Of the ten books I read May 2018, three were memoirs, three y lit and 2 others brand new released this month. Find out the books I read May 2018- and which I loved and which I didn’t!
I made a commitment this year to value my own time more effectively, and I also decided that meant doing things that I love. There is almost nothing that I love more than reading- especially on a beach with a cocktail in hand, but I digress. Along with doing more things that I love, which means reading, I also set a goal to read a book each week. I’m tracking my progress with Goodreads- and I absolutely love connecting with other readers on the platform.
Connecting With Other Readers on Goodreads
If you haven’t started on Goodreads yet and you enjoy reading, you should definitely check it out. What I most love about Goodreads is the lack of “social-ness”- many people don’t even have profile pictures, and the app makes it easy to see what others are reading while still feeling like an introvert. If you decide to check it out- please add me as a friend!
So I wanted to share the books that I read in May of 2018, along with a quick blurb/review about what I liked and didn’t. Each book also has an affiliate link in case you want to purchase it from Amazon. Using my link gives me a small commission off of your purchase and does not increase your price as a consumer at all.
Books I Read May 2018
So far 2018 has seemed to be the “year of the memoir” for me- I’ve read so many great memoirs this year, including Ordinary Light and Educated in April- and now May I’ve read three more! Here are the books I read in May 2018. Without further ado…
The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer is an incredibly honest first memoir by a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who grew up raised by a single mother and spent his summers in a bar in his hometown on Long Island. The books is refreshingly honest- and I was amazed by the attention to detail in describing moments and characters that shaped J.R. It is a novel that I did not want to end- and I would highly highly recommend.
Breaking Free- How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs by Rachel Jeffs– It takes so much courage to write a memoir after leaving the FLDS and Rachel’s book is awesome. A tough read given how she and other women and children are treated in the name of religion- but not as tough to read as The Sound Of Gravel or Under The Banner of Heaven. An insightful and honest look at the teachings and shortcomings of life in polygamy- I was fascinated by this book. The photos inside are CRAZY. Excellent novel!
Dumplin’ by Julie Myers Willowdean is the plus-sized daughter of a Texas beauty queen- and she decides to enter the town beauty pageant to make a statement. What can I say? A fun and thoughtful book. I definitely struggle with body image issues, and I loved that the narrator was both unapologetic and insecure. Very authentic to so many adolescent experiences. Texas also takes center stage in the novel, and the story reminded me a bit of Friday Night Lights. I also noticed that Julie Murphy has another novel out now, Puddin’ that picks up a story line of some secondary characters, so I am excited to read that as well. This is a fun beach read- it’s Y Lit. I highly recommend it!
Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson- This book is about a young girl who struggles to understand her place in the world, and her relationship to her parents, who are divorced. I would describe the book as melancholy. I found myself reading it for plot alone, as the character descriptions and back story information were not especially compelling. Might be a Y Lit book? I probably would not recommend it.
Far From The Tree by Robin Benway– This book is a fun Y Llt read about three siblings separated into foster care and adoption systems. They are reunited during high school, and develop a strong bond for each other. I raced through the book- really reading it for plot. It didn’t disappoint- and I hope there is a sequel. I would say that there is teenage drinking, swearing, sex, etc in the book so I don’t know if I would read it with an adolescent daughter. I do tend to be on the more conservative side, however. I recommend as a great beach read!
Green by Sam Graham-Felsen This book is a young adult novel, but I think it’s a great read for adults too. It’s a beautiful and insightful coming of age story that explores white privilege through the eyes of an adolescent boy. I loved that it’s set in the early 90’s- it was so fun to relive the simplicity of adolescence before technology. The book is laugh out loud funny (when you see the words “Pert Plus commercial” prepare to laugh- a lot), poignant and heartbreaking, anyone who struggled to fun in in middle school will relate. I loved this book and am recommending it to everyone.
How To Walk Away by Katherine Center– I loved loved loved this book. I had the amazing opportunity to meet the author and read the book before it came out. It’s since become a New York Times Bestseller, and Denver friends- stay tuned for a special visit from the author to our city in July! Read my full book review here. I love this book and am (also) recommending it to everyone!
Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America by Gregory Pardlo– I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It’s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I learned a good bit of new information about black American history, and I highlighted several passages that were incredibly insightful and well-written. I’d recommend it- but with some reservation.
You Think It I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld– I tend to avoid short stories as I prefer to really get to know characters in novel form. However- I’ve never missed reading a new Sittenfeld the month it comes out. As usual, her prose it witty, heartbreaking and funny all at the same time. This is definitely an upper middle class white book- there’s little diversity. No matter- the stories are extremely well told and engaging. I’d read it again and I highly recommend it. It’s also the pick of the month for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Hello Sunshine on Goodreads- so join the convo!
Quiet: the Power Of introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain -I have long believed myself to be an introvert- but not totally. And Quiet is a fascinating read- it’s very technical and perfectly well researched. That said- it was a bit too technical for me and I had a hard time applying the concepts to my life. I’m going to try the podcast, as I wasn’t actually able to finish the book. Iy was just too academic for me during this time of changing seasons.
And that’s it- the books I read May 2018! Each of these books is available as an audio book- and there is a free trial on Audible from Amazon right now too. So if you prefer to listen as opposed to reading. make sure to try Audible if you haven’t already!
So I’m dying to know- what did you read recently that you loved? I always want book recommendations!