May Monthly Recap
Time for our May recap! Find out which books were favorites and which were duds. We’ll end our wrap up with a a list of books due out in June and a glimpse of our upcoming content. We also want to hear from you so let us know what you read this month and what you look forward to reading next month.
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And now onto the recap…
Jen: May was a busy month. I attended book expo and now have enough books to last me for the rest of the year. This month we mentioned an informal challenge to “read different.” You can read about that challenge here. Hopefully more of you join us!
Favorite book read in May: My favorite book this month was A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz with an honorable mention going to the extremely depressing, but oddly compelling, The Pier Falls (you can find my review here).
Least favorite book read in May: As much as it pains me to say this my least favorite book was Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Vol 1. I don’t typically like graphic novels and I found the artwork clunky and the story uninteresting. I do love Gaiman so I feel sad listing his name in my least favorites.
Future Goals: My primary goals are to work my way through the advanced reader copies I received at Book Expo. Keep your eyes peeled for reviews of new books by Emma Cline, Colson Whitehead, Amor Towles, George Saunders, and more.
Book Worm: Once I again I managed to read 9 books and to stay on target for my 110 books this year. As predicted I did not manage to read even 1 one book from my physical TBR pile, however I did manage to read 1 from my Kindle TBR which is a bonus.
Least favorite book read in May: That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern. I gave this 3 stars because I couldn’t actually fault the writing, I just found it incredibly boring. My synopsis would be “we’re Irish… have a drink; something bad happens… have a drink; something good happens…have a drink”
Future Goals: To stay on target to read 110 books this year. Challenge books to read in June are: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Excellent Women by Barbara Pym, Volume 3 of the Story of the Stone, and Tales from the Alhambra by Washington Irvine. I also really need to reduce my physical TBR pile (still) so I will challenge myself to reduce the pile by 4 books!! Wish me luck.
What can you look forward to on our blog in June? One day we will get on track with our regular posting schedule of recurring posts. Maybe that day will come in June? Look for our usual posts including: Love it or Hate it post (A Little Life by Yanagihara), Read Around the World (June’s country will be Israel), Featured Author, Reader-Book Match, book reviews and more. This month we will wrap up the March Madness Challenge and announce final winners. We will also announce our summer reading challenge so stay tuned!
May 2016 book releases: May was a stellar month for great book reviews and June is shaping up to be pretty solid too. Here are just a few book selections and events. Which ones do you plan on reading?
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Release date: June 7. I am very excited about this one. I met the author and hope to have review this for the blog soon.
Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. 2016 winner is announced! Stay tuned for our final review and our predictions in the next few days.
Barkskins by Annie Proulx. Release date: June 14
The Course of Love by Alain de Botton. Release Date June 14
The Girls by Emma Cline. Release date: June 14. This debut is getting a lot of buzz and Random House is promoting it all over the place. I will be posting a review in the next few weeks.
The House of Hidden Mothers by Meera Syal. Release date: June 14
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. Release date: June 21. Part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series. This one adapts The Taming of the Shrew.
We want to hear from you. So what are your plans for June? Which books were your favorites and least favorites in May? New followers: Introduce yourselves and let us know what kinds of books you like to read.