May 2020 Reads

In May, I spent a TON of time walking and enjoying the outdoors, so my reading was very audiobook-heavy this month. I love listening to audiobooks while I walk and I tried some that were out of my comfort zone this month.


Number of books read: 5 📘📘📘📘📘

Print books: 0

Audiobooks: 3 🎧🎧🎧

Kindle books: 2 📱📱

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars books: 1

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 star books: 2

⭐⭐⭐ 3 star books: 1

⭐⭐ 2 star books: 1

1 star books: 0

😍 Favorite book: The Twisted Ones

☹️ Least favorite book: In the Tall Grass

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie / Charles Osborne

black coffee by agatha christie book cover

3.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐💫

Read from April 29, 2020 – May 3, 2020.

Black Coffee is a novelization of an Agatha Christie play by the same name. Sir Claude Amory has been working on the formula for a new explosive material, but is worried it will be stolen by a member of his household. He calls in the assistance of Detective Hercule Poirot, but before Poirot can fulfill Amory’s request, Amory is poisoned in a locked room filled only with his closest friends and relatives. Poirot has to sift through the lies, exaggerations, family coverups, and general shadiness to find Amory’s killer, find the stolen formula, and serve justice.

I picked up this audiobook because I was in the mood for a classic whodunit and that is exactly what I got. I was a bit disappointed in the ending, but then I remembered the play was originally published in 1930, so Christie couldn’t really subvert tropes that weren’t yet created. Basically, this was an interesting classic mystery and it was just what I was looking for. (I was really in the mood for mysteries because the day I listened to about half this audiobook, I also watched both Clue and Knives Out!)

**read as an audiobook**

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The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

the twisted ones by t. kingfisher book cover

5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from May 4, 2020 – May 15, 2020.

Even though she doesn’t particularly want to, Mouse agrees to go clear out her late grandmother’s hoarder house out of a sense of family duty. Little does she know the room full of creepy old babydolls will be the least of her worries and she should really be more concerned about the woods behind the house … and what’s inside them.

The Twisted Ones was spine-tingling, look-over-your-shoulder, sleep-with-the-lights-on creepy! I loved basically everything about it and as much as I was happy for Mouse to escape, I didn’t want the story to end.

**read as an audiobook**

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Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

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4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from May 9, 2020 – May 17, 2020.

If you know anything about my reading habits, you know I’m a sucker for multiple timelines and for multiple narrators. Before We Were Yours has both. Lisa Wingate interweaves two stories of two young women: 1939’s Rill Foss, who is kidnapped from her happy but poor home on a houseboat along with her siblings and given into the “care” of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and modern day Avery Stafford, a young lawyer from a long line of politicians who has returned home to help carry on the family legacy. For much of the story, it seems Rill and Avery have nothing in common, but slowly it’s revealed that they’re not as different as you might think.

I read this as part of my staff’s book club and I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it at first. Avery’s storyline didn’t sound particularly interesting to me and I’m not always into historical fiction so I didn’t know if Rill’s story would grab me. I’m so glad I gave it a shot anyway because this book was excellent. I still didn’t care all that much about Avery’s storyline, but I did enjoy the way Wingate wove the past and present together. This was a really compelling story and made me go on to research a lot more about Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children’s Home Society which is an absolutely WILD piece of non-so-ancient history.

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In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill

in the tall grass by stephen king and joe hill book cover

2 stars ⭐⭐

Read from May 17, 2020 – May 21, 2020.

I really enjoyed the setup and the idea of this story, but the actual story was NOT my jam at all. If it had been longer I might have DNFd

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Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood by Julie Gregory

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4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from May 22, 2020 – May 31, 2020.

This book was heart wrenching, terrible, raw, and powerful to read. I can’t really say I enjoyed it, because the whole thing was a tale of awful child abuse, but I’m glad I read it. It was fascinating.

Find this review on Goodreads here.

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