Books I read in May 2018

May Wrap-Up (43 books!)

I know 43 sounds like a shocking number of books to read in a month and it is, but most of the books I read were for my children's literature class so they were quick, short reads. I'm surprised I read so many books in various genres though because the majority of books I normally read are young adult fantasy. I'm finally branching out more and it feels great!

Favorite and highly recommended books are in bold. An * next to a book means the book was gifted to me by the publisher for free. Clicking the title of the book will take you to the book's Amazon page (if you buy the book through this link, I do make a small commission from it which goes toward helping me make more content). 

If you have any questions about a book below, feel free to leave a comment or email me, I'm happy to answer any questions :)

Disclaimer: I do not have kids so my thoughts on children's books may not reflect how well these books will be liked/disliked by the actual children they were written for. 

Also, not all books will have anything other than a rating (I'm still testing out this new format for wrap-ups so any and all feedback is welcome!). 

Children's Books

A Round of Robins by Katie Hesterman | ★★★★

Fun poems about the life story of a family of robins. 

A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Poached Egg by Robin Newman | ★★★

Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella by Jewell Reinhart Coburn | ★★★

For a children's picture book, it contains dark themes (death, revenge, etc). 

Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin | ★★★

A fun, silly story about cows that can type and the demands they write to the farmer. 

The Final Cut by Fred Bowen | ★★★★

My little brother doesn't like to read but enjoyed this one a lot so I had to pick it up. It's well-written and action-packed. Highly entertaining for children who are fans of basketball.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall | ★★

Not a fan of this retelling. 

Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School by Ian Whybrow | ★★★★

A fun read for small children before their first day of school to show them it's okay to be nervous. 

If Not for the Cat by Jack Prelutsky | ★★★★

Imani's Moon by Janay Brown-Wood | ★★★★★

A beautiful story about a little girl following her dreams despite being teased and bullied by the other children in her village. Features African folklore and gorgeous illustrations. Full review coming soon.

Journey by Aaron Becker | ★★★★

A gorgeously illustrated wordless picture book about the start of an adventure. 

Kiss, Kiss, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen | ★★★

The Korean Cinderella by Shirely Climo | ★★★★

I enjoyed learning more about Korean culture through this version of Cinderella but I was not a fan of the illustrations. 

The Legend of the Kite: A Story of China by Chen Jiang Hong | ★★★★

Little Monkey Calms Down by Michael Dahl | ★★★★

A great book to teach children how to calm down when they're having a bad day. 

Lulu and the Witch Baby by Jane O'Connor | ★★★★

Adjusting to a new baby sibling is hard. It's even harder when you're a witch and accidentally make said baby sibling disappear. 

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom | ★★★★

A fun, original folktale full of rhythm and rhyme and beautiful illustrations. Great for storytimes. 

Pet Heroes by Nicole Corse | ★★★

The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark by Deborah Diesen | ★★★★

The Pout-Pout fish gets over his fear of the dark with the help of his friends. 

The Princess and the Pea by Chloe Perkins | ★★★★

A beautiful Russian retelling of the original fairytale. 

Quest (Journey Trilogy #2) by Aaron Becker | ★★★★★

Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen | ★★★

The Tricky Tooth (Katie Woo Series) by Fran Manushkin | ★★★

Whaley Whale by Chris Raschka | ★★

A short hide and seek book for little ones. 

Where's Halmoni by Julie Kim | ★★★★

A fun story about two siblings looking for their grandmother in a world inspired by Korean folklore. 

YA Books

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi*  | ★★★★.5

An honest portrayal of two young adults falling in love and the mess that is both of their lives. Features an Asian American protagonist. Highly relatable. Full review coming soon. 

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter  | ★★★★

Gallagher-esque story about two childhood best friends (daughter of a secret service agent and the president's son) trying to outwit a dangerous assailant while mending their broken relationship. 

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls #3) | ★★★★

While enjoyable and fun, it felt a bit rushed. 

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls #4) | ★★★★★

A great continuation to the series. 

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls #5) | ★★★★★

This was the most difficult book for me to read in the series, it was unexpectedly heavy and emotional. Lots of growth with the characters though which was great.  

United We Spy by Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls #6) | ★★★★★

The perfect conclusion to the series. It brought me to tears in public. 

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich*  | ★

A promising premise about an agency that transforms teenagers into "love interests" to spy on people destined for greatness but the story itself is duller than dull.

Graphic Novels

Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror by Paige Braddock | ★★★★

Cecil gets toad-napped by kids for their classroom terrarium and his friends from the pond work together to save him. 

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke | ★★★★

With the push of a button, Zita finds herself on a strange planet about to be destroyed. She must save her best friend from a doomsday cult and find a way to get them back home.

Ogres Awake! by James Sturm | ★★★

A knight helps fend off Ogres but in a very unexpected way. 

Gryphons Aren't So Great by James Sturm | ★★★

Nonfiction Books

Go Ask Ali: Half-Baked Advice (And Free Lemonade) by Ali Wentworth*  | ★★★

A some-what entertaining memoir full of "half-baked advice." 

Gooey Jellyfish by Natalie Lunis | ★★★

I Am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer | ★★★★★

A very important read about Rosa Parks' life and impact written for children.

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez | ★★★★★

A fascinating look into the life of Joan Procter from when she was a little girl who brought a crocodile to school to her adult life and continued work with reptiles. A picture book that both children and adults will enjoy. Features a main character living with disability. Full review coming soon.

Red Pandas by Laura Marsh | ★★★★


The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns #.02) by Kendare Blake  | ★★★★

For fans of the series, this novella provides a closer look at the young queen's growing up together and their gradual transformation into who they are now. Though not much happens, this book contains spoilers and should be read after Book 2, One Dark Throne. 

Adult Fiction

The Summer Sail by Wendy Francis*  | ★★★★.5

Three old college roommates and their families get back together for a reunion on a cruise to Bermuda. This is a fun, light summer beach read about female friendships, family bonds and the fun and chaos of vacations. Full review coming soon.

Final Girls by Riley Sager*  | ★★★★★

The final girls are survivors of horror-movie level massacres and violent events. Ten years after Quincy's friends are all killed at a cabin, she's trying her best to live life normally, that is until one of the other final girls is found dead and the other one shows up at her door. TONS of twists and surprises.  

Overall May was a great reading month and I can only hope that June will be too! What were some of your favorite May reads? Leave a comment so we can talk about :)