May Books

Heidi-ho, blog readers! It’s that time again, when we look back on the previous month and I get to talk nothing but books. Well, May is typically one of my busiest months (birthday season is in full swing) and this year was no exception, but, with the advent of the warmer weather and the addition of my swing, I fully expected my tally to go UP in May. Surprisingly, it did not.

So, for those of you afraid I was going to outpace your guess, don’t worry, I slowed down.

In the first half of the month, I just didn’t want to read. I had nothing new or interesting, none of my old books appealed to me…so I didn’t read. Instead, I began to get back into my television shows and get caught up on finales and everything. Finally, nearing two weeks into the month, I stopped and read a book. First book on May 13. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of time left in the month, but I still think I managed a respectable amount.

May: (14 books)

1. Sweet Reckoning – Wendy Higgins

2. The Selection Stores: The Prince and the Guard – Kiera Cass

3. Lick – Kylie Scott^

4. Play – Kylie Scott^

5. Foreplay – Sophie Jordan*^

6. Tease – Sophie Jordan^

7. The One – Kiera Cass (the book I am reading in my new swing)

8. It Happened One Wedding – Julie James

9. Frozen – Erin Bowman

10. Sweet Talk Me – Kieran Kramer

11. Losing It – Cora Carmack^

12. Faking It – Cora Carmack

13. Finding It – Cora Carmack^

14. Waiting on You – Kristan Higgins

Before I continue, I want to note this so I don’t forget because it is exactly the kind of thing that would bug me in the future. The Cora Carmack series? Yes, I read two digitally and the middle one in print. Why? Well, Lane and I went to the bookstore and I told her to help me find a book. She found Faking It. Neither of us realized that it was the second in a series. I figured it out as soon as I started it, so I stopped, hopped onto the library site and found the first, read that electronically, then read the one I own, then needed the third to finish it out. So there. (That would only have bugged me, I realize, and none of you even noticed, I’m sure, but still).

Sweet Reckoning was the conclusion to one of my favorite teen trilogies. Loved them all so much, and this was a great way to wrap it all up. The One was another conclusion. I like this one, too (The Selection series) but it wasn’t as good as the Sweet trilogy. Frozen was the second in a series. I liked the first a great deal. The second was also good but had WAY less action than the first, but more plot, so it was interesting.

All the rest I read? Romance novels. All of them. Like the Carmack series (technically New Adult) a great deal. Didn’t really care for the Julie James. She is an author that I have it in my mind that I like her, so when a new book comes out, I snatch it up immediately, but every time I read her books I am disappointed. I don’t think I actually like her as much as I think I do. It’s too bad. I was also disappointed in the Kieran Kramer. She wrote an historical that I really liked (When Harry Met Molly, for the curious), and so I wanted to read this, her first contemporary. Didn’t really care for it.

I did like Lick and Play, which are part of a new series, the Stage Dive series. I got a free ebook of Lick and then bought Play, they haven’t published them in print, as far as I’ve ever seen, but I enjoyed them. Easy, fun, lighthearted, pretty much what I’m looking for when I reach for a romance novel.

And that, friends, is that. My total on the year is now at 77, which puts me on pace for an annual total of 185. Less than halfway through the year (only 5 months) and I am halfway to last year’s total, interestingly.

I kept telling people that I read so much more when it is nice outside, which is true, last half of May….so far in June, I’m 3.5 for 3.5 (if I can finish this book tonight, it’ll be 4/4 in June. Which won’t last, I’ve got a movie date tomorrow night!)

So, if you wonder what I’m up to….assume I’m in my swing, reading.

Books Books Books – May Edition

I’ve been writing this post for two whole days. Turns out, I’ve now been writing this post for 13 days. I didn’t include it on my list of Posts to Come because I intended to have it posted right after that. Whoops. Now we pick up where we left off.

I really need to keep on top of this to make sure I don’t fall off the wagon with this book plan of mine. While it is true I have been reading less, I still want to keep track, have a record.

May was somewhat slow on the reading front. Partially because of neverending celebrations and too much work, but also because of tv series finales. It’s my second favorite month in which to watch tv…I love finales. (The first is September, for the curious, only thing better than endings is beginnings, much like with books).

And also I am not finding anything very inspiring lately. The number of books I have started and stopped for sheer lack of interest would probably astound many of you. But, in spite of all that, I did manage a fairly respectable May.

May (8 books)

1. Sweet Peril – Wendy Higgins

2. The Ivy – Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur

3. The Future of Us – Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

4. After the Storm – Amy Knupp

5. The Best Man – Kristan Higgins

6. Love Irresistably – Julie James

7. Fly Away – Kristin Hannah

8. Kiss an Angel – Susan Elizabeth Phillips*

Best book I read? #1, for sure. Sweet Peril was the sequel to Sweet Evil, which is one of the best books I read last year. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this sequel and it did not disappoint. It went in a totally unexpected direction, but I absolutely loved it. I read it in three hours. I was tearing though this book.

The next best was #3 The Future of Us, which is about two high school kids in the 90s who log on to AOL for the first time (back when internet was scarce) and suddenly stumble onto Facebook (which, obviously, hadn’t been invented yet) and start reading about their own lives 15 years in the future. This really touched me because 15 years ago (ish) I was IN high school and I remember using the internet for the first time and I remember getting trial discs of AOL in the mail.

Most of the rest were largely forgettable, but let’s talk briefly about #7. Fly Away by Kristin Hannah. Hannah is the author of one of my most beloved books, Firefly Lane. I own this book and find it so heartwarming and truly a well told story. I love that book. I’ve recommended it to several people. This book, Fly Away, is a sequel. To say I was excited for this book would be a complete understatement.

And…I hated it. Hated it. Not just didn’t care for it or even didn’t like it. I hated this book. I could go on for days about why, but I’ll nutshell it for you. The thing that I loved about Firefly Lane is the relationships. Primarily the relationship between the two main characters, but really, the whole mess of relationships. In this book, she tore them apart. She went out of her way to destroy every single relationship of the first book. And, she messed with BOTH the main characters from Firefly. It was awful. I don’t recall ever being so fully disappointed in a sequel. I’ve surely thought they haven’t lived up to the premier, or my expectations, or the hype, or that they were just bad; but this was just plain awful. It almost ruined my enjoyment of all the other May books. GRR. Why? Why would you do that KH? What on earth were you thinking?

So there, that was my disappointing May and now I’m midway through June. And, not gonna lie, I’m pretty pissed about the weather, because it is not at all suitable for reading outdoors. QUIT RAINING! (as I say that, it is sunny outside, but I do not have my hopes up that it will stay that way. ¬†Experience has taught me it will rain tomorrow, as it does every day….)

***Edited to add that my yearly total is now up to 47 books.