What a wonderful month May was! I spent a lot of time reading and it was incredible…for the most part!
Ink and Bones by Lisa Unger had been on my to-read list for awhile. It is a creepy, thriller that I thought I would really love. But…it starts out with an 8 year old little girl getting kidnapped. A little too close to home. The story is told from a few different perspectives and it really kept the story moving. There is an element of fantasy in the book in the form of psychics and while it was central to the story, I didn’t enjoy it all that much. Honestly, I think I probably would have liked the book just fine except I couldn’t get past the girl being Taelin’s age. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
A Work of Art by Micayla Lally is the book I received when went to a class at Young at Art. I wrote about the class but didn’t review the book. I hate to say this but I really didn’t like this book. And it wasn’t just me…the friend that I took the class with didn’t like it either. The characters were shallow and I didn’t really like any of them. The writing was often rushed. Just, no. Don’t read it. I went to re-sell it back to the bookstore and they didn’t even want it back. I gave this book a 1 out of 5 stars.
Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris was a book that a friend lent me. A friend that knows books and knows me and recommends great books. This book was set in Saudi Arabia and was steeped in the culture. I found myself fascinated by how the culture impacted the actions of all the characters in the book. A young girl, Nouf, from a prominent family is found dead in the desert and the story follows the case to find out how this could have happened. This book was fantastic. It kept me guessing and I was totally and completely wrong when I found out at the end who-done-it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon was a short poetry book I picked up at the bookstore on Independent Bookstore Day. It is organized into four sections and I found that I enjoyed the poems in the third section the best. Her poems covered many themes; grief and loss, family, culture, feminism. I enjoyed the book but only found a few that really made me stop and reread. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck is a historical fiction that was recommended to me by a friend. It tells the story of several women during and after WWII. The castle, before the war, was a place of beautiful parties. It was also where a plan the assassinate Hilter was hatched. The plan was foiled, men executed and three widows come together, back at the castle. The writing in this book was beautiful and captured the struggles of the women and their friendships over time. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline was a book that had me from the first page. Things are not as they seem in this book. Set in a suburban city, the story centers around a man, Chris Brennan, who comes to teach at the local high school. He seems to be particularly interested in 4 boys, each with their own story. The twists and turns in this book kept me reading quickly and I finished this book in two days, surprised by how it ended. Scottoline is quickly becoming a go-to author for me. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney was my Blogging for Books book this month. You can find my review here!
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney was another thriller that I picked up at the library. This book told the story of two women, both who found themselves living in an unusual situation after both of them experience traumatic life events. A house that has a huge list of rules and requirements by the architect is where both these women end up living, Emma first and then Jane. Jane learns early on that Emma died in the house but the details surrounding the death are sketchy. As the story unfolded, I was left trying to figure things out…and again was wrong, which I kind of like! I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Have you read anything good lately that I need to add to my to-read list? Summer is here…which means more time to read!