What I Read In May 2020

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope this post finds you all safe and well, in these difficult times we’re still living in, due to the ‘pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named’. Thankfully, in May, we were blessed with more gloriously warm and sunny weather; some welcome shifts at work; and plenty of wonderful books to escape into, so here is what I managed to finish reading:

The Loving Spirit by Daphne du Maurier (1931) *** – First, over the gloriously sunny Bank Holiday, I completely lost myself in this enchanting, Gothic modern-classic, du Maurier’s debut novel, that chronicles the lives, loves, losses and deaths of the Coombe family over four generations in a small, quiet community on the Cornish coast. A brilliant romantic adventure and family saga, with a touch of the supernatural; and my first read for Ali’s Daphne du Maurier Reading Week 2020.

The Professor by Charlotte Brontë (1857) * – Next, I finished my ongoing read of this classic novel, that tells the story of the young professor William Crimsworth, who goes to work at two boarding-schools in Belgium. Unfortunately, while I sympathised with his situation, I did find it hard to  particularly like William! So it was a bit hard going at times, but I persevered as it was relatively short and it was my result for The Classics Club recent Spin event, and actually, by the end, William was a little easier to like.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (1938) *** – Meanwhile, I was also re-reading this Gothic modern-classic – where my passion for this author all began – which was a wonderful reminiscent journey for me and our heroine, as I re-lost myself in this haunting, twisting tale of the new, young, naïve Mrs de Winter, as she battles with the undying memory of her dominating predecessor, Rebecca. This was my second read for Ali’s Daphne du Maurier Reading Week 2020.

Calysta and the Beast by Joanna Alonzo (2016) ** – Finally, I started and finished in quick succession this young-adult fantasy, the first book in new-to-me author, Alonzo’s The Sacred Scarred series, which is a modern-day, Christian retelling of Beauty and the Beast. That sees the young, insecure Calysta accepting a very odd proposal from a stranger to save her sick and bankrupt father from prison. I was really swept along by this refreshing take on a classic fairy tale, with it’s Christian basis, hence why I read it so fast!


Altogether that is four books finished in May, which is a good, average amount for me. Plus two of those four reads managed to earn my top score of 3 stars. So it has been a difficult choice again, but I think my pick of the month has to go to the stunning Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier; which just pips its sister novel, The Loving Spirit.

During May, I have also continued to dip in and out of The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field, a history of the controversial favourite of Queen Anne; and I started reading an updated version of the Christian classic, More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell.

If you read my blog regularly, you will probably have noticed how far behind I am on reviews… sorry! However, as it was the DdM Reading Week this month, I prioritised and got those reviews up for this month (follow links in the titles). But you will have to keep your eyes peeled for my full thoughts on my other May reads.


Now over to you: Have you read any of these books? Are you tempted by any of these? What did you read in May?

17 thoughts on “What I Read In May 2020

    1. Yes, I’ve read Jamaica Inn – It was the second of du Maurier’s novels I read and it is probably high-time for a re-read, although I find it a bit grim so will need to be in the right mood for it! 😜

  1. Sounds some wonderful reading. I really enjoyed The Loving Spirit and had been thinking about re reading Rebecca recently, they are such perfect books to get lost in!

    1. Hello Amischiefmanaged, thank you for stopping and commenting. Always lovely to hear from a new face, especially a fellow Potter fan 😊 Great to hear you too enjoyed The Loving Spirit and I hope you are able to re-read Rebecca soon! 😀

  2. I think you had a great month of reading! I’m surprised you get as much read as you do, considering you do have a life outside of reading. 😉 I can remember years past when I was lucky to get one or two read each month.

  3. So glad you enjoyed your Daphne du Maurier reading, a re-read of Rebecca is certainly a treat. I hope you have another good reading month in June.

  4. I love du Maurier’s writing and like you, think Rebecca is fabulous. I also enjoyed Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel and Frenchman’s Creek – so want to get hold of The Loving Spirit. Glad you had such a satisfying month of reading:)). I hope June is good for you, too.

    1. SJ, I have also enjoyed Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel and Frenchman’s Creek, as well as The House on the Strand – I highly recommend that also, if you haven’t read it. And thank you – I hope June is good for you, too! 😀

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