May books

Happy Memorial Day!  Dave and I are doing some errands and house stuff today, including BABY ROOM PAINTING!!!  And tonight a cookout with family!

With less running this month there was more reading, including one that has been added to my all-time-favorite-books-recommend-this-one-to-people, The Elegance of the Hedgehog.  And our car ride home from Cleveland last night allowed me 4 hours of reading time!  (A lot of times Dave and I talk as we drive but sometimes he enjoys zoning to podcasts and I read or nap.)

The books of May:

  • The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson

A.  Beautiful, simple, sweet.  It’s short and reads fast.  Has honest emotion (without being overdramatic) and a poignant storyline.

  • Accordion Crimes by Annie Proulx

B-.  I like Annie Proulx.  She’s a good writer and she has unique stories and ways of telling her stories.  This one had originality (different family and individual’s stories as each inherits/finds/buys a green accordion) but some of the stories were crass and some too long.  I was ready for the end about 100 pages before it hit, and the ending itself felt “meh.”

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

A+.  AMAZING BOOK.  It’s really simple but so well written and just so. stinkin. good.  Best part?  It’s translated from French, which means the translator did an awesome job, but also that the original book must be completely mind-blowing.  Would definitely definitely definitely recommend.

  • Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

B+.  Really compelling story, although the twist was more than I was expecting.  Felt somewhat overplayed at parts, but still kept me reading.  Quickly.

  • Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay

A-.  Good book.  A bit depressing, but well written.  Good character development and interaction.  At times felt somewhat directionless though.

  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

B+.  I’m not a huge sci-fi person, and this was somewhat sci-fi.  It took me awhile to get into it (I kept thinking about quitting), but about halfway through I really wanted to find out what happened.

  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

A.  The true story of Olympic miler Louis Zamperini’s experience as a Pacific POW during World War II.  Well, holy crap.  You wouldn’t believe what this guy has been through or how he ends up.  Loved the book.  Loved the story.  Think I now love Louie, too.  Definitely read!!

  • Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos (audiobook)

D.  I though about quitting this book many different times throughout, but then was already 6 or 7 or 8 CDs in, so I felt too committed.  In the end, I’m not sure it was worth it to stick it out.

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis (audiobook)

A.  I haven’t read this book since middle school, so it was fun to “read” it again!

What books have you read this month that were particularly great?

Baby shower recap to come tomorrow – I need to scavenge pictures from my sister!


3 thoughts on “May books

  1. Just placed my order on used books’ website for The Elegance of the hedgehog – thanks for the recommendation! I am looking for a few paperbacks to pack in my luggage for the trip to China later this month.

    Books I read lately that I really enjoyed – The Help. I know this book has been around for awhile, but I just got around to reading it on the flight from Rome to the U.S. and I I totally loved this book and I can understand the hype. I also read Shelter Me by Juliette Fay on the same trip, which I enjoyed just as much. I think this was a random recommendation, purchased for the flight from the U.S. to Rome, and it totally kept me entertained for numerous hours.

    I love having blocks of uninterrupted hours to read an amazing book in peace and quiet. I will peruse your list for more recommendations before I am off to Asia later this month.

  2. “the elegance of the hedgehog” has been on my to read list for awhile now. i really need to bump it up to the top. steph recommended it to me awhile ago.:)

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