What I Read in… May


A respectable eight books in May! I’m pretty proud of that considering May is when I have my largest event that I put together. Thank goodness for flights and I guess flight delays?

In May I read:

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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. I think Malala is wonderful. She is a fantastic role model and it takes great courage to stand up for what you believe in when in the face of danger. I was really interested to read her book but did find it a bit dull. Maybe I am just ignorant or not of a certain level of intellect but I was bored at times, especially when she went into what I felt was intense detail about the history of Pakistan, her town and background information as such. I think my expectations were that the book would be more about when she was shot and the aftermath but it was way more detailed about her life from the beginning, her country and how everything led up to her shooting. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez. I received this book from Blogging for Books – it is a book of short stories from Argentinian goth/folklore. Each story spins a tale where the evil and terrible seeps into a life, forever altering it. I can’t say I enjoyed any one story more than the other – they were all equally as creepy and nightmare-inducing! A great read that is totally different from the usual stories out there today. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Jon Stewart: Beyond the Moments of Zen by Bruce Watson. This look into how Jon Stewart got his start first in comedy and then on The Daily Show was an interesting yet light read. I wish it would have gone into more depth about his time on The Daily Show, but it gave a good overview of his earlier years and how they shaped him into the power player he came to be. I have always loved The Daily Show and remember when it was a fluff show hosted by Craig Kilborn and how it morphed into the political powerhouse we all came to know and love it as. If this would have been like, 100 pages longer I’d be happier. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz. This novel follows the path of three South Korean college students in the 1970s. Jisun is the girl who has everything but wants none of it – coming from one of the most prominent families, she shrugs off her well to do status to try and fight with the working men (and women.) Namin was born into a family deep in poverty and studies harder than anyone to get herself out of the dusty town she comes home to from college. Sunam, a boy they both meet and become involved with, is comfortable in life but doesn’t really know what to do with himself, and becomes stuck in the worlds of these two girls. I found myself to be drawn into Jisun and Namin’s stories, but found parts of Sunam’s dull and wanted to breeze past them. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

It Started With Goodbye by Christina June. Tatum is a 16-year-old girl who is punished all summer for a crime she didn’t commit. Having to deal with her almost evil step-mother and barely there step-sister, she struggles through the rules cast upon her while trying to enjoy summer, get her community service taken care of and starting a business of her own to pay her fine. With all of this going on she starts a flirtation with a boy that she only knows through her intake form on her business website! Once Tatum realizes that her step-sister isn’t as perfect as she seems, things start to look up and Tatum figures out a bunch of things about herself, her family, and a lot of preconceived notions she once held to be true. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I had this book downloaded for months and hadn’t gotten to it yet, but with the movie coming out soon I wanted to make sure I read it before I saw it. WOW. This YA novel is fantastic. Madeline has a rare disease and she cannot leave her house. She’s used to it, this is her life! But when Olly moves in next door, the new boy starts to shake things up and Madeline finds herself taking risks she would never have otherwise. There is definitely a “HOLY CRAP” moment to the book that had my mouth hanging open in the Nashville airport as I was waiting to board my flight. I have to say I kinda saw it coming, but it was shocking nonetheless. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It: Stories from an Online Life by Jess Kimball Leslie. Yawn. I’m sorry but that’s how I felt about this book. I was excited to read about the progression of social media and the internet from someone who is around my age and experienced the same evolvement that I did but oh my god it was so boring. Kimball Leslie unfortunately (for me) goes into minute details about different social media channels, chat rooms and more when I would have enjoyed less of a lesson and more of her own experiences. Because when she went into her own experiences, they were funny! Overall Rating 2 out of 5.

The Circle by Dave Eggers. AHHHHHH THIS BOOK!! It was so freaking good and terrifying at the same time. Facebook already takes over our lives pretty much – imagine a company that is looking to do that 100x more than Facebook. Commerce, government, your own transparency – everything. All to make the world a better place. But at what cost? I was immediately sucked into this and when I finished I threw the book at Dave and told him to read it. You won’t want to put it down. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

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  1. Damn, that’s a good reading month! Also, they all have really pleasing covers, haha. I didn’t get much reading done this month, which seems to be a theme for the year, but I’m still plodding along over here. I just started a historical fiction novel about Zelda Fitzgerald, which I like so far.
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  2. I want to read Everything Everything! So does Gabbie…I’m not sure whether she should already be reading YA books though!
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  3. You’re a prolific reader! So impressed! I’ve gone the way of being a TV addict now that Netflix allows me to download stuff on my iPad for work trips.
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  4. Just added The Circle and the South Korean one to my list; I have similar feelings about Malala. It was pretty obvious to me which parts she wrote, and which parts her ghostwriter/co-writer wrote (the boring political/history bits). I think Malala’s story stands on it’s own, and obviously since this was written she has proven that. I think the historical/political part didn’t fit well with her writing style.

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