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!

Also, you can find other individual book reviews, tips on saving money on Audible books, book recommendations  based on genres and all things related to literature 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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  • Can we please talk about the fact that 9 books/month is a slow month for you?? Haha

    I loved Yes Please- how could you not?!

    • Hahaha well, I’m not taking care of a baby, so 9 can be slow for me. I also can’t work. Turns out I can’t read much, either 😉 I listened to most of those!

      Did you listen to Yes Please? I was laughing so hard.

      • I didn’t listen to the audio version of Yes Please, but I can only imagine because the book had me laughing out loud!

  • Don’t feel bad about 9 books. Do you know how many I read in May? Exactly 0. Not a single book. Not one. 🙁 I don’t know what happened to me, I just could never find the time.

    • You’re busy with your blog and all of that! I used to never read. Now that I try to make it a priority, I let myself feel bad when I shouldn’t because my health stops me. I do stop reading a lot of books now because I would rather spend my time on others, which is why I have such a hard time with Netgalley and advanced reviews. I like them, but I also don’t like getting stuck with a book I just don’t like.

  • What a great list!!! I love a good piece of southern fiction, even if it is on the lighter side!

    I’ve had my eye on We Were Liars, but I haven’t made up my mind on when I’m going to get around to reading it!

    I had some really great reads this month! I’m just now realizing how much I enjoyed each one!

    • We Were Liars is so popular that my library has a shorter limit on how long you can keep it out, but even so, I ended up with the Kindle version. It was a quick read with a twist. I read it right after Dear Daughter, which was also a light read. It was basically a whole month of light reads, minus the Trollope novel!

  • I love reading your recommendations….and wish I could read like you do!!

    • I’m trying to read what I can now because I hope not to be homebound forever – then I hope I won’t have so much time! It also helps that we got rid of TV, so I have to watch Netflix or something, which isn’t always what I’m in the mood for.

  • Loved We Were Liars; the twist at the end totally shocked me. My students were drooling over this book for months and I can see why; definitely right up their alley!

    • I can see how your students would love it. I was confused by it a little. I still can’t figure out why she called them The Liars right from the beginning… I don’t get that, but with Pretty Little Liars being so popular and all of that, I see how it fits in. In fact, I thought it was kind of tame!

  • I LOVED Yes Please. Did you do the audio book? She narrates, and it is hilarious.

  • I’ve been debating on reading Yes, Please. I was afraid that it would be too much like all the other celebrity/comedian books that have been coming out lately. Now I’m adding it to my list!

    • I haven’t read any of the other celebrity/comedian books, so Yes, Please was my first. I loved it. I recommend the audio because she has guests and I’ve heard that it has some extras. Also, there is a live reading of one chapter where she cracks herself up. And if you like Parks and Rec, the background on that was fascinating, too!

      • Oh, that sounds great! I’m going to have to listen to it… I really liked Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”

  • I know Yes, Please came out forever ago but I still haven’t read it and still totally want to- especially the more I hear people rave about it!

    • I highly recommend the audio because a lot of other celebrities either read things they wrote for the book or she flat out interviews them, which I’m not sure is in the book!

  • I haven’t read any du Maurier books – maybe I should start with that one so I enjoy the others more haha. We Were Liars is on my list, and I just added Dear Daughter and Where All the Light Tends to Go 🙂

    • Rebecca is one of my favorite books of all time, so I would recommend that du Maurier novel first. A lot of people hate the Hitchcock film version, but I didn’t. However, I read the novel a few times first! It’s a great book! Those others are all great and I think you will like them! I think you will definitely laugh a lot at Dear Daughter. I was cracking up.

  • Yes Please was my FAVORITE!

  • Ah I am definitely going to be reading Dear Daughters. I also have (for some reason I don’t know why) have been putting off reading Yes Please even though I have heard countless reviews on how good it is. I need to just buy it and read it!

    • Yes Please was hilarious to listen to, if you do audiobooks at all. I definitely recommend going that way. Dear Daughter was pretty funny! It was an easy read.

  • I felt the same way about We Were Liars! If I didn’t need it for a reading challenge, I probably would have passed it by, but I’m glad I read it. I can’t wait for more novels from the guy who wrote Where All Light Tends to Go. I have high hopes for his development as a novelist (not that that novel wasn’t good, but people get better).

  • I like reading challenges because they do force me to read more diverse books than I would probably read on my own.
    I have a copy of Bossypants on my Kindle! I need to read it… dang it. I really should read it because I loved Yes Please so much.

  • We Were Liars was such a quick read. I read it as part of a summer reading challenge. I was really sick while I read it, but could still read it and enjoy it.

  • Ahh! I love her! I found a book at the library that I am not going to get to finish before I have to take it back and check it back out all about the Regency period with references to Heyer’s novels. Just the illustrations alone when I flipped through, was good.
    As for du Maurier, I think My Cousin Rachel was very traditionally Gothic. I thought The King’s General was ok, but Mary Anne was interesting. It wasn’t Gothic, but it was biography about one of her great-grandmothers or something, who was absolutely fascinating. It’s just historical fiction. I think I was want to read The Frenchmen’s Creek next!

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