May was a crazy month. Like, truly insane. I embarked on a major move, so – between packing, driving 1000 miles, unpacking, organizing the new apartment, and also finding a new job – there wasn’t too much spare time, especially during the first half of the month. I still managed to do some reading and baking, though – take a look below!
Somehow, I finished three books amidst the craziness of May! The books were:
- Boom Town by Sam Anderson – 4.5 stars
- The Pisces by Melissa Broder – 4 stars
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – 5 stars
It’s hard to compare these books to each other, especially because Boom Town is so different (historical non-fiction) from The Pisces and An American Marriage (contemporary fiction). I liked each of these books for different reasons, but An American Marriage was probably my favorite. I haven’t posted about An American Marriage yet, but a more detailed review is coming soon!
Bakes inspired by the books:
I baked twice this month, with both of those bakes inspired by books. For Boom Town, I made a strawberry sprinkle cake; and for The Pisces, I baked matcha green tea donuts inspired by Lucy’s “doughnut incident” early on in the novel. I haven’t baked anything yet for An American Marriage, but will do that sometime this weekend.
Books in progress/reading goals for next month:
I’m currently reading Milkman by Anna Burns (current progress: about one third of the way through). My impression, so far, is that this book is unlike anything I’ve read before, and I’m not quite sure if I like it. I also plan to read Normal People by Sally Rooney this month. I’ve heard so many great things about this novel – from reviewers I follow here to the employees at my local bookstore – so I’m really excited for that read. Normal People will likely be a quick read, but I haven’t yet decided what to read after that. Maybe more books from the Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist? Or maybe just ANY other books from my exponentially-growing TBR list?
(some of the) blog posts that I loved:
- Troy at Pointless Overthinking wrote a short essay about the different types of questions that people ask, and why they are important.
- Rani Neutill wrote a Longreads essay about being a person-of-color in a mostly white writing class, and having their work criticized by a white man with a superiority complex.
- Emily Lackey also wrote an amazing Longreads essay, about her journey to self-acceptance and self-love.