May 2019 Reading Wrap-up!


Goodness Gracious! I read and reviewed a lot during May! Click on the links to read my full reviews.

The East End by Jason Allen ★★★★☆
The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters ★☆☆☆☆
Rise & Shine, Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick ★★★☆☆
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth ★★★★☆
A Murderous Malady by Christine Trent ★★★☆☆
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides ★★★★★
Little Darlings by Melanie Golding ★★★☆☆
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin ★★★☆☆
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan ★★☆☆☆
Sourdough by Robin Sloan ★★★★☆
Our House by Louise Candlish ★★☆☆☆
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan ★★★★☆

Children’s Book
Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher by Maxine Sylvester ★★★★★

Short Stories
The Landlady by Roald Dahl ★★★★☆
Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat by Roald Dahl ★★★★★
Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl ★★★★★
The Way Up To Heaven by Roald Dahl ★★★★★
Royal Jelly by Roald Dahl ★★★★☆
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe ★★★★☆
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe ★★★★☆
A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger ★★★★☆

Ellie and the Harpmarker by Hazel Prior ★★★★★

The Writer Who Couldn’t Answer Standardized Test Questions About Her Own Work

As of May 31, I have read 56 of the 104 books I challenged myself to read this year. According to Goodreads, I am way ahead of schedule!

Finally, the following are the books I started in May but haven’t finished yet. Reviews for these will come in the next few days. Stay tuned!

That’s it for May!


The Writer Who Couldn’t Answer Standardized Test Questions About Her Own Work

Yesterday I posted a review of one of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories called The Cask of Amontillado. At the end of my review I commented that the story has been analyzed to death regarding the “meaning” of the story and what the story may signify or represent. My final comment was to wonder what Poe would say if we were able to ask him directly. My thought is that he would say it was just a story!

Today I saw an article about a poet that couldn’t answer standardized test questions about her own poems! Continue reading “The Writer Who Couldn’t Answer Standardized Test Questions About Her Own Work”