What I Read in May

Friday, June 03, 2016

Under Major Domo Minor: Patrick DeWitt  

Plot: Lucy Minor is the resident odd duck in the hamlet of Bury. He is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for begetting brutish giants. Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux. While tending to his new post as undermajordomo, he soon discovers the place harbors many dark secrets, not least of which is the whereabouts of the castle's master, Baron Von Aux. Thus begins a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery, and cold-blooded murder.

Undermajordomo Minor is an ink-black comedy of manners, an adventure, and a mystery, and a searing portrayal of rural Alpine bad behavior, but above all it is a love story. And Lucy must be careful, for love is a violent thing.

What I Thought: If I'm being completely honest I really mostly enjoyed this book. I say mostly because parts of the book left me feeling confused. I picked this book up off the library shelves on a whim and the synopsis caught my interest enough that I thought I'd give it a try. When I started reading, I was confused as to whether this was meant to be a YA or adult book. This confusion only furthered when there was a very uncomfortable and honestly, unnecessary sex scene chapter. Other than that, the book was funny, it held my interest and it was easy to connect with the characters. 

Should You Read It?: Maybe. I don't think it's for everyone. But I do think a lot of people would find it entertaining. Give it a try if you're looking for something serious that doesn't require too much brain power. 

Year of Yes: Shonda Rhimes

Plot: The mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes. 

What I Thought: I LOVED this book. Like no exaggeration, loved it. If you haven't read this yet and could use a little motivation or inspiration, do yourself a favor and go to the library right now and get this book. It was funny, and wonderful and just all around a great book. 

Should You Read It?: Duh *read last section* 

And with my whirlwind of a month that was all I had time to read. Hopefully June will be filled with lots of relaxing beach days and good books. 

What did you read in May?

1 comment

  1. I read textbooks in May lol. So depressing.


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