May’s bookclub was a special one and marked the end of an era for the Read or Die bookclub. One of the founding members Erin is moving to California for an exciting new adventure with her family. I’m so happy for Erin and her next chapter in her life, but I’m so sad to see her go. She is truly a wonderful person with a warm personality and a caring heart. She’s smart, funny, and kind and brings a lot of wonderful and unique perspective to our little bookclub. She’s also a wonderful mother and a talented baker (there are a lot of really talented people in my bookclub). While I’m sure our paths will cross again, it definitely won’t be the same without her. Maybe she will start a California chapter of our bookclub ;).
For our book this month, we let Erin have one last pick, and she chose Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. This was a fantastic read! The writing was brilliant, and the characters felt very real and authentic. They were so dynamic and multi-faceted. The book started with the death of their daughter and the subsequent reactions of the family. It also looked back upon the mother and father’s lives as an interracial couple, and no matter how hard you try, you may be doomed to repeat the mistakes of your parents. While I don’t believe this personally, the book did make some strong logic as to why that might be true. This book was beautifully written and took on a lot of heavy issues. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, and I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Rachel provided and extra special dinner with Shrimp Fried Rice, Pork Hum Bao, BBQ Pork, PB&J Cake, and Rosemary Limeade. The PB&J cake is one of my favorite cakes ever, it is seriously delicious! If you haven’t already checked out the recipe for the Rosemary Limeade, do yourself a favor, and make a batch right now, with or without alcohol it is divine!
Our next months book is Moonglow by Michael Chabon, and you can find all of the books we’ve read here.
Have any of you ever read Everything I Never Told You? Let me know in the comments.