I got a little behind on my 2017 reading goal with some books that it felt like it took me forever to get through. After getting through four books in May I’m feeling confident that I’ll get back on track.

What I Read May


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ★★★★☆

I have to admit I had a hard time getting into this. There really is no explanation or introduction about the world that you’re being transported to by the narrator, which makes it confusing at first. But after a few chapters, I was hooked. I wanted to know more about what was going on and who this girl narrating was. The only part I didn’t like was the “Historical Note” at the end of the novel. While it did clear up some of the questions I had about the world the narrator was living in, I felt like it also took away some of the magic of her story. I’m really interested to watch the series on Hulu to see how that compares.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly   ★★★★☆

I really loved this because it’s great real life story that’s told as a story and not written like a textbook. It’s the story of black women who began their careers as computers for NACA, now NASA, at a time when integration was unpopular and women didn’t work. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden had a huge impact on the contributions of NASA, including putting a man on the moon. It is a story that everyone should hear, one I’m surprised isn’t better known. The writing gets a little bit more technical than it probably needs to, and the story jumped around a lot in a way that I found to be confusing. However, it’s pretty easy to get through.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion ★★★★☆

At the end of 2003, Joan Didion loses her husband to a coronary while their daughter is in the ICU on life support. She’s dealing with one loss while praying that her daughter makes a recovery. Didion’s account of grief is so moving. This is a perfect read for anyone who has suffered a loss.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ★★★★☆

Madeline Whittier has SCID, a rare disease that weakens the immune system. Madeline hasn’t been outside of her house since she was diagnosed as a baby. She can’t go to school or meet other kids in real life. When a teenage boy named Olly moves next door, Madeline can’t stop thinking about them. The two start chatting online, and their doomed love story begins. This was the perfect beach read to spend my time in the sand with over Memorial Day Weekend. I finished in two days, and I could not put it down. I came really close to giving this 5 stars. As much as I loved the story, it ended too abruptly for me.

What did you read last month?

  • I haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale but I’ve been watching on Hulu and I’m obsessed. It’s definitely on my TBR list.
    I was also able to read Everything, Everything very quickly – I got through it in just a few hours. But there was a moment that seemed so over the top to me that made me not love the book as much as I wanted to. The story very much reminds me Me Before You for younger readers!

    • I still haven’t read Me Before You! I need to get on that. I bet the Hulu series will make reading The Handmaid’s Tale more enjoyable for you since you’ll have a better understanding of what’s happening.

  • I haven’t read Everything, Everything, but I’ve heard so many good things and the preview for the movie made me cry. I would love to read The Handmaiden’s Tale and Hidden Figures at some point– you had a great month of good books!

    • I definitely did! I would recommend all of them. Everything, Everything would be especially good light reading for any upcoming vacations you have!

  • Everything Everything is on my list this summer for sure!