May Round-Up

Hello and welcome to June – I can’t believe May has been and gone.  Overall, it’s been a good month for me – I celebrated my wedding anniversary and got a new kitten (not connected but both good).  Now I’m looking forward to a nice, relaxing June and – despite today being awfully grey – sunny days.  Book wise, I did pretty well. Here’s a recap what I loved, liked and wished I hadn’t bothered with…

Loved

The Girls by Emma Cline, one of my favourite books of the year so far – set it in the 60’s and based on the Manson family murders this is a coming of age story with a difference.

Marion by Emma Cline, a short story that foreshadows The Girls with another coming of age story, set in the present and focusing on female friendship.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day, a memoir by someone a lot of people may recognise from shows like Supernatural and Eureka but not know the name of. This was a funny look at her unconventional upbringing and how she became famous through the internet.

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica, the third book by an author I just love. This is a real page turner as a girl looks for her missing flatmate who seemingly disappears into thin air overnight.

Liked a Lot

Deliver Her by Patricia Perry Donovan, an emotional rollercoaster for a mother and the daughter she is struggling to parent.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, a book I first read 20 years ago.  It’s a traditional and very spooky ghost story about a mysterious woman who (if you haven’t guessed) where’s black.

Only The Brave by Mel Sherratt , the third in the series staring DS Allie Shenton, a great character and a great detective.  This time she’s on the case of a seemingly random murder – but it’s a local gangster so there is likely nothing random about it.

Smoke by Catherine McKenzie, a story of love, friendship and misunderstandings set against the fascinating background of wildfires.

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The Bones of You by Debbie Howells, one I couldn’t really get my head around.  I couldn’t stop turning pages but couldn’t get away with the central character either in this crime novel about a murdered teenage girl.

Not for Me

None – I am pleased to say – there wasn’t one book this month that didn’t work for me in some way, shape or form.  Yay!

How about you? What have you read that I should add to my shelves?

Emma

This month I am linking in with Kathryn at bookdate – hop over and see what she and others have been reading this month!

Month in Review 6

 

17 comments
  1. Dying to read The Girls and Don’t you cry 😍

    1. Can recommend them both – very different but both really good.

  2. Sounds like a fantastic month! I love when I enjoy all the books I’ve read. I’ve added The Girls to my TBR. Smoke and Only the Brave look fantastic as well and you’ve got me so curious about Felicia Day. That sounds like a good read. Hope June is just as great!

    1. It is so nice to have so many good books. I feel very satisfied. I can’t recommend The Girls highly enough but Only The Brave is a cracking read – and they are all different so it’s nice there too.

  3. Don’t You Cry was my favorite read for May…and it was hard to pick, as I loved several of my books. I’ll be reading The Girls soon, by Emma Cline….I liked Smoke, as I’ve enjoyed all of this author’s books. Sounds like a great month for you! Thanks for sharing.

    1. It was a close second for me this month but I really did enjoy it. Then there is always the slight disappointment that you will have to wait for so long for another book by the author.

  4. Ohh! I recently read The Good Girl and am thinking Don’t You Cry might make it onto my list as well.

    1. I would say yes and Pretty Baby. Both were excellent. Enjoy!

  5. It is always great when you have a month where there weren’t any books that you disliked.

    1. It really is…and rare!

  6. You had an awesome month! Happy belated anniversary to you both! I loved Smoke, so vivid a read! Happy June!

    1. It was a good one definitely. I think using fire as a backdrop in Smoke was a brilliant idea.

  7. I really want to read Don’t You Cry but haven’t seen it available anywhere for review here. I must track down who’s publishing it in Australia!

    1. It is such a good read. I always forget books don’t come out everywhere at the same time. Hope you can get a copy.

  8. I was on the fence about The Girls, but since it has been getting such good reviews, I think I will give it a try. Looking forward to Don’t You Cry.

    1. I think it’s definitely worth a go, though I have seen some reviews that aren’t that positive, most seem to be. I haven’t seen anything negative about Don’t You Cry.

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