books I read this month

What I Read in May

Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders by Kathryn Miles (it read more like journal than a cohesive, edited book)

Magpie by Elizabeth Day (ok)

Metropolis by B.A. Shapiro (not very good)

The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure Edited by Larry Smith (fine)

The Pharmacist’s Mate by Amy Fusselman (fine, odd)

The Party by Elizabeth Day (a lot build up for nothing)

Summer Island by Shelly Nobel (liked the family parts but the romance/relationship stuff was really poorly written)

We Do What We Do in the Dark by Michelle Hart (ok)

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole (weak ending)

Managing Expectations by Minnie Driver (great)

Rx by Rachel Lindsay (fine)

Friends Like These by Sarah Alderson (cheesy)

In Her Eyes by Sarah Alderson (cheesy)

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave (bad!!)

The Shadow House by Anna Downes (a mess but good ideas)

The Adults by Alison Espach (very good)

Vera Kelly: Lost and Found by Rosalie Knecht (great!)

So Help Me Gosh: A Memoir of Faith and Other Awkward Things by Brooke Barker (great!)

Dark Circles by Caite Dolan-Leach (not bad)

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (classic ridiculousness)

The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner (messy but at least she is backing away from mysteries)

Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman (why do I read her books?)

The Miranda Obsession by Jen Silverman (disappointing)

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub (lots of fun)

Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up by Selma Blair (something felt very off about this book)

Back to the Prairie: A Home Remade, A Life Rediscovered by Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield (I’d love a deep dive into their finances)

Book Lovers by Emily Henry (eh)

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid (so so much tennis)

The Second Husband by Kate White (fun)

The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters: A True Story of Family Fiction by Julie Klam (generally I like her but I didn’t quite get the point of the book)

The Second Mother by Jenny Milchman (very long, I don’t know if it needed a “mystery” element)

Murakami T: The T-Shirts I Love by Haruki Murakami with Philip Gabriel (Translator) (cute)

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi (a little repetitive but clearly put effort into the food sections. So many authors don’t even when they have chef main characters!)

Tracy Flick Can’t Win by Tom Perrotta (not sure we needed a sequel)

The Mother-in-Law by Karen King (not good)

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach (I think I read part of this before but read it because it has one of the characters from her most recent book in it that I also read this month)

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (silly but fun)

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