What a busy month May was!! Work got a lot busier, and then with summer comes all the summery stuff (we had about 2 great weeks of sunshine in May – BBQ and beer!!)
Life went on as it usually does – took in a couple of concerts, caught up with some people I haven’t seen in years for one reason or another (distance usually – they said they’ll move further away and I won’t find them next time :D).
In SPITE of all that, I still got to finish 18 books, write up the reviews, and post them! Usually done in the dead of night or bleary-eyed on the morning bus (6.10 am – that will explain any spelling mistakes!)!
- I didn’t get to read as many of those amazing blogs out there that I’d like to
- I have found it hard to get back to people in a reasonable (and courteous) time
- or to simply thank all of you who read my posts, and stay following – ♥♥♥thank you SO much♥♥♥
18 books – I have NEVER read so much in my life – just as well I only take about 4/5 hours sleep daily, and I had a Sunday relatively kid-free!! I got through 5 of my most favourite classic books, Old Man And The Sea probably my preferred read, and read another four of Shakespeare’s plays (most well-known of these would be Taming of the Shrew, I think).
I had great variety with the kind Emerging Authors who sent me on their books, from murder-mystery through to science-fiction, to a real-life story which truly is stranger than fiction!
Rosie, of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team [which I’m a part of], published my review of Broken Branches by Ben Ellis, which I had done in April, and an amazing 33 bloggers liked it – THANK YOU!! Check out Rosie’s blog, and those of the team – quite fantastic!
Here’s what I did in May (books-wise, and in no particular order!):
1: Enki – Karim Manji
A version of Noah’s Ark, from the viewpoint of the decadent god Enki.
2: The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green
Excellent YA medieval-world fiction, with demons, magic, and battles – first in a trilogy!
3: Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell
A warts-and-all look inside Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop, and its cast of characters on both sides of the till!
4: 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
Murder Mystery with a sci-fi twist – very clever!
5: Destroying Their God – Wallace Jeffs
True-life story of reluctant polygamist and former fundamentalist Mormon – you may leave, but you never really get out!
6: The Palm Reader – Christopher Bowren
Suspenseful, fast-paced, multi-faceted, multi-layered, the plot keeps twisting right to the explosive end.
The mix ranged from the true-life of Wallace, to Karim’s historical fiction, to murder mystery and fantastic sci-fi!
7: Assaulted Souls – William Blackwell
First book in an apocalyptic dystopia thriller trilogy.
8: Dunstan – Conn Iggulden
It’s got Vikings, internecine fighting, political manoeuvring, and a warrior monk canny enough to take advantage of miracles! 10th Century England comes alive.
9: The Mirage Factory – Gary Krist
Cold-eyed view of the founding of Los Angeles, and some of the early legendary characters that helped define this town.
Nice blend of historical fiction, sci-fi and non-fiction, each fiction being really well-researched.
10: Stranger In A Strange Land – Robert A Heinlein
Could it be that every one of all religions is true? Look on it all with a cold eye, and come up with your own conclusions!
11: All Quiet On The Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
For me, simply the best anti-war book ever written.
12: Of Mice And Men – John Steinbeck
Set in the Great Depression, a story of struggle, survival, and friendship.
13: The Old Man And The Sea – Ernest Hemingway
Simple, unadorned, the old man stands up for what he believes, and does not let his traditions die easily.
14: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
Who can say what crazy really is?
These are books I grew up with, and wanted to re-read to see if I still loved them. For most, a resounding YES!!!!
Shakespeare on Saturday:
Closing in on my goal to have read and reviewed ALL of Shakespeare’s plays by the end of the year 😀 It is still staggering to see how many of his themes and characters are still relevant today
My TBR has reached about 95 books, 85 from new emerging authors kindly asking me to review their work, to getting books from Netgalley, BooksGoSocial and Penguin First To Read to review, along with those that I may either pick up along the way (have just started the Passage Trilogy – fantastic stuff!!!), or re-read for my Throwback Tuesday posts – I’m not counting the reads for the Shakespeare Saturday post. Phew! By the way, I LOVE getting the physical copies of the books (wink wink nudge nudge all you authors out there 😀 ).
Hope you enjoyed May as much as I did!!! Roll on, June (and try not to let the World Cup get in the way!!).