May 2020: What I’ve Been Reading Lately

The countdown has begun. I have four weeks left in the school year, and summer break is calling my name. Summer means more time to read, and this year, that will most likely be more true than ever before.

In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been reading lately:

Nonfiction Gems:

Note: The nonfiction books I read this month actually topped the fiction titles! That’s got to be a first for me! Memoirs aside, I’m not the biggest nonfiction reader. But these two are worth your reading time.

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World ...

My latest nonfiction read was one I’ve had on my TBR list for over a year. After waiting on the hold list for over a month on the Libby app, I finally got to read it! I read most of it last Saturday afternoon and took notes like I was going to have a pop quiz. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and talked about it to about dozen people as soon as I finished it. It is so practical, which I was not expecting, and I have started practicing many of his suggestions this week already.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg - The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and ...

My second nonfiction read for the month. I listened to the audiobook version, which was decent. And I listened while I walked laps around my living room to get some steps in and did the dishes.

It’s a fascinating book for me, because I find neurology and what makes people tick fascinating. Read all the way through the appendix. The appendix really pulls it all together. (In my opinion the information in the appendix should be part of the conclusion.)

Fiction Finds:

Honestly, the only fiction I read this month, other than finishing the David Baldacci mystery I was reading when I wrote my last post, was the entire Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini. I was telling my family that I’d been waiting on a hold for the first of the Mistborn series for a month, and my brother suggested I read Paolini’s tetralogy. Each book is successively longer, yet I barely noticed. I inhaled those books as I haven’t done in a very long time.

He’s an excellent world-builder and I appreciated that the hero wasn’t exactly hero-like. He definitely grows and changes over the course of the series. If you’re wanting a series that sucks you in and doesn’t let you out til you find out how they defeat the evil king, I suggest it. Also, I cried on the last page – not because it was over, but because it wasn’t exactly a happy ending. I doubt my brother cried, but it just hit a heartstring for me.

The Inheritance Cycle Complete Collection: Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance de [Christopher Paolini]

Currently Reading

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

While I’ve seen this book on many lists before, it took a conversation with a friend to make me pick it up. I didn’t realize it was a WWII historical fiction novel, or I’d probably have picked it up long before. I also didn’t realize what it was actually about: centered around Liesel, the book thief, who is taken to live with a foster family, and how this family does what it has to in order to survive. I appreciate how it paints ordinary Germans in a realistic light. I’m about halfway through, and switched from the audio version to the Kindle version. I wanted my eyes to be able to taste the words, not just listen to them.

Books I’m Considering:

  • The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
  • The End of October by Lawrence Wright
  • The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (when it’s published)
  • How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons
  • You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

What have you been reading lately? I always love good book suggestions 🙂

2 thoughts on “May 2020: What I’ve Been Reading Lately

  1. I liked Deep Work but I LOVED his next book, Digital Minimalism, which was basically a whole book from his third rule in Deep Work about conquering social media. And I loved The Power Habit and recently read Atomic Habits, which I felt was a lot more practical and brimming with actionable steps (which is the one thing i though Power of Habit lacked) . I feel like the two complement each other very well!

    Linking my recent reads, if interested!

    1. I have heard of Digital Minimalism! I’m glad to hear you recommend it.

      I agree that The Power of Habit lacked much practical advice, which was why I was glad I listened all the way through the appendix.

      Thanks for the link to your recent reads!

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