Goodbye May, Hello June 2019

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? May has absolutely flown by for me in a blur of four friends and family birthdays (including my baby brother’s 21st!), a lovely bank holiday weekend, buying a new car, and a short term at work which led to another week break. Even though it flew by, it was a quieter, more relaxing month, which left me plenty of time for some great reading. Here’s what I read:

Fiction: 3          Non-Fiction: 1

First, I finished reading the engaging, turn-of-the-century classic, Howards End by E. M. Forster off of my Classics Club list, which I was inspired to add to my list after watching the BBC’s delightful 2017 adaptation. I found the book to be an equal delight and the perfect spring read as I had hoped. Then I travelled further back to 16th century Scotland and France, in By Sword and Storm by Margaret Skea, the gripping and eagerly anticipated conclusion to Skea’s brilliant Munro Scottish Saga trilogy. It was great to catch up with well loved characters and see some conclusions for them… although I think teasingly left open enough for the possibility of more.

Finally, for something completely different, I indulged in a short, fun read of Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist by M. C. Beaton, the sixth full-length mystery from Beaton’s long-running cosy crime series. The premise for which was so familiar I thought this was a re-read, but the further I got into the twists and turns I had no idea what was coming, so either my memory is worse than I thought or I never actually read/finished this before.

Alongside these fictions, I also finished my continued read of the fascinating biography, Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley. Started back in January, I took my time over this in-depth and enthusiastic look into this beloved author’s life through the places and spaces that mattered to her.

Pick of the Month: I can’t choose!

Altogether that is a brilliant four books read – not only does that make this my best month numbers wise this year, it was all top-notch quality too. At the end of the month, I also started reading my first book off my 10 Books of Summer 2019 Reading Challenge: Runemarks by Joanne M. Harris; my book club‘s next read, Undivided by Vicky Beeching; and my Classics Club Spin result: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells.

In June, I look forward to a trip to a local Film and Comic Con; a special ‘Vision Evening’ at my church; celebrating Father’s Day and a trip to the theatre to see The Lady Vanishes. It is shaping up to be a busy month – Here’s hoping there is still plenty of time for reading!

What did you do and read in May? What are your plans for June?

17 thoughts on “Goodbye May, Hello June 2019

  1. Ooh, I do hope you enjoy The Time Machine! Every time I see a mention of the Margaret Skea books it reminds me that I’d really like to read them… one day!

    1. FF, I am enjoying The Time Machine, thank you 🙂 And I hope you will have the chance to read Margaret Skea’s brilliant historical novels one day, not too far away!

  2. Well done on having a good reading month…. As much as I would be fascinated by Austen’s home life I can’t bear Lucy Worsley. Is this the book about which she was accused of plagiarism? I know the accusations were about one she wrote on Austen, just not sure which it was

    1. Thank you Karen 🙂 I’m afraid if you can’t bear Lucy Worsley, you are talking to the wrong person because I love her! I watch all her documentaries and went to see her talk out my local theatre, although this is the first book of hers I have read. As for the plagiarism accusations, I don’t think she has written any other books about Jane Austen, so I suppose it could be this one, but I’ve never heard anything about it before.

        1. As I said I’ve not heard of any controversy or plagiarism claims against this books, so I just enjoyed this book for the lovely, interesting read it was. If it really has been plagiarised that’s for the other author to take her court for to sort out.

  3. I can’t believe I still have not read Howard’s End. Congrats on a great month. All favorites is a good thing. Happy June!

  4. So glad you enjoyed Howard’s End, I loved it more when I re-read it a few years ago. I had some great reads in May, three Daphne Du Maurier books, two Persephone books and a couple of fabulous review books. Hope June is great for you.

    1. Thank you, Ali – I hope June is great for you too 🙂 After watching the BBC’s wonderful TV adaptation, reading Howards End was like a comforting re-read for me.

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