Monthly Wrap Up: May 2022

Hi everyone! It’s officially time for my May wrap up – I can’t believe we’re already nearly halfway through the year! This last month has been super hectic, I feel like I’ve said that a lot recently but that doesn’t make it any less true. I actually started my A Levels at the end of May, and I still have seven exams to go this month, so it’s been a challenge juggling revision, blogging, reading and general free time. I also turned 18 on the 31st May which is crazy!

Despite all that’s been going on, last month I managed to read three books, which isn’t too bad! If you’re a regular reader you might remember I read a lot of contemporaries last month, but this month I went on a bit of a mystery spree! Now let’s get onto them.

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao

Rating: ✯✯✯

Thoughts: This was such a fun, quick read! I loved the hunt for uncovering the Proctor’s identity as well as the exploration of a high pressure environment, both inside and outside of school. I also really liked the twist, which I really didn’t see coming and genuinely shocked me. That being said, I did feel the characters could’ve been much better developed, and I also felt like there should’ve been more clues as to who the Proctor was, as the reveal did feel a little random. Overall, though, I’d still recommend this to any fan of mysteries!

I Know You Did It by Sue Wallman

Rating: ✯✯

Thoughts: This… Just didn’t do anything for me. I really wanted to enjoy it but it just fell completely flat. I had absolutely no connection with Ruby’s character which meant I didn’t care at all about what was happening to her, and I also guessed all of the twists, which were too predictable. I also found the writing style a little simple and bland, although it could be suitable for those on the younger spectrum of YA. With all of that being said, if you just want a quick and easy read, this could be it!

Five Little Liars by Amanda K. Morgan

Rating: ✯✯✯✯

Thoughts: I actually really enjoyed this… It ended up being a really fun, quick read that I ended up finishing in day (and neglecting revision for)! It actually reminded me a lot of One Of Us Is Lying, it’s very similar in that the characters are all stereotypical characters with deeper secrets beneath the surface – along with the murder, of course. I found the pace in this great and I loved the twists along the way! The only things I would say about this are that the ending is a little ambiguous (I’m hoping for a sequel) and some of their reactions were a tad unrealistic, but I’d still recommend this to any fan of mysteries -you’ll be flying through the pages!

Have you read any of these? What books did you read during May? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post!


39 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: May 2022

  1. These sound like very interesting reads, thank you so much for sharing with us. I’ve heard mixed reviews on that ‘I know you did it’ so I think I’m going to give it a miss. Looking forward to your reviews this month! Xo

    Elle –

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    1. They definitely are, I’d really recommend Five Little Liars and How We Fall Apart! I’m glad I helped you with the decision on that one. I really hope you enjoy them, thank you so much for reading and commenting xx


  2. Can’t help but admire how you found the time to finish three books. I’m still stuck on one book for over two months.
    I love mystery reads. The first book’s slogan “Study Hard. Betray Harder” made me giggle :P. It’s catchy.

    Belated Happy Birthday! xx

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    1. Haha thank you, it was definitely a struggle! I’m sure you’ll get there too.

      Yes same, there’s just something about the suspense which makes them a must read! Honestly same, it was one of the things which drew me to it 🙂

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and for reading and commenting xx


  3. Happy belated birthday Ceri! I hope it was a fantastic and memorable one. I love the cover and idea of I Know You Did It, but it’s too bad it fell flat! Five Little Liars looks right up my alley and I’m happy to hear that you finished it so quick! I’ll definitely be adding that to my list. Wishing you good luck on the rest of your exams, you got this!

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    1. Thank you so much – it definitely was, I had a lovely couple of days! Yes the premise was absolutely amazing but it just didn’t work out. I really hope you enjoy Five Little Liars as much as I did, it’s a really great mystery! Thank you so much for your support and for reading and commenting.

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    1. Thank you! Ooh I love reading on holiday, it’s so relaxing reading on the beach. I hope you enjoy them if you end up reading any. Thank you so much for reading and commenting – I hope you have a lovely holiday!


  4. You’ve had quite a mixed bag this month Ceri, I love how insightful your reviews are. I’ve not read anything by Amanda K. Morgan, but I love a mystery and your review of Five Little Liars has definitely grabbed my interest, thanks!

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  5. Loving that Five Little Liars and How We Fall Apart are both fun, quick reads! Sometimes I just want to spend a little time with an entertaining book and move on, so both reads sound perfect for casual reading. 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad I’m not alone with that (everyone else I’ve came across has either really loved it or really hated it). I didn’t know there was a sequel but that’s something I’ll have to thing about too! Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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