My first late wrap up! So, May was a bit insane for me – at the very last minute (like, I literally had two days to prepare for this) I was told I had to go down to Houston for work for two weeks. If you weren’t with me back in January, just know that I hate Houston. It was a bit better this time around, because I knew the people I was working with and it was warm (arguably too warm – it got up to 97 degrees, but I kind of loved it), and I knew where to find the vegetarian food, but it was still Houston for two weeks and I was unbelievably busy with work the entire time, so I was very glad to be home by the end of it. ALSO, with the exception of my first flight being delayed and me having to sprint through Newark to make my connection, there were absolutely no problems with my flights both there and back, which I think is unprecedented for me. I mean, with the flight experiences I ordinarily have, sprinting through an airport is the least of my concerns.
Anyway. Just when I was glad to be home for a while, I was then informed that I had to go to BEA for work, so that’s where I was this past Thursday and Friday. I also spent the weekend in New York and I got to see some friends and some theatre (Sweeney Todd and Sleep No More), so that was great, but my flight home was delayed (shocking) and got in around 1:30 am last night and I had to drive myself home and didn’t get back until around 3, and I have a cold and am generally feeling pretty run down at the moment.
So all that said and done, it’s kind of impressive that I managed to finish 9 books in May.
- The Pisces by Melissa Broder ★★★★★
- If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho translated by Anne Carson ★★★★☆
- The Idiot by Elif Batuman ★★★★★
- When I Hit You: Or, a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy ★★★★★
- The Summer Children by Dot Hutchison ★★☆☆☆
- Watching Edie by Camilla Way ★★★☆☆
- Almost Love by Louise O’Neill ★★★★☆
- A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert ★★★☆☆
- The Seagull by Anton Chekhov ★★★☆☆
Best: When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy
Runner up: The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Worst: The Summer Children by Dot Hutchison
Currently reading: The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (the final Women’s Prize shortlist book that I have to read), The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (I’ll finish today, I think), A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, Disobedience by Naomi Alderman, and Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (audiobook).
Also – I’m working on catching up with all of your posts from the past week or so, bear with me!
What’s the best book you guys read in May? Comment and let me know!