May Reading List!!

I’m so excited about the books on this month’s list!!

I really need to get my butt into gear…I’ve gotten so preoccupied playing that stupid Candy Crush game while I nurse Lucy that I’m behind on my reading.  I need to delete that stinking app!!

Here’s what I’ll be reading this month.  Go die in a fire, stupid Candy Crush — and take Level 65 with you!!



Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

I’ve read all the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series, so this is a MUST.  I’ll be honest — the reviews are HORRIBLE (I’m guessing that some of the characters don’t have the endings we might hope for?) but I have to read it because it’s the last one.  If you watch True Blood but have never read the books, I definitely recommend them. It’s a good series, they are fun and easy reads, and the show has gone way off script, so you still don’t know everything that happens.

The description, via Amazon:

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart….

Sookie Stackhouse  finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.
But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…





I don’t read a ton of nonfiction, but this biography of the man who started the popular Ripley’s Believe It or Not sounds really fun and interesting!!


The description, via Amazon:


A Curious Man is the marvelously compelling biography of Robert “Believe It or Not” Ripley, the enigmatic cartoonist turned globetrotting millionaire who won international fame by celebrating the world’s strangest oddities, and whose outrageous showmanship taught us to believe in the unbelievable.As portrayed by acclaimed biographer Neal Thompson, Ripley’s life is the stuff of a classic American fairy tale. Buck-toothed and cursed by shyness, Ripley turned his sense of being an outsider into an appreciation for the strangeness of the world. After selling his first cartoon to Time magazine at age eighteen, more cartooning triumphs followed, but it was his “Believe It or Not” conceit and the wildly popular radio shows it birthed that would make him one of the most successful entertainment figures of his time and spur him to search the globe’s farthest corners for bizarre facts, exotic human curiosities, and shocking phenomena.Ripley delighted in making outrageous declarations that somehow always turned out to be true—such as that Charles Lindbergh was only the sixty-seventh man to fly across the Atlantic or that “The Star Spangled Banner” was not the national anthem. Assisted by an exotic harem of female admirers and by ex-banker Norbert Pearlroth, a devoted researcher who spoke eleven languages, Ripley simultaneously embodied the spirit of Peter Pan, the fearlessness of Marco Polo and the marketing savvy of P. T. Barnum.In a very real sense, Ripley sought to remake the world’s aesthetic. He demanded respect for those who were labeled “eccentrics” or “freaks”—whether it be E. L. Blystone, who wrote 1,615 alphabet letters on a grain of rice, or the man who could swallow his own nose.

By the 1930s Ripley possessed a vast fortune, a private yacht, and a twenty-eight room mansion stocked with such “oddities” as shrunken heads and medieval torture devices, and his pioneering firsts in print, radio, and television were tapping into something deep in the American consciousness—a taste for the titillating and exotic, and a fascination with the fastest, biggest, dumbest and most weird. Today, that legacy continues and can be seen in reality TV, YouTube, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Jackass, MythBusters and a host of other pop-culture phenomena.

In the end Robert L. Ripley changed everything. The supreme irony of his life, which was dedicated to exalting the strange and unusual, is that he may have been the most amazing oddity of all.





I LOVED The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, so I’m really excited about this book!!


The description, via Amazon:


An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.




This book is for young adults, but it sounds so great and the reviews are amazing!!


The description, via Amazon:


An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.



I had to include something for you chick lit readers…and this is perfect.  This is the sequel to Firefly Lane (if you’re a chick lit reader and haven’t read Firefly Lane, you better get to it).  Not sure if it’ll be the most amazing book ever, but I really liked Firefly Lane and I’m definitely interested in how the characters are doing in the sequel.


SPOILER ALERT:  If you haven’t read Firefly Lane yet, the Fly Away description contains SPOILERS!!  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!


The description, via Amazon:


Once, a long time ago, I walked down a night-darkened road called Firefly Lane, all alone, on the worst night of my life, and I found a kindred spirit. That was our beginning. More than thirty years ago. TullyandKate. You and me against the world. Best friends forever. But stories end, don’t they? You lose the people you love and you have to find a way to go on. . . .

 Tully Hart has always been larger than life, a woman fueled by big dreams and driven by memories of a painful past. She thinks she can overcome anything until her best friend, Kate Ryan, dies. Tully tries to fulfill her deathbed promise to Kate—to be there for Kate’s children—but Tully knows nothing about family or motherhood or taking care of people.

Sixteen-year-old Marah Ryan is devastated by her mother’s death. Her father, Johnny, strives to hold the family together, but even with his best efforts, Marah becomes unreachable in her grief. Nothing and no one seems to matter to her . . . until she falls in love with a young man who makes her smile again and leads her into his dangerous, shadowy world.

Dorothy Hart—the woman who once called herself Cloud—is at the center of Tully’s tragic past. She repeatedly abandoned her daughter, Tully, as a child, but now she comes back, drawn to her daughter’s side at a time when Tully is most alone. At long last, Dorothy must face her darkest fear: Only by revealing the ugly secrets of her past can she hope to become the mother her daughter needs.

A single, tragic choice and a middle-of-the-night phone call will bring these women together and set them on a poignant, powerful journey of redemption. Each has lost her way, and they will need each one another—and maybe a miracle—to transform their lives.

An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss, and new beginnings, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark powerful storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.

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    I’m reading Fly Away RIGHT NOW!!! :)

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    Jimi says:

    I love this post each month! Thanks for all the suggestions.

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    Jimi says:

    Oh, and I am with you on Candy Crush…level 79 here. And I may be done, because it seems this level is impossible. Aghhhh! I wish I had never heard of the stupid game.

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    Laura says:

    As always, thank you for sharing your reading list. I’m currently reading the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. I’m not sure where I found the suggestion for these books but so far they are good.

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    Michelle says:

    I think my son was born on the same day as Lucy so what I would like to know is how do you manage to read at all right now?! If I were to try and pick up a book to read, I would be asleep in about a minute. Lol

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      Kristan says:

      If it wasn’t for nursing, or getting up in the middle of the night, I don’t think I would have time!! Thankfully, nursing forces me to sit down…and reading at night helps me sleep when I’m so tired the adrenaline has kicked in!!

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    Theresa says:

    In your April list a reader posted in the comments that you should read Wonder by R.J. Palacio…And I agree 100%. I would put it my top 20 best books I have ever read. And I am stuck on level 82 and just spent 10 bucks passing level 81 because I have nothing better to do with my money..

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    Michelle says:

    I’m reading Dead After Ever right now. So far I don’t mind it, I just need to see what happens to everyone. The last few books in the series have been hit or miss, so I don’t have incredible expectations. I just like things to be finished the way the author wants them to be! :)

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      Michelle says:

      Also, I am with you on level 65 (for at least two weeks now). Who knew a game built around the wonderfulness of candy could be so frustrating?

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    Marie M.C. says:

    Just finished reading The Aviator’s Wife. Hated it. HATED IT. If you want to know about Anne Morrow Lindbergh read her diaries and letters. Skip this book. AML was a lyrical writer. This book doesn’t convey that in any way. The author just read her diaries and made a novel of them. A very bad novel. One thing the AML diaries and letters don’t talk about is the fact her husband had seven (yes, seven!) children with three different woman — outside of his marriage. What?!!!! He was a busy, busy man. There is no evidence she ever knew.

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    I am soooo excited for the last Sookie Stackhouse novel! Bad reviews or not– it’s a must. Love your book suggestions!

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    Tina says:

    I’ve been stuck on level 65 of Candy Crush for a little over 2 months now. I’ve given it to the end of the week if I don’t get past it, I’m done. Sookie Stackhouse is next on my list.

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    Hey Kristen
    if you love reading check out Yes it is ANOTHER social network (kinda). But it’s AMAZING for keeping track of what you read, what you liked and what you want to read next. I’ve been using it a few years and love it, and I set up an account for my Mom recently and she’s hooked now too! :-)

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    Christy says:

    Thanks for the book list! I always check yours when looking for new books to listen to from the library. Who has time to actually read a book? When my babies were little and did not sleep, ever, I read most of the night to keep myself from falling asleep and letting them roll off of the Boppy. But with two toddlers there is no time at all to hold a real book! Anyway, thanks. And, take heart, Candy Crush level 65 is beatable! After three weeks of obsessively playing after the girls went to bed, I think the game finally got tired of me yelling at it and let me win. I have made it to level 105 and again am yelling at the phone. It’s a sad, sad obsession!

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    Carley says:

    Kristan, are you going to make a June list?? I love reading your recommendations!!

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    Very descriptive article, I enjoyed that a lot.

    Will there be a part 2?


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