What I Read: May

I'm linking up with The Book Date for this monthly series! 

It's that time of the month! Or rather, it's been an end to a month, so I thought I would take a second to look back and see what I read during the month of May.

But first, some quick stats! (ah data, my favorite)

Total Books Read: 7 ((not near as many as most book bloggers but it's a number that I'm rather proud of))

Genre Breakdown
Historical Fiction : 5
Autobiography: 1
Speculative Fiction: 1 ((did I just make that up? quite possibly. Is that the best description of a Jasper Fforde book? quite possibly))

Audiobooks: 2
Ebooks: 1
Real in life paper books: 4
((Fun story on the ebook-- my local library didn't have it but my home library did BUT my home library card expired so I convinced my mother to give me her library card info so I could download the book, which was When Comes the Spring))

Talking as Fast as I can by Lauren Graham
Check out my review of this autobiography-- definitely a fun read.

When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke ((Canadian West #1))
Not to be confused with my favorite Hallmark show When Calls the Heart which was actually based off of another Oke's book (?!), this is a lovely historical fiction romance novel.

When Comes the Spring by Janette Oke ((Canadian West #2))
Just don't read the overly sappy tagline on the book like I just did for the first time-- ewwww-- I promise the novel is much less cheesy than that would make it seem.                                                                
Murder on the Flying Scotsman (Daisy Dalrymple #4), Damsel in Distress (Daisy Dalrymple #5) by Carola Dunn
My friend got me hooked on this delightful murder mystery series set in 1920s England-- I love listening to them as audiobooks.

             Secret Place of Thunder (Cheney Duvall M.D. #5)) by Lynn  Morris and Gilbert Morris 
This book is from a historical fiction/romance series that I stumbled upon a couple months ago. I've never been one to become entangled in long series but these tend to be fun reads. What they lack in research ((don't even get me started on the historical inaccuracies in the one set in Arkansas, my home state)) they make up for in character development, something I have a soft spot for. 

Something Rotten (Thursday Next #4) by Jasper Fforde

Delightful, mind-blowing, and leaning slightly too heavily on deus ex machina, ah Jasper Fforde how I love thee. 

I'm not one for long series says the girl who just posted almost exclusively books in a series for her monthly read list....yeah. This year I've noticed myself reading more and more series. On the one hand, it can be fun to follow characters for longer periods of time than allowed for in a stand alone novel. On the other hand it can start to feel like I'm not branching out, not trying anything new, just staying where it's safe.  

What about you?? What books did you read this past month? More than you were planning? Less than you expected? How do you feel about getting entangled in long series?


  1. If you are on a good series I'd definitely be tempted to keep on it. I have been meaning to try that Janet Oke series for awhile, in fact the first one is in my audio book wish list for quite some time!

    1. You should definitely give it a listen! I think they are really sweet books.:)

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  3. I have been dying to read Lauren Graham's book. Sounds like you had a good month!
    Kelly @ http://morebooksmeansmorecoffee.blogspot.com

    1. It's hilarious! And it's a quick read :)