How is it already the end of May? I finished four books in May. Not terrible, not great for me… but I’ve been calling my mom during walks instead of listening to books and my new sewing habit has taken over the free time I’d otherwise be reading. I will say, I have LOVED Book of the Month so far… I like the limited, but vetted, book choices, especially right now. It’s one less thing to think about. In fact, my favorite book of the month was from BOTM!!
THE JETSETTERS: 3/5 STARS
This was my least favorite book of the month. I have to admit, I haven’t been loving Reese’s book club picks! They’re hit or miss for me and this was a miss. I liked the idea of the book… a family with individual secrets comes together to go on a cruise vacation. The story moved v e r y slowly, the characters felt a little flat, and then after so much build up, the ending got tied up so, so quickly. Anyway, maybe skip this one!
THE STATIONERY SHOP: 4.5/5 STARS
I really enjoyed this book! It has been on my list for a while and I listened to this an audiobook through my Scribd account. It’s a great love story! Roya meets Bahman while teenagers in Tehran. Their romance buds through letters secretly exchanged in books from the local stationery shop. They were supposed to meet one afternoon, but Bahman never shows up. I thought it was a wonderfully emotional read. Like just heavy enough where you feel deeply connected to the characters but not so heavy that you’ll end up gutted.
ALL ADULTS HERE: 5/5 STARS
My favorite book this month! I’m a big fan of Emma Straub’s other books (The Vacationers and Modern Lovers) and this one was no exception. I love how Emma Straub writes about people– she creates the most realistic characters. This book follows a mother and her adult children and one grandchild. I thought it was such a great portrayal of a modern family tackling modern issues. I immediately dropped the book off on my friends porch after I finished it so she could read it and we could discuss! Let me know if you read it!!
NOTHING TO SEE HERE: 4/5 STARS
This was a WEIRD but LOVELY book. Like, it was so different than I think anything I’ve ever read? I went in blind and the kookiness caught me off guard. Lillian is hired by her roommate from high school to care for her husband’s two children. The twins have a strange condition where they light on fire when agitated. (Right? Weird.) But it was really good. You’ll fall in love with the kids. You’ll laugh at the quirks. Your heart will be warmed.