What I Read – May 2018

Read:

The Boat People – Sharon Bala (McClelland & Stewart, 2018)

(Read my review here.)

The Redress of Poetry – Seamus Heaney (Faber and Faber, 1995)

A Grace Disguised – Jerry Sittser (Zondervan, 2004)

Loss is loss, whatever the circumstances. All losses are bad, only bad in different ways. No two losses are ever the same. Each loss stands on its own and inflicts a unique kind of pain. What makes each loss so catastrophic is its devastating, cumulative, and irreversible nature.

  • Jerry Sittser, A Grace Disguised

Confessions of a Teenager Leper – Ashley Little (Penguin Teen, 2018)

(Read my review here.)

First Person – Richard Flanagan (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018)

(I wanted to really like this one because The Narrow Road to the Deep North was so so amazing. (Read my review here.) These books are very different however. And while First Person is very well-written it never grabbed me and pulled me. I kept reading because I wanted to figure out what was going to happen but it never really convinced me of its world.)

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And Baby Makes Three – John M. Gottman & Julie Schwartz Gottman (Three Rivers Press, 2007)

(I read part of this when I was pregnant with Pearl but never finished it because it didn’t feel necessary. Thought I’d actually make it through this time, now that we have two kids. And while I did finish reading it it didn’t offer much that I didn’t already know. Some of the science and study done surrounding babies that the book talks about is interesting but if you don’t already know that you need to keep working on your marriage even after having kids, I’m not sure a book can help you.)

The Alice Network – Kate Quinn (William Morrow, 2017)

(Stay tuned for a review of this one. I have Opinions.)

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Currently Reading:

The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien

The Sense of Style – Steven Pinker

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Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

Did Not Finish:

All True Not a Lie in It – Alix Hawley

(I was so disappointed by this because I’d wanted to read it since it came out. However, it did solidify something for me which is that I don’t enjoy early-Americana historical fiction. This is a fictional telling of Daniel Boone’s life and I just…didn’t care. If you like hearing about frontiers and American history, maybe this is for you. It wasn’t for me.)

4 thoughts on “What I Read – May 2018”

  1. I’m about to read First Person to see for myself as I haven’t heard too many favourable reports. I am looking forward to reading Little Fires Everywhere and The Alice Network. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Have you read Flanagan before? I think if this was my first time reading him I might have enjoyed First Person more. It’s just so different than his other book. Happy reading!

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