I feel like I finally got my reading groove back this month! Not that I haven’t been reading lately, but May felt similar to the beginning of COVID days when I just couldn’t stop reading and devoured a book in a day often. On our Memorial Day weekend trip, we laughed that we were gone for four days and I brought three books, but don’t worry, I finished them all. Check out what I read in May below!
THE ROAD BACK TO YOU BY IAN MORGAN CRON – 5 STARS
If you’re an enneagram fan, you’ve probably already read this book because I’m severely behind. I’ve had it for years and kept meaning to pick it up but just never got around to it until now. It’s. So. Good. I feel like I learned so much about myself and how to better manage myself and interact with others. A great read.
MY STORY BY ELIZABETH SMART – 3 STARS
I listened to this book on audio because it was read by Elizabeth Smart herself, and I think it was just the audio experience that I didn’t enjoy. Elizabeth’s story and her bravery as she endured such unimaginable trauma is incredible. I remember seeing her story on Oprah when I was young myself and so getting to read it as an adult was very interesting.
THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE BY AYANA MATHIS – 3 STARS
I won this book on Goodreads and have had it on my shelf for several years. I finally decided to pick it up and I enjoyed it! It really reminded me of Commonwealth by Ann Patchett in a lot of ways – a sweeping family drama that spans many years and many stories.
THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME BY JULIA QUINN – 3 STARS
Of course, moving on through the Bridgerton series so I can read the stories of each child in the Bridgerton family! This book is focused on the firstborn, Anthony Bridgerton, and while I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as Daphne’s story, it was still interesting!
THE FIRST TO LIE BY HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN – 1 STAR
I know that there are others who really loved this book – I gathered as much from the multiple 4 and 5 star reviews on Goodreads – but I just did not enjoy it. The premise was promising with an undercover reporter, lies and deception, and trying to bring down big pharma, but it fell flat for me. There were too many characters impersonating other characters to find it understandable or believable for that matter. I won’t go into more detail to avoid spoilers but overall, I wouldn’t recommend.
FERVENT BY PRISCILLA SHIRER – 5 STARS
WHAT A READ. I highly recommend that anyone who wants to grow in their faith read this book. Shirer gives you seven specific and powerful strategies to focus on in your prayer life, and I was taking notes from the very first page. It was such an impactful read that I know I will continue referencing and rereading for years to come.
THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID – 5 STARS
Lastly, book three in my newly formed book club. I loved this book, but it was not what I expected in the slightest. It just goes to show that you can’t judge a book by its cover. I can’t wait to discuss thoughts with my book club soon!