You may have noticed that a) I did not post a single post in the month of May after claiming in April that I would read SIX whole books and devote myself to my blog while my boyfriend was away all month, and b) that this is my third post in the last WEEK!
It turns out May was not the month for reading that I thought it was going to be. With my boyfriend being away, my furniture slowly being removed from my apartment, and my living room being a horrible place to spend time because my apartment had some kitchen repairs which required me to empty all of my cabinets into the kitchen/living room area, I never felt in the mood to read. Instead, it being my last month in New York with all my friends, I went out to celebrate approximately every night. (Oops!)
I managed through two books, only by the deadline of my bookclub meeting, but let’s get to the books part of this recap.
I left off in April, saying that I needed to finish Blitzed by Norman Ohler ASAP for my book club – and surprisingly I was able to do so. Book club was held at my friend Lianna’s house on the Upper East Side of New York City. We always goes with a theme and for this book she bought potato pancakes!
Blitzed is an interesting one to host a ‘party’ around because its about Hitler and his meth addiction. Nothing fun or funny or anything you want to put in your body with that theme. But the treats were delicious, and as always there was wine.
We had a great discussion about the book, but the biggest takeaway is that if you’re feeling saturated of WWII stories because you kinda think you’ve heard them all, you have not heard this one! This research is totally new and will give you a whole new light to this crazy time period. I would warn readers that it reads more like a text book than a novel, but am I glad I read this book? Absolutely.
Expert Tip: Read Blitzed with sticky notes nearby. Or on a kindle. You’re gonna want to mark these facts for when your friends don’t believe you.
The weekend after book club I went to Newport, Rhode Island for some quality time with my sister and niece before the move. I don’t have kids so I didn’t totally anticipate this but it is so hard to read with a one year old around! They are moving and they want to play. I tried to read when she was asleep, but of course that only last twenty minutes!
At any rate, the book I was reading was Beartown by Fredrik Backman which came with the disclaimer from the All The Books Podcast “Be ready to read a lot about hockey.” I was prepared, and I love hockey, but I only got through about 50 pages of this book before I put it down. It wasn’t like his others, and maybe I subconsciously just wanted to reread A Man Called Ove, but I just wasn’t getting on board with the book and wasn’t willing to push through.
The following weekend, I did a crazy thing. I took the 7 am Saturday morning flight to San Diego and took the red eye back Sunday night. 10 hours of flying for 30 hours with Cam in our new city – definitely worth it!
I also LOVE to read on planes. So, while I could’ve slept most of the way to California, I got a large cup of coffee and read the first 70% of Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker. I loved this book, and I have a review mostly typed up, but this book was just so much fun. To make it even more fun, I got my whole book club as well as my mom to read it too! And the following weekend, when my mom came to visit New York, five of us went to the Chelsea Wine Vault to take a wine tasting class together. I love love love the Chelsea Wine Vault and this was actually my fourth class there. Highly recommend weekend wine school!
It took me the rest of the month of May to finish cork dork, and my book club in New York managed to squeeze in one final meeting before I left. This one was smaller – I think only five of us actually made it, but most of us brought a bottle of wine and we did a mini tasting while we discussed the book!
This was our first time doing activities outside of casually drinking wine and discussing books, and we just had so much fun with this one. I would definitely recommend it for other book clubs out there!