Hiatus Recap: May

Welcome back to my hiatus recap, where I comment on the books I read during my seven-month blogging break. Whoops. This post covers May, during which I read 10 books. The beginning of the month kind of explains my relatively low book count from April. I finished a bunch of books in the first week of May that I had started the month before. Reading four books in a week seems like a herculean feat, even for me.

  1. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (May 3)
  2. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (May 4)
  3. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (May 6)
  4. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (May 7)
  5. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (May 11)
  6. Legend by Marie Lu (May 13)
  7. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (May 18)
  8. The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (May 23)
  9. Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants by Alison Maloney (May 25)
  10. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (May 29)

Challenger Deep felt like work to read. It was great, definitely one of my favorites of the month, but it wasn’t exactly an easy read (at least not for me). I spent most of the book hunting for clues and places where the real world and Caden’s world (I’m not sure what to call it. A hallucination? A fictional world?) bled into each other. It was so well written that it could be disorienting at times. Like Bone Gap, which I read back in December, Challenger Deep was engrossing and stuck with me even when I put the book down.

I had a friend recommend I’ll Give You the Sun. She raved about it, and yet I still wasn’t prepared for how good this book was. I adored it. I was so eager to find out what had happened in the time between Noah and Jude’s perspectives. Probably one of the best books I’ve read in 2016 so far.

I think my less-than-fondness for Sherlock the show made me wary of Sherlock Holmes stories for a while. That said, I enjoyed A Study in Charlotte. I both shipped and didn’t ship Charlotte and Watson (I love platonic relationships, so I can be torn when it comes to shipping), and I liked how the Sherlock Holmes stories actually existed in this universe. And how gorgeous is that cover?

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