May in Review

Okay, so May was not a very good month in terms of blogging or reading. I only got through 4 books, two read and two audio. I had a lot going on in my personal life and the second half of the month I was MIA from my blog. But now I am back! My summer vacation has officially started which mean lots of time to read! In the past few days I have bought 7 new books, so there will be plenty to keep me busy.

Here is what I read in May:

My favorite was The Girl Who Played with Fire and I am very much looking forward to The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Secrets of Eden was fantastic as well.

I am currently reading The Red Tent which is great so far. This month I plan to read To Kill a Mockingbird which I have never read! I also have Columbine, Half a Yellow Sun, The Stormchasers, and Innocent in sight. We shall see what I get to. I am going on a family cruise for a week at the end of the month and have to decide what to bring with!

I have been flirting with the idea of reading a graphic novel. I don’t have any, but I think I might start with Persepolis. If anyone has suggestions for a graphic novel which would be good to start with I’m all ears.

While May has not been a productive reading/blogging month, I hope that I can redeem myself in June! Happy Summer everyone!



Book: Mudbound

Author: Hillary Jordan

Short Summary:
Laura McAllen was forced to leave a comfortable middle class life when her husband Henry decided to buy a farm in a small Mississipi farm in the 1940’s. The McAllen’s, their two daughters, and Henry’s father who they all called Pappy moved to the farm and a new way of life. There they met the Jackson’s , a black family who were share croppers for the previous owners of the farm and stayed on to work for the McAllen’s. Both families had boys fighting on the front lines of World War II who returned to Mississipi and farm life. Told through the perspective of several characters, Mudbound shows the struggles and joys of life on the farm as well as circumstances that bring people together or tear them apart.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. It gave a realistic look at the racism that was such a part of this country. There were times it was very difficult to read because it made me feel so much anger. This to me is a sign of good writing. It was able to stir up so much emotion in me. Some of the themes of this book were similar to those in The Help, yet this book seemed to dig even deeper into the issues of racism and the realities of it.

One thing I’m not quite sure worked for me in this book was the telling of the story through so many different perspectives. I think this technique was overused . The perspective changed too often for me. I would have prefered a few less transitions from one character to the next. This technique made it difficult to really connect with any one of the characters.

Overall, I feel this book is worth reading. There is a lot of important issues brought up and would lead to a great discussion with a book club. If you enjoy reading books about this time period this book is also one you will like.

My Rating: 3.75/5 stars

April in Review

May already? Wow. First I want to apologize for being MIA lately. I had a computer malfunction last weekend. I’m back up and running, but things are a little tricky and I’m working out some kinks.

That being said, April was a pretty good month. I started doing Soundtrack Saturday and Sunday and hope to continue that. I am such a music lover and the idea from alita.reads is a great one! I got through 6 books, 4 read, 2 audio, and 1 movie based on a book. Here is what I read:

In April I also got to go see Billy Elliot the musical and Ben Folds, my all time favorite musician!

My favorite book of the month was Let the Great World Spin, but Ella Minnow Pea comes in a close second. Very different books, but both great.

I am currently reading The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson and Mudbound by Hilary Jordan. I am listening to Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian. All of them are great so far.

May is my last month of school, and I really don’t have much planned for the summer except a one week cruise with the family. I’m hoping to fit in a ton of reading during this summer, maybe fitting in some big ones like Beach Music or Pillars of the Earth. We shall see.

I hope everyone had a great month!