Happy Moving Day Friends!
JB flew into town yesterday and he’s helping me pack on up and head on out today. As you’re reading this we’re probably on 75 towards Knoxville. Whoo!! Next stop Boston!
My social life is doin well, thank you for asking 😉
But seriously, most of May was spent only working a few days a week so I had plenty of lazy days spent in my giant chair by the window losing the hours in a good book, wandering the various hiking trails near town, and lounging my days away. I live a charmed life.
Also in case you missed it, click here (LINK) to check out my reading challenge for you this summer!
So I decided to do another book recap. I really will read just about anything, I think I’ve mentioned my annoying habit of finishing any book I start whether it’s good or not. For that reason, perhaps I can spare you that same annoyance. Unless of course I’m the only one with that weird OCD tendency, in which case you can still skip the boring ones.
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout. 5 stars. I was still on my memoir kick from the end of April, so this was my first book of May (following the Elizabeth Smart book. Note: poor writing made for a painful read despite already knowing the story well.) Anyway, as a self-proclaimed non-foreign wanderluster, I love reading about other’s exotic escapades and adventures. Of course Amanda’s had a very tragic event happen, but her spirit inspired me and I devoured the book quickly. A must read!
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 4 stars. It’s a YA book and a quick read (which is why I only gave 4 stars) but I guarantee you won’t guess the ending.
The Stranger On The Train by Abbie Taylor 4 stars. I nabbed this book because I have yet to be able to find Girl On A Train that everyone is talking about so much. Girl, stranger, they’re on a train. Anyway, it kept me guessing, but I honestly had hoped for more of a twist or more suspense. Still a good read though if puzzle-solving is your cuppa.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 5 stars. I knew I was gonna like this book, because I’ve liked all her other ones. If you like quirky characters, different points of view, and never getting the full picture until the end, then this book if for you. Seriously, the entire structure of this book had me guessin until the very end. Who dies, who killed them, why are the most beautiful ladies always the ones most damaged? These are the questions we must ask ourselves….
The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones 5 stars. Dear Hollywood, please make this into a movie like yesterday. Holy Fast-paced Thriller Batman! This has history, time jumps, mystery, nobility, murder, torture (yeesh), OCD, and a little girl named Leah…..go put this book in your hands now.
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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 4 stars. I saw this recommended on Lauren Conrad’s website I think. I take any suggestion from her as gospel so added it to my list. I scored big at the Knoxville library and found several of my YA picks. This was a quick read and was cute. I gave it 4 stars for the cuteness alone. (also I’m beginning to think I’ve a pretty lenient critic.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson 4 stars. As the one who IS the more reserved one in the friend duo, this book spoke to my soul. I also love how my friend’s challenge me and push me outside my comfort zone to really live. Also, lists…..It’s a YA book so again I couldn’t give it 5 stars just on principle. Sorry if that makes you mad.
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica 3 stars. Obviously I’m a sucker for books that write from more than one point of view and this one certainly delivers. It gives everyone’s thoughts and feelings besides the girl who was actually kidnapped. Even her kidnapper gets a voice, say what? And despite the ending having a good “you’ll never guess it” twist, it just didn’t have me raving about it to anyone, so 3 stars…
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver 5 stars. Go get this and read it now. Big twist, feuding sister’s, teenage love, tragic accident. If this isn’t made into a movie sometime soon I’d be surprised. It’s got everything you want in a drama. I also can usually eventually guess the endings of most books, so the ones that literally make me stop reading, look up, and say what are keepers!
I ended up reading another ——- books this month as well, but we’ve already established from last month’s recap, y’all think I have no life so I capped it at 9. My favorite number, don’t steal it!
Now give me more recs to add to my list, yo!