It’s the end of May, and that means another month of reading with the Introvert’s Book Club! Putting these lists together is one of my favorite parts of the month. I think I’ve really grown into my book nerd-ism…
May flew by. I can’t believe it! I hardly remember what I’ve been up to this month in my non-reading life, but judging by my titles this month I spent some quality time with kid-lit. It was a pleasant way to the lovely spring we finally have here in Minnesota.
The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
This is the second in the Book Scavenger series. I loved the first one so much, I immediately reserved the second at the library. The second installment was just as good, and I can’t wait to read the third this summer. I of course like that these stories are about books and book lovers, but my favorite part is the way the author shows friendship and community among the characters. It makes me smile every page.
Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne
This was our May kid-lit club pick. I watched Winnie the Pooh as a child and probably read a few stories here and there, but never had read the official collection. It was so sweet and surprisingly funny. I especially loved Pooh Bear’s songs. A few made me laugh out loud.
Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
I’m aiming to finish the Anne series by the end of the year. This is the third book, and Anne continued to delight me. My favorite part of this chapter of Anne’s story was her friend Phil scolding Anne about her romanticized standards for falling in love. Funny, relatable, and it felt just as relevant today as I’m sure it did to twenty somethings the year this book was published. As with the first two books, I laughed and cried.
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
This is my third book by Fredrik Backman, and I think it’s safe to say he falls in my “favorite author” category. I loved Beartown and can’t wait to read the sequel next month, but Britt-Marie was more to the tune of A Man Called Ove. Ove was my favorite read in 2016, and although Britt-Marie wasn’t quite as charming, it was still a wonderful book. Britt-Marie is quirky, and Backman does a great job of making you warm up to Britt-Marie as she warms up to the cast of characters she meets throughout the book. This is a wonderful story of family, community, and finding yourself.
Do you read more in the summer months? I certainly do! I love to sit out in the sun with a cold drink and a good book. I’m especially excited for what’s on my TBR list for the summer! I’m reading a few books about home and belonging, a couple new releases I’ve been looking forward to, an old favorite for book club in July, and of course some kid-lit and L.M. Montgomery.
Have a wonderful last day of May! Is it too soon to say that summer is here? I think summer has finally come.
P.S. If you’re not sure what to pack for the beach this summer, I highly recommend the Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide.