May was a mostly good month and a very good reading month. I love summer, and soon I’ll be posting my 20 Books of Summer List, one of my favorite challenges. I discovered audiobooks, for one thing, which are helping me get into better shape.
I put a lot of time into my garden, so we’ll see how it does. If I don’t produce more than a couple of cherry tomatoes this year, like last summer, my husband will never let me forget it! I tried to plant a wider mix of things this year, and I’m accepting the fact that my teeny little space just isn’t going to get enough sun to grow the things I want it to (sigh).
I read a wide variety of books this month, from the very serious (Dopesick) to the very light (Daughter of the Pirate King). Mystery, romance, science fiction, nonfiction, and YA.
Here’s what I read:
Favorite book: My favorite book this month was Ghost Wall, which I listened to by audiobook. Absolutely fantastic. Thanks to Elle Thinks for the recommendation! Also, I wasn’t expecting to love Record of a Spaceborn Few but I totally did. I liked her last book but loved this one. And Dopesick was a tough read but a very important one.
A book I didn’t finish: Cherry by Nico Walker. I really wanted to like this book, which was written by a guy who served in Iraq, got addicted to heroin and was convicted of a string of bank robberies. He wrote this book while in prison. But a few things, besides the rambling style of his writing, kept me from finishing this book. Mainly, the way he writes about women is horrific. Apparently every woman serving in the Army is just there to be gang-banged and won’t carry her own equipment. Enough said.
Books for challenges:
What I’m reading now: I’ve read most of Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula LeGuin, and I’m also reading Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire (a Hugo nominee).
What’s coming up: From the library I’ve got Daisy Jones and the Six and The Priory of the Orange Tree.
Added to my TBR: This week I wrote about the top ten books published over the last ten years, and it was really interesting reading other bloggers’ picks! One I added to my TBR is a book called HHhH by Laurent Binet, about Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust (recommended by Booking in Heels). It sounds very intense.
Things that made me happy this month:
So that’s May! I have a lot going on in June, from visiting family in Wisconsin to a conference in Orlando and Harry Potter World at the end of the month.
I’ll be posting soon with my 20 Books of Summer list, which begins officially June 3, and I’m also working on a post about listening to audiobooks. I’ll also be posting some reviews of the nonfiction books I’ve read in the last few months.
How was your May? Do you have a summer reading list? Have you read or listened to anything good recently?
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