May Reading Wrap-up | 2020

I mostly read audiobooks in May. They’ve been a great way for me to get some reading done while cleaning or cooking. At times I don’t even realize how unpleasant the cleaning and cooking are because I’m so engrossed in my audiobook. Sometimes I even try to find something else to clean so I can continue listening to my book. Audiobooks are an actual life-changer.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | 5/5 stars

Short Synopsis: A teenage girl’s secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life. Lara Jean Covey writes letters to all of her past loves, the letters are meant for her eyes only. Until one day when all the love letters are sent out to her previous loves.

This was such a fun, light-hearted read. It’s funny and entertaining, like watching a chick-flick meant for 14-year-olds. Because of that it felt nostalgic and comforting. The ups and downs of the plot was really reflective of the average teenager’s life. I’m definitely reading the rest of this trilogy soon and watching the movies on Netflix.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen | 3/5 stars

Short Synopsis: When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing.

From the title one would assume that this would be a book about a crazy ex-wife seeking revenge on her ex-husband. I won’t include any spoilers but what disappointed me about this book was the expectation for something more in every climactical situation and the mind-blowing ending one expected and kept digging for but the need was never fully met. I know many people have actually enjoyed this book and found it to be a great thriller so don’t let me keep you from reading it. Let me know what you think if you do!

The Lonely City: Adventure in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing | 2/5 stars

Short Synopsis: Laing begins by describing her own loneliness when she moved to New York City. Somewhat reclusive by nature, she spent hours in her apartment, connected to the outside world through social media, email and Skype. This leads her to examine the nature of loneliness, its causes and impact on the individual.

I was really excited to read this. The writing was intriguing right from the beginning, but I feel like the subject wasn’t completely what I expected. Being that this is a non-fiction book, there were just too many references that I couldn’t relate to. I have to admit I skipped a few parts because I just couldn’t see the benefit for me in reading those sections. I think if it weren’t for the good writing I wouldn’t have even bothered finishing this one.

The Girl Who Reads on the Metro by Christine Féret-Fleury | 2/5 stars

Short Synopsis: A modern fairytale about a French woman whose life is turned upside down when she meets a reclusive bookseller and his young daughter.

To be honest I never really got into this book. I listened to it as an audiobook so it was nice to have playing in the background. That being said it doesn’t take very much concentration to read this one so if you’re looking for something easy and light-hearted this is a good one. I did, however, enjoy the multiple references to books and authors; it made me feel like I could relate to the main character. 

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