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What I Read in May

For anyone who doesn't know, I'm a big fan of books - I love reading and I love finding new books to read!  I love when fellow bloggers share what they've been reading, so I thought I would start doing the same.  Here are the books that I read in the month of May, followed by my rating out of 10.

What I Read

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

The Fault in our Stars

This book was lent to me by my sister and I am not ashamed to admit that I spent a wonderful afternoon in our front porch reading the entire thing!  I didn't necessarily mean to, but it was a quick read and once I started it I didn't want to stop.  It had been a busy weekend so this was mine & Nugget's chance to relax for a bit while Jake was at the farm - I'll say we took full advantage of it :) 
This book has a film version coming out soon, so when my sister mentioned she had it I jumped at the chance to read it before the movie is out.  I like reading books before seeing the movie so I can have my own take on it before I have Hollywood's.  This book was very good and, like I mentioned before, very easy to get through.  I have no problem admitting that I found myself absolutely sobbing at one point - it really had me invested in the characters! 
This is the story of Hazel Grace, a girl battling cancer who means a boy, Augustus, who has seemingly beat his cancer (though it did claim one of his legs).  The Fault in Our Stars follows this pair as they grapple with cancer, support groups, falling in love and the effect literature can have on our lives.  I loved the characters, both minor and major, and I enjoyed following their journey.  I will definitely be seeing the movie when it comes out!
Rating: 8.5/10

Amaryllis in Blueberries - Christina Meldrum

Amaryllis in Blueberry

This was the latest book club book and although it took me a while to really get into, by the end I couldn't put it down - I had to see how it was going to turn out!  In our book club we tend to be cheapos (yes, I'll admit it).  One of us will go to the discout sections at Barnes & Noble where you can get books for only $4 or $5 and then buy enough for the entire club.  I have to say, it may be cheap but it has introduced us to books we never would have chosen but have now fallen in love with! 
Amaryllis in Blueberries is the story of one family - mom Christina (Seena), dad Dick, and their four daughters, Mary Grace, Mary Tessa, Mary Catherine and Amaryllis.  In the beginning of the book Dick picks the family up and transplants them to Africa, where all their cracks and dysfunctions become much more visible.  There were times that made me sad, happy, angered and apathetic while reading the book but I did enjoy the story.  In the reviews someone mentioned that it is similar to The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver which I did read in college but honestly can't remember much of.  I may have to re-read that now though! 
Rating: 7/10

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

After seeing a friend's Harry Potter Pinterest board I decided I must re-read the series - so the first book is the most logical place to start :)  Most of us know the general outline of the first book - a boy, Harry, has been living with his horrible aunt, uncle and cousin when, on his 11th birthday, a giant of a stranger informs him that he is a wizard.  He sets off for the wizard school Hogwarts where he meets new friends, struggles with homework, learns a new sport and comes face-to-face with his past.  The first of 7 books, this set the stage for all the adventures Harry would have while learning to be a wizard! 
I can't say much bad about this book - I love it and always have!
Rating: 10/10

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I just barely finished this one in the month of May, but I got it done!  I know a lot of people call this book as one of their least favorites of the series, but I'm actually a fan of it!  I love that it introduces Ginny in a big way - and Professor Lockhart always is good for a laugh.  In case there's a person or two out there who hasn't read the book or seen the movie, I'll leave any spoilers out - but if you are one of those people, I highly recommend you pick up the series immediately!  

Rating: 10/10

What have you been reading lately?

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