May was a good month up until Memorial Day Weekend made it a bust. 3-days of heavy rain and cold 50 degree temps certainly put a damper and canceled our outdoor plans. The bad news is most of the coming week looks like rain as well. (Those April flowers bring May flowers arrived a month late here).
In May we caught up on a new series for 2021 called: Mare of Easttown starring Kate Winslet (which we loved) and, we disappointed to learn in the season finale of This is Us that there will be just one more season of the series.
Good news was that my book group met in person at the park to discuss Normal People, Sally Rooney which I read in 2019 and thought was good but not great. I didn't read it a second time just reviewed my notes but, I was surprised that only (1) person in my group liked the book. I'm guessing it was because the story involves an exasperating college-age couple and most everyone in the group is 65+ and most really disliked the characters and their failure to communicate. Have you read this book?
June's book is one I haven't read and heard was very good: Before We Were Yours; Lisa Wingate.
Here's a breakdown:
- The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida; Clarissa Goenawan - 4.5/5 Setting: Japan (May)
- The Story of Joe Biden: A Biography for New Readers; Frank Berrios - NF - 5/5
- The Story of Climate Change: A First Book About How We Can Help Save the Planet; Barr & Williams - NF - 5/5
- If Cats Disappeared From the Earth; Genki Kawamura - 4/5 Setting: Japan
- The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America's Wildlands; Jon Billman - NF - 4/5
- Hour of the Witch; Chris Bohjalian - 3.5/5 Setting: MA
- The Perfect Daughter; D.J Palmer - 4/5 Setting: MA
- What Happened to You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience & Healing: Oprah Winfrey & Dr. Bruce D. Perry - 4/5
- The Nightingale; Kristin Hannah - 4.5/5 Setting: France
- The Plot; Jean Hanff Korelitz - 4/5 Setting: NY, VT
- Cold Caller; Jason Starr - 4.5/5 Setting: NY
- Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Jeff Gottesfeld - 5/5
- One Two Three; Laurie Frankel - 4/5 Setting: MA
- The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye; Jane Yolen - 4.5/5
- Family Reunion; Nancy Thayer - 5/5 - Setting: Nantucket, MA
- Under the Wave at Waimea; Paul Theroux - 3/5 Setting: Hawaii
- What Comes After; JoAnne Tompkins - 4/5 Setting: WA
- Heaven; Mieko Kawakami
- When the Stars Go Dark; Paula Mclain
- Count the Ways; Joyce Maynard
- The Music of Bees; Eileen Garvin
- The Disappearing Act; Catherine Steadman
- Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz; Gail Crowthers
- Six Weeks to Live; Catherine McKenzie
- The Photographer; Mary Dixie Carter
- Haven Point; Virgina Hume
- That Summer; Jennifer Weiner