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Reading Life: May and June 2018

Summer is in full swing and life is busy! It feels like I haven’t been reading (or blogging) as much lately, so I’ve got two months to catch up on today. But as I looked over the last two months, I’ve actually read quite a few books – reading for a few minutes here and there does add up, although I still prefer to have a chunk of time instead of stopping and starting.

I’m still tracking and taking daily photos of what I’m reading, even if they rarely make it to social media. But if you want to see time-lapse videos of what I read each month, check out my Instagram feed @ladykatiestitchery!

 

May and June 2018 Thoughts

Finished:

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Start date: 3/18/2018
Finish date: 5/6/2018
Source: Barnes & Noble
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
4 stars

A story of Nigeria, two star-crossed lovers who leave for other countries and return to each other, and what they make of it all. Well-written and insightful, but a bit too long so it dragged in the middle for me. I read a review on Goodreads that said it felt like a place for the author to dump all her opinions about race, and while I don’t mind that at all because I find her opinions to be thoughtful and perceptive, I agreed with the sentiment by the end.

Sing, Unburied Sing, by Jesmyn Ward


Start date: 4/30/2018
Finish date: 5/15/2018
Source: Uncle Brad
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
4 stars

Very tough read but so worth it. The story of a family afflicted by injustice and addiction is lyrical and haunting, but profound. The Mississippi portrayed, both past and present, is one I’m entirely unfamiliar with even though I grew up there, but it’s becoming a familiar experience to read about places or people I think I know, but through non-white eyes it’s a completely different story. And even though I may shy away at first, I’m learning a lot about reading and listening with an open mind without becoming defensive; it’s been both eye-opening and humbling.

Runaways Vol 1: Find Your Way Home, written by Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Kris Anka

Start date: 5/1/2018
Finish date: 5/1/2018
Source: Rainbow Rowell on instagram
Genre: Graphic Novel/Comic
Format: Paperback
4 stars

Six comics is a quick read since it’s all dialogue, but I’m still not fully used to comics, because I have to remind myself that half the experience is savoring the illustrations too. I’ve never followed the Runaways but this comic book reboot is separate from the Netflix adaptation (or at least occuring after the origin story) so they recap the previous plot points well enough to jump into the new story. Rowell is the master of dialogue, and you immediately get to know the characters and understand their motivations – I’ll read anything she writes even if it’s an entirely different medium like comic books (I even pre-ordered this one from her local bookstore and got it signed!). The stakes don’t feel very high but it’s compelling enough to keep up with it as a fun new series to collect.

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Start date: 5/17/2018
Finish date: 6/5/2018
Source: Re-read
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
5 stars

Just as good as the first time I read it, but this time I relished the details and I think the ending will stick with me this time. When I started re-reading, I remembered certain scenes and most of the characters but I had no memory of the conclusion. I spent a lot of time thinking about technology and its effect of our lives while we were traveling.

Someday, Someday, Maybe, by Lauren Graham


Start date: 6/6/2018
Finish date: 6/15/18
Source: What Should I Read Next? podcast
Genre: Fiction
Format: Library book
3 stars

Very cute rom com about an actress trying to make in NYC, which I’m sure is at least somewhat autobiographical; it takes place in 1995 around the time when Lauren Graham was getting her start, and it’s full of fun details. It’s impossible not to read it in Lorelai Gilmore’s voice (who must be pretty similar to Lauren Graham since her memoir sounds the same) but that’s not a bad thing!

Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan


Start date: 6/16/2018
Finish date: 6/23/2018
Source: Sommer
Genre: Fiction
Format: Library book
4 stars

So much juicy fun, like a modern day Pride and Prejudice: the social rankings and wealth of modern Asia are just as foreign to me as pastoral England of the 1700s. I can’t wait to see the movie and I’ll definitely check out the sequels!

Educated, by Tara Westover


Start date: 6/24/2018
Finish date: 6/28/2018
Source: What Should I Read Next? Podcast
Genre: Memoir
Format: Library book
4 stars

Tara Westover never went to school or the doctor; her parents were extremists in every sense of the word. Truly a harrowing memoir of her escape from ignorance and dysfunction, but so well written, and I’m still thinking about it days later.

Still Reading:

The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han


Start date: 6/29/2018
Source: Everyday Reading on Instagram
Genre: YA Fiction
Format: Library book

After watching the trailer for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (so excited for the Netflix release next month!), I wanted to read something from Jenny Han’s backlist. So far it’s fun but not quite as good; it skews a bit young and nowadays I‘m more likely to relate to the mother of the boy-crazy teenager than the main character, and it’s a weird feeling.

The Selection, by Kiera Cass


Start date: 7/1/2018
Source: Young House Love Has a Podcast
Genre: YA Fiction
Format: Audiobook

I’ve heard of this dystopian YA described as a cross between Hunger Games and The Bachelor but when Sherry from Young House Love recommended it and I was tired of podcasts on a long drive by myself, I decided to start the audiobook. It’s surprisingly addictive!

Books read in May: 3
Books read in June: 4
Books read in 2018: 23
Still reading: 2

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the fifth and sixth month of 2018!

I’m always looking for more book recommendations – are you reading any good books?

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