I can’t believe just how fast this year is going! It’s ALREADY JUNE.
We’ve watched so many good shows adapted from books lately! We’ve binged Lucifer and Good Omens – so so good and I’m loving Killing Eve too. The end of Game of Thrones was a bit of a letdown but the limited series Catch-22 was EXCELLENT. Highly highly recommend and I’ve got the book to read now which I’m really looking forward to. Check out my list of Book to tv adaptations for 2019 here and one’s coming out soon here! And as always here’s my monthly reading recap for May’s books:
The Stranger Beside Me was really interesting and came highly recommended – ah Instagram marketing you catch me every time. I didn’t know a lot about Ted Bundy and don’t read a lot of true crime but this had me gripped. Though definitely unsettling! Such a different time back then and I really like the way Rule’s added to the novel over the years as the trial etc progressed. Highly recommended if true crime’s your jam.
I loved Legendary’s prequel Caraval this year and am really looking forward to finishing the series in the latest installment which came out this month. Legendary follows on almost from the end of Caraval but this time we are seeing things from Donatella’s point of view. Which I actually preferred, I wasn’t sure if I liked her in Caraval, however, she was a really interesting character and I love that we finally found out who Legend is! Love the way the trilogy has come together and super excited for Finale.
A library pick that was only so-so for me. Started out great and liked the way Don’s autism was portrayed – a few laugh out loud moments but a quirky take on a classic trope that just wasn’t for me unfortunately. A movie adaptation is headed our way at some point but no date yet.
A hard book to find! The Butterfly Garden has been on my TBR FOREVER. And thankfully did not disappoint! I LOVED it! An excellent very creepy serial killer, really interesting characters and I really enjoyed the way the story was set up. Great contrast with flashbacks to blah’s previous life, life in the garden and her interviews with the FBI agents. Though the end felt a little rushed it was an excellent book. Recommended by Crime by the Book here’s a link to her review!
A YA thriller that I really enjoyed surprisingly. McManus gives you enough to keep you guessing and I found the teenage characters had a little more depth to them which made them easier to identify with. Recommended and I’ll be going back and checking out her other novels!
A unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. Um yes, please! City of Girls is giving me Evelyn Hugo vibes which I LOVED (as you can read about here) so definitely excited for Elizabeth Gilbert’s new one.
A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women—two sisters and their mother—in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears and a series of family secrets emerge. I’ve seen rave reviews for this already and planning on saving a lazy afternoon to get into it!
Flashing back through American history to the lives of certain supernaturally gifted women, The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs affectingly reveals not only the special bond that unites one particular matriarchal line, but also explores the many challenges to women’s survival across the decades—and the risks some women are forced to take to protect what they love most. A bewitching story of a New England history professor who must race against time to free her family from a curse. Love me a good witchy story and this sounds like the perfect balance of a little mystery and family history.
Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life—she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It’s a great life and she doesn’t wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha. But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach. Yay, I love the sound of this one and need a new fantasy!
Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They’re best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can’t agree. They each want a different future for their son. What if they could have both? After the End sounds really interesting and has been compared to Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper which I really enjoyed. Might need a tissue box for this one though.