Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Monsters, Laxatives and Big Noses, Oh My!

Hi guys, welcome to May’s book of the month and monthly round up! This is a feature to sum up for you my reading and recommendations for the past month and to share with you the exciting things that have been going on on the blog and books I’m looking forward to in the following month.

May’s book of the month is...A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls is hands down my favourite book of the month. Patrick Ness spins a harrowing, lyrical, emotional tale from the final story idea of Siobhan Dowd. These two award winning authors have created one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read about a young boy whose struggling to deal with his mother’s battle with cancer. With stunning illustrations by Jim Kay this is a book that demands to be read and discussed and it comes with the highest of recommendations from me just make sure you have a box of tissues on hand! For more info on the book make sure you stop by my review here.

Best Plot: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Best Writing: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Best Cover: Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Best Characters: Swim the Fly by Don Calame
Best Ending: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Best Romance: Passion by Lauren Kate
Most un-put-down-able: Swim the Fly by Don Calame
Most Memorable: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Best Moral: Flawless by Lara Chapman

Books read this month
28.) City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (4.5*)
29.) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (5*)
30.) Flawless by Lara Chapman (4.5*)
31.) It Happened One Summer by Polly Williams (3.5*)
32.) Wither by Lauren DeStefano (4.5*)
33.) Swim the Fly by Don Calame (5*)
34.) Passion by Lauren Kate (3.5*)
35.) Stolen by Lucy Christopher (3.5*)

Top 3 Most Recommended Books: A Monster Calls, Swim the Fly and Flawless

Bookish Highlights of the month
I got to take part in my very first blog tours for Dead Beautiful and Swim the Fly two books that I really enjoyed and the blog got a new makeover something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and I’m very happy with the results!

Bookish Lows of the month
Book Buying Ban and computer fails, need I say more?

Book’s I’m looking forward to in June
So many! It’s going to be such a hard month with my book buying limit being only 4 books The Single Girls To Do List by Lindsey Kelk, Wish Me Dead by Helen Grant. There are also some fantastic books coming out that I’ve received for review already like What Happened to Goodbye Sarah Dessen’s latest book. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, About Last Night by Adele Parks and Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson I can’t wait to delve into those! There’s plenty to look forward to :-)

So there you have it my May reading summed up for you guys. Have you read any of the books I’ve read this month? What were your thoughts on them? Leave me a comment and let me know and don’t forget to treat yourselves to A Monster Calls! – You won’t regret it! ^_^


  1. I love the sound of A Monster Calls, it is definitely on my wishlist! Siobhan Dowd and Patrick Ness are two of my favouite authors.

  2. Do you think that Patrick Ness's book is a winner? I am trying to select books for a Mock Printz event and this one showed up on a list. It is coming out until September in the US so I have to rely on Brits for my information.

  3. It certainly is a winner! Not only book of the month but one of the best books I've ever read :)


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