The amount I had been reading vastly slowed down in June when I had a week long vacation with my mom and sisters that I talked the entire time during and was therefore too tired to read more then a few pages when I got into bed. This was followed immediately by one week of the most intense packing of my life as we had a quick closing and were leaving a rental, so I spent every waking moment working or packing. Speaking of which, I’m really looking forward to the day (hopefully soon) when I no longer feel compelled to talk about packing any longer. Also during that month we did tedtalks for our book club so I didn’t have a random book from that either. I still managed to read some great books though!
1. Cherry by Mary Karr – There’s a reason this woman is the queen of biography writing. I bought this a bit ago, but it had been on my amazon list for years. I hadn’t yet read Liars’ Club and didn’t want to read them out of order and I for some reason kept forgetting to buy it. The after it arrived, I knew it would be amazing so I held out for a little while, saving it. I was glad I waited as that book was fantastic. I then help out on Cherry for a while as I knew it would be great and again I saved it for when I knew I could really enjoy it. It did not disappoint. It’s wonderful. Raw, well written and full of teenage angst. I highly recommend it, but start with The Liars’ Club, as they’re chronological.
2. Call of The Midwife Volume 2: Shadows of The Workhouse by Jennifer Worth. It took me a bit to get as engrossed in this one as I was in the first volume. But by the end of it, I was wishing it wasn’t over. The format was a bit different, but it was still wonderful. It was darker than the first and explored in greater depth the poverty in postwar London, and it was excellent. I love this series and need to order the 3rd.
3. Schroder by Amity Gaige – I’ll admit that the back perhaps over sold this one a bit. It was ok, not the one on the list to run out and buy, especially with the others I read this month. It was one of the books that I have to look at for a few moments and then maybe a read a page or two to recall what it was about. I may have read it while exhausted though so it may not be a fair assessment. An ok story but nothing that I think you ‘d miss if you skipped it.
4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – This was a highly engaging book. The more I begin to recall from it, the more I remember how much I liked it. Excellent story, descriptive and really entertaining. The best option here if you need a beach or plane book to keep you engrossed.
5. Pour Your Heart Into It by Howard Schultz – This book made me LOVE Starbucks as a company. Seriously, it made me obsessed. I wish I could follow Howard Schultz around and shadow him at work for a year. It’s his story about how he came to own, transform and grow Starbucks. It was written in 1997 though, so it’s not the Starbucks we know at this point but there is one that continues on from that time, which I cannot wait to read. I love that company. I believe it was one of the first to be considered a conscious capitalism company and what a mission that was! If you enjoy business biographies and have not read this yet, it’s a must!!
Superlatives for the May list
Most likely to tell you to read if I saw you in person: Pour Your Heart Into It
Most likely to enjoy on a plane or beach: The Thirteenth Tale
Most likely make you want to read all of the others books by the author: Call of The Midwife Volume 2: Shadows of The Workhouse
Least likely to put down: Cherry
Least likely to recommend: Schroder
*In my biblio-files I write about what I thought and felt about the book, in the style that if I ran into and you said you needed a book to read, and asked what have I been reading, this is what I would say. To find out the plot or what is written on the back, simply look it up on amazon, good reads or at your favorite book store!