Month in Review: May 2016

Book of the Month


It’s hard to ignore the pull of Jane Steele, Lyndsay Faye’s vivaciously dark riff on a theme from Jane Eyre. Reader, I loved it!

But there was a lot of other great reading this month as well, not to mention two fun blogging events, one online and one in person. Read on to discover more of my adventures…



  • From my new favorite author Frances Hardinge, The Lie Tree was a delicious treat.
  • For an author event at First Impressions Reviews, I talked about my first Georgette Heyer, False Colours.
  • I took a brief look at Four 2016 releases I liked but didn’t love.
  • For my Reading New England focus this month, I was delighted to discover a real hidden gem: the 2015 novel Hidden View from Vermont author Brett Ann Stanciu.

Other Books Read

  • The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman – Reading New England
  • Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter – Reading New England
  • Ah, Wilderness! by Eugene O’Neill – Reading New England
  • Idyll Banter by Chris Bohjalian – Reading New England
  • A Man of Genius by Janet Todd – Review to come
  • The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson – Review to come
  • Lost in A Good Book by Jasper Fforde
  • Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  • Soup by Robert Newton Peck – Reading New England
  • Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher – Reading New England
  • The Children by Ann Leary – Review to come
  • The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
  • Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson – Reading New England

Other Features and Events

Meeting up with bloggers Laurie from Bay State Readers Advisory and Charlotte from Charlotte’s Library

Shared in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, the Month in Review linkup at The Book Date, and the Monthly Wrap-up Round-up hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction

20 thoughts on “Month in Review: May 2016

  1. I missed your post on how to deal with comments. Myself, I aim to respond to everyone, but sometimes I don’t get there. I have been known to put a disclaimer during NASCAR season that I won’t respond to every comment except for those with questions or if I feel they deserve a response. With new commenters, I do, like you, attempt to find a post of theirs to comment on. I know it’s hard starting out as a new blogger and I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone.


    1. Haha, I believe we all do have seasons in our lives when non-blogging activities take priority! I think everyone can understand some omissions here and there.


  2. You had a fantastic month in books and book-related things. This is the first time I didn’t participate in ABEA. Too much work this year for me. πŸ™‚
    Happy June!


  3. I am always so impressed with how much you read, it sounds like another great month of reading and some fun events/meet-ups too. I really like the sound of The Lie Tree and, as you know, I am super excited to read Jane Steele.

    I wish you health, happiness and more great reading in June πŸ™‚


  4. What a busy month! I’m interested in the Jasper Fforde book that you read. I read the first book in his popular series and then didn’t continue on, but his concepts are always fun and interesting!


    1. Honestly, I liked The Eyre Affair much better than Lost in a Good Book. There were some fun ideas in the second book but they didn’t grab me quite so much this time. But I think it’s worth a read to see if you like it better than I did.


    1. I think it’s definitely worth a try. I’m not sure what “rain city” you are in (Vancouver? Seattle? Portland?) but I bet there are some book bloggers to be found somewhere.


  5. Your meet-up sounds like a lot of fun, I definitely want to plan one (I’m in the DC area). How was Inn at Lake Devine? I just saw a recommendation for that one. Sorry you didn’t love the second Jasper Fforde. I’ve read them all but can’t really differentiate among them any more.


    1. I liked The Inn at Lake Devine – it was a light read that touched on some deeper subjects.

      Hooray for book blogger meet-ups in all corners of the country (and world)!


  6. Hello from a fellow New Englander! I actually think I’m pretty near you (I’m in Keene).
    Loved your Wrap Up post – looks like you had a pretty good May. I also absolutely loved Jane Steele.
    Hope June is treating you well so far.
    Happy Reading!


    1. Well, hello there, neighbor! Maybe we could meet up at a Toadstool reading or something. (I’m ashamed to say I’ve not yet been to one.)

      June is terrific so far. Finally I can sit outside and read without my mittens on. πŸ™‚


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