May is over? Are we sure? The last time I looked it was the 13th. Thankfully, all the gorgeous flowers and colors here were a distraction from what was another month of meh reading. It would seem I’m getting crankier as I age because I’ve already DNFed 13 books this year, almost as many as I did for all of 2022—and we’re only at the halfway point. I do have some bright spots in this recap.
Suresh and Lata had an arranged marriage for over 30 years. Now, they’re divorced and trying to navigate the world of relationships—just like their adult children. There were plenty of opportunities for humor and insight in Late Bloomers but neither appeared. Instead, the deeply unlikable characters stayed that way with no growth—the kiss of death for me. Stagnant characters leave me cold and annoyed, two of my least favorite things to be.
Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros: Review to follow
I’ve had limited success with male celebrity memoirs, but am happy to share how much I enjoyed Robe Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends. From the beginning Lowe’s love of the written word is clear as he shares his life from his earliest days to his later successes. For once, I found a handsome, charismatic actor who seems grounded and doesn’t take himself too seriously. Thoroughly enjoyable listening (Lowe narrates).
Quietly Hostile by Samantha Irby: Outrageous essays about real life. Review to follow
Sarah is a wife and the mother of two small children who is captured by a Sioux tribe in Minnesota in 1862 after the government has refused to honor its treaties with the tribe, causing them to starve. The Lost Wife is a novel of her months spent living with the tribe and witnessing “manifest destiny” from their perspective. It may have been a conscious choice on the author’s part but the novel reads like a textbook despite the atrocities and lies being perpetrated by the whites at the time. This clinical tone saps the impact of this disgraceful, dishonorable time in American history.
Yellowface by R.F. Kuang: A novel to get people talking. I loved it despite the unlikability of all the characters. My review
I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai: Review to follow
How was your May reading? Any gems you’d recommend?
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