Month In Review

Wow, I can't believe it's the end of the month already! The weather here is hot, hot, hot and I'm loving it! I am definitely looking forward to summer.

There are two books that stand out to me that I read in the month of May. The first is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. In the 1950's, Henrietta's cells were taken from her unknowingly, were found to be immortal and have been responsible for numerous vaccines and other medical discoveries. They were even sent into space and blown up by the atom bomb. And yet her family didn't know about it until decades later when their cells were taken from the unknowingly. The thing that stood out the most to me from the book is when her daughter states that while Henrietta's cells were being used to cure disease, her family couldn't even afford their own health insurance. It is an incredible story.

The other book that stood out for me was Locavore by Sarah Elton. I'm a big fan of eating organic and non-genetically modified foods, but when I'm at the grocery store I find that the selection of these foods from local sources is hard to come by. This book gives Canadians stories of people who are helping to change the way we eat and make these foods more accessible.

And of course I read some fabulously fluffy chick lit this month!

I'm already really looking forward to June. I just checked my library account and saw that Emily Giffin's Heart of the Matter and John Doyle's The World Is A Ball: The joy, madness, and meaning of soccer are currently on the shelf waiting for me. As well, Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Nomad is on it's way. I've been looking forward to these books for a while now!

I'm so happy to see so many people stopping by my blog. I hope you are all finding some goods read, and I love reading your comments.

Hope you all had a great May!


  1. Hope you have another great month Shan! Happy reading!

  2. They recently did a Law & Order episode that was obviously inspired by the Henrietta Lack's story!

  3. I have seen that book on quite a few blogs about Henrietta Lack! Sounds like a must read! My favorite for May was Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes and then the one I am about the review called Texas Roads by Cathy Bryant. Those two were my favs!

    Have a blessed day

  4. It seems like Henrietta Lacks is everywhere these days! I've read that the book has already been optioned to be a movie!

    Thanks for noting your favourites Loren, I'm going to have to look those ones up.

  5. Sounds like it was a good month with good reads.

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