Friday, May 26, 2017

Best Books of May

Warm weather is here, but that doesn't stop true book lovers from finding time to read. Since it's the last Friday of the month, it's time to tell you all about the great books I read this month.

I kicked off May with a fun book by Chrissie Perry that originally released in Australia. It's getting new life in America as a fun new series...and I couldn't wait to get started!

Project Best Friend introduces us to Penelope Kingston, a perfectionist who is on a quest to find a new best friend. She's sure the new girl, Brittany O'Brien ("Bob" for short!), is destined to be her BFF. Unfortunately, Bob's first day doesn't quite go as planned. You'll fall in love with little Penelope right away, plus it has a great message about how life rarely goes as planned.

The next book I read this month was a fun tween book from an accomplished author named Robin Palmer. How can you not love an author whose books have titles like Cindy Ella and Geek Charming?

In Love You Like a Sister, Avery must work with her soon-to-be stepsisters to get ready to be bridesmaids in her father's upcoming wedding. This book hit close to home, as I, too, had a father who remarried and had new children after my parents' divorce. Throughout reading this book, I was nodding along, amazed at how accurately Robin captured the jealousy from seeing a biological parent bonding with his fiancee's kids more than his own daughter. I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with a distant father following a divorce.

Next up is a collaboration between a long list of authors known to many of us. This book includes stories by Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.

Heroes come in many forms. As you're reading Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life, you can't help but have that thought. These 12 stories show us heroes in a wide variety of settings, all in the fantasy genre. Best of all, the stories are each so different, you never know where the next tale will take you! If you love fantasy, this is definitely a book you MUST pick up.

Kelly Hashway is one busy author. Her latest book features a main character who is a best-selling author. And it's a suspense--my favorite!

Lies We Tell is an exciting suspense about a best-selling author and her stalker. There's a love interest in the form of a publicist who may or may not be the stalker. You just have to read the book to find out! This is one of those rare mystery-suspenses that actually keeps you guessing all the way to the end.

You can't beat the price of the next book I read this month. It's free! Patricia Josephine (known as Patricia Lynne around here) writes a great book. But she also writes compelling short stories. This collection is her latest:

Learn a Word in 100 Words incorporates the fun of word learning into the flash fiction format. Patricia first introduces you to a word, then writes a 100-word story incorporating that word. Stories are grouped into subjects like writing, paranormal, animals, and science fiction. It's a fun format and, best of all, you can learn one word a day while still getting your reading in!

What's the best book you read in May?