So having to fly home and take time off work to be with my family while my mom has brain surgery majorly sucks. Like it sucks a lot. BUT it gave me lots of time to read, plus books kept me from crying all the time. Also my mom is doing pretty well post-surgery. The hospital discharged her on Friday, just two days after her surgery, so we're all pretty happy with her recovery.

BUT BOOKS! Let's talk books.

The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch (448 pages, 4 stars, review here)

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (563 pages, 5 stars, review here)

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (260 pages, 5 stars)

A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram (204 pages, 4 stars)

All of these will go towards the Summer Book Challenge I'm doing too, which is awesome. I still need to pick out a book from the NYT Bestseller list. Any recommendations?