As I said in my Keeping Me Sane post, April was a very challenging month for me. So, my reading took a dive. I’m not that upset about it; last month I read 17 books and that was way too many, I think. This month, I read five, which historically, is closer to my norm.
- Writer & Lovers by Lily King. If I’m remembering correctly, Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy said that this book had one of the best endings that she has ever seen. I have to agree. It had a very very slow start but that ending? It was just what I needed.
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott. This was a reread for me in anticipation of my participating live in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club discussion of the work. The first time I read it was in 2012. This is a classic for a reason! If it was possible, I got more out of this reading than I did the first time I read it. This was a great flight for Writers & Lovers.
- Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig. I have gushed here about Haig’s forthcoming release The Comfort Book. This was in the similar vein. I enjoyed it but I LOVED The Comfort Book. Buy it, read it, if you’re feeling the need for a smidgen of comfort.
- More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys. I enjoyed this memoir a lot more than I initially thought I would. And it was a nice unexpected flight pick with my next read.
- The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton. This book has gotten a lot of press right out of the gate and I can see why. It’s very similar to Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but with a singer of color and the implications/reverberations of that. As I was reading, I unfairly, was comparing it to Daisy Jones and thus was a smidge disappointed. The books are not the same. I do own a physical copy and intend to reread at some point now that the comparison game is over.
- The Stepdaughter by Georgina Cross. This is the Rocket City Mom Book Club pick for May/June. Am not fully into it yet, so I don’t have any first impressions to share.
- Troy: The Greek Myths Reimagined by Stephen Fry. I am reading this slowly on audio and enjoying it very much.
I’m linking up with Anne’s Quick Lit post. If you are here because of her, thank you.
Let me know what you’re reading in the comments below.