Saturday, June 12, 2021

May Wrap Up -- My May Books


Oh, the merry month of May! Apparently I spent most of it with my nose in a book. How about you?

During May, I made progress on my TBR 21 in '21 and Mt. TBR Challenges, but read nothing for the Vintage Mystery Challenge. I read one more for the European Reading Challenge and three for the Back to the Classics Challenge.

Here are the 14 books I read in May, in the order I read them, not the order they are stacked in the picture. Spot anything that looks good? 

Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt by Arthur C. Brooks, spot on and couldn’t be more timely. (TBR 21 in '21) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Consequences by Penelope Lively, an excellent novel about three generations of women. (Mt. TBR) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald, her fictionalized and lighthearted story of pre-WWII life on a chicken ranch in the PNW rainforest. This one counts as the "new to me author" pick for the Back to the Classics Challenge. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Day of the Jack Russell by Colin Bateman, the hilarious second book in his Mystery Man series. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Orchids & Salami by Eva Gabor, the most random book on my shelf, a TBR 21 in '21 pick and my "Hungary" pick for the European Reading Challenge. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe, his fascinating critique of linguistics, Darwinism, and a lot more! (Mt. TBR) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Jeeves in the Offing by P. G. Wodehouse, always funny. (Mt. TBR) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Dead Bell by Reid Winslow, a page-turner of a new mystery out this fall. Check back for my review and look for the book this September -- it may just have a Rose City Reader blurb on the back cover! ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, historical fiction about Depression-era orphans, Indian Schools, tent revivals, and other sad things by someone who really doesn’t like alcohol. (Book Club pick) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer, a memoir of growing up in a bar by someone who really did like alcohol. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Private Patient by P. D. James, the final book in her Adam Dalgliesh series. (Mt. TBR) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

A Really Big Lunch by Jim Harrison, a collection of later food essays by one of my favorite authors. (TBR 21 in '21) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Mark Hampton: An American Decorator by Duane Hampton, a delightful anchor to my coffee table book collection. (Mt. TBR) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham, a reread of an all time favorite. Every few years, I listen again to the audiobook narrated by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame and love it even more! ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

How did May treat you? Anything good in store for June?


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