As expected, May was a busy month in my off-line life which limited available reading time. I managed to review 13 books and attend one literary event. What was lacking in quantity was more than made up for in quality. This month’s books included some outstanding reads.
In fiction I read four books from small independent publishers and two from the bigger houses. These included a psychological thriller which I read in preparation for the event I attended. Although I now read far fewer genre books than I once did, this title reminded me why they remain popular with so many.
I managed just the one book of translated fiction this month.
My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci (translated by David Hackston), published by Pushkin Press
And three books of short stories, all enjoyed.
Bristol, published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe
From my non fiction pile I plucked this – fabulous and recommended.
Under the Rock by Benjamin Myers, Published by Elliot & Thompson
I posted two reviews originally written for Bookmunch – fiction from the Women’s Prize shortlist, and an excellent if somewhat involved non fiction book.
Sight by Jessie Greengrass, published by John Murray
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky, published by Vintage
I travelled to Bristol to attend a friendly event for writers.
Novel Nights in Bristol, with guest speaker Sanjida Kay
As ever I wish to thank the publishers who send me their titles to review – the arrival of a book parcel makes my day.
My thanks also to those who share my words across their social media platforms. Your support is always appreciated.
I am hoping that June will offer more time to read, although with my older children home from university and my younger sitting exams this may prove a challenge. I do, however, have a literary event that I am very excited about attending – the Greenwich Book Festival. With tickets booked for five of their planned panels I expect to have plenty to write about next month alongside my reviews.