This was a strange reading month for me because after my hysterectomy, I didn’t do any reading for two weeks. I simply was too tired and unfocused to read. You’d think that recovery would mean I would be reading more (after all, I have done very little driving or leaving of my house), but it didn’t happen that way. I wasn’t really surprised, as I didn’t read at all after my breast reduction, which was a five-week recovery. However, after two weeks, I began reading feverishly and finished three books in a week. So I am still on track for my reading goal of 60 books for the year, despite the hiatus.
I also focused on reading books from my shelves. With spending so much time in my bed, I have been staring at my very full bookshelf of books I haven’t read. I was reminded that have curated a great collection of books, as I am a stickler about buying well-reviewed, 5-star books. My collection didn’t disappoint. BONUS FOR YOU: me reading older books means they are cheaper on Amazon and easier to get at the library.
Below is what I read in May. For real time bookish talk, follow my @BookSnobbery Instagram account.
A fun summer chick lit read, this is not my normal genre, but I really enjoyed it. It has a poignant depth to it about the hardest of circumstances, family dynamics and making lemons out of lemonade that is executed very well. I read it in just a few days and immediately passed it on to a friend. 4 starsMore info →
For fans of Educated and The Glass Castle, this memoir about a girl who grows up in the woods of Canada, you will be shocked that this is a true story. The negligence she experienced is unbelievable and the way she survived will truly captivate you. 5 starsMore info →
I picked this up at the used book store without knowing anything about it, and I absolutely loved it. The story is narrated by a wet nurse who lives in England in the 1800s. She is feisty, smart and passionate. If you love historical fiction, I highly recommend this book. It is delightful - I read it in 24 hours! 5 starsMore info →
I received this book in a book swap a few months ago and knew nothing about it except that one of my favorite historical fiction authors, Kathleen Grissom, endorsed it. The book takes place in 1897 and is about a woman named Anita Hemmings, who passes as a white woman, though her parents are African American. Based on a true stories, I absolutely loved this book. It broke my heart, captivated me, and left me wanting to read more about this period. An awful part of American history, I loved this book. 4.5 starsMore info →
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For past months’ reads:
TOTAL READ TO DATE: 25 books