May Wrap-Up

Despite having a fairly hectic month of May, I was still able to read 12 books this month! I hadn’t been keeping track of my number read but when I finished my book, today, I went back and counted. I was shocked! The month brought with it some phenomenal reads. I also am grateful because I was gifted some incredible titles from publishers. I thought I would do a quick wrap-up ofsome of the books I read!

Five Star Reads:

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love,Sicily and Finding Home by Tembi Locke

This book made it to my top five favorite books and is, currently, myfavorite book of 2019. I am still completely in awe of the courage that Tembi Locke exhibited as her world fell apart. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up this book please do! It’s one of a kind.

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

This story transported me back to a time before I considered myself to be an adult. It is a love story between two people who love books and lose each other along the way of life. It was a fast but yet poignant read.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

What an incredible book on the love between a child and their grandparents. I cherished this story and felt such a connection to Elisa as she struggled to come to terms with the loss of her grandmother.

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

I loved how this book intertwined so much history but also made itentertaining. I had to resist, on multiple occasions, the urge to look of thehistorical accuracy of events that transpired within the pages of Finding Dorothy. I didn’t want to let myself ruin anything so I decided to hold off until I was finished with the book. I’m so glad that I didn’t ruin anything!

The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry

Thank you to Berkley Books for sending me this free copy in exchange for my honest review. I will be posting my thoughts on this sometime next week.If you haven’t already, add this book to your TBR summer list! It will be available on June 4th but you can pre-order now.

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Thank you to William Morrow for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review. I will be posting my thoughts on this book sometime next week. However, I should say that this was an INCREDIBLE book and I highly encourage you to pre-order it today. It is set to be published on June 4th.

Four Star Reads:

Bring the Rain by JoAnn Franklin

This is a thought-provoking, deeply moving story about what happens to someone who is faced with the deterioration of their greatest asset. This book is full of truly fascinating ideas and questions that would make for a perfect book club pick.

Parting Gifts by Katrina AnneWillis

Is a gut-wrenching story the burdens that we often carry with us through life and is depicted through the eyes of three sisters who have grown apart through the years but are forced to come together. I did enjoy this story and was honored to have had the opportunity to meet the author. I must give a trigger warning because there is a fairly detailed rape scene and there is alsoa traumatic incident involving a child.

The Printed Letter Bookshopby Katherine Reay

This story is an honest look into how our lives can change without us being aware. It is a reminder to not settle for a life simply because it’s what you’ve always been told to do; it’s about the realization of needing to find your voice even though it’s been lost over the years; and, it’s also a lesson on admitting faults and truly asking for forgiveness. But, there is also another lesson hidden within the pages and that lesson is taking the time toallow your heart to heal.

Three Star Reads:

The Age of Light by WhitneySharer

I wanted to love this book. The synopsis made it seem that it encompasses a lot of things I look for in a book. It had love, art, war, and history all mixed together. However, the story didn’t live up to my expectations. There were countless times that I found myself wondering why the author chose to depict that scene in the book.

The Dinner List by RebeccaSerle

When I finished reading this book, I thought to myself that this was a solid three-star read. It was entertaining and, at times, thought-provoking but the ending just didn’t do anything for me. I loved the idea surrounding the story but just felt that it fell short with the ending.

Two Star Reads:

Life After Coffee by VirginiaFranken

This is my first two –star rating that I’ve given in a while. I was bored, out of my mind, by the main character but also found her to be utterly obnoxious and unaware. By the end of the book, I must say, I was glad it was over.

Thank you for stopping by to see what I read this month! See you next time!

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