Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Show Us Your Books: May 2019

Fits and starts month. Whenever I stop reading a book before it ends, I require a little brain refresh period. I usually finish a book and pick another up immediately but for some reason when I stop one before it's over I need a re-set. That happened twice this month, one I stopped a few chapters in and one halfway through.

I also returned a Philly library book to Ocean City's library...since librarians rock, they mailed it back before I even figured it out. 

Here's what I've been reading since the last linkup.

Engrossing Reads

The Huntress by Kate Quinn - A big mama of a book but I flew through it because it was engrossing and fraught with dangerous edges. Philly library hardcover that I returned to OC library

Sadie by Courtney Summers - Here's a sound byte for you: compulsively readable. I couldn't put this down. OCNJ library hardcover

Passed the Time Just Fine

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim - I'm probably an outlier here. People love this book and I thought it was okay. And as I always say, that's okay. Not all books are for everyone. I'm not one for courtroom dramas and I thought it was unbearably slow at times. OCNJ library hardcover

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough - File under: girls can be fucking cruel. I figured this out early but it didn't stop me from enjoying it - and I hope when you figure something out early it doesn't stop you from enjoying an otherwise good book also. Books are more than their twists. Philly library hardcover

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing - Sometimes I wonder what it says about me that I enjoy reading about psychos. This was a solid little read. Philly library hardcover

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - My God this was soul sucking. So very well written but very heavy and dark and depressing AF. One of those I'm glad I read that because the author did a lot of work here but if I knew how I'd feel at the end I wouldn't have picked it up. I hate saying that about a book someone sweat blood into but there it is. OCNJ library hardcover 

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides - I had to skim a few spots where the author was hammering in redundant information but I really liked this. Solid read. OCNJ library hardcover

All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth - Passable read about dangerous rich white kids. It read a little like a YA book but it's not. Philly hardcover

Not Worth It

Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly - Drip, drip, drip. Slow as fuck and frustrating, too. You cannot spend every other sentence referencing some big bad event for over half of the book and not telling anyone what it is. Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline - I've liked Lisa's books. I did not like this book. What a freaking slog. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Long Gone by Alafair Burke - Ho hum. Philly library hardcover

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani - A grisly tale with not enough backstory to prop it up. Paperback, borrowed

Did Not Finish

A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell - If it was possible to reach through a book and strangle a character in the first three chapters, I would have done that.  Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna - This had promise, like Golden Girls with an edge, but it moved with the speed of molasses and I dropped it halfway through. Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

What have you been reading? 
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