Welp. Another month has come and gone and I did not read as much as intended, which appears to be my new normal. I should feel grateful that I overall enjoyed what I read but it’s hard. Reading, for whatever reason, isn’t sparking the same joy as it has in the past. Thus my joy meter is low overall. But let’s not get depressing, okay? We’re here to talk books which does make my heart happy.
The Books I Loved, Liked and Loathed in May
Good news! No book earned the dreaded loathe title! Great news! A book earned the coveted love title! Even better news! I’m going to stop using exclamation points! Maybe!
The Book I Loved
Aka the book that done did right by me.
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Book Description: An oral history of the rise and break-up of the greatest rock band of the 70s, Daisy Jones and The Six.
Book Review: I’m probably being a bit generous calling this a love book when it’s really a strong, like book. I love the concept as it felt very much like an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music but with one key difference, the show was an hour long and the book was not. It dragged a bit for me as it became somewhat repetitive given the interview format and I started skimming through spots of it. I also never felt the connection to Daisy or company the same way I did to Evelyn Hugo. But still a stellar book.
To Read or Not To Read: Yes, of course. I also think this is one of the rare books that would be better on audio. I’ve heard the cast assembled is excellent.
Note: I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Daisy Jones and The Six is now available.
The Books I Liked
The all-right, all-right books, starting with the one I liked the most.
The Holdouts (Book #2 in Buddy Lock Series) by James Tucker
Book Description: What appears to be a simple investigation turns into something far more sinister and dangerous for Detective Buddy Lock and his family.
Book Review: Tucker’s first book, Next of Kin, got me out of a book funk last year. Not because it was the best book ever written but because it was fast-paced and fun (well, as fun as lots of murder can be). This book was still pretty fast-paced (some weird, unnecessary dream sequences that were meant to be artistic flourishes but this ain’t that kind of book, bro) but maybe not as fun. Or maybe I’m in a crabbier state of mind. Both are possible. His books, on the other hand, are highly implausible and would blow apart if you think too hard about them, but he keeps you entertained enough that you don’t care or mind and just enjoy the ride.
To Read or Not To Read: Yup. Fans of Myron Bolitar or Jack Reacher or Eve Dallas would enjoy this series. And if you have no idea of who any of those people are, well … this probably isn’t the series for you.
Note: I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. The Holdouts is now available.
The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith
Book Description: In the Swedish criminal justice system, an elite squad known as the Sensitive Crimes Division, investigate cases that are considered especially strange and difficult.
Book Review: Well, this book promised to be silly and it was to an extent. I mean one of the investigations involved the disappearance of an imaginary boyfriend, but it wasn’t quite the laugh out loud book I wanted. It was more thoughtful and sweet and slow-paced than I expected it to be, which wasn’t a bad thing. But sometimes it takes a moment or two or a few hours to adjust and decide to be okay with it. While the protagonists are police detectives, this has more of a cozy, low-key mystery vibe. In other words, no gruesome murders but possible werewolves, imaginary boyfriends running away to the North Pole, midgets and a somewhat depressed dog.
To Read or Not To Read: Sure. The author has a weird thing about bolding random words, which I get that in non-fiction but it was a bit distracting for me.
TL;DR: What I Recommend
Another month with all winners and no losers. If you’re a music fan and devoured shows like VH1’s Behind the Music, you’ll definitely enjoy Daisy Jones and The Six. Those who love mass market mystery series should definitely try The Holdouts by James Tucker, although start with book #1, Next of Kin. The Department of Sensitive Crimes is a good choice for those who prefer mysteries without lots of murder and really polite detectives. Obviously those detectives are not Americans but Swedish, which makes a lot more sense.
To More Great Books
Well, I had originally intended May to be a NetGalley month and did read two NetGalley books, although I hoped to read four because my queue is long. But I’m gonna count this as a win! And maybe I read one less book than I did in April but I’m still reading. I’m gonna count this as a win too, because I have the optimism of Scarlett O’Hara and the resilience of Evelyn Hugo and patience and spunk of Ginny Weasley in my blood. As usual, I’m linking up with Steph and Jana for their awesome Show Us Your Books Link-Up. Be sure to visit their sites and see what everyone read last month!
What books did you love or like or loathe last month?