May has been a busy month. I bet for you too. May is just one of those months. Our calendar has been full for my whole family. Swim banquets and golf tournaments and end of the year parties and our anniversary and, oh, go ahead and throw Mother’s Day in there too. I squeezed reading in whenever and wherever I could, forever a priority, but life kept getting in the way.
So in the interest of full calendars and busy schedules, here’s my One Sentence Recommendations for May. I think I’ll make this a monthly post from now on. It puts such a nice, pretty bow on everything. And oh how I do love a pretty bow.
I finished six books this month. (Plus one “Did Not Finish”.) Unintentionally, I chose novels that included a family theme: a group of mother’s bonded by newborns and a missing baby, a reality television family with dark secrets, a stepfamily creating a new normal, a family history told in four generations and one house, and a family lost and found in the French countryside.
I found each of these books to be unique, easy to read, and enjoyable. Some I enjoyed more than others, but that’s the way it always goes.
If you’re a fan of short stories that don’t pull any punches and aren’t squeamish when things get a little crude, you should read:
Five Hundred Poor by Noah Milligan
IF YOU LOVE A GOOD WHO-DONE-IT THAT INCLUDES THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF EARLY MOTHERHOOD, YOU SHOULD READ:
THE PERFECT MOTHER BY AIMEE MOLLOY
IF YOU ENJOY STORIES FILLED WITH PLENTY OF FAMILY DRAMA THAT SPANS GENERATIONS, YOU SHOULD READ:
A SPOOL OF BLUE Thread by Anne Tyler
If you enjoy stories about families, especially one that includes fame, religion, and reality television, you’ll want to read:
The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir
If you like stories set in the 1980’s narrated by a young girl navigating life between divorced parents, you should read:
Every Other Weekend by Zulema Renee Summerfield
If you dream of traveling to the French countryside – like this mother and son duo who rediscover lost relationships in a beautiful chateau – you should read:
You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac
I’d like to thank Central Avenue Publishing and Net Galley for the free copy of Five Hundred Poor, along with Penguin Group Viking and Net Galley for the free copy of You Me Everything.