What I’ve been reading: May 2019

The books I finished reading in May were few in number, but it’s a mighty assortment.

I dedicate this month’s fine reading to the good and inspiring Bybee of Blue-Hearted Bookworm, who encouraged me to read Middlemarch. If you’d asked me 6 months ago what classic I’d’ve expected to have read and loved, I gotta tell you: Middlemarch wouldn’t have been on the shortlist. But I read it and I loved it and I just keep thinking about it. And I’ll be forever grateful to Bybee for giving me the gentle nudge I needed. (When she said she re-reads it periodically, I was there.)

So, favorite book of the month: Middlemarch by George Eliot

And again, following Bybee’s fine example, I read (actually listened to) My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead. So I was awash in Middlemarch-y goodness throughout April and May, and I’m so happy for the experience. And I can see myself re-reading Middlemarch someday… Thank you, dear Bybee. You made my life brighter yet again.

Here’s a look at my full month of reading…

Middlemarch by George Eliot

3 words: lyrical, character-focused, absorbing

Give this book a whirl if you like… a big, absorbing story; classics; reading about a village; nuanced character portraits so detailed you’d recognize the characters if you met them; fiction that inspires the reader to examine her own life

My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

3 words: literary, genteel, calm

Give this book a whirl if you like… mash-ups of literary criticism and memoir, examining a classic, literary tourism, intellectual appreciation of a work of literature

Gunflint Burning: Fire in the Boundary Waters by Cary Griffith

3 words: fast-paced, haunting, behind-the-scenes

Give this book a whirl if you like… forest fires, horrible consequences of an accident, behind the scenes of firefighting efforts, Boundary Waters Canoe Area

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

3 words: comforting, bookish, romantic

Give this book a whirl if you like… small town setting, fish out of water, books set in bookstores, friendship through letter writing, reinventing oneself, the power of one person to change people’s lives

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

3 words: psychological, twisty, quietly menacing

Give this book a whirl if you like… ensemble cast, possible psychopaths, slowly unfolding narrative, characters with complex back stories, ends vs means, health resorts

What were your favorite books this month?

4 thoughts on “What I’ve been reading: May 2019

  1. Susan Bybee

    Thank you so much, Unruly. Now I need to find my way back to Middlemarch. Dorothea is still on her honeymoon.

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