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text 2017-06-01 15:58
May Wrap Up and Challenge Update

May has been good to me as far as reading is concerned, mainly thanks to two weeks holiday and a broken car (or we would have been out exploring).Here goes:

 

March - Geraldine Brooks  Ironically the first book of the month. A great historical fiction read.

 

Idaho: A Novel - Emily Ruskovich  My next read thanks to Booktube. Not my usual kind of read and not what I expected but...riveting.

 

The Girls: A Novel - Emma Cline  Another untypical read for me. A shop assistant at Waterstones book store recommended it and I enjoyed it.

 

All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel - Elan Mastai  My initial reaction to this one was that I liked the writing style but hated the main character so I put it away for a few days. When I picked it up again I was so glad I did. Putting the future right starts with one true love.

 

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood  A reread for me. I was hearing a lot on Booktube about it again and thought I would give it another go. I enjoyed it much more this time.

 

Method 15/33 - Shannon Kirk  An easy, entertaining thriller to while away a few hours. Go girl!

 

The Good People - Hannah Kent  I liked this one more than Burial Rites. It felt more polished and I found myself really involved with the characters.

 

Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel  What an awesome cover (no not this one but my cover, it has a face on it with silver stars over it on a matt black background). Awesome story to go with it though I really need to read the second part now. Anyone know when it is out in paperback?

 

Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch  What does a man do when so many of his replicas turn up to take over his life? Great read.

 

And finally

Fairyland (S.F. Masterworks) - Paul J. McAuley  My first Paul McAuley. I enjoyed his writing but it had more of a fantasy feel to it than sci-fi. If you can really make that distinction. Intriguing but it felt a little like hard work.

 

So, that was 10 books read from cover to cover as well as I-don't-know-how-many started books that I can't really get in to. I have a bit of a book hangover, I don't seem to be able to settle to any one book at the moment. The good news is that I am well ahead on my challenge (I was falling behind at the start of May) but the bad news is there wasn't a single classic, non-fiction or German book in there. Not doing too well on my one of each every month there. 

 

My plan for June is to finish some of the books I started in May or earlier and I have a couple of library holds that I should now read. No pressure :-)

 

Happy reading to all you book fiends x

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text 2017-05-31 18:18
May wrap up
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch
American Gods: A Novel - Neil Gaiman

Three books finished this month. I'm obviously working too much and don't have enough reading time. How do some of you do it?

 

I've been working my way through the Rivers of London series because I have book 7 from Netgalley to read and review. I'm more than half through book 4 now. I do have book 5 on my Kindle, but unless someone tells me there are major spoilers I'm going to read book 7 next. I seem to have collected 3 Netgalley books again and am waiting to hear on one more... oops!

 

The samples collection has plummeted this month! I'm down to 32 despite new acquisitions! If I keep this up, I'll have it cleared by end of June and can start vetting those gazillion free books!

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text 2015-06-01 22:28
May Wrap-Up

May was a good reading month for me!  I read 15 books, 3 novellas and a short story. Six of the books were off my TBR pile.  Here is the run down:

 

Risking Exposure by Jeanne Moran:  Middle Grade WWII historical fiction. Review.

 

The Dream Lover by Eilizabeth Berg: Historical Fiction about George Sand. Review.

 

Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham:  Contemporary romantic comedy.  Review.

 

The Saffron Crocus by Alison McMahan:  Young adult historical mystery set in 1600's Venice. Review.

 

Under the Same Blue Sky by Pamela Schoenwaldt:  WWI Historical Fiction with a little magical realism. Review. 

 

Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl by A. Giacomi: New Adult Zombies! Review and a chance to win!

 

Mary Hades: Beginnings by Sarah Dalton: Young adult paranormal/horror including the first two books, two novellas and a short story. Review. 

 

The Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader:  Young Adult paranormal. Review and a chance to win. 

 

Phoenix Rising by Hunter S. Jones: Historical fiction novella of Anne Boleyn's last hour.  Review.

 

Across Great Divides by Monique Roy: WWII historical fiction. Review.

 

At The Sharp End of Lightening by NR Bates: Fantasy and Celtic Mythology. Review.

 

Consumption by Heather Herrman: Gory horror, review and a chance to win.

 

Shadow, Shadow by V.B. Marlowe: Young Adult urban fantasy. Review.

 

Velicious by Shelique Lize: New Adult Paranormal with Vampires.  Review.

 

 

Alien Love by Stan Schatt: Science fiction with aliens.  Review.

 

 

 

A great reading month!   

Favorite books of the month: 

Under the Same Blue Sky

Risking Exposure

 

Not So Favorites:

At The Sharp End of Lightening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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