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! 


  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).

    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!

  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!

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

  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!

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


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