Each month I round up the best things I have read. In May, we tried a couple of great restaurants (Le Diplomate and Mintwood Place), toured some of the EU Embassies, went to an Air Sex competition, competed in the Post Hunt, and visited friends in Pittsburgh. It may have rained for a large portion of the month, but it was still really great!
- What counts as a hobby? [Slate]
- Spain’s gastronomy city [Time Travel Turtle]
- Millennial speak [NPR]
- Eat these things in China [Ottsworld]
- The US has too much cheese. [Washington Post]
- Good Indonesian dishes [Migrationology]
- Can you spell these winning spelling bee words? (I got 8) [Washington Post]
- I still haven’t been to India, but when I do, here are some things to do. [Nomadic Matt]
- Spaaaaace weather [Washington Post]
- What is the sun? A question so many DC-area residents were asking this month. [Washingtonian]
- Also for you fellow DC peeps: is Metro on fire?
Books – I read 14 books in May.
- Fire by Kristin Cashore – 3 out of 5 stars. Not as compelling as Graceling. But still a good read.
- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – 4 out of 5 stars. I saw the movie first. I loved the movie and reading the book was like enjoying the story a second time. Sure there are differences but it was quite a faithful adaptation. Nice, hopeful zombie novel – unusual!
- Sixth of the Dusk by Brandon Sanderson – 3 out of 5 stars. Cool concept but not a lot going on in this novella.
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – 4 out of 5 stars. Dark but great! Quick and highly recommended.
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – 5 out of 5 stars. Gorgeous. Some of it resonated with me and floored me.
- Boundless by Cynthia Hand – 4 out of 5 stars. While something that happens near the end seems a little too convenient, I still really enjoyed this! Good ending to the series.
- 500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late by Jane and Michael Stern – 4 out of 5 stars. I added some things to my lists to eat!
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott – 5 out of 5 stars. Fantastic. A must read for writers. Immediately goes on my “essential” list.
- The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski – 4 out of 5 stars. I definitely liked this a lot better than the first one.
- 101 Places Not to See Before You Die by Catherine Price – 3 out of 5 stars. Somewhat amusing but somewhat seemed like whining.
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – 5 out of 5 stars. Loved this so much! Such a fitting next book after Darker Shade of Magic. Cannot wait until the third!
- Maphead by Ken Jennings – 4 out of 5 stars. Really enjoyed this nerdy romp through map knowledge. I like maps.
- More Than This by Patrick Ness – 4 out of 5 stars. Great. Well worth a read.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – 2 out of 5 stars. Ugh! The main character is really dumb and it doesn’t make sense that anyone, especially a 500 year old fairy, would be instantly into her! Also there’s barely a plot until the last 150 pages and even then it’s contrived and boring.
What did you read in May?