May 2015 Wrap Up and Books for June


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May 2015 Wrap-Up

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I think it’s about time!

In May, I read five books! I feel like that’s an impressive number for me these days. The books were:

Hexed by Kevin Hearne (Book Two in The Iron Druid Chronicles)
Hammered by Kevin Hearne (Book Three in The Iron Druid Chronicles)
Tricked by Kevin Hearne (Book Four in The Iron Druid Chronicles)
Two Ravens and a Crow by Kevin Hearne (Story 4.5 in The Iron Druid Chronicles)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik

As you can see, there was a definite theme to the books I read this month. I absolutely binged on Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series, which was so nice and refreshing to do. It was very nice get through each book and be able to go right on to the next one. Additionally, they were all audiobooks, and the narrator does such a good job with it. It really pulls you in and makes you want to continue to listen, even when you shouldn’t really. I will have a post coming up in a few days with my thoughts on the series so far.

Uprooted I devoured as well. I received a review copy through Netgalley a couple of weeks ago and finished it in a week. I would definitely recommend it. I enjoyed it though I will say it gave me all kinds of dreams and seems to continue to do so even after I’ve finished it. If you get nightmares, perhaps it’s not the book for you only because the fantasy world is so intense.

To highlight some of the reviews that were posted on the blog in the past month:

And we posted the following non-reviews:

Be on the lookout for a new way I may be approaching reviews…I -may- have figured out a way to get over some of my growing disinterest in them.

Books for June

Now, what shall I read in June?

I’ve been doing a lot of mood reading lately, but I generally still have a good idea of which books will be read in a month. Some of the books I’m looking forward to reading are:

days like thisDays Like This by Danielle Ellison

Sometimes the only thing standing between fear and hope is you.

Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused. Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her mother’s disorder, of resenting her mother for not being there, and scared of being trapped by an inevitable future—which included marrying Graham Tucker—Cassie did the only thing she could think of to keep from ending up like her mother: she left.

Graham never knew why Cassie walked away. He woke up one morning and she was gone—along with the life that he’d created around her. After eleven months, Graham has a new plan for his future. One that doesn’t involve Cassie Harlen.

When Cassie’s mom nearly burns down her house, Cassie’s forced to return home. Back to a mother she’s tried to ignore and the guy she’s been unable to forget. Graham doesn’t know how he’s going to spend the whole summer living next door to the person who broke his heart without letting those old feelings push through to the surface.

Neither does Cassie.

I also received a review copy from Netgalley for this book. I really enjoyed Salt by Danielle so I am hopeful that I will also like this one though it sounds completely different. I don’t usually read contemporary so we’ll see if I can be converted.

madmans daughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

I’ve been trying to read this for a while and it keeps being put aside for other books. I’m determined to at least knock this out finally to stop it from continuing to languish on my bedside table.

silkwormThe Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

I have this from Audible and I am looking forward to some more of J.K. Rowling’s characters. I’m already a little way into it and I may regret trying to listen to it instead of reading it because of the number of characters but the narrator does a decent job once you get used to him.

chardonnay charadeThe Chardonnay Charade by Ellen Crosby

“The Chardonnay Charade” begins with a daring helicopter flight in the middle of the night. Facing a freak spring frost that threatens to kill the grapes in her vineyard, Lucie Montgomery hires a chopper to fly over the vines in order to blow warm air on them. But her thoughts soon turn from grapes to murder when she discovers the body of Georgia Greenwood, a controversial political candidate, lying near the fields. Georgia’s husband, Ross, Lucie’s friend and doctor, immediately falls under suspicion.

To make matters worse, Ross, a renowned collector of Civil War documents, has just discovered a letter that seems to prove that Confederate president Jefferson Davis had prior knowledge of the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. In the small town of Atoka, Virginia — proud home to the “Gray Ghost,” the Confederacy’s legendary guerrilla commander — the letter is a bombshell.

Three years ago Ross saved Lucie’s life after she was involved in a near-fatal car crash. Now she intends to return the favor and prove Ross’s innocence. As the search for Georgia’s killer escalates, Lucie crosses swords with her attractive but cantankerous winemaker, Quinn Santori, and confronts her own unwelcome feelings of jealousy over his new romance and job prospects. Her worries about her kid sister’s out-of-control drinking and a second vineyard-related death further ratchet up the tension. Even though Lucie believes that in vino veritas — in wine there is truth — she finds that the path to uncovering a murderer involves making a heartbreaking decision that will alter the lives of those she loves.

This is our June book for the book club. While I may not be able to go to the meeting this month, I’m excited to see what it’s like to return to the series that kicked off our book club. I’ve been to many wineries in Virginia since then so there’s some curiosity with this book.

I think that’s about it for me and June. I am taking summer classes so despite only being in the third week of this course, I have a final paper due in three weeks…fun!

What are you reading this month?

pj - michelle

What do you think?

  • Freda says:

    Decent month for books! Hope you had a great ABEA!
    Happy June reading!

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      Thanks! I did have a good time participating in Armchair BEA this year! Wasn’t able to any of the Twitter chats, but it’s still cool to link up with other bloggers and authors.

  • Steph says:

    Great month! I am finally going to read Cuckoo’s Calling this month (I think) :)

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      Cuckoo’s Calling and now Silkworm are good PI stories, with JK Rowling’s knack for characters and dialogue. That said, if it weren’t for the fact that Rowling wrote them, I’m not sure I would have picked them up…

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