Books Read in May 2017

  1. The Hate U Give
    I was fully immersed in this. It made me realize I don't read many books written by or featuring a heroine who is a woman of color. I was glad to have it in a first person narrative.
  2. The Outsiders
    I read an interview with the author to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the book, and when I learned she wrote it when she was 16, I wanted to read it. I've never seen the movie. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it totally surprised me.
  3. Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream
    This true story was so, so good. The teenagers who didn't give up when the going got tough and the teachers who believed in them. I cried on almost every page.
  4. Big Little Lies
    I've read this before but couldn't remember a damn thing so it was just as good the second time. Kept me guessing as to what went down until very nearly the end.
  5. The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World
    I could hear Steve Hely's voice in every sentence, and I loved it. A classic travel story with little bits of history and politics of the places he travels mixed in. Also, of course, funny. Loved it.