Books I Read in May

 I was pretty surprised I managed to read 10 books this past month because I noticed I had quite a few reading slumps.  At one point I kept picking up a book, reading a few pages, and then that afternoon or the next day picking up another one and reading a few pages-- just waiting for a book to grab my attention-- and it never happened!  I finally had to just pick a book and force myself to start reading it. That's not to say I didn't read any great books this month; I did! But I found it much harder to sit and read and focus. 



1. Someone Else's Shoes by Jojo Moyes-- I thought this story was absolutely delightful! Nisha is a very wealthy globe-trotting woman who tries to be the perfect wife to her less than perfect husband.  One day at the gym her bag gets swapped with someone else's and Nisha's life pretty much falls apart from there when her husband announces abruptly that he's divorcing her and bars her from entering their hotel. With only the bathrobe and flip flops from the gym Nisha must figure out what to do.  Sam, meanwhile has accidentally picked up Nisha's bag and she's annoyed that she now has one more thing to add to her ever growing to do list.  With her husband suffering from depression all tasks fall to her and it's a struggle just to get her work done with a boss that seems to have it out for her. The story spirals from there and eventually the 2 meet but meanwhile have had some radical changes in their lives that both must contend with. 


2. Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud-- I struggled a bit to understand some of the more colloquial turns of phrase used by the main characters since this book is set in Trinidad and Tobago but after a few Google searches and some simple context clues I definitely got the main points of the story and found myself swept up by the three main characters.  When Betty's husband dies, Mr. Chetan moves in as a boarder to help her pay rent and becomes like a second father to Betty's son Solo. They become the most unlikely of families with secrets being kept between them all.  Spanning the course of many, many years it's a heartbreaking story of love, forgiveness, and finding the courage to be ones self. 


3. Every Summer After by Carley Fortune-- Persephone (Percy) Frasier has not been back to the lake and the cottage that she spent so many of her childhood years beside for more than a decade.  That all changes when she gets a call one night that has her racing back to the sleepy little town she fled after a horrible mistake. Percy and Sam had been best friends growing up, sharing first loves, growing pains, and an enormous crush on another they had made a rather unlikely pair. Torn apart by college, time and circumstances Percy has avoided anything that might remind her of Sam so she's less than thrilled when he's the first person she stumbles upon when she gets to town.  Told in alternating timelines between the past and the present I really enjoyed this book a lot. 


4. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab-- In 1714, in rural France, when Addie's family practically forces her to the aisle to marry a man she doesn't want, she flees to the woods and makes a pact with a shadow God to live forever and belong to no one. Only problem is that she is now forgotten by everyone she meets. Told in alternating timelines from 1714 to 2014 we learn how Addie has survived and traveled and made her way through the last 300 years.  When she suddenly meets someone in 2014 in NYC that actually remembers her. The way their stories weave together was really interesting. 


5. You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris-- What a sweet little tribute to his wife!  Antoine Leiris lost his wife in a terrorist attack in Paris. When a Facebook post he wrote about not giving his hate to the terrorists went viral he began writing a small little memoir about his wife and his process of dealing with her sudden loss while also helping his 17 month old son deal with the loss of his mother.  It was a quick little read but it was incredibly moving. 


 6. Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas-- (Worldquake book #1) Effie believes in magic and when her grandfather falls ill and dies he leaves Effie a few of his possessions; all of which turn out to have magical properties. Only problem is that Effie had no idea how to use any of them.  Her grandfather made her promise to guard his collection of rare books so when they fall into the wrong hands Effie must get them back. With the help of her friends Effie discovers her own power (and theirs!) and ventures into the Otherworld to gain back her grandfather's belongings.  It was a cute middle grade fantasy novel and I've already ordered book 2 from the library because I am curious to see how this series ends. 



7. Before I Do by Sophie Cousens-- Audrey has been drifting through life with an eye on the sky and she's about to marry down to Earth Josh who is so solid and dependable.  But as the big day approaches, Audrey starts to have doubts and with signs galore all around her she gets shaken; dead bats, old boyfriends showing up, the bride figure toppling off the cake, her dress ripping, etc. Told in alternating time lines from before and after the ceremony it was a really cute story. 


8. The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth-- Another fun little twisty tale! Essie is living in a perfect little cul-de-sac but Essie is far from perfect.  When a new neighbor moves in, Isabelle starts asking questions that seem to shake up the whole neighborhood. We get a bit of insight into each of the main family's lives as the story is told through multiple points of view and the reader quickly gets the sense that all is not quite right with any of these families... and secrets and lies have a way of coming to light.


9. Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren--  I've slowly been making my way through Christina Laruen books and picked up this one this month. Carter and Evie hit it off at a mutual friend's Halloween party but are reluctant to start anything since they work in the same high moving field. They are agents and feel like they are always working so when would they possible have time to date?  Then their two firms merge and they find themselves competing for the same job. 


10. Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover-- While Colleen Hoover can be such a hit or miss for me this was one of her books that I really enjoyed. In fact I read it in just a handful of hours (spread out through the course of one day).  Beyah has always had to rely on her own wits, growing up with an addict of a mother. Beyah has worked hard and is determined to get out of the small town she's living in.  When her mother overdoses just months before Beyah is slated to leave for college she's forced to call her father and live with him for the summer.  Moving across the country to live with a man she hardly knows,  a stepmother she forgot she even had, and a step-sister she knew nothing about Beyah does not have high hopes for her summer.  But then she meets Samson and despite her every effort she finds herself falling for the guy next door. They reluctantly agree to a summer romance with a no strings attached deal... but whenever the heart is involved, strings soon follow and the two are ripped apart one morning in a course of action that changes both their lives.


DNF:

Bookworm by Robin Yeatman-- I thought this book sounded like such a cute premise; bookworm Victoria spies a man reading the same book as her in a coffeeshop one day and begins to fantasize that he is her perfect match.  There is a problem though because Victoria is already married!  But I realized a good quarter of the way into the book that I didn't like any of the characters. It's hard for me to read a book when I can't root for anyone. 


I just have 11 books left to read to finish up my 52 books challenge! I figure if 2 of my books each month are purposely chosen to meet the remaining requirements I'll be just fine to finish it up in time and still give myself plenty of time to read other books too. 
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Comments

  1. Great reads! I have added a few to my queue. I had never even heard of this Colleen Hoover novel and I am a big fan so hope to read that one soon- thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome! I think Heart Bones is one of her newest novels. I've been seeing quite a few of hers lately that I had never read and wasn't sure if they were just new covers or totally new stories!

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  2. So great that you read so many books that you enjoyed! That memoir sounds really good. I will plan to read that and I will give your list another re-read when it's time to for me to download another book.

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    1. It was really so sweet and yet so heart breaking to read.

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  3. I really liked HeartBones and Every Summer After. I am waiting on the Jo Jo Moyes book! I can't remember if I read that Christina Lauren book but I like all of hers. A new to me author that I really like is Sarah Adams for a fun chick lit book for the summer!

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    1. I've been waiting on one of Sarah Adams' books to become available through our library.

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  4. I loved Every Summer After! It was one of my favorites from last summer. I also read that Moyes book this month, and IT WAS SO GOOD!!

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    1. It really was; and so completely different from the other Moyes books I've read.

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  5. Number 8 sounds like a good read. I love how each family has a secret.

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    1. I always like that too; and how it's slowly revealed to keep the suspense going.

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  6. I loved Every Summer After and The Family Next Door!

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    1. I find that I enjoy most of Hepworth's books!

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  7. I think I must be the only person on earth who hasn't read any Colleen Hoover. A great reading month...after a slowish start.

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    1. I like most of her books but not all are hits for me.

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  8. Oh, I have a good one for the mythology theme. It's written by the DIL of one of my blog readers and it was fabulous: https://amzn.to/3PaVWNN
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    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! My middle son is a HUGE mythology fan so I am currently reading one that fits that theme... but we're always looking for new mythology books!

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  9. Oh, I knew I had read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I really enjoyed it but felt so badly for her. You Will Not Have My Hate sounds like a really compelling book. Thanks for sharing.

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

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  10. We are voting on books for next year's book club right now, and the JoJo Moyes book is on the list. I wasn't sure if it would be a good book for discussion but I do like her books. We just read The Dutch House, which I'd read earlier, and enjoyed the writing but thought the story had some holes. I just finished The Half Moon. If you read Ask Again Yes it's by the same author. Enjoyed it too.

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    1. I'll have to check into that one; I do remember reading Ask Again Yes.

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  11. I totally agree about Colleen Hoover. I feel like most of her books are just kind of ok, but there have been a couple that blew me away. I haven't read Heart Bones yet, so I guess I need to check that one out!

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    1. That's exactly how I feel about her books!

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    1. I feel like I have been reading so many great books this year.

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  13. Joanne, I will be adding some of these to my list. I read Verity by Colleen Hoover and I didn't like the ending of that book. I'm reading November 9 by her and so far l like the book. I will add this one to my list. I looking forward to reading Every Summer After.

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  14. Joanne, I always appreciate book reviews. These sound great, and I look forward to checking into some of these.
    Visiting today from Unlimited Linky 116 #35&36.

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  15. I love seeing what other people are reading and see their reviews and suggestions, thank you!
    Jenna

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  16. I haven't read any of the books you have read here, but have been thinking of The Family Next Door. Many of my friends have been reading Colleen Hoover, but I'm not a fan. I'm very impressed that you've almost finished the challenge. I'm nowhere near finished as I've also been reading non challenge books.

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    1. I've been reading a lot of non-challenge books too but try to read 2-3 each month that I KNOW fit one of the prompts.

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  17. Hi, Joanne - Congratulations on your 52 Week Book Challenge. You have done an awesome job. Very inspirational. And thank you for being a regular at #What's On Your Bookshelf. I always look forward to your posts.

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  18. Hi Joanne, you are powering through your 52 Book Club Challenge and as always you have given me more books to add to my TBR list. Like you Colleen Hoover is a bit hit and miss with me but I will give her another go. I'm trying to finish my challlenge but also don't want to make it a chore. Thanks for joining us each month for #WOYBS I always enjoy your posts and reviews. x

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    1. That's how I feel about the challenge as well.

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  19. I always enjoy your bookish posts. Pinned several of these. I am reading The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise. I think you would like it.

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    1. I have that book on my list! In fact I think I've already ordered it through my library.

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  20. I enjoyed your WOYBS post Joanne (as always) and like the sound of many of your books especially The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, a very interesting premise for a story. Well done on your 52 BookClub Challenge, you're smashing it! Thanks for joining us.

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  21. Nice variety of reading material here! I empathize with your reading slump. I keep hoping to find a book that grabs me and won't let go, but that hasn't happened lately.

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    1. I really struggle when that happens! But then sometimes I think maybe I'm just expecting too much.

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  22. I finally read Addie LaRue this month and really loved it.

    Lauren @ www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first but it's one of those really original, well-told storylines that really stuck with me.

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