May Wrap-Up & Book Haul

It finally feels like Summer is right around the corner! &&& I’m also late with my May Wrap-Up/ Book Haul but that’s less surprising. I had one goal in mind for the month of May & that was to keep my book buying to the bare minimum because I’d be attending Bookcon the 1st week of June. I succeded & have already given myself some pats on the back for this little accomplishment. I also read a bit more than expected what with all the Bookcon excitement keeping me up at night lol, so that was nice. I also managed to squeeze in 2 movies & celebrated LairOfBooks 1 year Blogoversary!!! *throws confetti*ย Since we’re already a week into June, I’ll keep it short & sweet ๐Ÿ˜‰

Noteworthy by Riley Redgateย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (4 Stars)

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrichย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (4 Stars)

New Boy by Tracy Chevalierย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (4 Stars)

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. Kingย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (4 Stars)

Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappiaย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (5 Stars)

The Red Hunter by Lisa Ungerย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (5 Stars)


I had a pretty great reading month in terms of quality & quantity (for me anyways lol). I was over the moon excited to hear my favorite Thriller/Suspense author released a book in May (Lisa Unger, Red Hunter)ย & when my twin called from the Strand Bookstore saying she picked me up a copy, I did a little dance. I’ve only read her books through Netgalley so this will be my 1st physical copy on my shelves, thanks Twin @ChicNerdReads! It was an amazingly atmospheric read that I had a hard time leaving behind once I had reached the last sentence. My 2nd favorite read of the month is hands down Eliza And Her Monsters which is another I can’t let go of. For everyone who has ever belonged to a fandom or was behind the creation of one, this one is for you! for those of US who seek & find comfort at home reading or watching a fave show because social anxiety is ever present in your life, this one’s for you! there is so much good in this book, I really do believe there’s something for everyone ๐Ÿ˜‰

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A Court Of Wings And Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Into The Water by Paula Hawkinsย (BOTM additional book I added)

Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappiaย (Owlcrate)

Milk And Honey by Rupi Kaur

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Emberย 

The Red Hunter by Lisa Ungerย (gift from my twin Gretchen @ChicNerdReads)

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrichย (BOTM selection)

Hubby & I started May off with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, we typically take off 1 day from work every month to chill, hit up a movie & bookstore/comic book store…basically nerd out sans the two tiny humans giving us major side eye haha! I want to say that I enjoyed Vol. 2 more than the first but I think that my feelings toward it are the same (3.5 stars). Except I could’ve done without the cheesy dad bit. The soundtrack & Groot continue to be my fave parts of this movie. Trang & Lashaan over at Bookidote have a EPIC review or as they call it on their blog, a “Cinedote”ย (see here)ย which pretty much sums up how I feel about this movie. I’d give them a follow if I were you cuz they’re pretty dope ๐Ÿ˜‰

Towards the end of the month, my sister & I went on our sisterly date to watch Snatched cuz Goldie Hawn & Amy Schumer LOl. I love these ladies & the idea of them together on the screen at the same time reallllly gave me the giggles so I had to see what it was all about. OMYGOSH it was so funny! I’m talking bust your stitches funny smh lol, I spent it holding my tummy the entire time. It’s centered around a mother (Goldie) & daughter (amy) getting kidnapped in South America. They end up being more trouble for their captors than it’s worth with escape attempts turning into jaw dropping high jinks. As a fan of Goldie Hawn since childhood, it was great seeing her back on the screen. I recently read & enjoyed Amy’s autobiographical memoir The Girl With The Lower Back Tattooย ย within the last couple of months & can say I am now a fan, LOVE HER! Def recommend (5 stars) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you all are having a wonderful June so far! How was your May? read/watch anything AMAZING? thank you for reading my late post & I’ll see ya all in the next post <3’s!


Author: LairOfBooks

"I didn't choose the Book Life, the Book Life chose me"

31 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up & Book Haul”

  1. I read Love Interest too, though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d have liked.I LOVED Eliza and her monsters โค โค

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  2. You had such a great reading month, Lilly ๐Ÿ˜ Really glad that you enjoyed Noteworthy and The Love Interest! TLI wasn’t quite as good as I wanted, but I still really liked it and the way it took on YA tropes. I’ve been hearing such great things about Eliza and her Monsters, I can’t wait to read it ๐Ÿ˜€ Great haul too, I loved milk and honey โ™ฅ

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    1. Thank you Lauren! โค I am very happy with the books I read in May, hoping for the same in June *fingers crossed* TLI's take on YA tropes had so many laugh out loud moments, I couldn't not enjoy it lol. OMYGOSH! you so should read Eliza and her Monsters & then let me know how obsessed you've become with Monstress Sea ๐Ÿ˜‰


    1. Thank you Annie! Lisa Unger *heart eyes* I’m already in search for more of her books smh. Guardians soundtrack gives me LIFE! haha, my hubby gets ready for work to that soundtrack LMAO!


  3. You had an amazing bookish month! I loved ACOWAR and I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! I’m looking forward to read The Hundredth Queen, and Eliza and her Monsters.
    I hope you have an awesome June! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks Raven! I’m hoping to enjoy ACOWAR but I’m very weary based on what I’ve heard lol. The Hundredth Queen & Eliza and her Monsters were both good but ELIZA WAS DABOMB.COM! haha, hope you have a fab June ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. It seems like you had a great May Lilly, and you definitely got through some quality books as well. The Love Interest hasn’t been released in the UK yet, and neither has Eliza and Her Monsters so I am pretty much holding my breath waiting until I can get my hands on both of them. They sound so amazing and I just can’t wait to get started.
    Great haul for this month and oh I loved Guardians of the Galaxy, I may be going too easy on the film but I’d rate it a definite five out of five stars. It was so funny and I loved pretty much every part of it! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Again great recap, and I hope you have/are having an amazing June as well Lilly! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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    1. Thanks Beth! May was def a particularly good reading month & now I’m hoping for the same in June *fingers crossed* Oh that sucks about having to wait for Eliza ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Guardians was really funny & I LOVED the bits with Groot of course but found the dad story line to be a bit cheesy & meh lol. I’m so ready to see Teenage Groot though, can’t wait for the next installment *insert excited emoji* Wishing you a Fab June Beth! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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      1. That’s all right! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah I’m hoping the same for my June as well, so far it’s been pretty good though. It really does but it should still be worth the wait. Groot was so cute, I can’t wait for the DVD to be released so I can watch it all over again.
        Thanks so much Lilly! โค


  5. You’re tooooo kind with your shoutout! Thank you so much and I definitely appreciate it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m really curious about Lisa Unger’s book now too. I might have to look into that one now. ๐Ÿ˜› Have a great month of June now! Happy reading!!

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    1. You’re so very welcome! & Lisa Unger can write one hell of a suspenseful story sure to pull you in but her characters are the real treat. Wishing you an amazing June, Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Happy to hear that you had a good reading more! I am dying to get my hands on Eliza and Her Monsters. I may break down soon and buy a copy lol.


  7. What an excellent reading month you had!! All 4&5 star reads I see ๐Ÿ™‚ AND you celebrated your 1 year blogiversary to boot. Congrats again.

    Cheers to another amazing blogging year, and happy reading in the remaining weeks of June ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. LET’S MAKE JUNE MORE AMAZING *starts clapping hands and being mad rowdy like the bori i am* lmao! You had a great reading month in May! You rockstar reader/blogger!!! and you’re so welcome on The Red Hunter. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THAT SOON because you know summer = thrillers/mysteries/suspense for me hehehehe. โค

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  9. Oh yay! Gretchen sent me The Red Hunter for my birthday! You ladies have me very excited to start this one ๐Ÿ™‚ I have actually read quite a bit but not been able to post reviews. Soon hopefully. I haven’t been watching as much. Just the usual true crime and forensic file binges haha. I hope you are feeling good โค


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