Weekend Editions: May Reads

Another month has gone by! I’ve decided to move my book reviews to weekends now. So these will be extra posts on top of my regular fashion/style posts during the week. I’m constantly trying to figure out what works best for when and what I post. If you have any suggestions, I am all ears. I’d love to hear what you would like to see!


May was one of those months that I was surprised that I read as much as I did. When I started putting this post together, I couldn’t believe that I had read 6.5 books. I say 5 because one is a short story that I read in about 30 minutes. I’m also in a bit of a rut with young adult. That is mainly because I had a few books come from the library all at once and had to get them read in a decent time. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up a more “adult” book soon!

Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson: This was the short story I read. It is part of the Reckoners series. You definitely need to read Steelheart to understand it. It is a fun little story that takes place shortly after the events of Steelheart. I wish I would of waited to read this until I got the next book in the series, as it would of been a good reminder of what happened in the story before.

Isle of Man by Ryan Winfield: I don’t know what to say about this one. It was one of those stories that I just get annoyed at. But it is still a decent YA, post apocalyptic story. I can’t even give a good background on it without it sounding ridiculous, so just go check it out if you like a YA story that will make you think at least a bit, and maybe even get a little annoyed.

The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell: I’m always a sucker for stories about King Arthur. This takes a more literal/historical approach to the often fantasized time of history. I like that it gives a more plausible vision of the time of Arthur. It is a bit darker, there are not many rainbows and unicorns in this one. Lots of war (the series is called Warlord Chronicles) and the fight between early Christianity and the old world Druidism.

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal: This has been hailed as Jane Austen with magic. It is an interesting story. I really like the magic system involved, glamour. But the one thing I didn’t like is that all of the action happens at the very end of the book. The majority of the book is learning more about the world, including parties and sisters fighting. Then all of a sudden, everything happens. Oh, and a relationship that goes from “gah I hate you” to “OMG I love you and we are getting married!” That is one cliche that I really dislike.

Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi: I devoured these books. But honestly? I didn’t really like them. I think there are so many eye-roll inducing lines and cliches that it takes away from the actual story, which is actually pretty interesting. I think this has the potential to be a decent movie, but who knows.


Tell me, what have you been reading? Do you have any suggestions on what I should read next that won’t make me continue to roll my eyes?

Life According to Steph

14 thoughts on “Weekend Editions: May Reads

  1. Katie Mitchell

    OK so I can just say that I am working on a summer reads post and set a goal to read 6 books this summer!! This post makes me feel like such a slacker!! LOL…6 books in May alone?!? Go you!! I will check some of these out!!

    1. Leslie Clingan

      Ok, girls, you are making me slightly embarrassed with my goal to read one, ONE book a month! So three this summer. I feel like I need to turn in my librarian badge. What are you girls reading right this minute? I am reading Nobody’s Cuter Than You!

      1. Alison C

        Hey, you are still reading so that counts! I just finished a book last night. I’m thinking I’m going to start “Devices and Desires” by KJ Parker now.

    2. Alison C

      Haha, if it makes you feel better, my year goal is 50. And that is actually on the low side for me. But if I keep at the rate I have been going, I’ll blow past that as I’m already at 30 for the year. Reading 6 books over the summer is nothing to shake at either!

  2. Jana @ Jana Says

    When I see Steelheart, I think of the 80s hairband. Probably not the same.

    I can say I’ve never heard of any of these books. I’m not sure what to recommend because I don’t think we have the same taste 🙂

  3. Rose @ Ramblin' Rose

    I probably am going to get some slack for saying this but I feel like a lot of YA is full of clichés and eye rolls or maybe it’s just me. And that’s not to say there aren’t talented YA writers. The current book I’m reading now is YA and while I like it and there really isn’t anything wrong with it, some of the main character’s thoughts and actions, I’m just like really?! And maybe it’s because I’m not YA anymore. That doesn’t mean i’m going to stop reading the YA genre though.
    Shades of Milk and Honey sounds really good.

    1. Alison C

      Oh I totally agree! I get that there will cliches in any writing. But it is a whole different ball of wax when you are beat over the head with them.

  4. Food Booze & Baggage

    The Winfield and Warlord series sound interesting. Shades of Milk and Honey seem like it would annoy me. I think based on the books you read, you would like Station Eleven. Have you read The Passage? You might like that series, but be warned the third one has not been released yet 🙁 I hate starting series and it takes forever for the books to come out 🙂

    1. Alison C

      I LOVED the Passage. I’m anxiously awaiting the next one. I really want to re-read the first two but want to wait until I know when the third one is coming out. I hate waiting too, but I usually don’t have the willpower to wait 🙂

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