I can’t believe we’re halfway through May already. For some reason, it feels like this month is flying by more quickly than usual. I guess this is what it feels like when you’re busy? It’s kind of new to me. Still, I did manage to finish two books and one audio series (because apparently it isn’t an audiobook, but it was on Goodreads, so I’m counting it).
Let’s start with the audio series, which is Heads Will Roll by Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne. I really enjoyed this one. I binged it last weekend, and had so much fun listening to it. It’s been a while since I’ve laughed out loud while listening to an audiobook. If you’re a fan of Kate McKinnon, you can probably guess how inappropriately funny this is. I’d definitely recommend it, but only if you’re not offended by raunchy humor, because this has plenty (but it also has Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, and Peter Dinklage – just saying). Check out my review of Heads Will Roll if you’re interested.
Then I picked up Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin. This is a great historical fiction novel that takes place primarily in Nazi-occupied Paris. The two main characters, Claude and Blanche Auzello are actually real people, which makes this novel that much more impactful. I really enjoyed it. I hadn’t read any of Melanie Benjamin’s books before this year, but I’ve already fit in two in 2019, so I think it’s safe to say I’m a fan. Mistress of the Ritz will be released May 21, and until then, you can read my review.
Finally, I continued my impromptu reread of the Harry Potter series with Prisoner of Azkaban. This is actually my least favorite of the series (don’t hate me), but I still love it. However, I can honestly say I’m glad to be able to move on to the final four books.
As for current reads, I obviously started Goblet of Fire, though I’m not very far in. I’m just taking my time with it, because I have a lot of other books I have to finish this month.
I’m still working on The Lost World, which isn’t a huge priority at the moment. I am enjoying it, but I can say I definitely liked Jurassic Park more. It’s no surprise they seem to have strayed from the novel quite a bit when they adapted it because, so far, a lot of the action (of which there isn’t very much) is offscreen.
And, because I’m on a huge dinosaur kick this year, I started The Tyrannosaur Chronicles by David Hone. This is all about the biology of arguably the largest and most terrifying land predator to ever exist on this planet. I’m
slightly obsessed (have I mentioned they were fluffy?) and am excited to learn more.
Finally, I started – and am very close to finishing – Melinda Gates’s The Moment of Lift. This book is brilliant. It’s all about empowering women, and how doing so improves life for literally everyone. Gates has traveled the world making a difference in women’s lives, and hearing what she’s learned is so important. I highly, highly recommend it.
That’s it for this week! I hope you’re all having a great weekend. As always, I’d love to hear what you’re reading!