Come check out what books I read in the month of May! Some of these were the perfect easy beach read and some were more touching. I loved each of them!
Hi my friends! I know this is a little late on the May Book Review, I mean we’re already in the second week of June. But with everything that is happening in the world, I felt an almost immediate sense that I needed to take a step back from all things social media and blogging. My mind felt so foggy and I knew I needed to step back and listen. I also needed to take the time to think, learn, and pray.
During the past week, I’ve learned a lot and I’ve learned that I have so much more to learn.
I actually was thinking about things so much that I started to email myself randomly all the thousands of thoughts that were racing through my mind and let me tell you that chain of emails to myself is stacking up!
With all of that said, I will be sharing as time goes on what I feel appropriate to share with you here on my blog and on social media.
I hope you are able to find peace in all of this and that you are able to find truth in the Lord and the Lord alone.
Ok, so now I’m going to turn it over to my fun book review! I can’t wait to share with you all the books I read this past month! And if I’m being completely honest with you, which I always try my absolute best to do, I’m really proud of myself for reading so much! I can’t even tell you the last time I finished so many books in one month. It was probably back in high school or middle school when we were made to do back to back book reports.
Anywho, I’m excited and I hope you’ll find one or two or more good reads from this list!
So before I get into it…I know I know you can’t believe I haven’t gotten there yet…I wanted to set up a little review system for myself.
- I’m going to let you know if I read it on my kindle, paperback, audible, or kindle and audible.
- I am going to rate it with a G, PG, PG-13, or R for scenes of sexual conduct and brutality like how graphic was it because I like to know as a reader what I’m getting myself into.
- And I’m going to define the book by a category of
- chick-lit (fun, easy read, romance)
- personal growth (inspirational, non-fiction)
- religious (about faith and growing in your faith)
- novel (lending itself to anything that is not one of the three above lol)
The first book I read was In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. This book was soo good, you guys! It was easy, it was light, it was–what I thought a little predictable but turned out to not be, and just a happy read. Rebecca takes you on an adventure with a young successful highly motivated and driven female attorney, Dannie. Dannie has a dream that feels like reality and wonders if this dream is true or not. The dream is set in five years from the day she has the dream. She stumbles through life within those five years trying to figure out the answer and so do you! It’s so good! It’s a chick book for sure. And such an easy read! Loved it!
The next book I read was American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins and you guys this is one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. I still am thinking often about it to this day. I will admit to you, I never knew how difficult the trip of immigrating to America was from Mexico or from any other country in the Americas. I knew it was difficult but wow Jenanine lays it all out there. This story is fiction but I do know that Jeanine interviewed many many people about their journey of immigration. This book is just purely stunning. I often never felt like I was reading or listening, I felt like I was living the story with her characters. Jeanine writes about a young woman and her son immigrating to the United States of America and all the difficulties they experience. It’s a heartwarming, page-turning, eye-opening, life-changing read. If you read the Tattooist of Auschwitz you will love this book. I love it when I can read a book that opens my eyes to how other people live or lived and the tragedies they have experienced. I think it’s so important for human growth. Ok, enough talking about this book, this was probably one of my favorite books ever! Go read it! 🙂
- PG-13/R at times definitely an earphones kind of book if you’re listening to it if you have little ones around
- Novel a great novel might I add
While I was flying through American Dirt I was randomly picking up Jennifer Fulwiler’s newest book Your Blue Flame. This is such a great book to read if you’re looking to find out what sparks you, what excites you, what do you love to do. And even if you know all those things, I think it is a good book to help your flame burn brighter. Jennifer is so funny and writes in a way that feels like you’re talking to your neighbor who has her hair in a messy bun and in her pajamas. She has no shame and definitely makes you feel like you’re able to come as you are!
- Hard copy
- Personal Growth with a touch of religious
The last book I flew through was One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk. This book was so cute but I didn’t find myself trying to get back to it like American Dirt or In Five Years. Lindsey is a British Author and places her characters in London which I love. Annie Higgins (the main character) is a young woman who is at the beginning stages of starting her own company when she takes on a bet with some guys across the hall from her company. In 30 days she needs to make a man who hates all things social media Instagram famous. It’s an easy read, has some fun twists, and turns that are romantic and fun. Easy easy beach read or listen. I wouldn’t mind reading another one of her books again!
I hope you enjoy one or all of these books! I highly highly recommend American Dirt if you’re into that type of book!
I hope you have a great day and I can’t wait to share with you the books I’m reading this month! YAY! Never thought I’d love reading so much!
Michele Morin says
Thanks, Holley, it’s always fun to read what others are thinking about the books they’ve encountered.
I love it too!
What a great reading month! It sounds like you really enjoyed them. I like your ratings for the book – that’s a fun touch!
Thanks! I thought it would be fun and organized for myself and readers! lol! 🙂
Kelly Chen says
One In A Million is on my list. Hoping to pick it up from the library soon! I like your rating system. xo
YAY!! It’s so good and fun! Thanks, girl! I thought it was fun! lol!
I have been hearing so much about American Dirt! I did finally request it from my library and waiting for it to be available.
It’s seriously sooooo sooooo good! I loved it! If you’re into listening to books, audible does a free trial and you could listen to it on there. I totally understand the wait for a library book. I get so excited when a book becomes available that I’ve been waiting for or that I forgot I was waiting for lol!
Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World says
In Five Years is on my library list right now! I’m just waiting for my turn!
It’s so good! I think you’ll love it!