Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? May has been a mixed bag of a month. At the beginning, I enjoyed a weekend on the south coast to celebrate my brother’s birthday, but it was followed by miserable late-April showers. While the month ended with a glorious week of sunshine, I managed to cut my finger badly and was left feeling rather sorry for myself! Fortunately my poorly finger couldn’t stop me reading, here is what I read:
Fiction: 4 Non-Fiction: 1
It was a busy time for me at the beginning of May, when I picked up Monstrous Little Voices edited by David Thomas Moore, a wonderful collection of stories with elements of war, romance, magic and deception, which was perfect to squeeze in when I had a moment or two. Then when the weather took a turn for the worst, I indulged in a comforting re-read of Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley by M C Beaton, the fourth book in Beaton’s long-running, cosy-crime series.
As the sun emerged later in the month, I finally found myself in the mood for the wonderfully atmospheric My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier. It was back in March, I actually started reading this, however I read the majority of it in a matter of days! At the same time, I had on the go the lighter read of Class of ’59 by John A. Heldt, a nostalgic, time travel romance. Which also covered nicely the ‘title with a number in numbers in’ for the What’s in a Name 2017 challenge. My full thoughts on these two books are still to be posted.
Alongside these fictions, I also continued my unintentional US president theme by reading the short non-fiction The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Very Brief History by Mark Black.
Pick of the Month: My Cousin Rachel
Altogether that is five books read, which is a good amount for me. I have also continued to intermittently listen to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and dipped in and out of the memoir Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham. While at the end of the month, I started reading the Italian classic Sandokan, The Tigers of Mompracem by Emilio Salgari and the short story collection Sandlands by Rosy Thornton.
In June, I am looking forward to a trip to the wonderful Butterfly Farm and going to see Puccini’s opera Madam Butterfly; honestly this butterfly theme was not planned! And, of course, I look forward to more reading, in particular for my 10 Books of Summer challenge.
What did you do and read in May? What are your plans for June?