Reading wrap-up

May ended on a sad note with a death in my fiancé’s family which understandably put a halt to my reading and blogging for a week, but things are starting to return to normal.

Besides that, the month overall was pretty good, especially because the warm weather is slowly making its way to upstate NY. Since we are having an unseasonably cold spring, I am taking advantage of those warm days whenever I can by going to the park and getting some blogging done. I have found that my house is a big distraction and motivator of laziness. Escaping to the park or the library to get any semblance of blog work done is working so far.

As for reading, I was only able to get through four books of the seven that I set out to read this month. However, because I have been busy catching up on reviews, I have only reviewed one of the four so far.

This was my book left over from April for my Modern Library’s Top 100 Book Club. Our book discussion was the first Wednesday in May and although I heard the spoilers, I knew I had to finish the book. Everyone liked it and it is very rare that everyone enjoys a book, especially one like this. It is a sad book but it’s definitely worth the read.

Yet another book I would never have read had it not been for book club. I absolutely loved it and have since bought a few other books by Brooks. It is about a book expert who is asked to look over the Sarajevo Haggadah, which was thought to be lost forever and was recently uncovered. During her review of the book, the reader is taken on a journey that dates back to the 1500s. Each step of the way is a step back in history as we learn about the dangers the book faced during a particular moment in history and what was done to help save it. It is multiple story lines that are all connected by the book.

I had never heard of John Scalzi before I had to read this for my SARAH Book Club. I normally don’t go out of my way to read sci-fi books but I really should because I always enjoy them. This one was particularly interesting because it goes into how society adjusts to a contagious virus that impacts millions of people around the world. While the concept was interesting and definitely held my interest, I felt the author could have been a bit more descriptive. Also, there were a few spelling errors in the book, which was kind of annoying.

I am so glad that I got a chance to read this book. I had DNF’d it earlier this year but then it was chosen on my list for the Classics Club spin. This book was just pure fun and definitely a page turner. You can read more of my review here.

I don’t know why but it is taking me forever to finish this book. I mean I absolutely love it. The writing is beautiful and the story is a definitely building to what will probably be an amazing twist but for some reason it is a slow read for me. I am sure that once everything settles down I will fly through this book.

Books I didn’t get to…

Ok so this book was just not meant to be, at least not at this time. First of all, none of the libraries near me had a copy of it, which just told me right there that this was not a popular book. Holding out hope, I went to Barnes and Noble and they did have a copy. However, after reading a page or two and not understanding one word of what I read, I decided it was not worth the $28 it cost to buy. Sorry, not sorry.

This was another book club read but I just didn’t get to it. I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to make it to the discussion because I had a work meeting so when I couldn’t find the book in any of the book stores or libraries, I decided to skip it. It can be a book for another day.

On the screen…

Besides books, I have been watching a lot of shows.

Game of Thrones has come and gone. In some ways I am glad because the fandom was becoming ridiculous. I personally was satisfied with the final season, but that is just me.

I started watching HBO’s Chernobyl which hooked me from the first episode. It is definitely a rollercoaster of emotions as the show pulls you into the timeline of the disaster. Let’s just say I went in knowing very little about disaster which is the worst nuclear accident in history to now doing research on my own time.

My friend has sucked me into Sharp Objects, which is a miniseries based on the book by Gillian Flynn. Considering that I love Flynn’s novels, I was a little leery about watching the show but I am hooked. They have done such a good job and Amy Adams is simply amazing!

And if that isn’t enough I am also watching The West Wing on Netflix. I had always wanted to watch it and since I am currently working in government I am finding it very intriguing. I don’t know if I would have appreciated it back when it originally aired in the 90s but I am loving it now.

Looking forward to June and what that will bring. 🙂


How was your May? What did you read/watch? Let’s discuss!

 

4 thoughts on “Reading wrap-up

  1. My deepest condolences for your family’s (or fiance’s family’s) loss. Still, four books in a month isn’t horrible. Like you, I almost DNF’ed Treasure Island too, but I stuck with it and I’m glad. It was a fun book.

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