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Happy Memorial Day! It’s a bit of a different one, but I think we’re all getting used to our days being a little different. No big parties of BBQ’s around here, yet, but other places are a little further along in the reopening process, so maybe your holiday will be more exciting than mine. I’m excited because the end is in sight for this school year. Technically, we have four weeks left, but that last week is going to be very low-key. We’ve already done most of our planning, so it’s all down hill from here!
On the blog I have two big posts this week. Tomorrow I’m thrilled to be sharing my Summer Preview 2020. There seems to be more summer releases than usual that I’m excited about, so I’ll be sharing 20 new books coming in June, July and August. Then on Thursday, I have my May Mini-Reviews and that will include short reviews of six books I just haven’t yet had time to review this month. Please stop by for both.
Finally, I was a guest host on The Readerly Report podcast last week. Gayle Weiswasser and I had a great time talking summer books, reading under quarantine and much more. If you haven’t listened, please give it a try!
Hosted by Kathryn at Book Date
Last Week’s Reads
- The books I finished last week both surprised me. Red Dress in Black & White by Elliot Ackerman surprised me because it just didn’t do much for me. At times I was interested, but overall it was slow and I just didn’t care. I loved Waiting for Eden so much (my review), and hoped I’d feel the same about his new novel. (mini-review on Thursday)
- 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand surprised me because I loved it! I listened to this one and think the great narration by Erin Bennett added to my pleasure, but on it’s own 28 Summers makes for a great summer read. You’ll want to add to this your TBR list now! (review in June)
- I’m currently listening to Peter Swanson’s Eight Perfect Murders. I’m loving all the literary tie-ins and only wish I was more of a mystery reader so I was familiar with more of them. I’ve discovered doing puzzles and listening to books make for a perfect combination, and have been doing a lot of both recently.
- I only have about 20% left in The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett’s sophomore novel. Let’s be clear, there was no sophomore slump for Bennett. I just might like this book even more than her debut, The Mothers (my review). That book made my Best Books of 2016, so it’s a high bar!
Likely to Read Next
- Next up on audio, I;m going to listen to The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. The author, on undocumented Harvard graduate, shares her story and the stories of fellow undocumented individual living in America. I’m excited to hear on “own voices” account of the realities of life for those who are undocumented.
- My copy of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins arrived on Wednesday and I’m eager to get to it. It’s a little on the long side, so I may need to read a couple more June books first. We’ll see!
- I’m also eager to read The Second Home by Christina Clancy. This debut features a dysfunctional family of three siblings who must come together and decide what to do with their Cape Cod summer home, while also coming to terms with the reasons they’ve been apart so long.
Kathy Martin says
I find that I listen to audiobooks most often when I’m playing computer games or walking. Our Memorial Day will be quiet. My brother works in the afternoon but we’ll celebrate with brats and potato salad when he gets home. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Allison | Mind Joggle says
Your post reminded me that I love Elin Hilderbrand books on audio! They’re a little light for my print reading but perfect for my listening tastes, especially right now. I’ll have to try to get my hands on this one.
I’m reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes now. I’m not very far yet, but so far it’s compelling, though different from the others in the series. I’m going in pretty blind and I can’t tell yet what’s going to drive the narrative through such a long book.
So glad to hear The Vanishing Half is good. It’s coming up for me.
Allison, you and I are exactly alike on the lighter audiobooks. I think that’s why I liked 28 summers so much. It was fun and lighter on audio. I ended up turning to another of her books, The Identicals, for my next audiobook. They’re both read by Erin Bennett and she’s very good.
I’ve now read almost 200 pages in The Ballad and I’m really enjoying that one, too!
I wasn’t going to read A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (only because I felt that the world of Panem was complete for me), but then my 11 year old discovered the Hunger Games and wanted to read it. As she is only 11, I wanted to make sure it was appropriate, so I downloaded it from Audible and it will be my next listen. If I think it is okay for her, I’ll order her a print or eBook copy.
So far, I really like it, but am not far enough know if it will work for an 11-year old.
Laurie C says
We managed to muster up the energy for burgers and slaw today for Memorial Day, but it was a little chilly (and too much effort) to eat outdoors, so we just ate in the dining room as usual. A strange holiday weekend! We did go out to the open-air garden center yesterday to buy some plants for the garden and a couple of hanging plants for the front porch.
Plant shopping sounds divine. I need to do that.
Gayle Weiswasser says
Thanks so much for coming on the show!! Hope you had a good holiday today.
Anytime, Gayle. It was great fun!
Lisa notes says
Looks like so many good books here. I’m almost finished with Beartown; I can’t wait to see how it ends! I may have to stay up late tonight reading it.
Oh, I loved Beartown and the sequel, Us Against You, is great, too.
Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out says
I look forward to seeing your Summer Preview!
Wishing you a great reading week