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May Books Recap

I am so happy to get my reading groove back this month! I got access to NetGalley and have been approved for some delightful Advanced Reading Copies! I didn’t love them all but I loved being able to read it in advance! All in all, I read 11 books in April! Let’s dive into what they were.

For every March, there’s an April and for every April, there’s May. All of that is to say I only read five books this month compared to last months’ 11!

However, every single book has been a 4-star so like they say, sometimes less is more!

Below is the straightforward rating system I use:

✰✰✰✰✰Loved it & had a profound impact on me!
✰✰✰✰Loved it!
✰✰✰Liked it!
✰✰Disliked it!
Hated it!

Northern Spy
by Flynn Berry

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book other than the obvious – it would take place in Northern Ireland, and someone would be a spy. I got both of those things, but the story was so much more complex than I anticipated it to be. Even as I was reading it, I struggled to decide – do I like it or love it? And I think at the end I went with I love it because it was just so different from anything else I read this year. Some tough topics are so relevant in the world right now, and reading it in a novel instead of nonfiction actually felt more enjoyable without feeling overly heavy, if that makes sense.

Don’t get me wrong – you’re not going to be bawling or anything, but if you pay attention, you will see the connections of all the freedom struggles happening around the world right now reflected ever so tiny in this book. So overall, I think everyone should read it, even if everyone doesn’t end up loving it.

People Like Her

by Ellery Lloyd

Rating: 4 out of 5.

If you’re an “influencer,” “instamom,” “instamum,” or have a public Instagram account — you want to read this book. 

I will tell you that the main protagonist will make you want to push her out a window (lol), but it’s a really well-told story and definitely a bit of a “pause for reflection” kind of novel. At the very least, it will make you stop to see how you’re using your social media and what you should stop doing immediately.

Also, if you didn’t hate the word “influencers” before, you will now. 😂 

The Hunting

by John Hart

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was really difficult to get through because of some incredibly gruesome scenes and the details in which they are written. But the story is powerful, beautiful, and tragic.

The story is about a family grappling with loss and all complexities of those intertwined relationships set in the Vietnam war era. It’s about the hesitation of the war, joining the war, being drafted — it’s a story about a brother who has lost two of his older brothers in very different ways. It’s about a cop father grappling with the outcomes of his actions, loving his sons and his wife. Finally, it’s about a mother who is so fragile from the overwhelming loss she feels for her sons.

But at its heart, it’s really about one man – a son, a brother, a twin, a convict, ex-military, and his harboring secrets.

I loved it though I don’t think I could ever read that again. 

Anxious People
by Fredrik Backman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ve wanted to read his books forever – I even have a few on my bookshelf, and yet I’ve never picked them up. So I was thrilled when this was packed as our book club pick last month.

I feel like the obvious needs to be stated here – this is a translated piece of work, so naturally, I’m sure some things are lost in translation.

Having said that, I loved this book. First, I thought it was funny in a dry; you’ve got to be kidding me kind of way. Second, I loved that even though not a lot happens, there are so many things that have happened (in the past) that brought all these people to their present situation. Bd I loved that everyone was connected in such an unexpected but tangible way.

A lot of sensitive topics are hit without the feeling of being hit over the head with them. 

I look forward to reading more Backman! 

Deep Survival
by Laurence Gonzales

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Less is Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and we were excited to reach for a “lighthearted” and funny read that focused on travel.

I loved the character and his journey to self-discovery — even at (almost) 50! I loved that he was flawed, self-deprecating, and hilarious. There are moments I literally laughed out loud, and that’s always a sign of a great book. I loved Greer’s writing style!

In fact, the only thing I did not like was the ending…I’ll just leave it at that. 

We recommend this book to anyone who wants something funny, refreshing, for anyone who has thought about escaping life or will enjoy comedic travel mishaps. And a bonus for anyone who enjoys reading Pulitzer Prize-winning books to see why they’re selected.

This was the May @thewanderingbookworms book club pick & it was an excellent choice!

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Total Book Count: 38

Looking forward to what turn next month may or may not take in my reading life!

Happy Reading!

2 thoughts on “May Books Recap”

  1. Hi! Just followed 🙂 I love the way you set this up. I read Northern Spy a few weeks ago and had mixed thoughts about it. But at the same time, I thought the portrayal of the looming threats posed were conveyed effectively. There was that constant sense that something may or may not happen… does that make sense?

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