What I’m Reading — May

What I'm Reading - May

Hello, and welcome to the (nearly) monthly What I’m Reading post! Let’s begin, shall we?


The Sisters Grimm: The Problem Child by Michael Buckley — TBR.

My friend Izzy had forbidden me from talking about this book when she’s around. She has a bit of a problem with one of the character’s choices in it. :P

For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, the latest in a long line of fairy-tale detectives, there is one mystery they want to solve more than all the others: who kidnapped their parents more than a year ago? Sabrina enters the hideout of the Scarlet Hand, the sinister group of Everafters who are keeping  her parents prisoner. She has a chance to rescue her mom and dad but is foiled by the most famous fairy-tale character in the world. How can a human child defeat a magic one?

With the help of her little sister (who might be tougher than Sabrina realizes) and a long-lost relative, Sabrina finds a powerful weapon for fighting her enemies, and discovers that magic has a high price.


How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon: How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell — both TBR.

I’ve talked about the HTTYD series on here before (mostly ranting about the terrible book-to-movie adaption) . . . and I’m kind of running out of things to say about it. But, uh, the book on the left is the first in the series, while How to Speak Dragonese is the third. I really like the fact that the third book has a Dragoneseto-English dictionary in it.


The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart — TBR.

The synopsis for the second book in TMBS series reminds me somewhat of The 39 Clues:

The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with a new mission: a mind-bending international scavenger hunt designed to test their individual talents. As they search for all the clues and riddles Mr. Benedict has hidden for the, Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance face unexpected challenges that will reinforce the reasons they were brought together in the first place and require them to fight for the very namesake that reminded them.


May Bird: Among the Stars (reading) and May Bird: Warrior Princess (TBR) by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

I bought the final two books of the May Bird Trilogy at Barnes & Noble — only $7 each! *celebrates* When I picked up the first book in this series, The Ever After, I was expecting it to be about fairytales.



The Secret Series: This Book is Not Good For You (reading) and The Secret Series: This Isn’t What it Looks Likes (TBR) by Pseudonymous Bosch.

This is one of my favorite series ever. I’ve collected all five books in the series, and I’m rereading it for around the third time. It’s a funny series with charming characters. And it’s really, really good. (If you want a better description, look it up. On Google, not Bing.)


The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin — TBR.

I happen to not know very much about this book (and what I do know came from Suzy’s review). I spotted it at my library and thought, I’ve heard about this book, and it has a pretty cover, so why not?


On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming — read.

My friend Izzy let me borrow me this book (really, she announced at a soccer game that she wanted me to read it). It’s full of short stories about how various teenagers  died (told through the ghosts’ POVs) — not the sort of thing I’d pick up on my own. But I’m really glad that Izzy recommended it to me, because it was creepy and awesome. I might do a review of it.


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume — reading.


Floors: 3 Below by Patrick Carman — TBR.

This is the second book in the Floors series. The first one is about a boy named Leo and his adventures in the wacky Whippet Hotel. According to the synopsis, he discovers new floors beneath the hotel and starts exploring them.


The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan — read.

I got this book almost as soon as it came out (because I love Rick Riordan). Apollo — who has been banished from Olympus and made mortal — was . . . well . . . an interesting narrator. His reactions to being human were pretty hilarious. While I enjoyed the original Percy Jackson series more then this book, The Hidden Oracle was still quite good.


A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff — TBR.

I actually don’t know what this book is about. I was just meandering through the library when its colorful cover caught my attention. So I got it out.

In a remarkable world where many people are blessed with a special Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal ability for cake baking . . . and no idea of the journey that Fate set in place for her the moment she was born. But when Cady moves into an upstairs room in the town’s Lost Luggage Emporium, she meets a curious cast of characters whose lives are tangled with her own in ways she never could have imagined. There the ragtag group of siblings struggling to grow beyond their Talents, the woman without any words, and the devious thief on a single-minded mission. And the one thing that ties them all together just might lie inside a single power-blue suitcase


The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: The Terror of the Southlands and The Buccaneers’ Code by Caroline Carlson — TBR.

I read the first book in this series a few months ago (see my review of Magic Marks the Spot here), and was eager to read the next one. But it took me a long time to find the second book at the library. But when I visited it on Saturday, they had not only the second book, but the third, too!


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (read) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (TBR) by J. K. Rowling.

I was originally going to have to wait another year to read the Harry Potter series, but my mom caved around the beginning of the month. (It’s all thanks to Izzy, really. We were having a sleepover, and she wanted to watch a HP movie. Because she was so keen on watching one, my mom decided to let me read the series.)

I finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in about a day. I really enjoyed it — I loved all the details J. K. Rowling put into the world.

Have you read any of these books?



23 thoughts on “What I’m Reading — May

  1. Ellie @ On the Other Side of Reality says:

    These books all have such gorgeous covers! I hope you enjoy them.
    I see we have different opinions on HTTYD – I tried reading the books and didn’t like them, whereas I’ve really enjoyed the movies. :)
    THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY YESSSSSS. Oh man it’s awesome. The second book was my favorite :)
    The Thing About Jellyfish and The Secret Series have both been recommended to me! I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on the former :)

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality


  2. Bella (Book Sweet) says:

    AAAHHH!!! THE TRIALS OF APOLLO IS OUT?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Sorry, I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever to read this!!! I want to read Harry potter soooooo bad, and my mom has all the books, but we can only find numbers six and seven. I mean, that’s just not fair, right??? Tell me it’s not fair. I’ve seen the HTTYD movies, and really like them, but I’ve heard they’re nothing like the books. I want to read them really badly too. These all sound really good! I might have to read all of them now!! ~Bella <3


  3. wizepuppy says:

    Yes, you will like Jellyfish. :)
    I agree with Ellie. Great series.
    Ooooo, another book by Rick?? I’ll have to check that one out sometime…
    Agh yes. The first HP is pretty good. I unfortunately, have yet to wait a little while yet to read the others. :/ I do love the first a lot, but I’m just warning you that you might get a bit annoyed when reading the rest. From what I’ve heard, Harry keeps breaking the rules a ton, but gets away with it every time.
    Be aware…
    All the others look really intriguing! :)
    ~ Suzy


    • wizepuppy says:

      Also, lots of people don’t really like the HTTYD books, but they are pretty good. I for one LOVE the books and LOVE the movies, so it’s a win-win for me either way. 😋


      • Loren says:

        Same. I love both the movies and the books, but they’re so different that you have to regard then as two different things. Not like an added bonus to the book fandom.

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  4. Ms. AGdoll says:

    I’ve read both the Harry Potter books, both the Secret Series books, the Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, and I was about to read The Problem Child, but I had to take it back to the library before I got a chance to read it. :(

    The pirate books look interesting!

    ~Ms. AGdoll~


  5. Allison says:

    Oh, lucky you. You get to read the rest of the Mysterious Benedict Society books for the first time… :P I LOOOOOVE the series! (I actually first heard about it on your blog. :D ) It’s possibly my favorite series/book. Also, you should totally get The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict which is a prequel, if you didn’t already know. It’s really neat! You can go to mysteriousbenedictsociety.com to see a trailer of it.
    The Perilous Journey is great – the overall plot idea is slightly less original than the first one – but there are some really great parts. I especially like that you learn something new about Constance that really makes her more interesting. Also… well, I’ll let you read it. :)
    I got the complete collection for my birthday, so I’ve read them all by now. *SNIFF* I’m going to do a review of each of the books soon.
    Okay, that was a hugely long raving comment. XD XD Anyway, I’m so jealous of you because you have all of those books to read and I’m having reader’s block – I don’t know what to read. *Sob* XD (Is reader’s block a thing? It should be. XD )

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  6. Megan (A Barefoot Gal) says:

    THE MBS!! Wait, you haven’t read all of them yet? :o YOU SHOULD. I LOVE the end of the second one… they always have so much action in the end. XD And then the third one, that’s pretty amazing. :D Right now I’m reading The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict. (the author has such long titles)
    HAH. I looked up The Secret Series on Bing. :P But you knew I would, didn’t you? :D
    I’ve just been reading the LotR series, so that took up most of the month. But I got it done! Hooray! :D

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  7. onenerdyowl says:

    I read the sisters Grimm two years ago (age 16) and I LOVED THEM. I seriously got sucked into each one. It was crazy =D


  8. Maddie says:

    It’s funny that your reading Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing, because I have all 5 books in the series and I just started rereading it the 22th. These all sound like great books.


  9. Lily says:

    All these books sound so interesting! I’ve read the Harry Potter series (well, 1, 2, and 3) and the Mysterious Benedict Society!
    And wow…you read all these books in one month? I wish I had that much time on my hands. I love reading, but I can only read fifteen minutes a day during English period! :(


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