My backlist books challenge continues, and I am sharing my May reads.
I had high hopes of getting a lot of reading done in May. I ended up reading eight books, which is good, but not as many as I thought I would read.
I was on vacation for two and a half weeks in May. I usually read a ton on vacation, but my reading was off on this trip.
My son and I drove cross country to see my family in Oregon. We spent twenty-nine hours over the course of three days in the car together. Except for an audiobook that we listened to I didn’t do any reading in the car. We talked, we listened to music, and we had fun, but I didn’t read.
Once we got to my parent’s house, I read some the first few days, but after that, I did very little reading. We did visit several bookstores though, and I will share more about those soon.
My husband and daughter flew out to Oregon to spend the last few days with us, and we all drove back to Oklahoma together. By the end of the trip, my reading picked back up, and on the drive home I finished two books in three days.
Eight books is still a good reading month, so I can’t complain. I read some great books this month. Two of which will probably make my favorite books of the year list.
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly was a book that I received from Page 1 books as part of my Page 1 book subscription. I will share more about this subscription service soon, but I will say that this book was a great pick for me.
A Long Way Home was published in 2014, so it was also perfect for my backlist book challenge. Click here to read my full review.
Unoffendable was published in 2015, but it seemed like a book that could have easily been published in 2020. It is a topic that I think we need to hear now even more than we did in 2015. We live in a time where everyone seems to be offended by almost everything. Click here for my full review.
I picked up An Irish Country Doctor after reading More Things In Heaven and Earth. The two series have a lot in common in that both are about doctors in small rural towns.
An Irish Country Doctor was published in 2007. It follows Dr. Laverty, who is fresh out of medical school, as he begins his life as a doctor in a small village in Ireland. You can read my full review here.
Midnight in Chernobyl includes over 100 pages of author notes. This book and story were well researched and documented. The book made a nuclear disaster fascinating. I could not put this book down. I told my husband that I did not know that I would be so interested in nuclear power and the accident that happened at Chernobyl. Click here to read my full review.
Gone to the Woods is the book that made me break my backlist book challenge. It is the first book I have read in 2021 that was published in 2021. So far I have done a great job of avoiding new shiny books published in 2021, but I made an exception for this one.
My son and I spent 29 hours together in the car on a road trip to visit my family. It was just him and I as we drove from eastern Oklahoma to the far northwest corner of Oregon. An audiobook or two was necessary. We really enjoyed this one, but I have a word or two of caution before you let your kids read it. Click here to read my full review and thoughts about this being a book marketed for kids.
The Downstairs Girl is a historical YA fiction book about Jo, a Chinese American, living in Atlanta in the late 1800s. Jo lives in the basement, where she listens to the happens upstairs. During the day Jo works as a lady’s maid who speaks her mind. Click here to read my full review.
This is the fifth or sixth book about Japanese internment camps during WWII that I have read this year. I have not read very much on this subject, and I am so interested in learning more about it.
I bought this ebook a while ago when it was on sale but didn’t read it until recently when several readers suggested it to me. If you are one of the readers, thank you! I loved this book. You can read my full review here.
This is the seventh book in the Lady Hardcastle mystery series. It made for a great vacation read while I was visiting family. You can read my full review here.
If you are a new reader my 2021 reading challenge is to read only books published before 2021 and I am calling it my year of backlist books. I am trying to read my shelves and find older books that have been forgotten about. It has been a fun reading challenge.