Book Club Mom’s May recap – books, birthdays and a graduation

I don’t know what happened to May, but here we are at the finish. It’s a big month for birthdays in my family and we squeezed in a college graduation too! It’s always nice to settle into a comfy chair during the down times and relax with a book, a show or a puzzle.

I’ve become a bit crazy with a word game I have on my ancient Kindle called Every Word: Crossings, and I have been playing it obsessively. I never look at that as a waste of time, though. Things like that always help me sort out my day.

And I went a little overboard with my Barbie doll posts (see below), but it’s been fun (for me, at least!) sharing something that I loved as a girl.


This month, I read and reviewed three regular books:

 

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd – if you like mystery series, this is the first of the Bess Crawford stories, set in England during World War I. I enjoyed both the characters and the historical setting. The author, Charles Todd, is actually a mother-son writing team.


More and more, it seems, fiction books are being co-authored and this month I wrote a post about this very thing!

Author teams and pen names – if the story’s good, does it matter? Not to me!


Lab Girl by Hope Jahren – in this memoir about becoming a female scientist, Jahren writes a compelling personal story about family, love, friendship, mental health and the difficulties of earning a living as a scientist. (Jahren made it big, after a long road, and has won many awards.)


The Beneficiary – Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of my Father by Janny Scott – a biography of Robert Montgomery Scott, written by his daughter. A tale of four generations of a wealthy Main Line, Pennsylvania family and their 800-acre estate and the complicated relationships among family members.


As I mentioned above, I also started a series that celebrates books about the Barbie doll’s 60th birthday. Here are the first two posts, indulging my obsession. I’ll share my final Barbie post next week.

Dressing Barbie: A Celebration of the Clothes That Made America’s Favorite Doll and the Incredible Woman Behind Them – Carol Spencer

Look what Barbie’s wearing! Barbie Fashion 1959-1967 by Sarah Sink Eames


May was a busier indie author month. I introduced three hard-working writers:

Richard Doiron
Lucia N. Davis
Frank Prem

If you are an indie or self-published author and would like to be featured on Who’s That Indie Author, please email me at bvitelli2009@gmail.com. To shake things up, I’ve updated my interview with a new set of questions!


Next week, we’re starting a Summer Reading program at the library where I work, so I’ll be signing up for that. I plan to work these two books onto my list:

June book previews: Lot – Stories by Bryan Washington and Miracle Creek by Angie Kim


And last, I was sorry to see that American author Herman Wouk died on May 17, at age 103. I’ve enjoyed many of his books and think I will go back to some of them this summer. I had a fun time looking at these book covers – did you notice that the last two, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, fit together to make a bigger picture?

Remembering American author Herman Wouk, 1915 – 2019

I hope you had a good month, out in the world and between the pages. I’m looking forward to a good summer!

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

Who’s That Blogger? Cathy from What Cathy Read Next

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Blogmaster:  Cathy

Blog name: What Cathy Read Next on WordPress

Type of blog: Book reviews

Where in the world?  Reading, United Kingdom

Blogging since when?  November 2016 – I’m a newbie!

What’s your story? I’d posted book reviews on Goodreads for a number of years and then I discovered ARCs and NetGalley. The idea of having the opportunity to review books before they are published and sharing my reviews with a wider audience really appealed.  So, my blog was born!

What types of blogs do you follow?  Lots and lots of book blogs!  In my early days of blogging I found it so helpful to visit other blogs to get tips on writing reviews, enhancing the look of my blog, social media channels, etc.  The downside is I’ve added considerably to my TBR pile because of all the wonderful reviews!

Early bird or night owl? In life – night owl.  In books – both – because I like to read in bed morning and evening.  As a blogger – neither – my most productive time is the afternoon when the chores are done, the evening meal planned and it’s nice and quiet.

Coffee or tea?  Coffee (cappuccino) in the morning, tea (builder’s) in the afternoon

Most recent binge watch (or other obsession):  I’m not really a binge watcher but my other love is gardening, in particular growing my own fruit & veg, so I’ll happily spend rainy days watching gardening programmes back to back.


Check out these recent posts on What Cathy Read Next:

Book Review:  A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
How book bloggers can help reach the 26%
Blog Tour: In the Eyes of an Angel by Kimberly Livingston


Hey bloggers!  Are you interested in expanding your blogging world?  Email bvitelli2009@gmail.com to be featured on Who’s That Blogger!

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