What I Read: May

I am always on the lookout for a new book to add to my reading list. When it comes to deciding what to read next, I love relying on recommendations from family and friends. By sharing what I’m reading, I hope you’ll find a few books to add to your own list.

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Rating: four stars

Thoughts: Jodi Picoult is a master of her craft. I have been reading her books since I was in high school and they continue to get better and better. She is one of my favorite authors because her words challenge you. While you won’t be able to put this book down, it is by no means an easy book to read. The book requires you to closely examine your own thoughts and beliefs. The author approaches the topic matter with intense care.

Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith

Rating: four stars

Thoughts: I found this book to be a fun, quick read. The author walks through her approach to making your home cozy minimal. There are great visuals throughout the book that help you to grasp what cozy minimal really means. It’s my kind of style so I was able to jot down several takeaways to apply to our home as we make updates over time. Note: if you aren’t planning any updates, you may want to wait to read the book. My project list certainly grew after reading.

Educated by Tara Westover

Rating: five stars

Thoughts: Educated was a perfect book club selection. We had plenty to discuss. The book is divided into three sections. The first section took me a long time to get through. I could only read a chapter a day. Not because the book was by any means bad, it was just difficult content to consume and digest. I had to sit with what I was reading. I’m not sure if I became numb to some of the content or it just got so intense that I had to finish, but I flew through the rest of the book. Although I haven’t read many memoirs, I know this one was special. The author has a beautiful writing style that captivates and transports you. The lessons you take away from this book won’t quickly leave you.

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders

Rating: two stars

Thoughts: You won’t hear me say this often, but I almost didn’t make it through this book. The book was an easy read – short and sweet – which is likely the only reason I didn’t give up on it. I understand the amount of work that goes into writing a book so I hate to criticize, but my major compliant with this book is that it wasn’t what it was described to be. After reading a few other reviews, I learned I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. The books title leads you to believe you are going to learn the actual “how” behind the “year of less.” Instead, it ended up being a memoir. While she has an important story to share, it wasn’t why I picked up the book, so I was left disappointed.

June’s Reading List:

  • The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah (June book club pick)
  • The Next Right Thing (July book club pick)
  • The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

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