May 2019 Reads

In May, I not only read some books, but I graduated from grad school with my M.A.Ed in Elementary Education! I also moved back home and worked as a substitute teacher as public schools were wrapping up. I branched out genre-wise a little bit this month and tried some new books. Check out what I read and don’t forget to leave a comment with your thoughts!

may 2019 reads

Stats

Number of books read: 3 📘📘📘

Print books: 0

Audiobooks: 3 🎧🎧🎧

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star books: 0

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 star books: 1

⭐⭐⭐ 3 star books: 1

⭐⭐ 2 star books: 1

1 star books: 0

😍 Favorite book: Holes

☹️ Least favorite book: The Lost Gate

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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3 stars ⭐⭐⭐

Read from April 26, 2019 – May 8, 2019.

I’ve never read a book where every single character was so unlikeable. That didn’t detract from the story for the vast majority of the book, but it made it hard to be truly invested in the ending. Overall it was a good story with lots of twists, turns, and shocking reveals. It kept me guessing but it was my least favorite of the three Gillian Flynn novels I’ve read.

**read as audiobook**

Read my Goodreads review here.

The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

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2 stars ⭐⭐

Read from May 11, 2019 – May 17, 2019.

I hadn’t read a fantasy book in a while and I’ve really enjoyed a lot of Orson Scott Card’s writing, so I figured I’d give this book with an interesting premise a shot. I LOVED parts of it. Danny was a fun main character, the magic system was fascinating, the way things connected to the various mythologies of the world was intriguing, and it was exciting that most of the book was set in Virginia/DC. But, the story alternates between Danny’s perspective and the perspective of a more high fantasy/medieval type world and that’s the part I didn’t love. I’m not sure who the target audience for this book is because Danny is between 13-16 throughout this entire book but there is some pretty explicitly sexual stuff in the other sections, which just felt out of place but was actually fairly important to the plot. I found myself not caring about the characters or the plot of the other world almost at all, and by the time it reached the most climactic section near the end, I had basically stopped caring, which is never a good sign. This book had a lot of potential and parts of it were excellent, but overall it just wasn’t for me.

**read as audiobook**

Read my Goodreads review here.

Holes by Louis Sachar

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4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from May 8, 2019 – May 9, 2019.

This book is a classic for a reason. I hadn’t read it in years but since it’s such a popular choice for 4th grade, I figured I should re-read before I start teaching next year. It held up even better than I expected. The story is charming, I love the way it unfolds, and the twists are still twisty even years later as an adult. This is such a quality book.

**read as audiobook**

Read my Goodreads review here.

Have you read any of these books? Is Holes a childhood favorite of yours as well? Leave me a comment down below and tell me! Also taking recommendations for what to read next!