In Review posts are a chance for me to catch my breath, note that I am actually making progress towards my reading goals, and give each month’s blog posts a little extra love.
This month was the first full month I’ve truly felt like myself instead of like a sick and miserable wraith. It’s been so fun to get back to work and blogging without feeling exhausted all the time.
It’s also been fun to get a change of scene: my wife and I bought a gorgeous condo in Minneapolis, so we’re saying goodbye to Saint Paul and moving across the Mississippi. Saint Paul will always have a warm place in my heart but I’m looking forward to the taller buildings and better bus service of Minneapolis.
(If you’re unfamiliar, Minneapolis and Saint Paul make up the Twin Cities in the U.S. state of Minnesota. They’re adjacent to each other and are effectively the same city in most ways. Saint Paul is the state capitol but Minneapolis has the bigger, shinier downtown. There’s a fierce rivalry between the two!)
In short, things are looking up, and my reading pace is picking up, too. I reviewed four phenomenal books this month (not a stinker in the bunch) and bought a good deal more that I’m excited to dive into later.
Here’s to an even better May than April. In the meantime, here’s the Cliff Notes version of my past 30 days of reading!
I read 6 books this month:
- White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar (Goodreads)
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel A. van der Kolk (Goodreads)
- The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang (Goodreads)
- The White Album by Joan Didion (Goodreads)
- Authority by Jeff VanderMeer (Goodreads)
- The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (Goodreads)
I reviewed 4 books this month:
- White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar (★★★★★, 4/3/19)
- The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang (★★★★★, 4/18/19)
- Authority by Jeff VanderMeer (★★★★☆, 4/24/19)
- The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (★★★★★, 4/29/19)
I borrowed, bought, and received 8 books this month:
- Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (Friday Bookbag, 4.19)
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (Friday Bookbag, 4.19)
- Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen (Friday Bookbag, 4.19)
- Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (Friday Bookbag, 4.19)
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Friday Bookbag, 4.26)
- The Emissary by Yōko Tawada, translated by Margaret Mitsutani (Friday Bookbag, 4.26)
- Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (Friday Bookbag, 4.26)
- Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin (Friday Bookbag, 4.26)
More content I loved this month:
“Do Celebrities Know What They’re Doing When They ‘Call Someone Out’ on Twitter?” by Kaitlyn Tiffany (Vox)
And, drumroll please, this perfect video from @McJesse:
I took every shot from behind-the-scenes featurettes where Dr. Strange is in front of a greenscreen, and edited him into a waterpark. pic.twitter.com/kiD8JTZLgH
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) May 15, 2018
I’ve read 12 books so far in 2019!
See you in May!