In May I read seven books – I’ve slowly got my reading and reviewing mojo back. My hours are more like 50 hours a week instead of 60, I haven’t cycled much because it’s rained tons, so I’ve spent lots of time on the Underground reading.
Quiet by Susan Cain – I thought this was excellently written, approachable without being condescending; it was lacking something (survival tips for introverts?) which it was perhaps unfair of me to expect.
The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden – this was really excellent, I sped through it very quickly because it was so compelling. Life on as a slave on a cotton plantation in the South in the early 19th century.
Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie – a fairly harrowing tale of a child taken at birth – or not taken at birth. We doubt narrator Gen’s capacity even more than she doubts her own.
Looking for Alaska by John Green – I enjoyed this more than the currently very popular The Fault In Our Stars, somehow this was more real.
Finding Lily by Lisa D. Ellis – a meditation on the loss of a child – continuing a theme with Close My Eyes!
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan – review to come – this was a very sweet (literally) story about a woman who falls on her feet by opening a cafe. Full of delicious recipes.
House Rules by Jodi Picoult – as ever, another addictive legal family drama from Ms Picoult.
June has not had much reading so far, hopefully it picks up towards the end of the month.