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May 2014 Reading Round-Up

I had another major slump in May. Not really able to ascertain what caused it, I’m wondering if the sudden reintroduction of sugar to my diet was the reason. Easter’s great except when you’ve sworn off sugar but feel you can’t say ‘no’ to chocolate from your family. I’m back off it and I’m being productive again. No headaches, no random tiredness, no ‘meh’.

All books are works of fiction.

The Books

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Isla Morley: Above – A girl is kidnapped and smuggled underground by a man who is planning for the end of the world. There is more to it than that but to say more would constitute a spoiler; it’s a pretty good book even if it’s not sure what it wants to be.

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Laini Taylor: Daughter Of Smoke And Bone – Karou likes her chimera family but is frustrated at not knowing about her background or what all her errands amount to; yet there may be good reason for the secrecy. I liked it but the twist was predictable as I’ve read books with similar set-ups before.

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Noelle Adams: Married For Christmas – Jessica proposes a marriage of convenience between her and her friend so that she can have a family and he can become pastor to their childhood church. I’m glad I didn’t wait until Christmas to read it.

My favourite this month was Above. It isn’t perfect but it’s fair enough and I liked what I saw as secondary issues included. I didn’t enjoy Married For Christmas which was a pity because I’d been wanting to read it for a while, though I’m open to giving the author another chance.

Quotation Report

None this time.

May was strange, and the weather was strange also. We’ve gone from picnic and shorts weather to requiring a blanket on the sofa weather. Hopefully June will see the return of the sun.

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


Emma @ Words And Peace

June 2, 2014, 2:22 am

thanks for sharing. Above sounds intriguing!

Margaret @ BooksPlease

June 2, 2014, 6:44 am

Glad you’re feeling better!

My favourite book in May was ‘A Whispered Name’ by William Brodrick, historical fiction about the First World War.


June 2, 2014, 10:25 am

I think The Goldfinch by Donna Tart was my favourite book of the month, definitely.

Glad you’re feeling better, May was an odd month for weather as well which can’t have helped. I wish sugar wasn’t in so much, I find it hard to avoid. If only cactus sugar or something could be it’s replacement.

Tracy Terry

June 2, 2014, 11:36 am

Ooh Daughter Of Blood And Stone really appeals to me, definitely one I’ll keep a look out for.

A shame Married for Christmas didn’t work for you. I’ve added it to my wish list as as I think I mentioned its perfect for the Christmas Reading Challenge.


June 2, 2014, 4:31 pm

I’m sorry to hear you had some issues with the books you read in May. I know what you mean about the ever changing weather. My favourite read of May was Mere Christianity by C S Lewis which was a perfect comfort read between college work!

Literary Feline

June 2, 2014, 6:05 pm

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone is one I’ve been meaning to read.

Of my May reads, I am not sure which I like better: John Green’s In the Fault of Our Stars or Ann Leary’s The Good House. I liked them both for very different reasons.

Freda Mans

June 3, 2014, 3:05 am

3 is better than none.
Happy June reading! I hope your slump lifts.

Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

June 3, 2014, 5:28 pm

I thought Above was pretty groovy :D I liked parts of it a LOT and other parts not so much. Have a great week!!

Jenny @ Reading the End

June 3, 2014, 9:39 pm

I wish WE would require blankets on the sofa. I miss winter already, and summer hasn’t even properly started. I’m just dreading the return of the truly miserable heat in Louisiana.



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