What I Read: May

I read a lot less this month than normal, yet, I did read a long one! And I know I always say that I’ve been sick so my numbers are down, but I think I read 9 books. That’s sick when I normally read 20. I didn’t watch TV, either.
what i read may
I spent most of my time this month working on reading or listening to novels for the Summer Reading Challenge. It was a challenge because my 500+ page book was actually 700ish pages. I did enjoy it, although it could have been shorter. I did read a few not in the challenge. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the whole challenge in less than a month, like the Winter Challenge!


Where All Light Tends to Go

Where All Light Tends to GoI’m really glad that I took a chance on this novel. I did need something with “light” in the title for a reading challenge, but when Audible recommended it, it seemed to be the perfect Southern Lit book for me. I can’t wait to read more from David Joy in the future.
I have to say that the novel seemed all too heartbreakingly realistic. Joy did a great job writing beautifully about the messy side of life in the rural South.

This novel was read to fulfill a Summer Reading Challenge category. [15 points: Read a book with “light” or “dark” in the title. (Or “lightness” or “darkness.”)]

Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter

This book was hysterical! I wasn’t super pleased with the ending – so many questions. Like, if I had been the main character, who had been so clever, I might have done a few things differently, but it was still a really fun read. [Not family friendly, but probably falls somewhere between Young Adult and Adult novels.]

We Were Liars

we were liars

I have heard a lot about this novel. It won a Goodreads award, of course. I haven’t read anything similar like it in a long time, so I did enjoy it. I was a bit (and still confused) why the main character called her friends “The Liars” from the very first, but I’m sure that’s a spoiler. I read the Kindle version fairly quickly. It was short, interesting, and very trendy.

[10 points: Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014.]

Don’t Try to Find Me

don't try to find me

Decent coming of age/young adult novel. Don’t buy the publisher’s advertising. Nothing like Gone Girl/Reconstructing Amelia. Not innovative at all. This novel did fulfill a summer reading challenge requirement, which was a plus, since it was an easy read.

[Summer Reading Challenge: 15 points: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you.]

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey (The Women of the Real Downton Abbey #2)

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey

I was definitely disappointed in how much it overlapped with the first book in the series. If I could give half stars, it would be 2.5 because it wasn’t terrible, but there wasn’t anything earth shattering in the WWII research, of course, and there wasn’t even much detail on the clothes, manners, or things that I found fascinating in the first book.
Those things were mentioned, but inconsistently. It felt like if the author needed to fill some space, she’d throw it in there, instead of focusing on it.

[Summer Reading Challenge: 5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.]

Yes Please

yes please

Yes, please. Read this novel. SO FUNNY. While I think it was either naive to think her kids will think she’s too boring to read it and read about her drug use, her editors pushed her, her kids’ friends will read it, or she didn’t think she could hide it anyway… I thought it was an hilarious read. But, it will be awkward to find out that your mom wasn’t hung over… she was recovering from drugs… but I am sure life is much, much different for their family.


A Civil Contract

a civil contract

This novel, by an author that I obviously like, was read for the Summer Reading Challenge to fulfill the category for a novel with an animal on the cover. I listened to the version with the horse on it!

[20 points for Summer Reading Challenge: Read a book with an animal on the cover.]

a civil contract animal cover

The Way We Live Now

the way we live now

Sorry, Trollope you could have cut this book by at least 1/4. However, I still liked it.

[25 points for Summer Reading Challenge: Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long.]

Jamacia Inn

jamacia inn

Ehh, this has to be my least favorite du Maurier novel, and I love her novels. It was predictable and kind of cheesy.

[Summer Reading Challenge 20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title.]

read these

Dear Daughterif you like slightly off-color novels that make fun of pop culture with a murder mystery!

Where All Light Tends to GoI can’t promise you won’t tear up.

Yes Please

if you have time

We Were Liars

don't bother smaller

Jamacia Inn – There are many better du Maurier novels!


I hope to finish up the Summer Reading Challenge during next month and doing a little more reading!

What I Read

You can read my past monthly round ups:

April 2015
March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

And other archived roundups here!

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Did you read anything good last month? Are you participating in any challenges? What should I be reading? 🙂

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