Saturday, June 3, 2023

Books I read in May -- MONTHLY WRAP UP

May 2023

The merry month of May was a mixed-up reading month for me. I wanted to tackle a couple of classics that have been languishing on my TBR shelves. But I also went to visit my mom and we took a little road trip when I was there, so I had a chance to gulp down a few fluffier holiday reads.

Three of the book I read were from my TBR 23 in '23 list. Three were mysteries from series I’m trying to finish before a start a new series. Three were from my Classics Club list because my goal is to finish my 50 books by the end of the year. Do you have a Classics Club list? Check out the Classics Club website for details.

Do you spot any favorites on this list? 


The Birds by Daphne du Maurier. I'm in a buddy read group on Instagram doing a Du Maurier Deep Dive and this was our pick for May. Short stories aren’t my thing, but these were gripping! ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud, winner of the 1959 National Book Award, a Classics Club pick. More short stories, but these were also very good. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

A Cordial Water by M. F. K. Fisher is another on my Classics Club list and a TBR 23 in ’23 book. Interesting, but not my favorite M. F. K. Fisher book. It was a study of historical healing remedies, not personal essays, and I found it pretty dry. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin. I read Home Cooking last month and this sequel was just as good. Both are definitely tops with me for food books. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry was pure fun. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Quo Vadis by Nobel Laureate Henryk Sienkiewicz, another from my Classics Club list. I've wanted to read this classic novel about the early Christian Church forever. Worth reading, but it had its repetitive and draggy spots. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Black Dogs by Ian McEwan, an excellent short novel I avoided because some of his earlier books were so creepy. This one isn't creepy, just interesting. Another TBR 23 in ’23 read. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane. I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to this one, also on my TBR 23 in ’23 list. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน


Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin. His John Rebus series is one I’m trying to finish. I left the book with my mom. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Mapp & Lucia by E. F. Benson was my highlight of the month. This is the fourth book in the series and the first book in Volume Two of the omnibus collection. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Glass Houses by Louise Penny. Her Three Pines series is another I’m concentrating on. Some reviews complain she overreached on this one, but I was 100% in for the ride. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Deception on His Mind by Elizabeth George, the third series I’m trying to complete. This one stars Barbara Havers and Lynley isn’t in it at all, but I thought it was one of the best ones so far. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

What was your reading month like? What were your standout books? 

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