So May turned out a lot like April: non-fiction and mysteries. I think I need to break out of this pattern for the summer.
Fiction Read in May:
Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil by James Runcie
Similar to the first two in the series, these proved the perfect blend of cozy mystery, slightly deeper theological questions to ponder and lightish read in a busy season.
The Noonday Friends by Mary Stolz
Read for Amy’s Newbery Challenge. This month was the 1960’s and was the first decade where I had already read a fair number of the honor and medalist books. I picked this one by Mary Stolz because I enjoyed her as a author as a kid. More of a character driven than plot-driven book, it deals with the issue of poverty in a NYC neighborhood.
Non-Fiction Read in May:
The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines by Cate Lineberry
The story this book told was compelling: a medical transport plane that crashed in Albania during WWII and the subsequent survival and rescue of the nurses and medics who were on board. Unfortunately, although the events are compelling and should make for a fascinating read, the way the story is told kept the reader at a formal distance and never really drew me in. I think one reason was that there was no central figure to identify or empathize with. I couldn’t help but compare it to The Boys in the Boat, which also told the story of a team but through the eyes primarily of one central character. In this one I kept getting confused about who I was reading about and the book ended up feeling more like a dry description of events rather than a true adventure story.
The Road to Character by David Brooks