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It’s that time of the month again, time for all you readers to see what all books I read in the month of May! In case you forgot (or are new around here) one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read 100 books this year. So far I am at 38 books and after this month I will be at 48 books! That’s right, the year is not even halfway over and I am already almost at the halfway point in my reading! Woohoo!!
If you are wondering how I read so much, I promise it’s NOT because I sit around with a book in my hands at all times. I listen to a LOT of audiobooks. I listen to them while I am getting ready in the mornings, while I drive to work and back, when I clean my house, etc.
So let’s get to the books, shall we??
ONE. The Width of the World by David Baldacci. The last book in the Vega Jane book series I started last month, this book is a great finish to the series. At least I think it’s finished?? If you are in to YA, ed of the world, fighting and winning (??) against all odds, fan of the Hunger Games then you will probably enjoy this series!!
“This vividly described tale takes readers to an original fantasy world full of strange creatures, intriguing relationships, and long-lost secrets. Baldacci knows how to deliver thrills.” — Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven series
TWO. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. I’m not going to lie to you, one of the reasons I even picked up this book was because I saw a commercial for a series based on the book on Starz and it looked really good. HA! This is the story of a girl who moves to NYC to reinvent herself and takes you on her journey. She gets a job at an IT restaurant in the city and is learning how to navigate that along with several new relationships. It’s a really good book and I hope the series does it justice.
“[A] heady first taste of self-discovery, bitter and salty and sweet.” —Entertainment Weekly
THREE. Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe. Remember the Mary Alice Monroe book series set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina that I have been obsessed with for the last couple of months that I thought was only a trilogy and then I found this fourth book?? Yeah. It was amazing!! I love these characters and was not read to let them go. This book continues the story of three sisters who couldn’t be more different and yet who are all on similar paths in life. See what they get up to in this book while two of them plan weddings!!
FOUR. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. If you are a Gone Girl or Girl on the Train fan then you will love this thriller!! It’s about a small town girl who goes missing ten years earlier and her best friend is back in town and another girl goes missing which brings back the “what happened to original missing girl??” questions all over again. You find out what happens to both of the min the most twisted, dark way. I loved it!!
“This thriller’s all of your fave page-turners (think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl) rolled into one.” —TheSkimm
FIVE. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. This book actually just came out June 5 but I got an advanced copy yo read through NetGalley! This book is about a woman who is on her honeymoon and she and her husband find a mysterious black bag floating in the middle of the ocean that literally changes their lives forever. This book will make you think and question yourself and everyone around you. It’s really that good y’all!
“Captivating . . . daring . . . The threats and increasingly bad decisions accelerate with Bourne-like velocity. . . . Steadman [is] a newcomer worth watching.”—Publishers Weekly
SIX. In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham. Alright guys, this may be the one Lauren Graham book that I wasn’t that big of a fan of. In her defense it’s not an actual book but a speech she gave at the 2017 Langley High School Graduation. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great speech but I though the was going to expand on it and tell me more. It’s a good, quick read.
SEVEN. Still Me by Jojo Moyes For all you Me Before You fans who still can’t get enough of Louisa Clark have no fear because the third book about her life is finally here! In this book, Louisa moves to NYC as a personal assistant and this book tells all about her adventures and mishaps in the city. I actually really loved the ending of this book and wouldn’t be mad about it if there was another?? LOL!
“While the series may have started off as a romance, Jojo Moyes has turned Louisa Clark’s story into one about learning to be, and to love, yourself.” —Bustle
EIGHT. Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. Y’all. I found a new author to LOVE and obsess over!! It’s been a hot minute since I found an author who made me want to read everything they had ever written. If you love the south, quirky people and life lessons then you have to check out Sarah Addison Allen’s books!! Sugar Queen was the first book of hers I read and I couldn’t be more happy about it. It really makes you look at your life and want to make changes! But not in a super serious way, it’s still a great, quick, definitely chick lit book! I love all the characters, they are just charming!!
“Bewitching…. Such a pleasurable book.”—Publishers Weekly
NINE. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. Next, I read Sarah Addison Allen’s first book, Garden Spells. It brings to life the story of two sisters who live in a town where everyone has “abilities”. It’s a book about family, relationships, love, finding oneself and magic. I loved it!!
“Sarah Addison Allen has crafted a wonderful story that will cast a spell on everyone who has the pleasure of reading it. Garden Spells has a harvest of rich characters, a plot that will have you checking what you eat, and a heart that is overflowing with the tangled joys and sorrows of love and life.” -Kris Radish
TEN. All the Summer Girls by Meg Donahue. This is a book all about secrets, friendships, forgiveness and a beach town. It is perfect summer reading and the story is a great one!!
“Meg Donohue’s All the Summer Girls is an intimate, heartfelt, beautiful exploration of friendship, family and the ties that bind and the secrets that destroy us. Read it first, pass it to your girlfriend later. She’ll be grateful.” -New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch
That’s it for all of what I read in May. A lot of books about finding oneself…coincidence? I think not…LOL!!
If you want to catch up on my previous month’s book posts here are January, February, March and April!
Amber Myers says
Yay, books! Reading is one of my favorite things. I DID read All The Missing Girls and liked it. I also read Still Me. Not as good as Me Before You, but still amusing.
I have read Something In the Water and it was okay but not an all time favorite of mine. Sweet bitter sounds like an interesting book. Usually stay away for series of books but this one sound interesting.
Melissa Chapman says
You make me feel like a slacker I love movies but never get a chance or make the time to read. Reading is so good for the mind so this summer I may try one of your suggestions.
Terri Steffes says
Girl, we have the same taste! I have read most of those and feel the same about all of them. Sweetbitter might have been my favorite of this bunch.
Those are my kind of books too. I hope to have more reading time over the summer and am off to look.
I want to try an audio book in this type of genre. It sounds so enjoyable to get into the characters and storyline while being able to do chores and such.
Sarah Bailey says
Now these sound like some good books, I can’t read very well anymore – something about the text and my eyes doesn’t go well. But I’ve started listening to books and I’m slowly getting into it more, I shall have to see if I can find some of these.
I’m currently reading Hillbilly Elegy. It is an interesting read. It takes me forever to read a book now that I have kids, but I still try.
That’s a lot of reading in one month good for you. They all look like great books!
Whoa, a hundred? That’s a lot of books. But you’re one who’s really into reading, that will be a breeze. It’s also nice to learn lessons from fictional stories.
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
You have some interesting sounding titles in your list. I love to read and keep promising myself I’ll give myself more time to do it.
I totally need to read more, but I feel like I’m always looking at a computer screen so it doesn’t make me want to read much. However, we are going camping and I got a book from the library and I’ve started reading it already and it’s very interesting.
Chubskulit Rose says
I slack off last month, I barely read! That Sweet Better book sounds like a great one.
Nichole Arnold says
These sounds like some interesting books. I am trying to set up a reading nook so I can squirrel away a few hours a week and read in peace!
Lori C. says
I just finished Lowcountry Wedding and somehow, I didn’t realize until I was about 2/3 of the way in that it was part of a series! I didn’t want to stop and go back to read the rest, so I just plowed through. I loved this book, and I love knowing that the places it is set in are real! I love any of the books set down in the lowcountry & Charleston areas!
Vyjay Rao says
You are doing great and on target to achieve your 100 books well before the end of the year. Great going. Wish the same could be said for me. Travelling and writing does not leave me with much time to devote more to reading. Sugar Queen is a book that appeals to me and I will check it out.
Paula Schuck says
Still Me y JOJO Moyes sounds awesome. I had no clue that there was a second or third book about this character. Loved her in Me Before You. That was a super book. I need to get the next two for sure.
I read Still Me by JoJo Moyes and I loved it! You have some great books to read this month.
Dana Peller says
The tenth book sounds like something that would happen in my town, haha. But in all seriousness, I haven’t been able to put down a couple of books myself. Reading helps calm my nerves before bed.
Bianca Dottin says
I’m not a huge reader. However, I’m trying to get better at that. This looks like a great list.