May 31, 2022
May 2022 Reading Wrap Up
How was your May reading?
Between tragic national news (Uvalde) and a family health issue, I feel like my reading mood was all over the board. I did have a few great reads.
Out of 13 books completed, I had two 5-star reads, two 4.5-star reads (rounded up to 5), four 4-star reads, three 3-star reads, and two 2-Star reads. I read two nonfiction which brings my year total to 8. I had one DNF.
The most memorable 4.5-5 Star reads of the month were The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer (for its interesting and compelling content), Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton, and The Codebreaker’s Secret by Sara Ackerman.
Did we read any of the same books?
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5 Stars. (ARC) Page-turning and compelling WW11 historical fiction. Review coming 6/28/2022.
5 Stars. Literary Historical Fiction. (#3 in the Gilead Series) Not yet reviewed.
4.5 Stars (rounded to 5). Historical Fiction/Women’s Fiction. My review of Our Last Days in Barcelona here.
4.5 Stars (rounded to 5). Historical Fiction. WW11/Pearl Harbor. Review coming 8/2/2022.
4 Stars. Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Not at all about sewing (TWs for domestic violence). Not yet reviewed.
4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction. My review of Adult Assembly Required here.
4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction. #5 in the Hedgehog Series. Review coming 6/28/2022.
4 Stars. Literary Historical Fiction (#4 in the loosely connected Gilead Series). Character-driven and sad. Not reviewed.
3.5-4 Stars. Contemporary Women’s Fiction (closed-door romance). #6 in the Moonlight Harbor Series. For this one, I think it’s important to have read #5 first. Not reviewed.
3 Stars. Contemporary Women’s Fiction (some open-door romance). Review coming soon.
3 Stars. Nonfiction. An analysis of Russian short stories in a classroom format. The analysis is interesting but I wished I had liked the stories more. Not reviewed.
2 Stars. (ARC) Women’s Contemporary Fiction. Half of the story is high school flashbacks, so it feels heavily YA. Also, the main character is not too likable. Many readers in my buddy read group loved it. My Goodreads review of Every Summer After here.
2 Stars. Nonfiction. Memoir/Essay. The title is misleading. Mostly a rehash of his previous writing. Very few mentions of aging. Not reviewed.
1 Star. Women’s Feminist Fiction. DNF at 7%. This was promoted as light-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny. When I encountered the graphic description of violent rape, I wondered if I was reading the same book as everyone else. This book is receiving RAVE reviews, and I feel like the outlier of all outliers! I’m so far out there that Andy Weir could write his next space adventure about me! Check reviews for trigger warnings because I didn’t get far (even though I could see it was well written).
What was your favorite May read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?
May Blog Posts:
The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle Review
Track Your Reading: Goodreads or Story Graph?
The Book of Lost Names Review
Our Last Days in Barcelona Review
TTT: Ten Memorable Book Quotes (Volume 3)
Do You Love a Book Series?
Adult Assembly Required Review
Bloomsbury Girls Review
Bomb Shelter & I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet Reviews
The Last Train to Key West Review
The Guide to Gratitude (Guest Post)
TTT: 10 Memorable Bookish Characters
The Jane Austen Society Review
Black Butterflies Review
TTT: One Word Reviews of Five Star Reads
The Book Woman’s Daughter Review
Happy Reading Book Buddies!
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