A Month in Books: May 2012

May was:
Catching up on the Walking Dead
Dipping a toe into some erotica in prep for 50 Shades of Grey
Laughing till I cry with Jenny Lawson
Celebrating the return of  beloved romance author’s

Links go to full reviews on Goodreads.com and an * marks favorites.

 The Walking Dead:Volume 14, Robert Kirkman
4 stars
I miss the zombies! There’s some gun-toting, zombie-killing madness, but the exploration is mostly internal. The new cast of characters is starting to dwindle, so I’m wondering if/when/how we’ll meet some new people.

The Walking Dead: Volume 15, Robert Kirkman
4 stars
Winter is coming … Wait. Wrong series. Heavily Rick centered (oy), the final image of this book is either the best thing that’s happened or officially jumping the shark.

The Bride Stripped Bare, Nikki Gemmell
1 star (DNF)
Narcissistic navel-gazing disguised as erotica, and no I’m not writing about 50 Shades of Grey (that’s coming later).  Awful, awful book.

Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, Leslie T. Chang
3 stars
“The history of a family begins when a person leaves home.” This book works best when Chang allows the stories to stand on their own, rather than her own narrative. They both were good, but could have been two books.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, Jenny Lawson
4 stars
By turns laugh out loud hilarious and heartbreaking, Lawson’s memoir exemplifies the genre done right. Jenny is at her very best when spinning a tale of ridiculous hilarity and making the reader cry from laughing so hard.

A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal, Meredith Duran
4 stars
Back on her game after some earlier misses, Duran’s written a stand-out late-Victorian era twist on Pygmalion. Nell was wonderfully feisty without veering into Manic-Pixyville, though I wish there was more Simon.

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