book report: may 2019

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I’m back with my fifth book report of the year and going strong! I traveled quite a bit this month and didn’t get as much reading done as usual, but the three books I did read were all so, so good. I’m doing well on my progress for the year and am so happy that I’ve been lucking out with such good material.

Progress: 25/70

Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg
I could honestly write such a long review of this book and have been asked by many of you on Instagram to do so, but I’ll try to keep it concise. Quick thing up front: If you don’t already know, Pete Buttigieg is the mayor fo South Bend, Indiana and is running for president in 2020. Going into the book, I was already a casual fan of Pete’s but this book sealed the deal and I will be voting for Pete in the primary. First of all, it was beautifully written almost as if it were a novel. Second of all, Pete really pleaded his case for why he really is the most well rounded candidate for president, one who is appealing to both “sides”, and I’m all for it.

He is a 37 year old Harvard alum, Rhodes scholar, married to a public school teacher (who is a man, by the way, not that it should matter but I consider it a plus), and speaks 7 languages. He is well educated and worldly, yet was raised in and is the leader of a town that is quintessentially Midwestern and representative of so many other towns in the States. Not only these things, but he is also a veteran who served in Afghanistan, a former McKinsey grocery pricing analyst, and has hands-on experience using creative solutions to solve problems in South Bend that need to be solved nationwide. Definitely, definitely read this book and then go out and vote for Pete.

The Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Y’all know I love the Peachtree Bluff series and I was so excited for the third book to come out on my birthday this month, but equally sad because it’s the final one in the trio. If you liked the first two books, you’ll love this one which focuses on the youngest daughter, Emerson. I’m really sad to say goodbye to these characters and the town of Peachtree Bluff!

How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny
This is the ninth book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. Yes, the ninth. This is by far the longest series I’ve ever read (with Harry Potter coming in second) and I still currently have four more to go (probably five because a new one comes out every year and will likely be out before I finish the others). I have to say, this was definitely one of my favorites, if not my number one favorite in the series. It was compelling from start to finish, with several different plots that were all equally as interesting. It was very representative of all the things I love about this series: the cozy setting, the well plotted mysteries, and the philosophical overtones.