May 2019 Reading List

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I’m kind of shocked that I’m already posting my May 2019 reading list–where is this year going? 

This time of year is always especially busy. The school year is wrapping up, and with that comes a million activities, field trips, and to-dos to finish out the year and get ready for summer.

No matter how busy things get, I still try to squeeze in reading because it’s still the best way to find a few moments of relaxation.

Considering everything going on in May, I’m a little worried that I haven’t picked enough light reads that won’t tax my spinning brain too much. 

I am looking forward to these books, though, so hopefully they’ll hit the right note.

I’ll be keeping my eye out this month for books to add to my summer reads.

A few of my favorite bloggers have summer reading guides that I’m looking forward to, but also let me know if you have books you’ve been eyeing! 

For now, here’s what I’m reading in May:

May 2019 Reading List

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

Author: Ocean Vuong
Source: Publisher (Penguin Press) via Edelweiss
Publish Date: June 4, 2019

A son writes a letter to his mother, who cannot read. In the letter, the son, Little Dog, delves into a family history that includes the trauma of the Vietnam war, and his own history in America studded with reflections on race, class, and masculinity.

This is Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, though he is a respected poet–which makes this a bit of a risk for me, since I don’t generally read poetry. It’s been blurbed by some heavy hitters (Celeste Ng, Tommy Orange, Emma Straub) and has been getting some buzz. I have always been interested in books about Vietnam and poets have been known to write some excellent novels–I hope this will be one.

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How Not to Die Alone

How Not to Die Alone

Author: Richard Roper
Source: Publisher (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) via Edelweiss
Publish Date: May 28, 2019

How Not to Die Alone promises to offer some dark humor and an uplifting story, in the vein of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and other recent “up-lit” novels. Andrew works in public health, finding the next of kin of the people who die alone. He cultivates a lie about a full family life–when he is actually alone. A new coworker comes along and sparks something that may finally prompt him from the safe solitude where he’s kept himself all his life.

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel

Ask Again, Yes: A Novel

Author: Mary Beth Keane
Source: Publisher (Scribner) via Edelweiss
Publish Date: May 28, 2019

This story about two neighboring families divided by a violent event in the 70s, and brought back together when their adult children rekindle the relationship their were forbidden in their teens, is exactly the kind of complex story of family and friendship that I love. Ask Again, Yes is told over decades and examines the changing perspective that years and adulthood can bring. I’ve been anticipating this one for months, and it’s already getting some buzz from other readers who are loving it.

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The Nine-Chambered Heart

The Nine-Chambered Heart

Author: Janice Pariat
Source: Publisher (The Borough Press) via Edelweiss
Publish Date: May 21, 2019

This book is my risky pick for the month, as I’m not quite sure what to expect. The synopsis only says that this is the portrait of a woman as told from the perspective of nine different people. It’s blurbed by Chris Cleave, who writes clever prose that I love reading. Blurbs don’t always mean much, but I’m hoping this signals some winning writing.

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The Snakes: A Novel

The Snakes: A Novel

Author: Sadie Jones
Source: Publisher (Harper) via Edelweiss
Publish Date: June 5, 2019

The risk with this book is that I despise snakes. Hate them. And this one has a nest of them living in the attic of a creepy, deserted hotel. ~shudder~

But, it also has a wealthy family with secrets, coming together in this old hotel in France where Bea’s brother, Alex, has been living. When their parents show up, those old resentments and secrets promise to resurface. This seems to be a bit of a creepy page-turner, driven by the slow reveal of the secrets. If I can just stomach the snakes…

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The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

Author: Alex Michaelides
Source: Library

Alicia is a successful painter, living with her photographer husband in London–until he returns home one night and she shoots him in the face. She never says another word.

The mystery of it captures the imagination of morbid art buyers, and the determination of Theo Faber to figure it all out in his role as a criminal psychotherapist.

The Silent Patient has been getting some strong reviews, and I look forward to a good psychological mystery/thriller.

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What are you reading in May?

Books to read in May 2019 include The Snakes, The Silent Patient, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, The Nine-Chambered Heart, Ask Again Yes, and How Not to Die Alone.

New must-read books to read in May and June 2019 include The Snakes, The Silent Patient, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, The Nine-Chambered Heart, Ask Again Yes, and How Not to Die Alone.Books to read in May 2019 include The Snakes, The Silent Patient, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, The Nine-Chambered Heart, Ask Again Yes, and How Not to Die Alone.

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    1. Thanks you! Yes, I could use a good page-turner 🙂

  1. I listened to The Silent Patient and really liked the audio version. If you’re looking for a good audiobook, you might try it in that format.

    We share a couple of May books: How to Not Die Alone and Ask Again, Yes. (Sarah loved that one, so I’m really excited to get to it.)

    The snake book….I just couldn’t do it!

    1. I know–we’ll see how the snake book goes! It makes me think of Swamplandia. I think the story and writing on that one was decent (it’s been a while), but I couldn’t stand the creepy-crawly swamp setting!

    2. I also just finished The Silent Patient on audio. I love how a good reader can enhance the image of a character. This is not a genre I listen to very often but I really enjoyed it and especially with an unexpected ending. Definetly worth the time.

  2. How Not to Die Alone sounds like it might be a good pick for me right now—I’ve been reading waaay too much depressing/heavier stuff, and I just need something a little more uplifting. Going to go check it out on Goodreads now!

    1. I hope it’s good! I need something lighter and a little uplifting right now as well.

  3. I’m floundering! None of my May picks so far is holding my interest. I feel kind of as you mentioned- I need something light that won’t overtax my brain- which is in overdrive with our upcoming move this summer. Nothing is working out. I’m going to hold out hope for Mistress of the Ritz- historical fiction, set in Paris at an iconic hotel, what’s not to love?

    I have On Earth, but haven’t started it yet so will be curious to see what you think!

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