This year is my second year participating in the Goodreads reading challenge. I love using the site to make a goal and then see and follow my progress. They keep me on track and let me know when I am ahead and behind in my goals. My goal for 2016 is to read 50 full-length books.
As I transitioned into new employment I have been listening to a lot of audio books this last month. This allows me to be use my commute time as reading time. With this I was able to get a few books read in May, but not as many as I would have liked to. Below is the list of books I read along with short reviews.
The War that Saved my Life– Kimberly Brubaker Bradley: This children’s book (middle grades) is a great piece historical fiction on World War II. The story follows a brother and sister from London and their experience being evacuated to the countryside to escape bombing. The main character Ava, was born with a club foot. The author did a great job giving readers an understanding of how life was like for a child born with this defect and how her mother dealt with it. Although this book was written for children is is a deep read and a tear jerker for adults.
Lucky You– Carl Hiaasen: I love this author; his books are hilarious but also a great reminder of the environmental issues that Florida has, and continues to deal with on a daily basis. Lucky You is about greedy lotto winners who were not content with a 14 million dollar win and instead do whatever it take to try and get the rest of the winnings. I love Hiaasen for vacation reads as they are not too deep and always good for some laughs.
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls: David Sedaris- This is the first book by Sedaris that I have read, but I enjoyed it. His books are collections of essays about his life and experiences. They are laugh out loud funny and great to read or listen to in short bursts. I listened to this on audio and it is narrated by the author which is always fun.
After You: Jojo Moyes- No I haven’t seen the movie for Me Before You yet, ( My husband would go with me if I asked, but I know he doesn’t want to.) Anyways, I did get a chance to listen to After You which was a great way to continue the Story of Luisa after Me Before You, especially if you have interest in, or are dealing with loss of a loved one.
I have several half finished books to report on next month. Keep your eyes out for a long list!
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