Total books read during the month: 14 (I’m a little disappointed with this number. I know it’s high for a lot of people, but I usually average at least 20. I started a bunch of books and then never finished them, so I need to buckle down and get those done before I start any new ones!)
Total books read during 2017: 95 (105 books until goal)
Favorite book read this month: All Over The Place by Geraldine DeRuiter
Books I did not finish this month: None! Although I wish I had quit on a couple. I need to stop wasting my time on books I don’t love.
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Animal Farm by George Orwell
This book never gets old. It’s been years since I’ve read this, and it was so interesting to go back and read through it again as an adult.
The Great Railroad Race by Kristiana Gregory
Okay, who else read these Dear America diaries as a kid/teen and loved them? This was one of my favorites, and I snapped it up at a used book sale last month. I’m hoping my kids will like reading them soon. Depressingly enough, this time around I felt like I related much more to the mother’s character than the diarist herself.
All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter
I’ve read Geraldine’s blog for years now, and I was so excited when I heard she was coming out with a book! I preordered it and read it within 24 hours of its arrival. Absolutely hysterically funny and very honest, I loved this book and hope she ends up writing more someday.
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
I knew the basics about the Lusitania, but hearing some of the behind the scenes decisions made it all so much more real. I underlined and tabbed probably a third of the pages in this book, there were so many interesting points.
Overdressed by Elizabeth L. Cline
I wanted to like this book-the subject looked interesting, and I like reading about economics and fashion, so I thought it would be a winner. Instead I’m giving it an underwhelming 2/5 because it was merely meh for me.
American War by Omar El Akkad
This was my biggest letdown of May. I did enjoy it, just not as much as I hoped I would-I was really hoping for a solid 5/5 dystopian novel. I liked the premise, the idea was strong and the writing good. But the characters, especially the main one, were so very unlikeable. I hated the decisions they made and I was frustrated with the conclusion. I do think this is a decent book and I think a lot of people would like it-just not me.
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
This was one my least favorite books of the month. I saw this was being made into a movie with Kate Winslet, and I absolutely love her. I’m hoping the movie is better than the book (hey, it happens sometimes) because I found the book to be very cliched and boring.
Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey
The subject of this was interesting, but I had a hard time with it. I struggle with nonfiction in general, and I’m trying to push myself to read more, but this was dry and difficult to get through.
The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
Whenever I feel like I’m in a reading slump, I pull out a YA novel to wake me back up. This was a super quick and fun read, and I ordered the second in the series immediately upon finishing. I liked how Bishop and Ivy were able to form a friendship despite the strange circumstances of their relationship, and the ending was a cliffhanger without being unfinished. Would recommend!
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
I. Loved. This. Book. It was so good! Kate Morton is an excellent writer, and I’m slowly making my way through her books. The twists in this book are great, and I loved that the main modern day character was a mature woman in her 60s. It gave me a very Murder She Wrote vibe.
Perfect Strangers by Roseann Sdoia
This was an interesting book for me to read, because I knew nothing about it when I started it. Usually I read reviews and decide if a book is worth my time, but this particular book was bought for my mom, who called me up and told me to order it for her and then read it before she did so we could talk about it later. Of course I knew about the Boston Marathon bombings, but to read a firsthand account of that day was chilling and also fascinating. Beyond that day, Roseann talked about her recovery and experiences in the time since in a very candid way, and gave a lot of praise to the others who helped her survive.
100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake
I’m currently doing a round of the Whole 30, so I was interested in reading a book about whole foods. While this family did not stick to the same diet I am doing, a lot of their struggles are the same and I loved that there were a ton of recipes included in the book.
The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
The followup to The Book of Ivy, this was just as good as the first! I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I loved the believable (for a dystopian) way the story progressed and how the characters grew and matured as the story went on. I wish this was a trilogy and the last book could have included the time between the last chapter and the epilogue.
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
What? Just….what? I don’t know what I just read. This had such a great premise, and then the story just got insane. I did finish it, hoping it would get better, but it never did. Very disappointed.