May 2017 Monthly Round-Up

May 2017 Monthly Round-Up

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May Reading / Life

  • After reading 14 books in April, I’m back to a more normal-for-me reading level with 9 books in May. Not one of them was a real dud and I truly couldn’t decide between the 3 (yes, I realize this is totally ridiculous!) books that are my favorites of the month!
  • Three of those were massive winners with two 5 star sports novels (Trophy Son and Beartown) and a 4.5 star gorgeously written, gritty love story (White Fur).
  • Do Not Become Alarmed and Rabbit Cake made perfect additions to my 2017 Summer Reading Guide!
  • The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano – Lesnevich (my review) and One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel were both solid 4 star reads.
  • My audiobooks were decent: Shattered by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes and Spark by John Ratey.
  • My free trial of my personalized book recommendation service will be ending on Father’s Day, so it’s time to get in any last minute requests. And, I’ve got you covered for Father’s Day gift recommendations!
  • Today is the last day to choose your June Book of the Month Club selection(s). Check out all the details and my commentary on which selection I’d choose here!
  • I graduated to 1x/week of physical therapy for my lower back (down from 2x/week), so I’m now able to fit Barre class back in! I went to my first one today since the injury and, man, am I out of Barre shape. Bring on the soreness…

My Favorite Book(s) of the Month

Best Books of the Month

Trophy Son by Douglas Brunt (May 30, 2017), My Review
Fiction – Sports, 288 Pages
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Beartown by Fredrick Backman (April 25, 2017)
Fiction – Sports, 432 Pages
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White Fur by Jardine Libaire (May 30, 2017)
Fiction, 320 Pages
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PS – last year’s Best Book of May was Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (my review)…one of my Best Books of 2016!

Best Selling Book(s) of the Month (via my affiliate links)

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach (My Review)
Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan (Spoiler Discussion)
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (My Review)

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (My Review)
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio (My Review)
White Fur by Jardine Libaire

June Releases I’m Excited About

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy (June 6)
The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs (June 6)
Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash (June 6)
Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses (June 13)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in May
2017 Summer Reading Guide
My Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2017
Ten Read-Alikes I’m Dying to See

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations
Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: On Appreciating, Yet Not Loving a Book

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  1. THE FACT OF A BODY was gripping, yet so angering. Have you read TRUE CRIME ADDICT yet? It’s similar in that the author is sort of a character in the story but it’s less intensely upsetting. I also enjoyed IF WE WERE VILLAINS (thanks for the rec) and look forward to DEAD LETTERS and BASED ON A TRUE STORY.

    Posted 6.6.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      No – I haven’t! Will check that out – I love me some true crime every now and then! Thrilled you liked Villains!

      Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  2. You had a really good month with three best books. I’m planning on working in Beartown later this month.

    I’m going to want to hear how the book recommendations are working out and thanks so much for the shout out about summer books. You have me in very good company!

    Posted 6.6.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Welcome 🙂 I really think you’ll love Beartown.

      I’ll definitely fill you in on book recs..I have one more week of the free trial. I’m considering doing a post about how the free trial went.

      Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  3. I really want to read Trophy Son!

    I’m amazed people buy books through your links. When I linked to Amazon, I got a few sales but never of books and when I linked to Indiebound, I didn’t get a single sale. I still link to there but dropped the affiliation link.

    Posted 6.6.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      It’s so so good…hope you get to it!

      That’s interesting…I don’t use Indiebound. I definitely get book sales through Amazon…I’m not sure why. I’ve recently started adding more links to my posts (linking to Amazon every time I mention a book in a post, not just in the title) and my affiliate sales have increased considerably since making that change. I just wish books cost more…you’ve got to sell a ton of volume to make much off 4% of a $15 book!

      Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  4. Cori wrote:

    Beartown was an amazing book. I loved it too!

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    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:


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  5. I’m excited to read Beartown. I have a feeling I’ll love it. I need to get my hands on a copy soon.

    Posted 6.6.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yes, yes!!

      Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  6. I love how you get to so many books in a month! Totally jealous 🙂 But expecially love the fact that all of them were awesome!

    Posted 6.6.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Haha – thanks! Audiobooks have helped me a ton!

      Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  7. Beth F wrote:

    I’ll have to look for Trophy Son and I have White Fur on my list already. Yay for a barre class. I haven’t danced in years, but I still miss it.

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Well, I wouldn’t say I do anything close to dancing in Barre…more like very ungraceful squats and stuff with a hand on the barre..haha!

      Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  8. Great reading month Sarah! I’ve heard good things about Rabbit Cake, and I wanted to read it, I just don’t know if it’s for me (I don’t prefer to read about grief). Although, I did really enjoy “Did You Ever Have a Family” by Bill Clegg. I gave that one a perfect 5/5.

    Also, it’s great that you’re able to fit Barre class back in. Nice!

    Posted 6.7.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thank you! Well, I’d say Did You Ever Have a Family is a much more intense grief book than Rabbit Cake. Rabbit Cake is kind of quirky, endearing, and actually has a light-hearted feel even though it’s about grief. Hope you give it a shot!

      Posted 6.7.17 Reply
  9. Looks like you had a great month! Far more productive than my own, I’m afraid. I can’t believe I haven’t read Beartown.. Soon!

    Posted 6.8.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Definitely fit in Beartown (or maybe you already have?)! And June is turning out to not be a very productive month for me, so what goes around comes around!

      Posted 6.11.17 Reply

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