Hi guys! May flew past as a month in lockdown and nothing actually happened at all. On the bright side, I read some awesome books, so I’ll dive into them right away!

Books read

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong | You know that feeling you get when a hyped book lives up to the hype? Juliette and Roma were two imperfect, badass wounded souls, the mystery was gripping and the prose beautiful. I’ll recommend this book to everyone, but especially for people who are a sucker for good diverse stories and enemies to lovers romances. My rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 stars, rounded up) You can read my review here!

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal | Now I’m having an internal debate whether this or TVD had the best enemies to lovers romance but I can’t choose. I loved every character, the fantasy-Arabic setting and the wildly unpredictable twists. This would’ve been a perfect book if it didn’t have such a slow start. Another book I’ll recommend wholeheartedly – and a big thanks to Cherry for constantly talking about this one and making me push this to the top of my TBR! My rating: ★★★★☆ (four stars)

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo | I love those ‘destroying the inner monster’ narratives and this book took it quite literally. Also, Nikolai Lantsov with all his sass is the main character. This is also deliciously twisty, and what’s not to like? My only tiny negative is that Nina’s chapters never ‘fit in’ with the rest of the story. I kept waiting for the stories to connect, but they almost never did. My rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 stars)

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo | Oh boy. I liked this book, but I really wanted to love it and that…did not happen, unfortunately. You can read my (spoilery) review here. My rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

What I watched

Star Wars: The Attack of the Clones

I swear Anakin Skywalker doesn’t give a damn about the word subtle when it comes to flirting. Cringe factor: 100%. Also action scenes: 100% so I guess the two make the story neutral.

On my blog

I finally created an email address matching my blog! In hindsight, I should have done that before I created this blog, but the 2020 me somehow managed to forget that tiny, crucial detail. I do not want my personal email getting clogged up with blogging stuff and burying the more important zoom links and question papers and stuff. So if you want to chat with me you can email me at thedoodlecrafter@gmail.com where I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

I also created a review policy page mostly because I’m sad I had to decline my first review request😢

I posted five times this month! You can click on the featured images to visit any post.

Around the blogosphere

☀ Naemi discusses books that made her cry and why she loves them!

☀ Cherelle returns from her hiatus with the prettiest blog redesign ever!

☀ Ritz celebrates a 100 followers with a ‘reacting to your assumptions about me’ post!

☀ Nehal discusses why she doesn’t read self help books

☀ Ashmita hit a 1000 followers on her blog! She’s such an amazing and kind fellow blogger she deserves it and more!

☀ Birdie shares her anticipated book releases of June which you can also add to your TBR!

☀ Maria @ The Character Study discusses reading classics

☀ Akriti shares Sexist Phrases That Trigger Her Middle Finger which are, gosh, so true!

Life

These days it’s been only two things. Windy, rainy, windy, rainy, windy, rainy. Notice a pattern? My home is in a narrow strip between two tall buildings so the wind speed is extra high (Bernoulli’s principle lol). Everyone uses ‘the wind howled’ as a term but the actual sound of wind is more like a low pitched air raid siren.

A ship caught fire off the coast and dumped roughly 3000 tons of oil into the sea and there’s a lot of videos of fish flipping dead on beaches and and I really, really hope the spill is cleaned quickly before it does more damage to the already fragile marine ecosystem. And we decided to stop buying seafood for at least two years.

On the plus side, my mum signed up for boring lessons in which I teach her physics and chemistry, because now I’m alarmed at my inability to do anything else but procrastinate when it comes to studying😅 Teaching another person helps, though!

My kitten is now four months old and…loud. And she jumps onto anything that moves, which unfortunately also includes our legs.

I celebrated my birthday! Actually, it’s today ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

June TBR

I’m still debating whether or not I should keep monthly TBRs but I’ll just keep a vague list of books I may or may not read next month:

Loveless by Alice Oseman >> I’ve never read an Alice Oseman book before, or a book with asexual representation either. I’m curious to see what this is like.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas >> maybe I won’t get distracted by newer and shinier books this time. I predict four or five stars? Please don’t disappoint me.

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar >> A cute contemporary romance with a Muslim desi main character? I’m so overdue for this.

I used to hate the contemporary genre and now I’m coming to appreciate it more and more…and yeahh that’s only three books but I’ll figure out the rest along the way…at least, I hope so!

How was your May? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? What are your thoughts about them?

Hope you all have a fantastic June!

65 thoughts on “May 2021 wrap up // windy days & great books

  1. Yay!! Happy birthday, Jan! Seems like you had an AWESOME month! Everyone’s reading books by Adiba now that Hani and Ishu’s guide to fake dating released and I’ve heard she advocates diversity so I will get to them soon! I’ve always loved contemporary (I don’t even know why) but perhaps because it’s the most relatable of genres? I’m still on the first Star Wars (which I started watching for primarily two reasons: all the references in books, and the May the Fourth celebration during which I was spammed with around a million Star Wars gifs.) Great post!!! I had so much fun reading it :))

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  2. Yeah so, very sorry I didn’t mean to send it like that 😅.
    What I was saying is:
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DYDE!!!!!! WE NEED A PARTY NOW AAH 🤩🤩
    How old are you now? Or young 😂.
    I hope you have the best day dude 😃, even tho its covid I hope you have an amazing and the bes birthday ever 🤩🤩. Your posts are so fun always! 🤩
    Loved the fact that you mentioned me, I’m honored *bows*. Also I’m so glad you enjoyed these violence deaths because I have been meaning to read that book since forever. Once again dude, have a very happy birthday!!!! 😃😃

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  3. happy birthday Jan!! I hope you have a wonderful day, and a wonderful reading month ahead of you! ❤ I'm glad to see you enjoyed these violent delights, and I hope you like the henna wars (it really was wonderful to see a sapphic desi character) 💛

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  4. Awesome post! I loved your King Of Scars review, though I’ve bookmarked and kept you Rule of Wolves review for later since I’ve still not finished….though I will be today! Can’t wait to finally get to your thoughts on that!
    Also, Happy Birthday!!! ❤

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  5. Happy Birthday Jan!! Hope you have (or had, whatever your timezone) the best-est birthday ever🎉🥳
    All the four books you mentioned are on my TBR, and all of them sound so amazing I just can’t wait to read them!
    Lovely post😊

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  6. Happy Birthday, Jan!!🎉🎉 Glad to know you had a good May. I enjoyed all your posts but especially loved ‘Classics I Did Not Finish’ and I’m hoping to read These Violent Deaths in June. Hope you have a great month. ☺️

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  7. Happy happy birthday!! Sounds like you had a great reading month! I’m sorry that RoW was disappointing for you, but I’m glad you liked all the rest 🙂
    SKDJFSKDJHF ATTACK OF THE CLONES
    My family and I are absolutely insufferable watching the prequels because we’re always quoting the awful Anakin lines

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  8. Happy birthday!!!! *throws confetti* (Hey, it’s my dad’s birthday today, too! An excellent day for a birthday, imo. :))

    I’m not great at studying, either…but teaching someone else does help! It sort of *forces* you to study.

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  9. Happy birthday!! Hope you’re able to read all of your TBR and hope you have a great June! Also, about the email, I made mine last year and I’ve had my blog name since 2017! So you’re better off than me haha.

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  10. Happy birthday, Jan!! 🎉🥳🎈 I hope you have a lovely new year of your life, with lots of successes, many books, and hopefully no more oil spills 😅 Also, your kitten sounds so cute! I still remember when my cats were that age and the most adorable balls of fluff 😍
    I actually read Loveless this past month and really liked it (more thoughts will be coming in my wrap-up soon 😉), so I’m excited to see what you think! And trust me, there’s no way you won’t like The Hate U Give. At least I’m pretty sure 😅
    Finally, though, thanks for the shout-out! I’m glad you enjoyed reading about my history of sobbing over books 😂

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  11. omg happy birthday jan! these violent delights was SO good, and i’m so happy you loved it as much as i did! i really need to read we hunt the flame, and rule of wolves, because i need to know what happens after that ending from king of scars! congratulations on creating a seperate email for your blog haha – i still haven’t found the time and energy to do that and change everything. ahhh your kitten sounds the cutest 🥺 the hate u give was a really moving read – so i hope you love it! the family dynamics in the henna wars were also ~superior~, and though i haven’t read loveless, heartstopper is one of my absolute favs! i hope june treats you well 💖💖

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    1. Thanks, Ahaana! Read We Hunt the Flame and Rule of Wolves, I’m sure you’ll love them!! Haha creating a new email wasn’t that hard. I can’t move the entire website to a new email (maybe it can be done, but that’s too much hard work for right now) but if you want there’s an option which allows you to send all the feedback on the contact form [in my contact page] to a different email, which is basically what I did, it actually doesn’t take much time at all😃
      I’ve heard so many good things about heartstopper, I might try it one of these days!

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  12. I used to hate the contemporary genre too but now it’s one of the ones I read the most, so I feel you! 😍 & happy belated birthday!! 🥳🥳🥳 I hope you had a beautiful day. ❤️
    Have an amazing month and I hope you find the best readings 🥰

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