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Best Books: May

Well, I didn't quite make my goal in May, but I still did okay and read four books, which is more than I've read the past couple of months. I'm slowly finding my footing again with reading, and am being very choosy about what books I complete. I actually bailed on not one, but TWO books this month and I'm pretty proud of myself for being able to let them go.

The best book this month was an easy winner, being head and shoulders above everything else I read. It started out a bit slow for me, but once I got into things I couldn't put it down! It was nice to finally have an unputdownable read after so many months of poor to mediocre reads.

Foundryside - Robert Jackson Bennett

Ahhh!!! This was such a fun book, and I was totally skeptical. Initially it reminded me of Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows, which I didn't enjoy at all. I was also worried because, generally speaking, I'm really not a huge fantasy fan. I could dive into science fiction all day, but there's something about fantasy that I usually find irritating more than anything. 

But this came out a winner due to its very cool magical system, INCREDIBLE world building, and a group of interesting, well-developed characters who had backstories that actually made sense and were interesting.

The book is about a young thief named Sancia, who comes upon a magical and highly sought after item. This, of course, puts her in danger and in the midst of a plot that could change the course of her city forever. 

I know that is a SUPER vague description, but I really thing this one is best enjoyed as a journey and a slow revelation. This is the first book in a trilogy, so I'm excited to read further. Highly recommended!

Also read: Sadie - Courtney Summers; An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good - Helene Tursten; The Gone World - Tom Sweterlitsch.