Sunday evening. Just finished dinner a little while ago. (Veggie burger sliders for the kids and husband; cheese, tomato and cucumber sandwich for me; fingerling potatoes; fresh strawberries). It has been one of those days where it has rained off and on, along with some thunderstorms. Perfect reading weather tonight. Or possibly, watching an episode or two of “House of Cards.” Still on the third season.
This collection of essays by Leslie Jamison has been getting so much buzz and has been high on my “want to read” list for awhile. It’s due back to the library on Tuesday or Wednesday – and someone else has requested it so no renewals for me. I just started this last night and am completely engrossed in it.
May was a pretty good reading month. I finished four books. Not too bad, considering I was sick for an entire week and hardly able to read for part of it.
Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
See my review “What I Want to Tell You about Everything I Never Told You” here.) This is a fantastic debut novel. Incredibly well-written. I’m really excited about seeing Celeste Ng at the library tomorrow night and plan to have a full recap of that here on the blog later this week.
Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss
I listened to this on audio and was both horrified and fascinated by the marketing strategies that corporations use to get us to buy and eat processed crap. Some of this I’d heard or already knew, but it was still shocking nonetheless.
In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume
Because I reviewed this one for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, I can’t say much about this yet. I did enjoy it, and I think those of us of a certain generation who grew up on Judy’s books will easily relate to this for the nostalgia factor it brings.
The Travels of Daniel Ascher, by Deborah Levy-Bertherat (translated from the French by Adriana Hunter)
Another review book, this time for Cleaver Magazine. (So very excited to be writing for them and working with my friend Melissa Sarno!) Again, not much I can say about this until the review appears, but this is a nice blend of mystery, fairy-tale, and fantasy.
All very different books, but all decent reads. My pick for the month? Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng.
In case you missed it, I posted yesterday about my new addiction to podcasts, some of the ones I’ve been listening to, and my selection for Podcast of the Week.
I’m starting to think about our annual beach/Philadelphia vacation (this is so needed; you have no idea) and of course, about which books I plan to read while away. I’m going to try and limit myself to only one (possibly two) actual books and let my Kindle be my main source of reading. We’ll see how that goes. I don’t have anything in particular in mind yet, but I’m pretty certain One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart will be among them. I tend to read a Beth Kephart book every vacation, for some reason – mainly because I like to read them in as much uninterrupted time as possible. I’m high in the queue for several e-book holds at the library so those will likely stretch into the vacation, too.
Are any of you participating in The Classics Club? I am, and I completely forgot about the “spin book” I was supposed to read by May 15. (My selection was The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.) For some reason, I thought the deadline was May 31 – not like it would have mattered because it’s not being read in the next few hours. I’ve given myself an extension until the end of June.
Guess that’s going in the bag as one of the vacation reads!