This Month in Reading

Each month we round up the best things we have read. In early May, we were visiting Michigan to see Kevin (Jeff’s brother) defend his PhD thesis. We had our engagement photos done. We went to a birthday party and discovered a college friend had chosen the same wedding date as us (kind of funny!). We watched Pitch Perfect 2. We visited my brother and his wife and their 8 month-old, who are happily now nearby. Good month!

Rachel’s Reads


Books – I read 8 books in May, plus two that I quit.

  • Taltos and Phoenix by Steven Brust – 4 and 3 out of 5 stars, respectively. These are the fourth and fifth books of the Vlad Taltos series, which I started reading… 8 years ago! Wow. I had to refresh my memory on what was going on with the series. Though, Taltos can be easily read without doing so because it is chronologically set first. Yes, the books were published out of order in terms of the plot of the world. Which can be confusing. Anyway, I really liked Taltos but wasn’t all that keen on Phoenix. Still a cool fantasy world though.
  • Off the Tourist Trail: 1,000 Unexpected Travel Alternatives by Sadie Smith – 4 out of 5 stars. This is a gorgeous (and physically large) book that would be great for a coffee table. It has a lot of interesting and inspiring destinations which made my little list-makers’ heart happy!
  • My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel – unrated [quit]. I ended up needing to return this to the library so maybe I’ll pick it up again. It was kind of interesting, especially the personal narrative bits.
  • The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry – 3 out of 5 stars. Kind of cute but not sure how I feel about the “it took your love to realize I needed to take care of myself!” trope.
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – unrated [quit]. I’m not sure how a book about such a fascinating young woman (told by her) could be so boring. But I couldn’t get into it.
  • Dial H, Volume 1: Into You by China Mieville – 2 out of 5 stars. Sort of an interesting graphic novel concept but nothing really to hook me in further. Kind of like all the effort was spent on the concept and none on the actual story. Just felt like “look at all these weird superheroes I dreamed up!”
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – 4 out of 5 stars. I liked it! A fresh way to incorporate mythology into a series.
  • The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman – 3 out of 5 stars. This is a children’s book that’s been on my Goodreads “to-read” shelf for 7 years. I thought I would just freaking read it already.
  • Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz – 4 out of 5 stars. Etta is a likable character and I liked this meditation on labels and being yourself.

Jeff’s Reads


Books – I read 2 books this month.

  • Dial H, Volume 1: Into You by China Mieville – Kind of fun, but not much there to hold my interest.
  • The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob – This is a really good book. I don’t think my enjoyment was commensurate with its quality. I enjoyed it quite a bit as opposed to a whole lot.

What did you read in May?

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