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May 2013 Reading Round-Up

It was going to happen. Last month’s crazy amount of reading for this slow reader created a slump, and Life After Life unfortunately extended it. Nevertheless it’s been a fair month, story-wise.

All books are works of fiction.

The Books

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Jane Austen: Persuasion – Anne ended her engagement with Frederick Wentworth some years ago due to family pressure, but now he’s back. I tried, I really did, but I didn’t like it any more than my last read a few years ago (I’ll aim for objectivity in my review, however).

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Kate Atkinson: Life After Life – In the early to mid-twentieth century, Ursula lives her life over and over. Maybe if I’d not read Before I Fall I would’ve liked it better, but I found it too repetitious and the promise at the beginning was never fulfilled.

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Katie McGarry: Dare You To – Ryan is dared to ask a skater girl for her number, and when she moves to his home town after saying no, it’s nowhere near over between them. Everything the trends are not, and that’s such a good thing.

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Kimberly Derting: Dead Silence – Violet now has her own echo playing in her head, and her next assignment involves a young group of people. Still holding onto that strength.

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Maryanne O’Hara: Cascade – Dez wants more than her home in a small town, and the government wants to turn her small town into a reservoir. Very, very good.

May was alright, though reading Life After Life took it’s toll on me. It was just too long. Cascade was great, however it’s made me consider opting out from Netgalley except in certain circumstances (pdfs and ereaders are a nightmare). My favourites were definitely the two young adult books, Dare You To and Dead Silence.

Quotation Report

None this time.

I’m going to try to read more in June. Incidentally I’m aware my ‘review coming soon’ section is currently hearts and flowers. I’ve found my reading slumps are best filled with light romance books, but promise I won’t start posting about them one after another. (In fact I think a few have been there a couple of months already.)

What was your favourite book this month (or week if you round-up each week)?



June 5, 2013, 8:57 am

You don’t like Persuasion? Oh, my. :)


June 5, 2013, 10:24 am

I’m sorry to hear that May was a bit of touch reading month for you. One long and slow read can really muck you up for the rest of the month. I totally sympathise. I think you’ve still finished a great amount of books. Here’s hoping June is a better month for you.

Audra (Unabridged Chick)

June 5, 2013, 6:52 pm

Oooh, can’t wait for your review of Persuasion — it is my favorite Austen! — I don’t get the wild P&P love. But I can accept I might be biased — Ciarin Hinds’ Wentworth won me over years ago.

Literary Feline

June 5, 2013, 8:04 pm

I am sorry you didn’t care for Persuasion. I’m anxious to read your thoughts on it. I’m kind of biased when it comes to Jane Austen. I love her writing and so far have enjoyed everything I’ve read by her.

Rebecca @ Love at First Book

June 6, 2013, 7:36 pm

Womp womp. I felt the same about May, kind of let down. I’m resolving that June will be 100% the opposite: all amazings!


June 6, 2013, 9:35 pm

Persuasion is probably my favourite Austen novel so I’ll look forward to your review to see why you don’t like it. I loved Life After Life but haven’t read Before I Fall so had nothing to compare it with.


June 7, 2013, 12:32 am

You know, Austen is not everyone’s cuppa tea, and Anne can be quite the passive little doormat. I love the book myself, but viva la difference!

I’m impressed you tried it a second time–usually if a book doesn’t click, I don’t look back!


June 9, 2013, 9:58 am

I have a feeling my comment on your Persuasion blog is going to be a long one ;) hehe.


June 14, 2013, 9:13 am

I really want to read LIfe after Life, but I need to obviously purchase it soon. I’ve heard so many good reviews about it. Sorry you didn’t like it that much.



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