Books to Read in May 2019

Reading is addictive. The more books you read, the more you want to continue doing it. But the addiction of reading a good book doesn’t have a side effect except for broaden horizon and improved vocabulary. We also should include proficiency in this or that language here. It only gets better and better with every book you read. And that’s why I continue bringing more books into Roads and Destinations’ book club. And what can be a better time than the beginning of the month to share some of the books to read in May 2019.

But compare to the list of books I posted back in March 2019, there are some minor changes. Instead of including the publications that I was going to read with you, I decided to recommend the books that I’m familiar with.

Struggles with Some of the Books to Read prior May 2019

This decision came to me naturally or rather to say through struggles I had while reading one of the highly acclaimed travel memoir. I simply couldn’t wrap my mind around it. I read that book, probably a few pages at a time, and put it down. It continued for over a month. I used any excuses to avoid reading that dreadful novel: we traveled, we had visitors – everything worked for me.

Finally I got so sick and tired of reading that book. I made a decision to finish it no matter what. Luckily, we were flying to Nashville, Tennessee. That’s a four-hour flight one way. I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to finally part ways with that travel classic. It took about tree hours to finish reading the book, which ended up in a pile of the books that go to Salvation Army. (I don’t keep the books that I don’t intend to reread some time in the future.)

With that being said, our book club with the books to read in May 2019 takes a slightly different approach. These are two novels and two non-fiction books that I read before. Without further ado


Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes

Under the Tuscan Sun is one of the best travel books to read in May 2019. The novel takes you to Tuscany, a picturesque region in central Italy. In this book Frances Mayes shares her experience of buying, renovating, and living in an old villa in rural Italy. The author goes on to describe her day-to-day life in her new house, her interactions with the locals, and passion for gardening and cooking.

In 2003 the book got attention of Hollywood and was adapted for the film Under the Tuscan Sun. However, as it’s the case with the majority of book-to-film adaptations, the original is tenfold better. But you are welcome to challenge my point of view in the comments below.

Fourteen Days Later by Sibel Hodge

Helen Grey is one of those easy-going, funny girls who always fall for wrong guys. After her latest affair comes to an end, Helen’s friend sets her a fourteen-day challenge. These fourteen tasks turn Helen’s life in a completely new and unexpected direction. Fourteen Days Later is one of those books that you want to read on a plain or before going to sleep. It’s a simple, funny, and easy read that will make you laugh out loud.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic is one of my favorite books to read in May 2019. In it Elizabeth Gilbert, author of widely popular Eat, Pray, Love challenges you to trust you instincts. Whatever creative idea visits you, rely on it, and see where it takes you. Usually it’ll lead you to a magical place aka big magic you haven’t even dreamed of. On the other hand, if you take long to go along with that particular idea, it’ll leave you and go somewhere else. But don’t beat yourself up if you see that somebody else succeeds with YOUR idea. There are still plenty of them looking for the right people. It might be.

Big Magic seems to deal with a rather philosophical or supernatural topic. However, Elizabeth Gilbert turns it into one of the easies books to read in the month of May thanks to ample examples from her personal life.

The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz

You want to read any books written by Don Miguel Ruiz. I recommended his Four Agreements as one of the books to read in January 2019. The Mastery of Love is another masterpiece of a great thinker and author. In this book Don Miguel Ruiz dispels our fears and wrong beliefs regarding relationships. Using insightful stories, the author shows how to restore and bring back joy and happiness into any kind of relationship. I won’t be surprise if you keep the Mastery of Love on your nightstand along with other books you want to read and reread on a regular basis.


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