May Reads

Posted June 3, 2016 by LeahAdmin in Miscellaneous / 15 Comments

May Reads

How is it June already? May positively flew by, and I’m not quite sure how to account for it. First off, I’d like to thank everyone for the warm welcome back! I’m excited to return to blogging, even though I haven’t yet been as active as I would like to be. I’m still working on finding that balance and making more time for reading, writing, and being involved in the community. We’ll get there!

May was a pretty slow reading month for me. I finished up Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, which was so, so amazing. I don’t know how Atwood can be so consistently mind-blowing. I also devoured the first two volumes of Giant Days by John Allison and Whitney Cogar, which is a tremendously fun portrayal of college life for a trio of vivid young women. Next up was So Sad Today, a darkly funny and deeply vulnerable collection of essays about anxiety, depression, and addiction by Melissa Broder. Finally, I spent pretty much the entire month making my way slowly but surely through the first half of Haruki Murakami’s door-stopper of a book, 1Q84. As always, I’m enjoying the ride, and I’m pretty excited that 500 pages in things are starting to get real. And by real, I mean incredibly bizarre.

May Reads

Outside of my reading life, May was full of adventures. I got to spend a day with my sister before sending her off to Alaska for the summer, hiked the breath-taking gorge at Watkin’s Glen with bae (pictured above), and ran my first 5K!

Moving into June, I’m excited to finish up 1Q84, dive into some upcoming blogger-recommended library holds, and step up my blogging game.

What was the best book you read in May?

  • 1Q84, yay!! I read so many good books in May, I have trouble choosing which was best. Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake is probably top contender. 😊

  • I generally adore Murakami, but 1Q84 didn’t work for me, so I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it! (Chunksters and I don’t usually get along well ^^;). My favourite May read was A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham (modern fractured fairy tales).

    • I’m really enjoying it, but I do get frustrated by how long it’s taking me to read! A Wild Swan sounds fantastic; “modern fractured fairy tales” is everything I want in a book.

  • Atwood is my favorite 🙂 Oryx and Crake was a great read, definitely a fan.

  • Giant Days Giant Days Giant Daaaaays! I feel like I’m hearing about this comic everywhere these days, but of course my library keeps having it be checked out. Which makes me want it even more. What with it being unavailable and all.

  • I need to read some more Atwood! And 1Q84 is so amazing and one of the only non-reality based books that has truly worked for me. Congrats on your first 5k and hope you do some great reading in June.

    • I still have a long way to go with 1Q84, but I think it’s going to be one of my favorite Murakami books!

  • Have yet to tackle Atwood or Murakami! I read some great ones in May: Just Mercy, Blackout, By the Shores of Silver Lake, and Circling the Sun! Oh, and I read my first Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five. I may try one more of his just to be sure, but I don’t think his writing style resonates much for me!

    • I can’t rave about Atwood and Murakami enough; I’d definitely encourage you to try them. Slaughterhouse-Five was one of my favorite books in college, but I haven’t read it in a few years; I wonder how it would hold up considering the changes in my reading preferences.

  • All exciting updates! I haven’t read Oryx and Crake in years but remember LOVING it.. I should probably finally read that copy of MaddAddam my husband gifted me like 5 years ago. Oops!! Haha. Also, you may have already told me, but who designed your new site (actually I see Nose Graze but did it just require install)??? I LOVE IT. I really need to change mine up because it’s soooooo boring and you guys all have the cutest sites and I’m feeling lame over here. 🙂

    • I made the header image myself, and my theme is just Noze Graze’s Tweak Me, v. 2 theme! Installation was super easy, and I love how customizable it is.

  • Elena

    All wonderful reads, and yay for Atwood! She is SO amazing. I don’t know who she does it.

    I had never heard about ‘So Sad Today’ but it sounds fascinating. I haven’t read much on anxiety/mental health problems apart from Roxane Gay’s ‘Bad Feminist’, but I realised at the time that it helped me quite much.

  • Good reading month! And that gorge looks gorgeous (I mean, I couldn’t pass that description up, right?)!