It’s that time again! Today I’m sharing my reads from this past month as May comes to a close. In my May TBR post, I shared my goal to read books written by authors of color only. I did not accomplish that goal, mainly because I eventually realized many of the books I wanted to read this month were darker in tone and content. You can read a bit more about that in this post. All in all I still had a pretty great reading month! I’ll first share this month’s reading stats and then move on to highlight the books themselves.
This month I read…
Books by women: 8 / 8
Books by PoC: 2 / 8
Favorite pick of the month: The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
Now, onto the books!
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
A lot of people loved this book but unfortunately I was not one of them. The imagery and use of color in this story is beautiful. Astonishing Color addresses depression, suicide, and grief and I had a difficult time connecting with the story as a result of my personal experiences with these topics. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars and you can read my review here.
By the Book by Julia Sonneborn
Looking for a Jane Austen retelling? Sonneborn did a great job of reimagining and modernizing Persuasion, which is a fantastic Austen book. This retelling is super cute and fun, and Sonneborn is clearly a big fan of both Austen and Persuasion. I would definitely recommend this for Austen fans, as well as to anyone looking for a quick and breezy summer read. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
I think Tessa Dare is quickly becoming my favorite romance writer! This is a fun and charming read with a hilarious premise that I refuse to spoil. Also, there’s a mystery! The characters are realistic, endearing, and hilarious. I flew through this story and was quite bummed when it ended. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
This story is absolutely beautiful. The writing is incredible. I would actually stop and reread passages just to appreciate the language better. This is a beautiful story about family that I can’t stop recommending! I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and you can read my review here.
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
This was the book to burst me out of my depressing book slump! Romancing the Duke is a quick and easy read. I finished it over the course of a day. This book had some surprising plot twists and nice renditions of genre cliches. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and you can read my full review here.
A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
Yay, Louise Penny! This is the fourth book in Penny’s famed series following Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. A Rule Against Murder offered a quaint change of pace from the previous novels set in Three Pines. I enjoyed the new characters in this story, as well as Penny’s usual insightful commentary on people, the world, and ethics. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
This short story collection is Reese Witherspoon’s book club pick for May. And it was so great! I previously read Sittenfeld’s book Prep and after reading this collection, I know want to read her backlist. These stories are insightful, witty, relevant, and engaging. I can honestly say I enjoyed every single one. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and will share a review soon.
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
This was a frustrating book. I was disappointed with the plot due to the troubling storyline involving a supposed romance between an adult man and a child. It is a quick read, which is lucky because I was not glad for much else in this book. I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars and you can read my review here.
That’s it for this month! What books did you finish this month?