time on the Kindle. It’s no surprise that audio is so low. Normally I can get through at least a book a month listening on my commute, but that’s gone away…
The graph below is one that took quite a while to figure out and I’m rather proud of it 🙂 It helps show my best/worst publishers based on the star rating I gave the books I’ve read so far this year. So far William Morrow Paperbacks is the lowest with an average 3 star rating. Pamela Dorman is knocking it out the park and Broadway Books also has 5 stars!
If you’d like to analyze your reading or you’re tired of tracking books with Goodreads, check out my Reading Tracker!
What was the best book you read in May?
For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in April 2020!