Thursday, June 6, 2019

Reading Recap: May 2019

The fountain at the Bellagio in Las Vegas

The books I read this month!

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: A family saga covering Sunja's family as they move from Korea to Japan during the Japanese occupation, through WWII and into modern times.

Educated by Tara Westover: The author's memoir documenting her strange life growing up as the daughter of a father who wanted to live off the grid, including not having his kids go to school... and how she left and ended up getting a doctorate from Cambridge.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: A re-read of this one of my favorite books about a girl who is famous online for her web comic, but a misfit quiet girl in real life.

Mercy by Rebecca Lim: Mercy wakes up in Carmen's body and has to figure out how to survive once again and figure out what she needs to do to end this cycle. Maybe if she helps this family solve the mystery of their missing daughter?

Favorites: Educated and Pachinko both top the list. Re-reading Eliza was also enjoyable.

Book Challenge Progress:

Pachinko: National Book Award finalist
Educated: book with a strong female character
Mercy: book from the customer recommended shelf

June Goals:

  • do a buddy read with my son of Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson (except he already finished)
  • read the book club book
  • maybe start another book for the challenge

How's your reading going my friends?


  1. Good job. Pachinko is one I'd like to read. Happy June!

  2. Looks like your reading mojo is back! :)

    1. Ish... lol. Pretty sure summer will kill it again.

  3. Looks like you had a good reading month. Do you have any Korean fiction book recommendations or fictional books by Korean authors. I'd like to read some. I'm okay with fluff even.

    1. I'm only just learning about Korean fiction, so I don't have many recommendations. Fluff books would be those by Maurene Goo and Jenny Han...Korean American authors. The Korean fiction books I've read are only Pachinko (mentioned in this post) and Please Look After Mom. Both really good. And Pachinko is about a Korean family, but mostly takes place in Japan. Please Look After Mom is a really good one and shows a lot of Korean culture and family dynamics. I loved it. Anyway, hopefully I'll become more familiar with more authors eventually. Oh, Linda Sue Park is Korean (or Korean American not sure) and I bet you have read some of her books already? But maybe she has some you haven't? I should read more of hers too.



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