books I read in May 2018

couple on cliff in cassis south of france
Photo by Neupap Photography

We spent May traipsing around Ireland, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Turkey, and France. (Photos to come soon… or, well, at some point, anyway.)

Throughout those countries, we got up before sunrise, drove thousands of miles, put up and took down tents, saw wild animals, swam in the Mediterranean, drank Guinness, and ate baguettes.

I also read books. A lot of books.

Books I read in May:

  1. The Thousandth Floor, by Katharine McGee
    I read this last year and loved it, but when I started the sequel I realized I couldn’t remember what happened or who was who, so I read this again. It was still good.
  2. If You’re in My Office, It’s Already Too Late, by James J. Sexton, Esq.
    Reading a divorce lawyer’s guide to staying together while getting married might seem like a strange choice, but, while this book isn’t for everyone, it was mostly entertaining (and a little informative). Also, we’re never getting a nanny.
  3. Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
    Is there anything easier to lose yourself in than really good YA fantasy? I read this start to finish without stopping — such a luxury.
  4. All Over the Place, by Geraldine de Ruiter
    I wanted so badly to like this, but it took me three tries to get into it. I finished it, but… meh.
  5. Big Girl, by Kelsey Miller
    Not bad, not great… It’s not the easiest transition from blogger to writer, I think.
  6. Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult
    Not as good as We Need To Talk About Kevin… and also so, so long.
  7. The Tears of Dark Water, by Corban Addison
    This. Was. So. Good. So, so good. Probably in my top 10 books ever.
  8. The Dazzling Heights, by Katharine McGee
    Basically just Gossip Girl set 100 years in the future. So fun and easy and enjoyable.
  9. The Time In Between, by Maria Duenas
    Parts of this were good, parts of this were slow, and the main character was kind of an idiot.
  10. Micro, by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston
    Honey I shrunk the kids… with bugs and robots.
  11. The Program, by Suzanne Young
    Sometimes teen dystopian novels are good. Sometimes they’re not.
  12. Becoming Human, by Eliza Green
    Was this self-published? This must have been self-published.
  13. Secret, by L. Marie Adeline
    Hahaha. Well, it was better written than 50 Shades?
  14. Vicious, by V. E. Schwab
    This was so much fun.
  15. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
    At first I found this grumpy old man too grumpy… but by then end of the book I loved him.
  16. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
    So geeky… and I almost couldn’t handle the players’ trash talk. Other than that it was fairly enjoyable.
  17. Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur
    Sometimes I feel like it’s unfair to count a poetry book on this list, but I’ve had a few DNFs, so I figure they even out… right?

The DNF list:

  1. The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood
    I tried really hard to like her books. I really did.
  2. The Forty Rules of Love, by Elif Shafak
    I tried to listen to this as an audiobook, but the narrator was so bad I couldn’t do it.

YTD books read: 48
Goal: 100
Books to go: 52. Oh yeahhhh we got this.

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