Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are well? Happily, here in the UK, there have been many more days of sunshine to indulge in reading on the patio this month, as well as some spectacular thunderstorms! I have also celebrated several birthdays; had a trip to Drayton Manor theme park; and enjoyed a few days on the south coast, during the half term break, with my mum. All in all a good month. Here’s what I have been reading in the sun:
Fiction: 5 Non-Fiction: 0
First this month, I read the brilliant Queen of Hearts, Volume 3: War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes, the long-awaited finale to Oakes’ twisted, young adult re-imagining of Wonderland. Next I lost myself in the historical fiction Peach Blossom Pavilion by Mingmei Yip, with its exotic setting and heart-breaking tale. Then at the end of the month, I started and finished within a few days, the cosy crime Headline Murder by Peter Bartram, which is the first book to follow journalist Colin Crampton and his investigations back in 1960s Brighton.
Also this month, I finished my slow but steady read of the classic The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, a wonderful novel I felt I needed to take my time with, and I finished my re-read via Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Audiobook) by J.K. Rowling and narrated by the hilarious Stephen Fry, which I have been enjoying immensely while I do my ironing. However you may have noticed I finished no non-fiction this month! Although, for the best part of the month, I have had two longer, heftier non-fictions on the go.
As well as a quality month of reading this was a very productive month too. As Queen of Hearts, Volume 3: War of the Cards and Peach Blossom Pavilion ticked off two categories on my What’s in a Name 2018 reading challenge. While The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was my March spin result and my second book off my new Classics Club list. However I am not up-to-date with my reviews, mainly because a lot of these books I finished right at the end of the month. So you have three May reviews to look forward to in June.
Pick of the Month: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Altogether that is fives books finished, which is up on the previous few months and equals the earlier months of January and February. Carrying on into June, I have non-fictions: Charles II, Biography of an Infamous King by John Miller and Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey (for my church’s next book club meeting).
In June, I look forward to starting my 10 Books of Summer reading challenge with The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier and continuing my Classics Club reading with Sandokan, The Pirates of Malaysia by Emilio Salgari. Plus I have a WWII school trip (I am planning to dress up as a land girl), an Olly Murs tribute night and my book club meeting to discuss Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey. Looks like it could be another good month.
What did you do and read in May? What are your plans for June?