It's the second Tuesday of the month. Need I say more? LOL!
In case you're new to my blog, on the second Tuesday of every month I link up with Jana and Steph for their monthly Show Us Your Books linkup and share my thoughts/reviews on books I read during the previous month.
I was all over the place, reading wise, in May. I read some YA, a book geared towards middle schoolers, a travel-ish memoir, a celebrity memoir, and a historical romance. Without further ado...
WORTH THE TIME - RECOMMEND
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Rain Reign is the story of Rose, a young girl diagnosed with high functioning autism, and the relationship she has with her dog, Rain. The story is told from Rose's point of view and through her telling her story, the reader witnesses first hand many of Rose's "quirks," such as her affinity for homonyms and prime numbers and her rigid views on people who do not follow the rules. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Rain Reign a compelling story that moves fast and satisfies. This book is geared toward middle school readers, but can be enjoyed by older readers as well.
My rating: ★★★★
Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
A classmate of mine from high school piqued my interest in this book sometime last year when she wrote, "Holy crap! What in the hell did I just read!?!? I need book 2 NOW!" on Goodreads. I remember wondering what in the world Never Never contained in terms of a plot that could elicit such a response. Although Never Never is more of a novella, it packs a lot of punch in its 4 hours and 23 minutes (150 paperback print pages). Despite it being geared towards a younger crowd, I was hooked after the second or third chapter, trying desperately to piece together the craziness and random clues only to be left hanging at the end. (Hallelujah the sequel is already out, otherwise I'd be highly perturbed having to wait.)
My rating: ★★★★★
Never Never Part 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
This is another novella and it is shorter than the first (2 hours 39 minutes). Part 2 picks up exactly where the first part left off. I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first. I'm not sure why, it may be because the plot got a bit weird.
My rating: ★★★★
Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer AshleyFormat: Audiobook
Just as I said during my review of this book's predecessor, The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, I don't read romance very often. However, every once in a while I do get a hankering for a story involving a man in a kilt and Mac Mackenzie, the Mackenzie brother featured in this book, wears a kilt quite often. The second book in the series, Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage is an easy read with interesting characters, satisfying romantic situations, and an interesting plot. I recommend this book if historical romance is your thing; if you have a crush on Jamie Fraser from Outlander, but do not wish to invest that much time in a book; or, if you are like me, and just like to read a romance from time to time involving a handsome, kilt wearing Scot.
My rating: ★★★★
OK - 50/50 - ADEQUATE FOR PASSING TIME OR BASIC ENTERTAINMENT
Wild is the memoir of Cheryl Strayed, a female who hiked 1000+ miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone back in the 1990s. In her memoir, Strayed chronicles her experience of hiking the PCT and the events in her life that prompted her to tackle to such an endeavor.
I've had this audiobook in my Audible library for over a year. I intended to listen to the audiobook before seeing the movie that stars Reese Witherspoon, but that didn't happen. Knowing a lot of Cheryl's story (from the movie) may be a reason why I only gave the book 3 stars. Although I enjoyed it, I wasn't captivated by it. Despite enjoying the tale of her journey and admiring her candidness in sharing the life events that prompted her to hike the PCT alone, the book lacked the "kick" I was expecting.
If you like memoirs of this nature, then I would recommend it. I strongly recommend avoiding seeing the movie until after you have read the book, though, because seeing the movie first may dilute your reading experience as it did mine.
My rating: ★★★
I Must Say by Martin Short
If I was more of a fan of Martin Short's, then I might have liked this book more. It's not that I dislike Martin Short, but rather that I was only marginally familiar with his work before listening to this audiobook. Prior to listening to this audiobook, I knew he was in Innerspace, Father of the Bride, and one of the Santa Clause movies.
Martin Short narrates, which was a plus. He peppers portions of his most well known sketches throughout the book. Thing is, I wasn't familiar with the sketches, having no knowledge base of his work from SCTV or SNL, so I didn't really "get" them. This is probably a book that is better suited for long time or devoted fans. The most interesting parts of the book where about Short's childhood in Canada and the section in the book in which he honestly stated that his career was a vast collection of "almosts," which I found particularly poignant and real.
Despite Martin's pleasant voice, I spread this book out over the course of twelve days. I discovered early on that I just couldn't handle listening for long periods of time and found myself tuning out after a while.
My rating: ★★★
Never Never Part 3 by Colleen Hoover
The third and final installment of this story, Part 3 was even shorter than both of its predecessors. In this part, everything was finally resolved, even if the results were weird and unbelievable. If you read these books, it's best to approach them from the standpoint that they are fiction and therefore anything is possible, even the unrealistic. This collection of Never Never books is not my favorite work by this author. the first one was fierce and then the overall story lost its momentum by the third installment.
My rating: ★★★
Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts? As always, thanks for stopping by!