Books I read in May and June

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

I read quite a bit in the last couple of months, even despite our crazy summer schedule.

Out of the nine books listed below, six were library books (have you tried the Libby app???) and three were books I bought on Kindle for less than $3 each. Read my earlier post, 13 ways to increase the quantity and quality of your reading, for more info on how I read quality books without spending all my money!

Books I read in May

  1. Educated by Tara Westover (Memoir/Kindle) - 5/5 stars
    I devoured this book and couldn't stop talking about it afterward. It is an incredible memoir and reads like fiction. Similar to The Sound of Gravel, which I also loved.
  2. Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman (Nonfiction/Kindle) - 2/5 stars
    I'm not a huge Bachelor fan but I did start watching a couple of seasons ago because my favorite podcast does hilarious recaps of the show. I think if you're a big fan of the show, this book would be really interesting. Since I didn't know a lot of the people it referenced (nor did I really care), it was just okay for me.
  3. Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (Fiction/Kindle) - 4/5 stars
    This was such a funny and lighthearted book (even though it tackles a Monica Lewinsky-like story!). I really enjoyed this one!
  4. The Ensemble by Aja Gabel (Fiction/Kindle) - 3/5 stars
    Story of a string quartet over the course of many years. I really enjoyed the writing and that the characters were flawed (and therefore more realistic), but I couldn't get attached to anyone enough to really be invested in their story.

Books I read in June

  1. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (Nonfiction/Audiobook) - 4/5 stars
    I kept seeing bloggers rave about this one so I put it on my library hold list. Having known nothing about it in advance, it was a nice surprise! This one is Christian self-help, but it's really funny and surprisingly motivating and encouraging.
  2. The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy (Fiction/Kindle) - 3/5 stars
    Thus began my trio of thrillers, none of which lived up to what I hoped. This one was a May Book of the Month pick (although I just got it from the library). It was enjoyable but nothing special.
  3. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (Fiction/Kindle) - 2/5 stars
    I read this because it was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick, but I really hated the plot. 
  4. Good As Gone by Amy Gentry (Fiction/Kindle) - 3/5 stars
    I liked the concept: a girl is kidnapped and then shows back up at her parents' house many years later. It was a fun read but not something I'd enthusiastically recommend.
  5. Tables in the Wilderness by Preston Yancey (Memoir/Kindle) - 4/5 stars
    Preston's memoir describes how he went from hearing God and feeling confident in all aspects of his faith, to no longer "hearing" God but learning to trust him in a different way. I love Preston's writing and honesty.

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