Since I have read a lot more recently I thought I'd start doing a monthly wrap up of the books I read each month. Let me say when I judge a book I'm not critiquing the writing for its literary merits. I base it on my enjoyment and how engrossed I get into the story. If I can't stop thinking about a book when I'm not reading it then I'm going to give it a great review. The only time I care about the writing is when it's bad enough to push me out of the story or I constantly have to reread sentences to understand what's going on. It's like when you watch a movie and the whole time you're thinking about how you are watching actors. If I'm thinking about the fact that I'm reading instead of being immersed in the story then it starts losing points. Also just a heads up, I'm not going to be writing out the full synopses for each book but if you want to know more about them, click on the titles. They will take you to the Good Reads summary page for that book.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth is number two in the Divergent Series. I really really enjoyed this book. It's fast paced and intense. Like a fantastic action movie; it's not the most original but it kept me guessing and was a fantastic ride. I have the third and final book in the trilogy, Allegiant, but I'm going to wait a bit in between so it's not over so quickly. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is a paranormal love story with mystery and original mythology. It's the first in the All Souls Trilogy and I'm definitely going to pick up the second one soon. *The only reason I haven't yet, is that I already have so many books that I haven't read sitting on my shelf.* These two were absolutely my favorites this month!
This is the first time I've read the Harry Potter Series by J.K.Rowling. I never read fantasy novels when I was a kid so it didn't really interest me when they first came out. Since it seems to be my generation's favorite series I thought I'd give it a go. I read the first and second in March and they were okay but they didn't really grab me. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was fun and the end made me want to read more. However, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was just kind of boring... and too long for how much story there was to tell. The world building is great, but I really just don't relate to or care about Harry at all. I might end up finishing the series but not any time soon. I finally got around to reading Mitch Album's The Five People You Meet in Heaven and man was I disappointed. With all the hype surrounding this book my expectations were way too high. It was a sweet story but it was so predictable. At least it was short! I read it in a night. The Manolo Matrix is the second in the Codebreaker Trilogy. I read Gevenchy Code (the first one) eight years ago and loved it, but this one fell short for me. It's a murder mystery/love story and the main character has to solve clues to stay alive. The clues in this one were based all around Broadway musicals and I have no knowledge or interest in that so the book wasn't as fun. Also the writing at times was laugh-out-loud funny when it wasn't supposed to be... Lastly I just finished Ruby Red. It's a YA time travel/love story that has great reviews and came highly recommended. I didn't love it but mostly because nothing really happened. It may be that it gets going in the second and third books, but I don't even care enough to pick them up. It honestly felt more middle-grade than young adult in the simplicity of the writing. I will say that it really got me interested in the time travel genre. If you have any recommendations let me know!
I don't really have too many specific reading plans for May. I did get these three books from my library so I'll be reading those first, but after that I'll just go where my mood takes me.
If you want me to do a more in-depth review on any of these please let me know in the comments! What did you read this month?