Let’s Catch Up: May Edition
May has just flown by, I can’t believe it’s June already….Summer has arrived! Warm, lazy days filled with beaches, books and BBQ’s? Or is more the sweat filled work days and maybe an ice cream? I’d like to think that my summer will be both, because both are necessary.
How was your merry month of May? Me? Well, I had a decent month, did some reading, some motorcycle rides and parties, relaxing dinners and the usual life stuff of work, gym and household chores. On the reading front, this seemed to be the month that the blog finally got some notice and all my social media numbers increased, which lead to me getting some ARC’s (advanced reader copies) YAY! Which made me extremely happy and rather proud of myself.
I did decide to change up, the let’s catch up series, since I seem to have veered mainly into book blogging, that will remain the focus of the round ups, but with a little extra thrown in.
Books Read 6
I managed to read another 6 books this month which, ties me for last months total reads. I’ve decided to do a combo of mini reviews and full reviews, so there will either be a link to the full review or a mini review here. I also do mini reviews on goodreads and Instagram. Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section below, I would love to hear what you thought of these books.
*The Bone Witch By Rin Chupeco
See full review here
See full review here
~Our hero Alexander Hamilton ~ meets the lovely Eliza ~ he becomes a pariah in her eyes for delivering the news of her fathers court martial ~ 2 years later, they meet again ~ wen Eliza arrives at the winter camp in New Jersey to help her Aunt give small pox inoculations ~ oh, this time Alex manages to charm Eliza ~ the romancing begins ~ oh no, her parents are in financial difficulties, and want to marry the 3 elder daughters off to the highest bidders ~ her new beau arrives ~ he’s not very nice, in fact attempts to force himself upon her ~ our Hero rides in to save the day (duh) ~ manages to stall the wedding ~ rides to her parents house in Albany NY foiling a British spy from delivering a message, where he learns that Benedict Arnold is not working for a new America ~ Ten again our hero rides into save Eliza.
“There is no inoculation against love” (no truer words)
A young adult historical fiction, portraying the love story between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler, taking place during the American Revolution. A new budding love, a new budding country. This story made me laugh out loud, smile and cry. I love when a book can pull out all the emotions. Admittedly there is a bit too much of “the hero” going on here, but overall it’s a light and fun take on the relationship of one of our founding fathers and one that finally portrays these men as the young guys they were at the time of the Revolution and not the old guys they tend to be thought of. Historical detail was pretty accurate, with the usual liberties taken to make the story work, with the most commonly known events of the time period.
I listened to the audio book of this story, and thought it very well done. The narrator Cassandra Campbell, had a lovely voice and even gave different voices to the different characters. always a win for me. 8 discs just under 10 hours. Highly recommend!
*The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
See full review here
*Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods
I went to the paperback launch party for this one, the author is a very sweet local Michigan gal, you can check out the review here.
*Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen E. Woodwiss (qualifies for #1 on my reading challenge)
~Alaina branded a spy, flees her Louisiana home dressed as a boy ~Major Cole Latimer, Yankee DR, meets the “boy” on the dock, get “him” a job at the hospital ~ carpetbagger and backwater rouge Jacques causes trouble for both ~ Cole marries Roberta, oops not a happy union ~ Cole finds out who Alaina really is ~anguish and declarations abound. ~ Alaina runs away and hides out at her home with Saul the former slave ~ this duo rescues Cole ~shenanigans plaque them as they make their way back to New Orleans ~Cole and Roberta move to Minnesota ~ Alaina runs afoul of Jacques (again) ~ Roberta dies ~ Cole and Alaina marry by proxy a much debate bargain is made ~ disaster, love and evil doings abound ~ Do Cole and Alaina find Love?
Amidst the depravity of war, love still finds a way. Set during the American Civil War, admittedly this book is a bit long for a typical romance novel, perhaps a bit too descriptive. Still it is one of my favorites. Sure there are some parts that don’t seem plausible, such as why it takes Cole so long to figure out that “Al” is in fact a girl, how many times can one run afoul of miscreant to have nothing happen? Then again isn’t that the point of romance novels, in romance and love anything is possible right? For some reason I just love these characters, with all their flaws and inconsistency still manage to come together in the end. It’s a love conquers all kind of story. A happily ever after that makes me have the warm fuzzies.
Most popular Instagram (bookstagram)
This photo, was the winner of the month, with a total of 62 likes. It’s also one of my favorites from the month, so I was happy that everyone else liked it too, it’s also the most likes, I have ever gotten on a photo so far. Each month my photo’s get better, and I am very happy about that.
Favorite book of the month: Alex and Eliza
Favorite TV show: Grimm still loving it, I heard they canceled any new seasons though.
Favorite Song: Iron Horse by Mean Mary on the fast banjo
Favorite Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean; Dead men Tell No Tales (best one yet, in my opinion)
Favorite Food: BBQ pork nachos, made with potato chips and not tortilla chips (had at a restaurant and then went home and made it ourselves)
Favorite Moment: spending a quiet couple hours with my husband, just lounging in bed talking, cuddling and showing each other silly videos and memes
Favorite Project: making my Alice in Wonderland fairy garden (blog post soon about this)
Favorite Activity: first ride/party of the season, with my husband’s riding club
Favorite Workout: skyfit, a full body workout done on a trampoline
Your turn, what was your favorite thing about May? What books did you read? Let us know in the comments
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** A couple of the books, are ARCs which were given to me by publishers for review, I received no other compensation for them, all thoughts and opinions are my own.