May Reading List | Shakespeare & Sparkle

Sharing my reading list used to be a somewhat common occurrence on this blog, but it’s been ages since I’ve last shared one. Maybe it’s because I felt like posting book reviews after I’ve read them made more sense than sharing what I’m looking forward to reading. Which is weird since I love reading book posts of any kind, from reading lists to reviews. And since I’m doing the Goodreads reading challenge this year (one book a week!), I’m hoping that sharing what’s on my to read pile will keep me on top of it.

MAY READING LIST

Love Letters to the Dead | Ava Dellaira

Since we’re already halfway into May, I’ve actually already read this one. It’s a YA novel about a girl whose older sister dies tragically, leaving her searching for her own identity. The whole book is written in a series of letters addressed to dead people, from Kurt Cobain to Amelia Earhart. The writing is just beautiful and littered with literature references, and the story is both captivating and heartbreaking.

Lion : A Long Way Home | Saroo Brierley

I kept avoiding this book for so long, because I was worried it was one of those books that only became a best-seller because it was made into a movie. It’s an autobiographical novel written by Saroo Brierley, who got lost on a train in India when he was only five years old. More than twenty years later, he finally finds his way home. I’ve started reading this and reading about Saroo’s childhood as a poor boy in India has been eye-opening. Reading about someone whose life is so vastly different from my own it might as well be fantasy is truly fascinating.

Truly Madly Guilty | Liane Moriarty

Ever since watching Big Little Lies on HBO, I’ve been dying to read something by Liane Moriarty. The characters were simply so interesting and well written. And it’s not often that I find a thriller were I really can’t see the twist coming. This one is a story of six people set in just one day, and it all begins with a barbecue in the suburbs. I’m expecting this to be a gripping page-turner that’s just perfect holiday reading.

Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley

To be honest, I was mainly drawn to this one because of the little sausage dog on the cover. But after reading the summary I could tell that I will love this. And that I will also cry my eyes out. It’s a story about a single guy called Ted, and his best friend, a dachshund called Lily. As someone who has had to go through losing a pet to cancer, I know this book won’t always be an easy read. But, it’s also described as a hilarious and heart-wrenching adventure that’s filled with magical realism.

Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life | Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus

After seeing the namesake documentary of this book on Netflix, it went straight to the top of my reading list. Living with less is one of my goals for this year anyway. And I feel like this book is going to offer plenty of interesting insight. It’s written by two guys who walked away from their corporate careers and got rid of most of their stuff. They now have a blog, and a book, that they use to preach the magic of minimalism.

What’s on your reading list this month?

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