May Wrap Up – Finishing My Grishaverse Binge

Happy June everyone! I, despite being slightly busy, thankfully have a good couple of books to share with you all. To be honest everything in May went better than expected, so now let’s hope I don’t jinx it somehow…

I read six books in May, and most of those were Grishaverse books. Like I said last time, I dedicated some time to rereading all the Grishaverse books in anticipation of the show and Rule of Wolves. Well, not only did I finally purchase Rule of Wolves, I also read it! Still have to watch the show though…may wrap up may wrap up

I also have some fun life updates for you all at the bottom of this post. So let’s get into it!

May Wrap Up: Reading

Ruin and Rising

By Leigh Bardugo

Low key sad I didn’t manage to finish Ruin and Rising in April. So it became my first read of May. I’ve been keeping a little thread on Twitter about the books I read, and I mentioned there that I was surprised at how much I had forgotten about this book. I thought I still had a good idea of what happened and how said things happened, but apparently I thought wrong. Anyway, that made rereading the series all the more enjoyable!

All Systems Red

By Martha Wells

Read this one quickly after I finished Ruin and Rising, because it was time for a short change of scenery. This book is super short, and I read it in less than two hours. It also actually does somewhat read like a diary, and I really enjoyed it. I love Murderbot, and I’m hoping to continue the series this month. All books in the series are pretty short, so maybe I’ll even read the whole thing?

Six of Crows

By Leigh Bardugo

Back to the Grishaverse! The Six of Crows books are still my favorite within the whole universe. Like with the Shadow and Bone trilogy, I had forgotten a lot, mostly what even happened at the Ice Court. Like when I tried to think of it it was just a blank. So rereading this was, yet again, a good time.

Crooked Kingdom

By Leigh Bardugo

So weirdly enough, even though I did not remember much of Six of Crows, I remembered even less of Crooked Kingdom. Aside from that one part, that is. So I enjoyed this reread a lot too! It was also when I finished this book that I realized I was glad I own these, so that I can reread them as many times as I want.

King of Scars

By Leigh Bardugo

I will not lie, I did not entirely look forward to rereading King of Scars when I finished Crooked Kingdom. I think that the first half of this book is really kinda dull. But the second half on the other hand is great, so I shan’t complain too much. Either way, it was due for a reread because I remembered nearly nothing of this book either, and I had Rule of Wolves to read and understand afterward.

Rule of Wolves

By Leigh Bardugo

And finally the last book of May… Rule of Wolves! I really liked this one a lot, even though there were some things I thought could’ve been executed better. But, I did love the amount of old and familiar characters that showed up in this book, and I loved each POV, too. It really is quite twisty, too, which I always like to see in a book. I have my full review up now, and you can read it here!

May Wrap Up: Life Stuff

The first big news of the past month is that I moved out of my student room and back in with my parents. Hopefully just temporarily, but now that I’m graduating I’m about to lose my financial aid. I am looking for jobs, but I’m honestly not excited to live here in the Netherlands, so I’ve been focusing a lot on Belgium. House prices are a lot better there, too. That said, there are also some European Union traineeships I am applying for, which start in October. So we’ll see what happens with that. Either way, it’s likely I’m moving to Brussels in the near future.

The other big news is that I’ve essentially finished my thesis, yay! It’s 61 pages and nearly 15K words long. I am decently confident that I’ll get a good grade on it, because my supervisor didn’t have too much to add in terms of comments. But I’m still terrified, lol. On the 18th of this month I have one more paper due, that I still need to start writing, but I feel like a 4K word paper should be a piece of cake now. I’m honestly not sure how authors manage to routinely write so many words!

Other than that I don’t have much news. I bought a bunch of books this month, which is kinda out of character. Oh and it’s finally warm. Too bad warmth always gives me headaches, so right now I’m not yet enjoying it. But when my body finally decides the sun isn’t our enemy, I’m gonna go outside.

That’s it for my May wrap up! How many books did you read last month? Any new favorites, 5 star reads, contestants for the trash pile? I hope June treats you all well!


  1. June 4, 2021 / 3:32 pm

    I want to start the murderbot diaries. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I reread Shadow and bone before the show and didn’t love it but I do want to reread Six of Crows. That’s my favorite of the world so I hope I like it as much a second time around! Happy reading!

    • simonevanheijst
      June 5, 2021 / 8:32 am

      Ooh do start the Murderbor diaries! They’re such fun quick reads. Six of Crows is my favorite too! Happy reading!?

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