In May I read 6 books for a total of 31 so far this year. This month I felt like I was back in my reading groove.
I read Kid Gloves by a a new-to-me graphic novelist. I loved this one and am excited to read her other books, though I should say that if you are pregnant or planning to be soon this is probably NOT the book for you! It includes a traumatic birth experience that may be a too scary for that season of life.
I had no idea what to expect with Good Talk, I just heard that it was good. It’s really a kind-of-hard to explain book but I think it’ll go on my best reads of 2019 list. It’s quite the brick of a book and yet I finished in a few days. At times it was difficult to read because I connected with the author so much. It would make a great book club graphic novel, lots to discuss.
Feck Perfuction is one of those creative advice books. It’s a bunch of essays (or blog posts) so it’s probably better to read a few pages and sit with those ideas for awhile rather than read it straight through like I did. I loved the illustrations more than the essays probably.
I think short stories are good for reading while traveling and so this book was perfect for our trip. It’s definitely MA so having a little one trying to read over my shoulder wasn’t good. I liked her Ayiti collection of short stories a little better but after Hunger I’ll read anything/everything Roxane Gay writes.
The Valedictorian of Being Dead is probably my top book of the year (so far). I flew through this book! Someone asked if maybe it’d be a little depressing to read and I didn’t find it depressing. People are depressed so get a good look at it…. and there’s so many beautiful moments in this book to balance out the bad.
I reserved Maid from the library and there was quite a wait. While I waited I read all these negative things about this book. I almost decided to pass on it. If I’d only read the first third of the book I probably would agreed with those reviews but I thought the last third was really good. She finally she said what needed to be said (about the stigmas especially.) I don’t think it’s up there with Educated like the cover blurb says but it was a worthwhile read.
It’s crazy that this year is almost half over! So many books to read, so little time. ;)