It’s been May for almost a week! I can’t believe it. Somehow the time has completely past me by. Spring is here, summer is around the corner, and I haven’t caught up. Maybe it’s because spring took so long to get here, I feel like I completely missed April. I apologize for posting my April reading so late - I’ve already finished a couple books in May! - but better late than never.
Along with finishing some great titles, I took part in #12daysofbookstagram with Anne Bogel, which made the transition out of winter go much more quickly! Some time spent sick in bed and a classic Minnesota spring snow storm was great for my reading life last month.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
This book is haunting, to say the least. I won’t give you a plot summary, because it sounds ridiculous, but if you want a spooky story that will make you think about life and death and why we’re here, pick this up. I especially enjoyed the look into sibling relationships in this book, even if they weren’t always harmonious. Bonus - the cover of this book is absolutely beautiful!
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
This is our May book club pick, and so far I’m hearing mixed reviews. I really enjoyed reading this book. There are a few plot points I found totally questionable, and the ending was a let down, but overall I enjoyed it. If nothing else I can’t wait for our group discussion. This book brings up lots of questions about motherhood, family, and what defines these things. Weeks later the story is still on my mind.
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
This is my first ever graphic novel, and I was delighted! If you know any middle schoolers struggling with bullies, this is a good pick. Jensen and the newspaper crew were fun! I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long to give graphic novels a try. I will certainly be reading more!
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Book Scavenger was our April kid-lit club pick, and I LOVED this book! In fact, I’m going to curl up in bed and finish the second book in the series tonight. This is a story of friendship, secret codes, and exploring San Francisco looking for books. I loved the story and the characters. I haven’t read a story that captures friendship so well in a long time.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
No surprise, when I needed a good audiobook to listen to on trips to and from the cities this month I feel back on a favorite. I love all the advice in The Happiness Project, and at the end I always feel a little bit lighter and more determined. If you’re trying to get into audiobooks, this is a good place to start. Gretchen narrates this book herself, and listening feels like having coffee with a friend.
I hope April went well, and that May is off to a good start! I promise to actually notice when June roles around...