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In My Stacks for May

It has been a long time since I’ve posted a dedicated post about books! Have you missed these?

The other day I sifted through my recent unread book stacks and pulled out several I’d like to read this month. Now, it is unlikely I will get through ALL of these…but I will give it the good ole’ college try!

SavingFishMy current read is Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan (2006 Ballantine Books Trade Paperback Edition) which I am reading for my online book club. I’ve enjoyed Tan’s writing in the past (check out my review of The Hundred Secret Senses which I loved) and I am really liking this novel which is narrated by a dead woman. You have to be an excellent writer to pull that off! And Amy Tan is a wonderful storyteller. Stay tuned for a review by the first of next week.

Invention of WingsI also need to read The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd for my book club. I’ve been seeing a lot of great reviews and comments about this one, so it is a novel I am looking forward to on multiple levels. Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?

Also in the stacks this month are Peirene Press’s latest novella – The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov (translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield) as well as a novella by Meike Ziervogel (the editor of Peirene Press) titled Magda. I don’t know why I haven’t read these yet…but I am determined to do so soon.

DeadLake Magda

Other possibilities for this month include:

whiskeybeach ruby FairyTale

  • Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013)
  • Ruby by Cynthia Bond (Hogarth, 2014)
  • A Fairy Tale by Jonas T. Bengtsson and translated from the Danish by Charlotte Barslund (Other Press, 2014)

WhentheCypressWhispers Byrd PTforAnimals

  • When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon (Harper, 2014)
  • Byrd by Kim Church (Dzanc Books, 2014)
  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals by Susan E. Davis, PT (JoyCare Media, 2013)

Have you read any of these? What did you think?


  1. May 7, 2014    

    I adore Amy Tan! I think you’ll love that one. I vote you read When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon! I just loved that book this year

  2. May 8, 2014    

    I loved The Kitchen God’s Wife & The Hundred Secret Senses but haven’t read a new Tan book in forever, I should check out Saving Fish from Drowning!

  3. May 8, 2014    

    Yeah miss your book posts! I havent read your picks but they look good. Ive heard good things about Ruby and a bit about When the Cypress Whispers. Enjoy.

  4. May 8, 2014    

    Magda is excellent, it gets you thinking and makes you consider the people who are forgotten. I’ve only read about When the Cypress Whispers, but it sounds good.

  5. May 11, 2014    

    I haven’t read the new book by Sue Monk Kidd, but I’ve heard very good things about it. I loved The Secret Life of Bees, but wasn’t impressed with her second novel (The Mermaid’s Chair), so I’ve been holding off on this one. I think I may have to give it a try since I have yet to hear anything negative about it. I wonder if the audio is any good…

  6. May 12, 2014    

    I’ve been meaning to read Ruby. I hope you enjoy your reads.

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