May Wrap-Up // 2019

This is my first wrap-up. After seeing them around on a lot of book blogs, I think it’s something I’d like to give a go, so I can track my reading progress — and how many books I’m purchasing per month (which I should definitely cut down on!!)

This month, I read four (and a half) books. This is definitely a tiny amount compared to most bloggers, but I find it quite difficult to fit reading time around my job, and my attention span is pretty awful these days. Anyway, I was in a pretty big reading rut for the first few months of this year, so I’m happy that I’ve managed to read a few books this month regardless!

What I Read

Half Bad by Sally Green

I’m planning on reviewing this as a series eventually, so I don’t want to say too much right now. I definitely had some very mixed feelings about this book, though. The story was intriguing, and I liked the protagonist — however, I felt Green’s choice of using ‘Black’ and ‘White’ to differentiate the types of witches was a terrible one, packed full of racist connotations that made me feel very uncomfortable while reading.


Finale by Stephanie Garber

I loved the first two books in this series so, so much. Legendary was absolutely magical, and really touched my heart when I read it. Something about Finale just didn’t hit me the same way, though. You can read more in my full review.


Sonny and Me by Ross Sayers

This was a bit of a different read for me. I don’t read a lot of teen fiction set in high school, and I especially don’t read books written entirely in Scots. I really loved this one, though. You can read about why it’s one of my favourite reads of the year so far here.


Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

I picked this one up in the buy one get one half price deal in Waterstones with absolutely no idea what to expect. I was absolutely blown away by this novel, though, and I can’t wait to ramble at length about how wonderful it was in an upcoming review.


Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I picked this one up in The Works, as the first four books were on offer for £10 in total. After forcing myself through the first half… well, let’s just say I can see why they were so cheap. I’ll be posting some DNF reviews next month, and I’m actually looking forward to discussing everything that was wrong with this book. It’s just a shame I have the next three books in the series too, now.


What I Bought

What I Posted


Sonny and Me by Ross Sayers


Books I’ll Probably Never Finish

Goodreads Challenge Progress

I’ve read 12/35 books so far. I’m a little behind due to the aforementioned reading rut, but I’m hoping to catch up and reach my goal!

This was definitely a better month for reading and blogging than the last couple of months have been. Hopefully I can keep it up and get even more done in June! Thanks for reading! x

29 year old book blogger from Scotland. Probably nervous.


    • sfmclaren

      I’ve seen some mixed reviews floating around over the years, but I really wish I’d listened to all of the bad ones because they were so spot on. You’ve definitely dodged a bullet!

  • Dominique

    I also saw that The Works deal and was tempted but like you guys. The bad reviews put me well off it. They probably sold them that cheap just to try and shift them thinking back! 😂😂

    • sfmclaren

      They definitely were just trying to get rid of them!! I tried to persevere since sometimes YA books can still have a pretty good story, even if the writing isn’t that great, but I just… couldn’t haha

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