The Books I Read In May

Monday, June 22, 2020

May kicked off the unofficial start to summer reading season. I have a pretty ambitious summer reading list which I'll share later this week, but for now, we'll just have to chat about the three books I read last month. I tend to get stuck in a particular genre of books (I'm looking at you chick lit and psychological thrillers), but I am trying to break out of the pattern and read a variety of different types from non-fiction (biographies, true crime) to classic literature (Pride and Prejudice). I've included a wide variety on my summer reading list, and I can't wait to share it with you. For now, here are the books I read in May.

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner               4/5 stars
I had started this book about a year ago, and for some reason, I put it aside unfinished. I've been looking at its spine on my bookshelf ever since and finally decided to grab it and finish it. Once I picked it up again, I couldn't figure out why I every put it down. I was hooked on the protagonist's. Allison, struggle with addiction to pain killers and how it was slowly eroding her life until she finally admitted that she had a problem and needed help. This seemingly happy and have-it-all suburban Philly mother hides a dark secret until one day, a teacher catches on and confronts her. A great reminder of how recovery is a daily and lifetime struggle but one worth making.

In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch              5/5 stars
In the same month, I read two books that took place in metro Philadelphia (just realized that as I was typing this). Twenty years after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, five alumnae gather at the request of one of their recently deceased former roommates. Twenty years later so much has changed and yet so much has stayed the same. Can what these five friends learn about themselves and each other in one weekend save or ruin their friendships forever? I really enjoyed these characters and the overall theme of the book was heartwarming with a wonderful ending.

The Secret of Seaside by Agatha Ball          3/5 stars
I've been reading these types of murder/mystery series books as "fillers" in between some of the longer and more intense books that I read. For the most part, they are quick and easy reads and are enjoyable without requiring a whole lot of deep thought. This book was a free download on Nook, so I went for it. This book was a nice distraction and wasn't as typical and predictable as a lot of murder series books are. This is the first book in the series, and I'd definitely read more in the series.

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