May Mini-Review Recap

Good morning my bookish people!

It’s time to look back at what I read in May – 11 books, overall. Let’s see my itty-bitty thoughts about them, shall we?


the river of no return

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway – I liked the time travel and the budding romance, but this river flowed WAY TOO SLOWLY for my liking. Hopefully there’s a sequel, but I’m not even sure I’d read it.

space chronicles

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson – Really great collection of articles, interviews, and essays written by Neil about the importance of continuing to explore space, and why NASA deserves more than half a penny of our tax dollars. Really liked it, even if it was a bit jarring to switch topics from chapter to chapter.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling – Read it for the HP readalong. It’s short, cute, and just a tad creepy here and there.

the book of lost things

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly – By the middle of the book, I was feeling a bit bored and disturbed. By the end, I was fascinated and giving the author kudos in my head for completely changing my mind.

lies that chelsea handler told me

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea’s Friends, Family, and Other Victims – Chelsea is a hilarious lady, and hearing about all of her antics straight from the people she pranks on a daily basis was a ton of fun. Nice beach read, if you’re okay with laughing in public at a book.

the professor and the madman

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester – I had no idea that the tale of how the OED came to be was such a murder mystery! Turns out one of the biggest contributors was kind of batshit crazy, but dude was good with words.

george's secret key to the universe

George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy & Stephen Hawking – LOVED this kid’s book about a little boy who befriends a girl and her scientist dad, who happen to own the most powerful computer in the universe. George learns about space and black holes, all while trying to save the day.

lord of the flies

Lord of the Flies by William Golding – Really boring short story about a group of boys who crash land on a island, somehow with no adults, and how they descend into savagery. Lots of issues with this one, and cannot believe it’s actually a classic. Ugh.


Prey by Michael Crichton – Interesting, quickie read about a cloud of nanoparticles that are somehow thinking and evolving on their own, and one guy’s mission to stop them. I liked the science and technology aspects of the story. It was like brain candy, but with smartypants sprinkles mixed in.

Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig – This is actually the sequel to Blackbirds, but somehow I bought and read Mockingbird first. So for apparently accidentally reading the sequel first, I still liked it – Miriam is a good character, and her power of being able to see when and how people are going to die is really cool. I need to read Blackbirds, and then I’ll review these together.

The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must by Robert Zubrin – Really fascinating, although information heavy, account of why we should send men to Mars to continue to explore, how we would do so, and the different plans for funding such projects. Really liked it, even if Zubrin does come off a bit cocky sometimes. (Review coming tomorrow.)

So there we have it! Overall, a decent reading month. Do you guys have any thoughts on these?




  1. That’s a shame you didn’t like Lord of the Flies. I’ve been wanting to read it for years now because I’ve heard such good things. Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint me either.


    1. I hope you get more out of it than I did. You can come see my review after you read it and tell me if you agree or disagree with my thoughts! I’m really eager to talk to people about this book now.


  2. Well done as always a great amount of books read, and good mixture of genres. I haven’t read any of these but I have heard a lot about The Book of Lost Things I think I fancy giving that a go.


  3. I just tossed up an itsy bitsy review on The Professor and the Madman. Thanks SO MUCH for bringing that book to my attention. It was fab.


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