Sunday, May 31, 2015

Book Boos: May

I slowed down a bit in May, unfortunately. I had such a great time on vacation in California that I only read one book (not complaining, it was a great trip!) and I also haven't hit upon a great audio book in a few weeks. Nothing that leaves me waiting for more. Meh.

6. Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead. (Audio/Print) This was one of those audio choices that just didn't do it for me, but I had already dedicated so much time to it that I tried to sludge through. My library copy expired before I could finish and I ended up making it to the end via the print version. This just didn't connect with me. At all. 

5. Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr. (Audio) Pleasant book about a teen girl dealing with family issues in the midst of a missing child case in her town. I was more into the potential love story with the brother of the missing girl than the family issues, but that's to be expected with me. 

4. Fell of Dark by Patrick Downes (ARC) A very 'literary' book that is written in a style that is very different for YA. My ARC expired while I was reading and I finished it from the print version several weeks later so I think a little was lost on me, but I appreciated the style and prose a lot. 
3. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell (Audio) I loved some of the stories and then felt very meh on some others. I want to be a short story lover, but I'm not sure if I am. 
2. Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley (ARC). This book is incredible and I can't wait for it to come out so I can recommend it to everyone! It's the type of book where anything could happen plot-wise because it's about relationships first and foremost. I truly loved this book.
1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This is the type of book that both inspires me and makes me think I'll never create something even half as good. I loved this story and the characters oh so much and the writing was top-notch in my opinion. I highlighted so many lines because I want to go back and use them as guides to writing well.

Have you read anything good lately? Let me know on twitter!