One of my resolutions for 2015 was to read at least two books (non work related) a month. I've done pretty well so far: four books in January, almost two books and some comic books in February, two books in March, and two books in April. Here is what I read in May:
The Abomination by Jonathan Holt. This was a really good mystery novel! It took place in and around Venice for the most part, but also briefly took place in Slovenia (home of Klara). It has murder, war crimes, the US military, romance, and surprise, politics, suspense...all elements of a great mystery novel. This isn't a difficult read, I read the whole thing in three days or so, but it was really engaging and made me not want to put it down. Apparently The Abomination is part of a trilogy and I'd like to read the other two books at some point, though I'll probably wait until they are in the library or in paperback because I'm cheap.
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. I picked this one because the description on the jacket seemed right up my alley (historical fiction). I'm honestly not sure why this book is rated so well on Amazon. I think the author's intent was to weave a bunch of short stories together to tell a larger story of a whole family. To me it just seemed to jump around a lot and had multiple characters and events that didn't really seem to go together and at times just felt like rambling. I'm glad I stuck it out and finished the book, but it really wasn't good at all.
In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard. I'll be honest, I picked this book up for one reason, I'm very well acquainted with a small town called Zanesville. As it turns out the book didn't take place in the town that I know and love, and it just went downhill from there. This book didn't do it for me, though most of the reviews on Amazon see to be positive.
Descent by Tim Johnston. This was another mystery/thriller book. I loved the author's writing style. He wrote in a why that I could really visualize the story, characters, and surroundings. That being said, it felt like some parts were too long and not enough attention was paid to other parts. All in all it was a good book, and it reeled me in and had me hooked early in the book. If I were giving it stars, I'd probably give it 4/5.
I was able to read a bit more than usual this month thanks to taking two weeks off of work. This month brought one book I loved, one that was ok, and two that I didn't really like. If I count correctly, my 2015 book tally now stands at 13.75. I'm pretty impressed that I've managed to keep it up. :)