Monthly Wrap-Up

May Monthly Wrap-Up

This has been a fantastic reading month, I absolutely loved all of the books I read. There was not one bad book in the bunch!
I am one book away from my 10 books reviewed badge, so that will be an exciting achievement for me in June. I was on track for my 80% badge, but the temptation was too great this month and it will take me a few more books to achieve it.
*In case you missed it I made my first Book-to-Screen post this month. In this post I  do a summary of the movies and/or TV shows I have watched and include a “Looking Ahead” section for your reading pleasure.

What I Read

My favorite books this month…

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole – This is a dark, fast-paced story, with moments of unexpected humor. I loved this book and cannot wait to see where the series goes with book two. (my full review)
My Rating: 5/5

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne – This was a fantastic book. I thought it would be good, but I didn’t know quite how good it would be. She wove a realistic story that bounced back and forth between present day and Helena’s upbringing in the marsh until her escape. (my full review)
My Rating: 5/5

I also really enjoyed…

The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea – This story held me captive from the very beginning. It kept me on my toes and guessing the whole way through. (my full review)
My Rating – 4.5/5

The Dry by Jane Harper – The small town of Kiewarra is in the middle of an extreme drought. The people are worried, stress is high, and one of their citizens has committed a murder/suicide…or so it would seem. (my full review)
My Rating: 4.5/5

Bring Her Home by David Bell – Bill is a man on the edge, he wants the person who hurt his daughter caught right now. This book kept me guessing, I was unable to piece the whole mystery together until the end. (my full review)
My Rating: 4/5

Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister – This is a fascinating, fictionalized story about Kate Warne, the first female detective at the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. (my full review)
My Rating: 4/5

My New Arrivals


Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford – I really enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Biter and Sweet, so when I ran across this new book by Jamie Ford I ran to NetGalley and sure enough they had it.
This book is inspired by a young boy named Ernest who went to the 1909 Seattle World Fair and was offered off as a prize in the daily raffle. I love that it is inspired by actual events, my favorite type of historical fiction.

Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio – I saw a couple of other bloggers post wonderful reviews for this book. It sound like a fascinating story of love, family, and loss.

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown – So excited to receive this from NetGalley! Sandra Brown is one of my favorite authors and I always look forward to August when her new book is released.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate – Last minute pickup from NetGalley! Just when I think I’m done acquiring books for the month…they pull me back in.

Penguin – First to Read…

Final Girls by Riley Sager – Last week Penguin – First to Read posted a new batch of books. This highly anticipated book was listed and I was not going to let the opportunity to read it early pass me by, so I used some of my points to guarantee my copy of it. I cannot wait to dive into it!

Purchases I made…

The Good Widow by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steike – The Good Widow has been receiving excellent reviews and I didn’t want to miss out, so I pre-ordered this exciting mystery on Amazon.

The Memory of Us by Camille Di Maio – Saw this Amazon eBook on sale by the same author as one of my NetGalley approvals. I had been considering adding it to my TBR list and that was the final push I needed to do so.

The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite – This psychological thriller grabbed my attention, so with no hesitation I bought it and hope to read it soon.

What was your favorite book this month?

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Happy Reading!

9 thoughts on “May Monthly Wrap-Up

  1. Wow,you really had a wonderful reading month.I’ve been keen on reading Marsh King’s Daughter.I hope to do so soon.Darkest Lies is such a wonderful read.I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did.Happy new month.

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