May 13, 2016

Quick Lit: Fast Reviews of What I've Read in May (So Far)

Hi! I haven't blogged much lately, because I've had an unfortunate case of food poisoning, due to that piece of pie pictured above (insert angry face here). It wiped me out this week, phew. It also resulted in me binge-watching 17 episodes of West Wing, instead of reading. But pre-sickness I read several books, so I thought I'd share them with you!

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

No, you're not hallucinating. It was on my list of books read in April. But I read it again in May! And yes, yes I have read it twice, all the way through, since it was published on April 26th. SO GOOD. I've raved enough about it though. On to the next!

Not Dead Enough by Cal Claxton

This was a decent mystery set in Oregon. I was actually way more into the setting though - I've wanted to go to Portland for years! I loved the descriptions of the Oregonian countryside. And I learned kind of a lot about salmon fishing!*

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

This was AWESOME. It's a bit magical - Leah Westfall can scry gold. But it's really more historical fiction, describing Leah's arduous, 6 month trek from Georgia to California. Her parents were murdered, and she heard about the gold in California, and decided to head there to put her gold-seeking talent to use. I'm so mad that the rest of the series isn't published yet. I reserved this one after hearing Rae Carson speak at the Tucson Festival of Books, but I didn't realize that she'd only published the first book of the trilogy so far.

The Space Between Sisters by Mary McNear

This was a little predictable, but I still liked it a lot. It's the story of two sisters - uptight, organized Win, and free spirit Poppy - who end up sharing their grandparents' old cabin on a Minnesota lake for the summer, and have to work through their strained relationship. Along the way, they both happen to meet rather handsome men!*

Death on the Sapphire by R.J. Koreto

I'm only about halfway done with this one (I started it when I finally felt like reading again yesterday), but I'm really enjoying it. It's a mystery set in 1906, starring Lady Frances Ffolkes, a suffragette, as the investigator.*

What have YOU read so far this month?

*To review for Shelf Awareness, so I got advance copies. Will be published in June. Also: cover images are affiliate links. And I'm planning to link up with Modern Mrs. Darcy's Quick Lit!