Quick Reads May 2016

Usually I sort my reviews in chronological order based upon when I read them. This time however I am letting two excellent book “skip the line”. I have published full reviews on both of them on the blog, and I highly recommend you check them out.


how to communicate like a buddhistHow to Communicate Like a Buddhist by Cynthia Kane*: Kane tackles the topic of communication masterfully, and while the book is based on Buddhist concepts I recommend it regardless of your (lack of) religion. (Read my full review)

love sickLove Sick by Cory Martin**: Love Sick is both funny and thought-provoking. Even if you don’t have a chronic illness, or know anyone who has one, I would highly recommend you read it. Because sooner or later either you, or someone you love will be dealing with chronic illness. It’s one of the more difficult facts of life, but the better we get about talking openly about these things, the better prepared we all are – and the better equipped we will be to deal with it ourselves and support our loved ones.(Read my full review + interview with the author)

chainsChains (The Seeds of America Trilogy) by Laurie Halse Anderson: I bought this from Audible when it was on sale. I really wanted to like it, an African-American slave girl at the brink of the American revolution seeking freedom for her and her younger sister – what’s not to like? But I just couldn’t get into it, I found the protagonist childish and unrealistic, and while I’m aware the novel is aimed at a younger audience I can’t truly recommend it as being better than average.

radical self loveRadical Self-Love: A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dreams by Gala Darling**: If you’ve read Gala Darling’s blog or are familiar with self-love /self-care books there won’t be much new here. It is a good overview however of different techniques and approaches to love yourself and take steps to live the life you want.

persuasionPersuasion by Jane Austen: I listened to the always wonderful annotated audiobook on Craft Lit, Heather Ordover does an excellent job as always. Even if you’re not sure you like Austen or classics, I really recommend you give Craft Lit a chance.

Flawed-coverFlawed by Cecelia Ahern**: Ahern is one of my favourite chick lit writers and I love dystopian YA novels. Needless to say I was beyond thrilled to get the chance to read an advanced reader’s copy of Ahern’s  new dystopian YA novel Flawed. The premise of a world where everyone strives for perfection to avoid being branded as Flawed was enticing and fascinating. Unfortunately the execution fell short for me, and didn’t live up to the standard I have come to expect from Ahern.

the kingmaker's daughterThe Kingmaker’s Daughter (The Cousin’s War) by Philippa Gregory: I listened to the Audible edition, and while this isn’t fantastic, I enjoyed the chance to get to know one of the minor character’s in The Cousin’s War on a deeper level.

What have you been reading lately? Check out Modern Mrs Darcy for more quick book reviews.
As always I invite you to find me and connect with me on Goodreads.

*Received an advanced reader’s copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
**Received an advanced reader’s copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I have never heard of CraftLit and just checked it out! So fun! I use LibriVox for my free audiobook podcasts but I may have to try CraftLit out too! I want to re-read Austen book soon and might start with Persuasion because it is just SO good!

    Here are my April reads: http://elle-alice.blogspot.com/2016/05/lectio-divina-what-it-is-why-how-i-am.html


    • Hi Elena, welcome and thank you for commenting! CraftLit is excellent, Heather Ordover (who used to be an English lit teacher) has made me reconsider my opinion on several classics (although Austen’s were already beloved). I look forward to checking out your blog!



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