May was a good reading month. I had more morning time later in the month with the kids out of school and sleeping later, and more car time for audio books earlier in the month running around with all the end of school year activities.
The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh… It was really good. Writing about the foster care system can be tricky. The author gave a glimpse inside the mind of a foster care child rather than just listing the bad experiences. We were able to follow her on her journey and feel her struggle with depression and anxiety, yet come back to a lighter place. It was particularly hard to read about her struggle with new motherhood, but I felt the ending was very real and hopeful.
A Week in Winter, Maeve Binchy… It was okay. The story had so many characters woven together, in a beautiful setting. Maybe it was woven together too well, just a little too quaint.
Landline, Rainbow Rowell… Loved it. Loved the idea that you might be able to connect to the past, maybe not to affect the overall course of your life, but to bring a little more peace.
Big Stone Gap, Adriana Trigiani… I listened to the audio version, and it was read by the author. I had to push it to 1.5 speed at times to keep the story moving, which made her Southern accent a bit funny. Another story that was woven together a little too well. But I loved the Southern voice.
It’s Not Summer Without You, Jenny Han… I didn’t feel a real story there. I would have rather the author assumed you read the first novel of the series than basically restate that novel and show only one new moment in time. But it was a really quick read, and I am curious to read the third novel and hope that these characters actually move forward and do something.
Purity, Jonathan Franzen… Interesting story, yet somewhat predictable. I didn’t really care for some of the colorful language, but I liked the way it ended- or rather didn’t. As if you only saw a brief moment of time and knew the story was continuing without you.
Empty Mansions, Bill Dedman… I downloaded this to my kindle and only read about half. I put myself on the wait list for the actual book at the library. I think this one will be more interesting as an actual book, especially to view the photos that were included.
Have you read any good books lately?