Wednesday, June 1, 2016

April & May Confessions

I've combined the past two months for my monthly wrap-up, because it has been a crazy two months with the arrival of my son. Obviously, I haven't had as much time to read, because things have been so, so busy. Here's what I managed to read while the little guy was snuggling on me.

Hopefully as things settle down, I will have more time to read, especially because there are some incredible beach reads publishing soon!

Books Read in April/May:
1.  Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch - 3.5 out of 5 stars (YA Realistic Fiction)
2.  Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider - 4 out of 5 stars (YA Realistic Fiction)
3.  When We Collided by Emery Lord - 4.5 out of 5 stars (YA Realistic Fiction)
4.  Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods - 3.5 out of 5 stars (YA Realistic Fiction)
5.  The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead - 3.5 out of 5 stars (YA Fantasy)
6.  The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson - 4 out of 5 stars (YA Realistic Fiction)
7.  The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney - 4 out of 5 stars (Adult Fiction)
8.  Belgravia by Julian Fellowes - 4 out of 5 stars (Review to come - Adult Historical Fiction)
9.  Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink - 3.5 out of 5 stars (Review to come - YA Realistic Fiction)



1.  Favorite Book:   When We Collided by Emery Lord - You can't go wrong with Emery Lord. She is easily one of my favorite contemporary authors and although this book is a bit different than her others as it deals with mental illness, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

2.  Biggest SurpriseBelgravia by Julian Fellowes is my biggest surprise simply for the fact that I had high hopes for it and it exceeded my expectations. Although it wasn't as compelling as Downton Abbey, I still really liked it, especially the setting.  


3.  Biggest Disappointment: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead was just an ok read for me. I really loved Mead's Vampire Academy series, so I had high expectations for this one, but unfortunately, it as just a middle-of-the-road read.

4.  Favorite Post from April/May: Beach Reads About That One Special Summer

 
5.  Favorite Part of April/May: The arrival of my little one, Declan, has obviously been my favorite part of these past two months.  Although I am very tired, I am savoring every moment of the newborn phase, because I know it goes by too fast! As Tina Fey says, "Being a mom has made me so tired and so happy." 


What is the best book you've read recently? Let me know! 

6 comments:

  1. I have put off reading The Glittering Court because I was worried it would disappoint me. I was definitely disappointed by her last YA novel, Soundless. I haven't read When We Collided yet. Glad to know you liked it even though it is different from her other novels.

    I need to read Belgravia! I have the first episode downloaded. I also want to watch Dr. Thorne. My friend and coworker finished it over the weekend and she said it was fantastic (though obviously not as good as Downton Abbey).

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    1. Yeah, I am not sure you would enjoy The Glittering Court. I heard Soundless was disappointing. I'm glad I skipped that one. I think you'll like Belgravia, Christina. It wasn't as good as DA, but still very entertaining. I heard Dr. Thorne is fantastic. I can't wait to watch it! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I really need to read When We Collided soon. I'm happy to learn it'd become one of your favourite reads. I hope you'll have a great summer, Christina!

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    1. I think you'll like it, Joy! I hope you get to read it soon. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. You've managed to get quite a bit of reading done, considering everything else you have going on, Christina! I'm so glad that Declan is doing well and I love seeing all the pictures!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tara. We are doing well. I tried to read more this month...it's tough, especially with Bloodline back on TV! :) Thanks for visiting!

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