Saturday, June 01, 2024

May: What I Read

As always, here they are from worst to best:

Not for Me

The Summer Swap by Sarah Morgan: Meh. **2024 

It Was Always You by Sarah K. Stephens: Oooooh this was fun to listen to, but do not expect art. **Audio 


Do Not Disturb by Freida McFadden: Liked it **Audio

 The Perfect Son by Freida McFadden: This is a creepy one. **Audio

The Devil Wears Scrubs by Freida McFadden: LOVED this and it made me like McFadden’s oeuvre as a whole much better. SHE’S A NEUROLOGIST. SO cool. **Audio

Solid Mehs

The Second Chance Hotel by Sierra Godfrey: Meh. **Audio **

Lucky by Jane Smiley: A less fun Daisy Jones and the Six. **2024

Grief Is for People by Sloane Crosley: I always want to like this author so much more than I end up liking her stuff. **2024

Good Backlist Titles I Stumbled Across

A Heart That Works by Rob Delaney: Heartbreaker of a memoir about his 2 year-old who died of brain cancer.

Within Arm's Reach by Ann Napolitano: Liked this one a lot-- it is a re-release of her older out-of-print novel, which is why is sort of seems to be set in the present but not quite... **Audio

Instamom by Chantel Guertin: Loved this breezy little romance.

BOTY Contenders

Finlay Donovan Rolls the Dice by Elle Cosimano: This one might be the best one since the original. This series is so cute, and it really should be a TV show. **2024

The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose: I had some issues with The Maid because I felt like Molly was just every autism stereotype ever rolled into one character, but this iteration of her is much more nuanced, and I liked this book a lot. **2024 **Audio

Leaving by Roxana Robinson: OH MY GOSH. This is so sad and wonderful. **2024

Funny Story by Emily Henry: Hello, it’s me, letting my basic bitch roots show. THIS IS SO GREAT. **2024 **Audio

This month: 15 books

Audio: 8

Print or digital: 7

This year: 72

Audio: 36

With my eyes: 26

Books published in 2024: 32


  1. Anonymous6:51 AM

    This is Lisa. Of these books I have only read ‘A Heart That Works’ which was so good and made me cry hard which is saying something because I rarely cry when reading books. Taco was 2 when I read it so it really hit home.

    I have Leaving and Funny Story on my holds list. Right now I am reading ‘Real Americans’ which I am loving!

  2. I am reading Grief is for People right now, and I expected to love it, and am feeling kind of meh about it as well.

  3. So many books. Amazing. As always. I need to have a look at leaving. And Funny story is on my TBR.

  4. Am #224 on the hold list at the library for that Emily Henry book. Someday I will be a basic bitch raving about it, too!

  5. I sometimes love Jane Smiley, sometimes not so much. My favorites of hers were Horse Heaven and Perestroika in Paris, both written from the horse's point of view. Do you have to be a horse lover to adore them? I don't know, but I am a horse lover, and I adored them both.

  6. Totally agree with your assessment of the latest Finlay Donovan. SO GOOD. And I would love for a Finlay TV series.

    I have read NONE of the rest on your list, but adding so many (or reinforcing the ones I already wanted to read but now REALLY want to read).

  7. I haven't read any of these, but I agree about The Maid. I wasn't planning on reading the second one, but will reconsider.