Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? May has been a rollercoaster month for me. From the highs of a glorious, sunny weekend spent celebrating my little brother’s 18th birthday and also many trips to the cinema for all the new superhero films. To the lows of a week of constant rain, a rotten cold and a big disappointment at work. Finally, at the end of the month I am now enjoying the peace and relaxation of the half-term break. Phew! However through it all I have kept up a good steady pace of reading and here is what I managed to finish:
Fiction: 4 Non-Fiction: 1 Poetry: 0
First, I was gripped by historical fiction Turn of the Tide by Margaret Skea that swept me back in time to a terrible family feud in 16th century Scotland. I am really looking forward to continuing the story in the next book, A House Divided. Still in an escapist mood, I next journeyed to the fantasy kingdom of Aedaron for an excellent crime noir adventure in Best Left in the Shadows by Mark Gelineau and Joe King. The 3rd Echo of the Ascended novellas I have read and I can’t wait to continue reading this series with Civil Blood. Then I had a comforting return to the fantastical creation of Terry Pratchett in his 12th Discworld novel, Witches Abroad. Another hilarious adventure; my full thoughts are still to be posted.
Sadly though, I read less classics this month. Only finishing children’s classic The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley – a very surreal tale which took longer to read than I expected; I also have yet to write my full thoughts on it. That means I’ve read 1 book off my Classics Club list this month, none towards the Women’s Classic Literature Event, however I have read 3 books appropriate for the magical Once Upon A Time X event.
Alongside these fictions I also read a political history of Henry IV by Chris Given-Wilson, which was a detailed, informative and interesting read; and it has definitely wetted my appetite to read more non-fiction and novels from this time period.
Pick of the Month: Turn of the Tide
That is 5 books completed in May and I enjoyed them so much I found it very hard to pick my favourite. During the month I have also been dipping in and out of Christian devotional, Let God’s Word Empower Your Prayers by Stormie Omartian. Then right at the end of the month I started reading The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris and children’s classic, The Story of the Amulet by Edith Nesbit.
In June I am looking forward to celebrating our Queen’s 90th birthday, a residential trip away with the children from school, a trip to Nottingham and the start of the 10 Books of Summer challenge. Happy reading everybody!
What did you do and read in May? Do you have any plans for June?