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May Monthly Recap

We decided to join the bandwagon and provide a monthly recap at the end of each month. That way you can all check out which books were standouts, which were duds, and which ones we plan to read the following month. We’ll end our wrap up with a calendar of book-related events/facts from the Month of May and we’ll look forward to some upcoming June content. We also want to hear from you so let us know what you read in May and what you look forward to reading in June.

Jen:
Favorite book read in May: The Housekeeper and the Professor (5 stars). Honorable mentions:  The Color of our Sky: A novel set in India by Amita Trasi (debut novel with release date of June 30. My review to come soon) and Nemesisby Philip Roth (5 stars).

Least favorite book read in May: I didn’t have any major duds this months. My least favorites were Shroud by Banville and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Christie, but I gave them each 3 stars, so I didn’t hate them.

June GoalsAmericanah by Adichie, Falling Man: A Novel by Delillo, Open City: A Novel by Cole, and a perhaps a few Discworld books if I can fit them in.

Book Worm:
Favorite book read in May: The Seducer by Jan Kjaerstad. Honorable Mentions: Transit (New York Review Books Classics) by Anna Seghers, Shroud by John Banville, and Her Privates We by Frederic Manning

Least favorite book read in May: Morvern Callar by Alan Warner

June GoalsFinish The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Looking back at May in the worlds of books: We created a calendar with a few book-related facts and events (below). Did we leave anything out? Any facts listed that do not specify calendar year, occurred in 2015.

calendar

What were the best selling books in May? According to the New York Times, top selling fiction books (combined print and e-book) were: The Girl on the Train by Hawkins, 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson & Paetro, All the Light We Cannot See by Doerr, Memory Man by Baldacci, and Seveneves by Stephenson.

One June release getting a lot of buzz is Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event.

Looking Forward to June (blog highlights):
June 1st: Love it or Hate it post. You find out our embarrassing choice tomorrow. Please stop by and vote!
June 8th: Read Around the World will feature Czech Republic. Join us in reading some Czech literature and see pictures from my recent trip to Prague.
June 15th: Feature Author: Kafka (a continuation of our Czech focus).
June 21st: Announcement of our Spring Cleaning Challenge winners.
June 22nd: Kids Corner. My daughter and I review a picture book.
June 29th: Book-Wine Pairing

In addition to our regular featured posts, look forward to a wide range of book reviews and other book related posts and an announcement of our summer reading challenge (with prizes). Have an idea for country, featured author, love it or hate it post, or Kid’s Corner? Tell us what kind of content you’d like us to feature in the coming months.

What did you read in May? Which were your favorites/least favorites? What books are you looking forward to reading for June?   

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