May Book Reviews


I’ve been on such a good roll with reading more lately. That’s partially because I went on  two trips to Cleveland last month and downloaded audio books to listen to on the drive using OverDrive. It’s also because I’ve been getting books out from the library and it’s honestly been great to have a deadline. That’s what I need apparently. I’m so excited to share these three books with you just in time for the long weekend. I would highly recommend all three. So I hope you can find a good nook or a sturdy lawn chair this weekend and read to your heart’s content.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It’s very well written, has great characters, and an interesting story. It is an oral history of the creation, rise to fame, and demise of 70s folk band Daisy Jones & the Six. The creative struggles and sexual chemistry between lead singers Daisy Jones and Billy Graham are palpable. The format is really interesting because it’s sort of like reading instead of watching a VH1 Behind the Music documentary. It takes place many years after the band’s heyday and you’re reading each character’s point of view about how the story of their band unfolds. I don’t want to give too much away. Just know that it features the typical sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but also some really poignant moments. It’s apparently loosely based on Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks. I heard the audio book is very good because it’s more of a performance. A cast of actors brings to life the different characters. Also, Amazon is turning this into a TV series, so the sooner you read it the better.

Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley

This one is just plain funny. It features a series of essays by Sloane Crosley, author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake. This was the first of her books that I’ve read, and I have to say I like her sardonic and witty style of writing. She’s a self-proclaimed typical New Yorker, which you pick up from one of the first stories about hailing a cab for the airport. Her bemusement at the silly, random, and sometimes mundane aspects of adult life is something I can relate to. The stories range from becoming totally obsessed with and revengeful of a noisy neighbor to climbing a volcano without doing any research first and discovering along the way that she is not at all prepared. Sounds like something I would do! If you need a good laugh or a little snark, this is a good one for you.

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

This book really spoke to me. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know that I have been trying to spend less and put less emphasis on stuff for the last year or so (see my post on starting a capsule wardrobe). But this takes it to a whole new level. In this book, Cait Flanders details how she got herself out of $30,000 in debt, quits drinking, gives away 70% of her belongings, and challenges herself with a spending ban. In the process, she learns what is truly important to her. I know the examples might seem extreme, but I feel like this book helped me look at spending in a completely different light. One of the most interesting questions she asks herself before buying something is, “Am I buying this for who I am now or some ideal version of myself that doesn’t exist?” I thought that was an excellent question to ask before buying something. I don’t know how many times I’ve bought things that were not ideal for my life right now and then regretted the purchase. For hundreds of little helpful anecdotes like that, this book is worth the read.

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