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May Reading

The month of May brought with it the Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide!  So, so excited when this comes out every year.  I am going to try to get through as many as I can this summer.  My load was still a little light this month so I am going to try to kick into higher gear for June.

Victoria

This book was looooong.  However, I really liked it!  I am a huge fan of the PBS series Victoria and also the movie, The Young Victoria.  Ok, I’m a huge fan of Albert in both of those.  I just try really hard to forget about the fact that they were cousins (ick!) and focus on how sweet their love story was.  This book was incredibly interesting and I found out so much I didn’t know, both about Victoria and the time period she reigned.

Beartown

Hands down, this will be one of my favorite books of the year.  The writing is nothing short of brilliant and the story profoundly moved me.  If you don’t like sports or hockey, still give this book a try.  It’s about so much more than hockey, and the parts that are, are extremely interesting.  You will cheer, you will cry, and you will still be thinking about this book weeks later.

The Dry

Another MMD pick.  This quiet thriller was really good.  Not stay up until the middle of the night to see who the murder is kind of good, but I still really enjoyed it.  It’s easy to read and the setting is wonderful.  It adds so much to the story, which begins with a man going home to the funeral of his childhood best friend, accused of murdering his wife and son.  Compelling stuff.

Cinder

This one was a re-read for me because I’d like to read the whole series and last time I stopped after the first book.  It was much like I remembered it – a cute, cheesy YA fantasy book.  It didn’t blow me away but it did make me want to read the next one which I hear is much better.

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2017 Books · may2017reading

Beartown

Beartown

I stayed up until 12:30am last night to finish this book.  It was partly because it was due back to the library this morning but mostly because I couldn’t put it down.  The writing was brilliant.  It went from breaking my heart to making me laugh to moving me profoundly every chapter.  Disclaimer: the subject matter is tough.  I don’t think it’s too big of a spoiler alert to let you know that a girl is attacked and that triggers a ripple effect to the entire town.  However, the book is so much more than that.

I’ve never been a big fan of sports.  My dad passed away when I was 10, I don’t have any brothers, and my boyfriends have never been obsessed with it.  So, when everyone else is attending sporting events, I’m hanging out with friends or settling down with a good book.  That being said, I still loved the descriptions of hockey and the people that play it in this book.  I got as swept up as the crowd when the team would score an improbable goal.  I saw all the good it did to people, and I saw all the bad it did to people.  It’s a book about unity, loyalty, courage, and doing what’s right when you know it will cost you possibly everything.  I loved this book and I will be thinking about it for a long time.

5 Stars