It's June! So it's time for another book wrap-up. May was nowhere near as book heavy as April was for me. I completed three books but attempted five... The first book I finished was Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I thought it was wonderful. It's roughly about two lost souls finding their way in the world. With only 224 pages, it's quite short. I read it in two days. I retold the whole story to Brandon when I finished it. It was one of those books that you have to talk about when you're done reading it. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is the second book I finished. It took me a good two and a half weeks to finish. Not because it was bad or slow, but because I needed to give it my full attention. It's a story that spans generations with many characters, plots and themes. If I wasn't paying close attention I was lost. I really loved the writing and the unique perspective from which it was told. It's definitely on the list of books I want to read again. (That's a very short list.) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is a YA Dystopian Romance and was not for me... The writing is very different. It's full of metaphors. A. Lot. Of. Metaphors. As many metaphors as grains of sand on the beach... x2. So if you're curious about the book and the series (there are three books plus two companion novels, I believe) read a chapter or two at the bookstore and see if you like the writing. The plot left a lot to be desired, but I know plenty of people who loved it. It just wasn't for me! Then I started Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham, but I haven't finished it yet. So far it's light, charming and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. I don't blame the book for my lack of attention, but at this point of the month I started falling into a reading slump. I really want to finish this one, though!The last book I tried in May was Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I've heard so much about it and I picked it up on a whim at my library. The writing is great and I did find the story compelling but I realized quickly that I have little interest in the circus. Sure there is more to it than that, but I never found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. I made it 100 pages in and decided that there are just too many books I want to read, to waste time reading something I'm not super excited about.
I picked up Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon at Costco today. I'm hopeful that Gone Girl will help me out of my reading slump!
Do you have any book recommendations? What was your favorite book this May? Let me know in the comments!
Here's to June being an awesome reading month!
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