May 2019 TBR

(#partner #freebooks: All books noted by asterisks (**) indicate I received the book for free from the publisher, the author, or another promotional company to review. All opinions are my own.)

May 2019 TBR

These monthly TBR posts are almost comical because I rarely stick to them. I’m such a mood reader, so while I list them here with the best of intentions, not all of them have made the cut by month’s end. 🤷🏼‍♀️

** The Farm by: Joanne Ramos (Random House) – On Shelves: May 7, 2019

  • I’m all about books that push the boundaries of our thinking and this one promises to mess with your mind. Hosts live on the grounds of a retreat, all their needs (money, food, etc) met while they are pregnant. Once they give birth, the baby is given to a wealthy client. With themes of motherhood and privileged lifestyles vs those who have less, I hope this one delivers. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews and DNFs but I’m hopeful I’ll enjoy it!

Beyond the Point by: Claire Gibson (William Morrow) – Pub Date: April 2, 2019

  • I have yet to see a negative review for this one. I’m so glad I added it to my Book of the Month box last month!

Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by: Jacob Tobia (Putnam) – Pub Date: March 5, 2019

  • I still can’t believe I haven’t made the time for this one yet because it’s probably the one I want to read the most! 

The Affairs of the Falcóns by: Melissa Rivero (ECCO) – Pub Date: April 2, 2019

  • I started this one on audio and the writing was just too beautiful to miss so I ordered the book. It’s here now and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve only seen great reviews!

** Waisted by: Randy Susan Meyers (Atria) – On Shelves: May 21, 2019

** What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life’s “What Ifs” by: Chanel Reynolds (Harper Wave) – Pub Date: March 19, 2019

  • Who doesn’t need help when it comes to wills and money? My husband and I are in a place where we’re wanting to review our options and I’m looking forward to the advice in this one!

** Necessary People by: Anna Pitoniak (Little, Brown and Company) – On Shelves: May 21, 2019

  • Toxic female friendship? I’m intrigued. This is also a Book of the Month selection this month so I think it’s going to be showing up quite a bit soon!

The Mother-in-Law by: Sally Hepworth (St. Martin’s) – Pub Date: April 23, 2019

  • This is another book I’ve seen mostly good reviews on. I’m not sure it’s much of a thriller; as I understand it, it’s more of a deep character study? I’m not sure, but I’m excited to get to it!

** The Flatshare by: Beth O’Leary (Flatiron) – Pub Date: April 18, 2019

  • I think this one is going to be a great “brain candy” read, as my friend Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves) likes to call them. I usually refer to them as “palate cleansers” – just something light and easy and enjoyable, particularly after a dark and/or heavy read! Also, this is what summer/beach reading is all about!

** Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting by: Anna Quindlen (Random House) – Pub Date: April 23, 2019

  • Like everyone else, I’m going to try to read this one quickly before Mother’s Day so I can pass it along to a grandma in my life! 

 

The Wrong End of the Table: A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In

(Thank you, Skyhorse Publishing and Get Red PR, for the free book to review. All opinions are my own.)

“Forty-something years is a long time for someone to feel like an outsider in a nation made up of immigrants.”

Ayser Salman has written a memoir that is both funny and honest. It doesn’t shy away from the stereotypes many people hold about Muslim-Americans, and in fact, she corrects many of them. Since 9/11, the amount of assumptions about this culture of people has been so unbelievably unfair and, I was happy to read a memoir that helps begin a dialogue to address those incorrect thoughts.

As a successful writer, producer, and editor among the Hollywood elite, Salman writes in a relatable way to her audience. I especially loved her open letter to President Trump. Not once in her writing does she disassociate with the greater meaning of America – inclusion, regardless of your background, culture, religion, or beliefs – yet she manages to point out Trump’s hypocrisy and ignorance quite eloquently.

When someone tells you to go back to a place where you belong, they are insinuating that you don’t belong with everyone else. The anti-immigrant sentiment is pretty clear.

The Wrong End of the Table: A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In is an insightful memoir in to a modern-day Muslim Arab American woman. It’s smart and funny and an important read for all Americans. We belong to each other and America is a better place with the diversity that we each can bring to the table.

The Beantown Girls

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(Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, Jane Healey, and Get Red PR, for the free book to review. All opinions are my own.)

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I love historical fiction based around the WWII time period, but I had never heard of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls. As recruiters of educated women, the Clubmobile’s girls’ responsibilities included serving coffee and donuts on the front lines, but more importantly, they were there to boost the morale of the soldiers. The story centers around three main characters – Fiona, Viviana, and Dottie. They’re best friends and all join together in an effort to find out what happened to Fiona’s missing fiancé. Along the way, they learn lessons about love, friendship, bravery, war, and loss.

This is my first Jane Healey novel and she’s a great storyteller. The story was engaging and I really enjoyed the characters – especially the level-headedness and bravery of Fiona. I loved learning about the Clubmobile girls. These girls volunteered to go to war, putting themselves in danger because they felt the call to fight for our country. I would love to learn more about these girls!

Sometimes the WWII genre can feel saturated, but this book offered a fresh perspective on a little known aspect of the war. The overall story was sweet and I truly enjoyed reading it!