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May '22 Reads

Reads #13 - #17 of 2022

By Victoria BrownPublished 8 months ago 4 min read
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May '22 Reads
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May was another hot and heavy reading month; although, this time, there were only five books conquered. I hit a slight reading slump, but I haven’t come to terms with the idea of “DNF’ing” books. On one hand, I applaud those who do, but on the other hand, I believe there’s something to be taken from every book read. Or rather, every piece of media consumed.

This month, all of the books I read were library books. And even though I work at a library, I fell in love with them all over again from a financial standpoint. I love books, but I love the idea of only having books I genuinely love on my bookshelves rather than buying a book to just dislike it. I’d rather borrow it from my library, “hate read” it, and return it in disdain.

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Layla – Colleen Hoover, read #13 of 2022

If anyone was wondering what book I was talking about when I mentioned “hate reading,” it was this one. My first Colleen Hoover book, and potentially my last. I know, I know, her books are ever so popular on BookTok, but I just didn't see the hype within Layla. But on the flip side, I absolutely could not put it down. I think I devoured the whole thing in two days, maybe three. I was invested even though every other scene had me thinking “WTF?!?” I guess paranormal romance just isn't my thing?

The Tobacco Wives – Adele Myers, read #14 of 2022

I was excited for this one, and Adele Myers didn’t disappoint. The Tobacco Wives was my newest read in May, and one of the perks of working in a library – I can grab a new release whenever I’d like. I love Southern fiction, and I found The Tobacco Wives did a great job capturing nature and what it means to the South. I just found that there was a lot going on throughout the novel and much did not accumulate to a clear ending. I would’ve liked to see more relationship development between Maddie and the people in Bright Leaf, or more feminist literature, or more romance, or more…rather than it all being thrown together. I gave The Tobacco Wives 3 out of 5 stars, but in retrospect, it deserves 4 out of 5 stars.

Today Tonight Tomorrow – Rachel Lynn Solomon, read #15 of 2022

My only YA read of May, which is jarring considering YA used to be my primary genre of choice. It took me a moment to get into Today Tonight Tomorrow, but once I did, I didn't want to stop. I love high school rivals to lovers, its own kind of meet cute. I love a soft boy with a quirky girl cliché. I love “I’ve loved you for years but never knew how to act on it” turned into making out in the middle of the night. Ironically, I also love the slight ping in my heart I get when I realize I never had a cutesy high school relationship and never will.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid, read #16 of 2022

This novel deserves all of the hype surrounding it. I loved it. I loved Evelyn and Celia’s love while simultaneously disliking the both of them. I loved Evelyn’s insistence that she was bisexual and refused to let it be brushed over as simply being a gay woman. I liked how natural it flowed, with Evelyn narrating her life story to Monique. I just didn't like the ending and the one or two “plot twists” that weren’t as obvious as Evelyn and Celia. But, in retrospect, the ending makes perfect sense for the infamous Evelyn Hugo, who lived life on her own terms.

Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward, read #17 of 2022

Another book I had waited years to read. From a literary standpoint, Salvage the Bones is wonderful. From an everyday reader standpoint, there’s a lot to digest. And frankly, I wasn’t looking for something to digest and analyze through different literary viewpoints even though I miss that and I miss writing essays. One of my first professors at FSU had mentioned Salvage the Bones in class, and since then I’ve wanted to read it. Maybe I should write a short critical essay about it…perhaps from a feminist lense? Or a classist lense? Maybe explore the connection of nature and the South?

Overall, May was a good reading month. Five books is a good number, and despite “hate reading” Layla, I enjoy the opportunities I have to be able to read so often. And, unlike April, carving out a time to write this so it isn't a month late again.

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Victoria Brown

twenty-two & longing.

lover of words, tea, & antiques.

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