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I love May! With all the trees and shrubs in bloom May has to be one of the most beautiful months of the year. Add to that an increase in sunshine and temperature, and I can finally start to see summer looming on the horizon. I feel like May was only a so-so month for me when it came to books. I had a few that were great, several I had to work at, and a couple I couldn’t finish. My eye has been on June books for a while and the rest of the summer is looking good, too. Did you see Monday’s “New Books in the Summer of 2017” list? If not you should check it out!
Books Read in May
Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki, Grade C+ (reviewed on May 11, 2017)
The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Grade B- (reviewed on May 26, 2017)
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (audio), Grade A (reviewed on May 18, 2017)
Once, In Lourdes by Sharon Solwitz, Grade B- (reviewed on May 25, 2017)
Fly Me by Daniel Riley (review coming next week)
White Fur by Jardine Libaire, Grade A (reviewed on June 1, 2017)
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (review coming next week)
Reviewed, But Read Earlier
Underground Fugue by Margot Singer, Grade C- (reviewed on May 4, 2017)
Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan, Grade A (reviewed on May 9, 2017)
The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel (audio), Grade A- (reviewed on May 18, 2017)
The Bad News, Did Not Finish
Salt Houses by Hala Alyan – I found the characters flat and wasn’t able to develop much empathy for them. I put it down at 20%.
The Reminders by Val Emmich – One of the narrators was a young girl and I didn’t care for her voice. I gave up at about 25%.
I also tried and returned three audiobooks: Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood, All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg, and Man of the Year by Lou Cove. In all three I didn’t care for the story or the narration.
My May “Best Book of the Month” was a tough choice, but in the end the book “hangover” that Jardine Libaire’s White Fur left me with, put it on top. I don’t think White Fur will be a book for everyone, but those who connect with stunning writing woven into a gritty love story will be very glad they read this book.
- I’m happy to report that the post viewed most often in May was Summer Reading…Simply, the Best, my suggestions for summer reading. This list included 17 books in four different categories, and were all books that I’d read and reviewed. If you’re looking for great books to enjoy this summer (or anytime) please check out this popular post.
- When it comes to reviews, Based on a True Story was looked at more than any other. This might be in part because Sarah at Sarah’s Bookshelves linked my review up with her discussion post on this excellent book that completely blurs the line between fiction and reality. If you’ve read Based on a True Story, you should join the discussion.
Looking At Goals
- May’s seven books brings my yearly total up to 38. Goodreads tells me that’s still 7 ahead in my 2017 goal of 75. Since May was a bit of a slow month, I’m good with that!
- Born a Crime was the only audiobook I finished, bringing my yearly total to 8. It was fantastic, but then I struggled with finding audiobooks where I liked both the story and the narration. (However, now I’m listening to one that I really like.)
- Nonfiction was a winner month for me! I had two with The Fact of a Body and Born a Crime. They bring my count for the year up to four. Wow! I doubled my nonfiction reads in May.
- Thirteen more days of school. I can do it!
I Hope May Was Good To You!
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Sarah's Book Shelves says
Thanks for the shout-out! And you’re calling Based on a True Story nonfiction, huh? Interesting…and plays into the whole thing about which is it? True or not or something in between??
No! That’s what I get for rushing this post. I meant The Fact of a Body. Thanks…I fixed it!
A great motnh, White Fur has such a striking cover!
I’m curious about the novel Fly Me by Daniel Riley. Was it any good? I will look for your review. thanks
I’m reviewing it tomorrow!
Loved BOOK OF POLLY! Any suggestions for historical fiction or anything Asian? I ordered ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, WHITE FUR and BORN A CRIME! Thanks for all the fun ideas. I live when you write the grades A- etc. Helps me pick what’s worth reading. 🙂 Liesl
Good choices. For historical fiction, my favorite so far this year is We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. It’s a WWII story, but one that is also uplifting. I also think you would enjoy Rabbit Cake by Annie Hatnett. I don’t really read much Asian, I guess. Did you read Shelter by Jung Yun last year? Very serious, but excellent. (On my top ten list for 2016, but no review because I read it before starting the blog.) Let me know how the books work out for you! Susie