In May I read 5 (maybe 6?) books for a total of 31 (32?) books this year. I started out with Little Fires Everywhere. I've seen lots of people reading this one so I had high expectations. It took me quite awhile to get into this one. It was good, different good.
We read Recipes for Good Luck for our year of creative habits book club. I love the cover so much. I loved the illustrations, the idea, the whole book. My only complaint is I wanted more—more details, more stories, more text.
Then I read Braving the Wilderness and it was the fastest I've ever read a Brené Brown book. I thought it was her best one yet. It's so timely, so relevant, and so needed in the world right now.
My friend Brittany loaned me Cake by Maira Kalman. I love everything about Maira Kalman—her handwriting, her words, her illustrations, everything. So I even read what's practically an illustrated cookbook.
I saw Swissmiss post about I Found My Tribe so I picked it up from the library. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that it's sort of the companion book to It's Not Yet Dark which I read in March. I say that because It's Not Yet Dark is written by Simon Fitzmaurice and I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice, husband and wife. Simon was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and slowly lost all movement except for his eyes. Her memoir chronicles what it's like to care for him day in and day out while struggling to not lose her self. (Since I've read both books now, I should probably watch the documentary.)
I'm not sure if I'm officially counting this book. I had some mixed feelings about reading it in the first place because just before this book was to be published, Matisse backed out. So there was something about it he didn’t like and yet it’s been published for us to read anyway. The book says Matisse thought he came across as pompous or arrogant. I didn't think he did, but I thought the interviewer did. I skipped all the interviewer parts and only read the words by Matisse. I also skipped all the commentary. I can't decide if this book counts as a book read or not because I skipped a lot of it. Would you count it?