May has been a record breaking month for me. I read a massive 14 books!! They covered a complete range from Home, which I admit I didn’t finish, to Wilderness which managed to secure one of my rare 5 stars. I managed to complete the Orange short list, and look forward to finding out who wins on Wednesday. Overall it was a very productive month!
Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie
The Post-Birthday World– Lionel Shriver
2666– Roberto Bolaño. Part 1: The Part About the Critics
The Room of Lost Things – Stella Duffy
Molly Fox’s Birthday – Deirdre Madden
Home – Marilynne Robinson
The Wilderness – Samantha Harvey
Best Intentions – Emily Listfield
Half of a Yellow Sun– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Gilead– Marilynne Robinson
Theory of War – Joan Brady
The Invention of Everything Else – Samantha Hunt
The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
Midnight’s Children– Salman Rushdie
Salmon Fishing in the Yemon– Paul Torday
Reading plans for June
I actually hope to read less books in June, as my husband will hopefully be at home and not away on business. This means I can spend more time with him and go out in the evening with my friends sometimes.
I am currently half way through The Master and Margarita, Out and Outlander. It is unusual for me to have so many books on the go at once, but I can’t take The Master and Margarita in the bath with me (regular readers know I like to read in the bath every day!) and I accidentally read the first few pages of Out, then couldn’t stop!! It is really good – possibly a contender for 5 stars? All books are reasonably long, so it might be a few days before I finish one.
I am then going to continue working my way through the list of books recommended by you, stopping occasionally to read a new book or two!
I’ve also just received my copy of The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas from New Zealand. It won the Commonwealth Writers prize a few weeks ago and looks really good.
Did any of the books I read in May appeal to you?
Are you planning to read any of books I’ve mentioned in June?
I hope you had a great May, and wish you all the best for June!!