May was a BIG reading month for me – I read 13 books! A lot of the books I read while we were in Tennessee or in the car to and from, but Dave and I also had quite a few reading nights after Leo went to bed. Since there are so many, I’m just going to comment on the really good or interesting ones. Almost all of them were either “pretty good” or “excellent” – there is only one that I didn’t love.
- The Translation of the Bones by Francesca Kay
- Interwoven by Russ and Nancy Ebersole (nonfiction) – we met a couple in Tennessee who gave us this book – they wrote it. It’s about their lives as missionaries and how God brought them together. It was a really good book – really fascinating and well written.
- The Reeducation of Cherry Truong by Aimee Phan
- When Tito Loved Clara by Jon Michaud
- Measure of the Heart by Jeannette Oke – my boss is Jeanette Oke’s son, so I’ve been wanting to read at least one book by Jeannette. To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations for the book – Christian fiction does not generally appeal to me – I don’t resonate with the style of writing. However, the book wasn’t that bad. Were the characters a little one dimensional and the storyline simple and a bit too easy? Yes. But the writing itself wasn’t bad and I was interested to see what would happen.
- We the Animals by Justin Torres – I didn’t love this one and wouldn’t recommend it.
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova – I’d seen this one on blogs but was encouraged to read it by Angela. I LOVED it and immediately gave it to Dave to read. He doesn’t read fiction very often, but he’s reading this right now and really liking it, too. Put it on your to-read list!!
- The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (young adult) – my cousin, Caroline, recommended this book to me. She’s in middle school and reads a ton and she was spot-on with this recommendation. Awesome book!
- Day After Night by Anita Diamant
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – a recommendation by Stephanie, who never fails to tell me about good books. This one is a mystery, but so unique and fun to read!
- Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward
- Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar
- A Love that Multiplies by Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar (nonfiction) – another book that I wasn’t expecting much out of, just because I thought it would be pretty fluffy. It wasn’t at all! The Duggars talk about how they raise their kids, how they teach them, discipline them, create a family atmosphere, divide chores, etc. It was really good and really applicable for parenting your kids from a Christian perspective. I will most likely read it again as Leo gets a little older.
Aside from reading, I also did some running this month. After taking a good month off after the Carmel marathon, I started running again at the end of the month. I ran 41 miles in May, which I’m happy with considering I only ran when I felt like it.
What good books have you been reading lately?