What I Read in Three Months (March – May)

What I read in three months or a quarter of a year. I knew I was behind, but I didn’t realize I was quite that far behind! Mercy! To say time is flying is a bit of an understatement.

I thought of just letting the past three months of my reading history slide here at Life with the Tribe (and Books). My reading is tracked in a journal, because at my heart I am a pen and paper kind of gal. There is my GoodReads account that I try to remember to update once or twice a month. But I do love my blog. And so here I am prepping to do a Blitz Book Blog Post. A quick and fast list of what I read in March, April, and May. Hopefully short and just highlighting a few favs.

Let’s get to it! (RA = read aloud)

***** – Excellent book. Loved it and highly recommend.

**** – Great book. Loved it and would recommend.

*** – Good book; ok read. Recommend to right audience.

** – Book was meh. Would not read again or recommend.

* – Why did I read this book?

March 2019:

Pay Attention, Carter Jones (Gary D Schmidt) – Read this! But read The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now first.  RA *****

Swallows and Amazons (Arthur Ransome) – RA ****

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (Kimberly Willis Holt) ***

The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris) ***

Clouds of Witness (Dorothy Sayers) Lord Peter Wimsey series. So good!  ****

We Must Be Brave (Frances Liardet) ****

My Louisiana Sky (Kimberly Willis Holt) ***

The Language of Flowers (Vanessa Diffenbaugh) ***

Still Life (Louise Penny) Mystery series set in Canada. ****

Fatal Grace (Louise Penny) The foul language in this one was a bit much. I do enjoy the character of Inspector Gamache.  ***

April 2019:

Nyxia (Scott Reintgen) – YA fiction. First of trilogy. No issue with language. There is an intimate relationship mentioned between two characters but no details. ***

Rules of Civility (Amor Towles) *** There is some content I skimmed quickly.

The Age of Miracles (Karen Walker) *** Adult fiction but could be shelved YA. Interesting concept.

All Summer in a Day (Ray Bradbury) **** Short story. Read before The Age of Miracles.

The Wreck and Rise of  Winston Mariner (S.D. Smith)  **** RA This is a favorite author in our home.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (Maria Semple) *** This made me think of Gilmore Girls in book form. Mom and daughter, sarcastic, witty, and definitely weird. There is language. Most of the book is written in the form of emails, letters, etc. But I did enjoy it but would cautiously recommend to select people. It isn’t for everyone.

Courting, Mr. Emerson (Melody Carlson) ** Christian fiction

May 2019

The Red Pony (John Steinbeck) **

Unnatural Death (Dorothy Sayers) **** Lord Peter Wimsey.

Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens) **** I initially had this as a five star. But the more I thought of it, the more some inconsistencies bothered me. But it was a powerful story about our need for human contact, the power of friendship and love, the beauty of nature and survival. There are a few scenes I skimmed and skipped.

Nyxia Unleashed (Scott Reintgen) ***1/2 This is the second of the Nyxia Trilogy. YA fiction

The Artful Match (Jennifer Delamare) *** Christian fiction

The Kite Runner (Khaled Hossecni) **** This has very difficult subject matter. Forgiveness, friendship, redemption.

The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Sarah Ladd) – **1/2 Christian fiction The story line was predictable. I really enjoy Christian Fiction; however, it seems so many are telling the same story with no new twist.

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck (Bethany Turner) *** Christian Fiction. While this wasn’t a page turner, I did appreciate the author addressing real struggles in relationships.

Only Ever Her (Marybeth Whalen) **** Maybe more than 3.5 but not quiet 4? I found the ending a bit of a let down. But it was a great afternoon read in the hammock!

What to Say Next (Julie Buxbaum) YA Fiction **** I have teens who are always in need of books. Since they have no interest in intimate content, I try to read as many as I can. My fifteen year old and I both enjoyed this one.

The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins (Gail Shepherd) *** Middle Grade Fiction Set in 80s and addresses PTSD from Vietnam War.

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding (Jennifer Robson) **1/2 I know this book has great reviews, but I found it predictable. Perhaps lacking in depth? Sigh.

And we are done! I can’t complain that I didn’t read enough over those three months. Hopefully you found a book or two to add to your TBR.

 

 

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