First up was The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.
I had heard a lot of buzz about this book and could not wait to read it. I ended up joining The Book of the Month Club because they were running a special for 50% off a 3 month membership, making it just $21 total. Three books for $7.00 isn't a bad deal especially when one of them is The Nest. Loved this. Loved. It read like a dream. I loved the exploration of the topic of money and people's attitudes towards it. As I was reading the last few pages, my husband actually commented on how happy I looked as I found out what happened to each of the characters.
The second book I read for May was the next Book of the Month selection I was sent, The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan. It told the story of a small bomb detonated by a terrorist in a Delhi market. Two brothers are killed while the friend survives. It deals with the aftermath for everyone including the terrorists. So, not a feel-good read, but it was well done. I probably wouldn't have chose this to read on my own, but that is what sort of appeals to me about the premise of Book of the Month Club. I might extend my membership past the three month trial period. I don't buy a lot of books and depend heavily on the library, but I do like the idea of supporting writers, reading something I normally wouldn't gravitate towards, and I also like to not have to rush to beat the clock with due dates (especially during the school year). So we'll see.
Finally, I finished The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey on the second to last day of May (which was a good thing because it was due back to the library on the last day of May). It only took me three days to read it, even thought I wouldn't classify it as a short book. It was one of those page-turners that flies by without you realizing how many pages you've read. I've read a lot of books similiar to this one recently (The Passage, Station Eleven, The Blondes) , but I still really enjoyed this book because of the excellent storytelling.
That's it for May. Can't wait for June. I have lots more time to read now!