May Wrap-Up

Total Reads: 30
Average Rating: 3.67 out of 5
Owned Physical Books Read: 15
TBR Books Read: 6 out of 6
I participated and completed the #AtoZReadathon challenge this month.

181. Killers of the Flower Moon by Daniel Grann
29496076Since this is nonfiction, I have no real review on the content, but I realized I really enjoy narrative nonfiction.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 1, 2017

182. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
23766634This is probably the longest it’s taken me to figure out a rating for a book in quite awhile.
I understand that there were problematic things in this book and for awhile I struggled with the fact that I bought it. There were a few things that I believe were badly worded or could have been explained better, but intent doesn’t take away from the hurt some may have felt. I also think there are some plot points and questions that need answering. Keeping all that in mind, I came to the conclusion that I enjoyed it more than the first book, which I gave five stars so this book also should receive five stars because that’s how I rate things.
Mostly, I’m left wondering how is this going to continue and if my questions left unanswered were done so for the next series.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: May 2-4, 2017

183. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
5107I knew going into this that I probably wasn’t going to like it upon reread even though it’s been almost 10 years. So you may wonder, why even read it? Curiosity got the best of me. Did I miss something that makes this worthy of how copyrighted it is? Would I like this better if I wasn’t going to be quizzed on it? The answer is no, but at least I now know that this book was not for me.
Rating: 2/5 stars
Read: May 4-5, 2017

184. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
8675358 Alright. I get why this is the most popular Bronte sisters work.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: May 6, 2017

185. X-It by Jane George
13493685 Quick and enjoyable while reading, but not super memorable. The author really captured the feel of 80s New York though
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: May 6, 2017

186. Mad Miss Mimic by
23655201I think this is a good quick book for someone who isn’t a historical fiction person, but it’s a bit predictable.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: May 6, 2017

187. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
25494343I was afraid Cassandra Clare and I were going to go through a breakup, but this put my worries away.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 6-7, 2017

188.  Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
28965131 Fast paced and I didn’t see the end coming, but I kind of hated it at the same time…
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: May 7-8, 2017

189.A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice
16299991 normally i only 2 star things I hate, but this was so meh I can’t give it 3.
Rating: 2/5 stars
Read: May 8-9, 2017

190. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
21853621I’m not normally a WW2 novel person, but this one is easily one of my favorites.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 9-10, 2017

191. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
22055262Took sometime to get into, but I’m excited to see where this is headed.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 10-11, 2017

192. Overturned by Lamar Giles
30363231Excellent premise, but fell a little flat and easily forgettable.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: May 9-12, 2017

193. The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
30256250 It deserves more than a 3, but due to so many unanswered questions and a bit of predictability in some plot aspects, I can’t give it anything higher.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 11-13, 2017

194. Somebody I Used to Know by David Bell
23398730 Predictable and dragged on. Some parts were implausible as well.
Rating: 2/5 stars
Read: May 11-14, 2017

195. Final Girls by Riley Sager

I’ll start by saying that this took me some time to finish. I read it on and off for around a month, which may reflect how I feel about it. I wasn’t gripped enough to want to finish this. It took sometime to get going and while I was waiting for that I wasn’t compelled to read, but once the twists and turns started, I was excited to finish it.
I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: May 15, 2017

196. The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
11890816Very accurate portrayal of New York in 1845 and Timothy Wilde was an enjoyable protagonist despite the hand he was dealt.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 14-16, 2017

197. Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog
28755323 I feel like at least part of the ending was pretty obvious early on, but maybe I’m used to assuming that by now
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: May 16, 2017

198. Rosmary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
23719479Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 15-17, 2017

199. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
15994634 This book was not as compelling as the actual subject of this story was.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: May 17-19, 2017

200. Empire of the Eight Isles by Lian Hearn
25944812A fun feudal Japan fantasy, but it took some time to get used to the writing style.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 19-21, 2017

201. Witchtown by Cory PUtman Oakes
30971734I was hoping for more with the premise, but it ended up being pretty average by witch book standards.
I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: May 21, 2017

202. Tithe by Holly Black
13450353 Around summer of 2015, I was obsessing over Holly Black’s books. The Darkest Part of the Forest had come out and I had heard about this series during then and proceeded to buy the entire trilogy in the cheesy covers that I’m reviewing.
Then they proceeded to sit on my shelves for two years. Now, after reading this first book, I’m confused as to why I let them sit for so long.
Maybe I was afraid that I was no longer a fairy book person. Maybe I was worried that the first Holly Black books that I bought would be duds. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this one and can’t wait to continue on. Also, I like Roiben…a lot.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 21-23, 2017

203. Valiant by Holly Black
13573763 This book took a direction I wasn’t expecting it to go…
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: May 22-25, 2017

204. The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders
16045108Maybe I should read things soon after I get them because what I’ve come to assume to the plot of this was wasn’t true. It’s unnecessarily lengthy and gets un-enjoyably formulaic, but you can tell it’s well-researched.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: May 21-24, 2017

205. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
22318578Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 25, 2017

206. Ironside by Holly Black
2721856This series turned somewhere I wasn’t expecting and I’m a bit disappointed.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: May 25, 2017

207.  YT by Alexei Nikitin
25938009Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 25-24, 2017

208. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
31423196Not my favorite Claudia Gray book, but guys. AI Romance.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 25-27, 2017

209. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
1656001I can’t tell if I’m on team “I want a sequel” or team “standalone.” Overall, way better than any of the other books that I’ve read by her.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: May 27, 2017

210. Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
20893314This is apparently a pretty polarizing book, several people I follow on Goodreads loved it while others hated it. While the writing was lovely, I found myself confused as to what was going on quite often.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: May 27-30, 2017


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