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May 2016 Reading Wrap Up and a Look to June


May 2016 Reading Wrap Up

May was a really excellent month in the life events and memories sphere. In the reading sphere, it was a little more laid back, especially compared to April and the Readathon. Between my trip to Milwaukee and Chicago for Book Expo America, then time spent with family over the last weekend, reading has felt limited. But that’s ok, life ebbs and flows and you just have to go with it. Here’s what I finished in May:

  1.  The Caped Crusade by Glen Weldon (nonfiction, audio book)
  2. LaRose by Louise Erdrich (fiction)
  3. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (fiction)
  4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (fiction)
  5. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (YA fiction, egalley)
  6. Grunt by Mary Roach (nonfiction)
  7. Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (nonfiction)

Again, I feel like it’s hard to pick a favorite this month. Homegoing was the first book I read after Book Expo America, and it was just stellar. LaRose was great too — Louise Erdrich is amazing. And I loved Ashley’s War, a true story about women who served with special ops in Afghanistan as soldiers and cultural liaisons. It was a heart-breaker. Grunt was also quite good — not my favorite of Mary Roach’s books, but really a fun read.

A Look to June

It turns out I’m ahead on my June reading. Both Grunt and Homegoing will be out on June 7, so hopefully reading ahead means I’ll actually convince myself to write reviews of them!

I also got some good book mail from Harper Collins that I think will be fun to dive into: The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen (June 28), Greetings from Utopia Park by Claire Hoffman (June 7), and Love Wins by Jim Obergefell and Debbie Cenziper. (June 14). I think I have a couple of BEA books that also have publication dates in June, but I can’t remember off the top of my head.

I don’t have any major plans for June, other than trying to soak up as much of Minnesota’s beautiful early summer as I can. Happy reading!

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  • Sarah's Book Shelves May 31, 2016, 6:40 am

    Sounds like you had a great month! I started Grunt last night and it’s weird and fascinating so far.

    • Kim June 4, 2016, 1:35 pm

      Weird and fascinating is exactly right 🙂

  • BermudaOnion (Kathy) May 31, 2016, 8:07 am

    Those life events and memories are much more important than books!

  • Beth F June 1, 2016, 11:57 am

    I don’t know why, but I have TON of June books. A nice mix of genres too.

  • Kailana June 1, 2016, 6:11 pm

    Hope you have some great reading ahead in June!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End June 1, 2016, 8:33 pm

    I’m really excited to read LaRose. I was reading an interview with Louise Erdrich recently (I forget where) that mentioned the book’s also got a lot of humor to it, which I didn’t expect! Did you find that? It’s just SUCH a sad premise.

    • Kim June 4, 2016, 1:35 pm

      I don’t think it’s laugh out loud funny, but there are a lot of characters in the story that have some amusing moments and characteristics. It’s not as depressing as the premise makes it seem.

  • Katie @ Doing Dewey June 3, 2016, 12:13 pm

    I’m at a low point in terms of reading time myself, but I’ve also already read (and really enjoyed!) Grunt. And I’m looking forward to picking up The Nordic Theory of Everything and Love Wins in the next month too 🙂

    • Kim June 4, 2016, 1:31 pm

      Great minds read alike 🙂 I’m excited about both of those titles, but I also have some good library holds coming in too. Decisions, decisions!