My May Reads

Summer is knocking at our doors, my fellow book lovers! I am ready to put my feet up out on the deck and curl up with all my summer reads!

May has been a super busy month, but I did manage to squeeze in some fantastic books!

Just in case, you don’t find what you are looking for by the end of this list, feel free to check out My April Reads as well for even more recommendations!

Reading in May

I have such a diverse assortment of books that I have completed since last month! From romance to thriller, I hope you find that one that interests you! Most of these, unlike other months, are newer releases. (Some are older, though!)

Let’s get started!

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

Published in 2021

We Begin at the End

Walk is the chief of police and also a person who personally takes responsibility for his childhood friend Star and her two children.

Duchess is Star’s daughter, and she is a self-proclaimed outlaw. Despite her tough exterior, she would do anything for her brother.

Not sure what is and is not considered spoilers at this point, so I’m just going to stop there. I will say I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator did an awesome job.

I think my biggest mistake was looking at the ratings before starting – I hyped it up way too much in my head. A decent book, but I just know I won’t remember it for long.

The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenhauf

Published in 2022

The Overnight Guest

I really had been needing a good mystery thriller with a jaw dropping twist, and this book hit the spot! WOW is all I can say! I was so captivated by the final pages, I was glued to my chair and completely enthralled with what I was reading.

Wylie, during a storm one night, has an unexpected visitor, and soon enough two uninvited overnight guests in her home.

The one and only home that was the location of two brutal murder years ago.

This story has it all. Flashbacks, chilling scenes, suspense, captivating characters and an ending episode that will not leave any reader disappointed!

Five brilliant stars!

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Published in 2014

Maybe Someday

Sydney’s heart is basically shattered when she discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend/roommate.

Some parts on Sydney’s reaction to this discovery really did make me laugh out loud.

Luckily for her, there’s that cute boy who plays guitar on the balcony across the way. Maybe he’s free…

You know an author is a phenomenal author when you can even appreciate one of their works which was notably not your favorite. I think the major flaw for this book was Sydney. God did she cry a lot. Like a LOT. And I just did not necessarily care for her character which is hard considering she is the main character.

But it is a love story. It’s heavy at times, and I could see how people may fall in love with it. I just like so many of Hoover’s works sooo much more (Like the other CoHo book I read this month… Keep scrolling for that one!)

Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman

Published in 2019

Heartstopper Volume 2

My expectations were extremely high going into Volume 2 after falling head over heels in love with the first one, and ALL expectations were not only met, but exceeded!

I loved seeing the relationship bloom between Nick and Charlie, and I appreciated how this book also addressed the social aspect of coming out.

Volume 3 up next, and I already know I’m going to love it just as much!

(PS Be sure to check out the Netflix series if you haven’t started it yet – It’s PERFECT!)

You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen McManus

Published in 2021

You’ll Be the Death of Me

Holy cow was this book full of twists!

Ivy, Cal and Matteo used to be close but things changed. Now they have the opportunity to skip school together and maybe reconnect.

Unfortunately, things only go from bad to worse after literally witnessing a murder and discovering secrets hidden about each other and their high school.

Just when I thought I had everything figured out, the ending dropped another bombshell that shocked me! A quick and easy read that’s full of interesting characters and a fun twist at the end.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Published in 2021

The Love Hypothesis

Olive never believed love was possible for her but what happens when her fake relationship with a professor turns into a very REAL case of love?

This was a short, quick and enjoyable romance read that we all knew would have the happy ending but we cheered for Olive and her happily ever after anyway.

I liked all of the characters in this book and how each main and side storyline developed over the pages.

This is definitely my recommendation for someone looking to get out of a reading slump.

Will by Will Smith

Published in 2021

Will

Let me put this out there before anything else : I am a huge Will Smith fan.

I am one of those people who will watch a movie just because you tell me Will is in it.

I listened to the audiobook version of Will and must say it gave the story so much life to hear it read the way Will wanted it to be heard.

My favorite parts were the beginning and the ending. I know his career is a big aspect of his life, but honestly I would have enjoyed reading more about his early years of his time of soul searching later on.

Overall, it certainly gives readers the full picture of Will Smith, and I appreciate him more as a person after listening to it.

Given the choice between the physical copy and the audiobook I would 100% say go with the audio.

And my number on recommendation of the month…

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Published in 2017

Confess

If you are a Colleen Hoover fan like myself, make sure you add this book to your TBR list right now!!

After losing the love of her life, Auburn’s life is shattered. Eventually she finds her way into an art studio where she meets Owen.

While Owen hires her for a job, he does not tell Auburn that he knows her from a past encounter. And that is not the only secret Owen is holding onto.

In an effort to not give spoilers or ruin this book for anyone, I am just going to say something (or someone) from Auburn’s past is threatening her new relationship with Owen.

Will these two be able to stay together or is Auburn destined for heartache?

This book. I mean… legitimate tears were shed. Colleen Hoover has such a unique way of making you feel like you’ve known characters for years and just when you feel as though all hope is lost, she lifts you back up. (Or Vice versa can be said as well!!)

Shining five stars and another example of why Hoover is the queen of romance

Books Courtesy of NetGalley

Each of the following books were provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All titles should be currently available for you to own now!

The Guilty Husband by Stephanie DeCarolis

Published in 2022

The Guilty Husband

Vince Taylor has the perfect life – CEO of a tech firm, owner of a beautiful home and married to the woman that most men can only dream about!

Then along comes Layla…

Captivated by someone both stunning and new, Vince has an affair with Layla, but this is not his only problem. Before too long, Layla turns up dead and guess who is the prime suspect.

This book was entertaining with a great plot twist in that ending! I loved how there were limited characters which kept it easy to remember who was who without any confusion.

A short and enjoyable book

Daughter by Kate McLaughlin

Pubilshed in 2022

Daughter

Scarlet’s dad, Jeffrey Robert Lake, is a convicted serial killer. The worst part is Scarlet is in high school and JUST found out.

And now he wants to meet her in exchange for the names and whereabouts of his victims. Scarlet’s mom kept her safely hidden for years… No what?

I loved how this story was told from Scarlet’s perspective and I found the premise extremely intriguing.

I wish there had been some more details regarding each of the main characters’ pasts, and I was hoping for a bit more with the ending.

However, overall, and easy and entertaining read.

Before You Go…

If you follow my blog, or follow me on Instagram, you know I have been talking a lot about Kindle Vella! Well, my best selling Vella work, I’m Still Me, is now also available in paperback and eBook and FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

I’m Still Me by Kristen Dutkiewicz

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What’s it about?

(Description as provided to Amazon)

“I can’t feel my face.”

What started as annoying, yet nonthreatening, quickly changed every aspect of LeeAnn Taylor’s life.

Engaged to her high school sweetheart, and a successful Kindergarten teacher, LeeAnn loved her life. As she hugged her students farewell on their last day of school, she felt a tingling sensation on her nose and assumed it was a side effect of her emotions.

The following morning, LeeAnn realized the previous day’s odd sensation was replaced with complete numbness. She traced her finger down her nose and in circles on her checks, feeling none of it.

While her fiance claimed it was from lack of sleep, her father attributed it to allergies, and her best friends reminded her it could always be worse… LeeAnn’s gut told her something was wrong.

Two months later, she had a diagnosis: multiple sclerosis.

Luckily, LeeAnn was a fighter.

And she would not have to fight alone. A story that demonstrates on how time and love have the power to heal.

Happy reading!

Published by Kristen Dutkiewicz

I am a an author, recently releasing six short-reads/novellas on Amazon, including my short read memoir about my journey with multiple sclerosis. I live in a suburb of Philadelphia with my fiance and two cats. When I am not writing, you can find me either exercising or reading!

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