Saturday, June 01, 2019

May: What I Read

May?!  What the what?  I feel like this has been a blink-and-it's-gone kind of lost month.  Yikes.  I did a little better with my reading goals this month, but still, too much glassy-eyed staring at screens and also a heaping helping of work stress to knock me off my pace.  Basically, I can still finish the first half of the year with 100 books, but I am going to have to read my eyeballs out in June.  So. Anyway.  Goodreads tells me I have read 82/200 books.

11.  The Half Life of Everything by Deborah Carol Gang:  This starts out strong, and the plot is a good idea.  That's why it took me so long to realize this is not a good book.  Oops.
10. River Bodies by Karen Katchur:  This is #1 in a new series, and I will not be pursuing the series.
9. We Live for the We by Dani McClain:  I heard her on The Longest Shortest Time, and I have read her Nation articles talking about black motherhood, but I just feel like this book was a stretch content-wise.  It felt like an article made into a book, even though this is a rich subject with plenty of material.  Part of the problem is that McClain's daughter is only 2, so the memoir parts were not robust.
8. Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt:  Liked this one because I kept reading it even though all of the characters were terrible people.
7.  The Water Cure by Sophie McIntosh:  What. The. Hell. Was. That.  Super creepy and sparsely written.
6. Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam:  A really terrific main character even though this is a book by a dude about a dude.
5. Fifty Things That Aren't my Fault: Essays from the Grown Up Years by Cathy Guisewite: As charming and delightful as you would expect it to be.
4. The Adults by Caroline Hulse: I stumbled onto this one at the walk-in section of my library and loved it-- breezy and funny even though some heavy stuff goes down.
3.  Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottleib:  Love this!  I also heard her on the Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast, and I also loved that.
2.  Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams:  I am a sucker for a book with a strong-voiced lead character, and Queenie is terrific.
1.  The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kuar Jaswal: This book is sweet and engaging and really funny. It's a delight.

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