I read and listened to quite a bit in the month of May. I wanted to recap all that I read in May and tell you my thoughts on my favorites and my least favorite. Here are my statistics for May:
- TOTAL BOOKS READ: 17
- Audiobooks: 5
- Graphic Novels/Memoirs: 2
- Non-Fiction: 2
- Middle Grade: 5
- Young Adult: 3
- Adult Novels: 6
Here are my favorites for the month:
The Vegetarian by Han Kang – So I watch a lot of “booktube” on YouTube and a lot of the booktubers that I watch LOVED this book last year. I immediately put it on my TBR (to be read) list. The Vegetarian is about a South Korean women who wakes up one day and says she is a vegetarian, which is totally against the societal norms in South Korea. The story is told in three sections: from her husband’s POV, her brother-in-laws POV, and her sister’s POV. I read this book in a 24 hour period. The most interesting thing about this book was the fact that you never really get to see the main character’s point of view (POV) as she descends into a mental illness that takes over her entire life physically and mentally.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Aristotle and Dante are two loner teenager in El Paso, Texas in the late 1980’s who become the most unlikely of friends. Throughout the story on their journey to find who they want to be, they find each other. I will do a full review of this book soon. Aristotle and Dante are easily some of my favorite characters of all time. The writing in this book was fantastic as Benjamin Alire Sanez was able to to convey the uncertainty of being a teenager without it being too angsty, which tends to be my problem with books set in high schools. I listened to this on audiobook which was FANTASTIC, does the name Lin-Manuel Miranda ring a bell? Yeah, I highly recommend this audiobook.
My least favorite book of the month:
Uprooted by Naomi Novik – *sigh* Where do I begin? This book was incredibly slow, anti-climatic, and just did not keep my interest at all after the first 50%. I wrote about anticipating this book in my Memorial Day Reads post and I just…. I don’t have words. I felt the writing was mediocre at best but I found myself not caring what happened to the characters. In my fantasy books, I like a plot twist that makes me audibly gasp or an event that gut punches me in the feels. I got neither of these things from this book. As much as I wanted to like this book, it just was not something that I enjoyed. So onward with a quest for a fantastic standalone fantasy novel. I will also do a full review of this book to discuss themes and a parental guide.
Well, these are the highlights (and lowlight) of my May reading month. What did you read in May and what are you currently reading?