April and May Reading List

the number of books read in the past 2 months has diminished…but i am still on target to read 15 books this year, so that is what i will focus on

in april i read The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin. again this book came at the recommendation of TheSkimm, and was actually quite decent. as i have never only read Breakfast at Tiffany’s of Truman Capote, reading the behind-the-scenes of his life, especially at the time In Cold Blood was published, really piqued my interest. I have now added the novel to my “to-read” list. now looking at the title of the book, one would not necessarily think of Truman Capote, but it is about the society women he immersed himself with during his most successful years. but, the intriguing aspects of the book are also what creates his downfall, a character study of Capote in a novel not marketed as being about him. all in all, the novel was surprisingly good and i would recommend it to others.

also in april i gave up reading The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud…i had been trying to read this book since 2012 and finally decided enough was enough. the story line never drew me in, the characters were dull beyond belief and i just couldn’t force myself to put up with it any longer.

in may i read Longbourn by Jo Baker at the recommendation of Hello Book Lover. Hello Book Lover is a monthly reading club that delivers the books to your house, as well as a few goodies. since i live abroad, i cannot pariticipate in the monthly book delivery, but luckily they publish on their blog the book choices and i follow along that way. Longbourn tells the behind-the-scenes story of the servants at Longbourn (from Pride & Prejudice). i chose to read this book over Brooklyn, their other option, because P&P is one of my favorite books, plus i recently became obsessed with Downton Abbey, and the novel checked too many boxes to avoid reading it. plus, i had seen the film for Brooklyn already, and felt the story might already be a bit ruined for me. suffice it to say, Longbourn was…interesting. there was a lot going on, and i credit the author for trying to bring to light many of the social events of the time, but i felt like the story dragged a bit in the end and then all of a sudden tidied up too nicely.

my book count might have decreased in the past few months, but i’m glad that i am finding more books that i like and not being afraid to put down a book i don’t like…instead of struggling to finish it. let’s see what the next months bring in way of books 🙂

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