Anyhoo, these are the books I read. Let me know if you've read and/or liked any of 'em. And let me know what books you were digging last month, too.
2. Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch. Another pretty nifty book. Not to sound like a broken record, but I don't think I liked it as much as his first book translated into English, The Dinner. But if misanthropic, unreliable narrators are your thing, this book will totally be your jam.
3. Guests On Earth by Lee Smith. Audio book performed by Emily Woo Zeller. Eh. I thought this book had tremendous potential: set in the 1930s and '40s, a gentle sanitarium outside of Asheville, NC, and with Zelda Fitzgerald as a minor character. I was pretty disappointed.
5. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. This YA features non-traditional protagonists: a girl with cerebral palsy and a boy with OCD. Both are debilitating in completely opposite ways. I loved this book. Review here.
6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (ebook) . This is a rare case where watching the Divergent film prompted me to read the second book in the series. I'd read Divergent some time ago and thought it was perfectly fine, but it didn't interest me enough to plunge immediately into the second book. For some reason, I emotionally connected with the film in a way that I didn't with the book. Lots of folks have been down on Tris (the protagonist in the trilogy) because she's not Katniss, but frankly I do not understand why the world thinks we only need one kind of female role model. I'm Team Katniss AND Team Tris.
7. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. This YA book was a re-read for me, and if possible, I liked it even more than I did the first time around. I purchased the ebook for this one because I couldn't find my ARC and I was in the mood to read it NOW.
I also read 65-150 pages from several other books that won't pub until August/September for my work reading, including Amy Bloom's Lucky Us, Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven, Thrity Umrigar's The Story Hour, Marilynne Robinson's Lila, and Lisa Howarth's Going Away Shoes. With luck, I'll finish at least three of them because I'm smitten with what I've read so far and report on them for next month.