Hello there! I should be doing something aside from blogging because I have weekend classes, but I can’t seem to quiet the nagging voice inside my blogger’s head, so here’s the mandatory start-of-the-month required reading post, albeit six days late.
But first I recap of my May readings:
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. 3/5 stars. Good premise but not so good ending. I mostly enjoyed the first parts before the “big reveal.” A thrilling read, nonetheless.
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. 3/5 stars. A poignant read about growing up and appreciating one’s parents.
- Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers. Currently reading. Two more chapters to go.
- What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt. Currently reading. I haven’t gotten past Part I yet (boohoo) but why do I feel like I’ve already read a chunkster?
- Home by Marilynne Robinson. Unread, because I was still on a high after the YA readathon that happened during the May book discussion of the book club. Which brings me to~
Non-Required Readings (aka Distracting Reads):
- Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern. 4/5 stars. Oh, unrequited love. Or was it?
- Those Girls by Lauren Saft. 3/5 stars. Those girls are like other girls, actually.
- The Lake Season by Hannah Roberts McKinnon. 3/5 stars. A very realistic take on the woes of motherhood and marriage.
[Note to self: Work on that review backlog.]
And now, for June!
I am going to take things easy this month (and the next months) because classes are about to start and I won’t have more reading time anymore. Anyway, I enjoyed the summer break thoroughly as you can see by my reading outputs (although some will argue about quality over quantity and all that but I still feel good that I was able to read more during the break) and I am now prepared to cut off some reading time. My reading list for this month are all read-alongs:
- The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen. A read-along with Ingrid. Now on Chapter 9 and why do I have goosebumps? Tucker Devlin, awooo.
- Number9Dream by David Mitchell. Read-along with my David Mitchell buddies (Meliza, Gwaxa, Joy, and Tin) Will start on June 10. (Which reminds me to put up my long overdue Ghostwritten review. Oooops.)
- The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. The TFG Book of the Month. Admittedly a crime novel fan, I am looking forward to reading this classic crime fiction.
Of course, I am going to finish up What I Loved and Her Mother’s Hope and if I still have time, squeeze in one short story for the A.J. Fikry Short Story Challenge. Let me see how my schedule will work this month. No complaints, reading is still fun! 🙂