Hello fellow bookworms! By the this post publishes I will be in my sixth week of social distancing and working from home, and I must say it has been one of the strangest things I’ve ever experienced. I used to love the idea of being able to work from home but now I don’t think I’d be able to do it long term (I’d probably only manage one or two days a week!) Despite being introverted and highly sensitive, I miss the normalcy of human interaction. I can’t wait for the lockdown to be lifted so I can see my family and friends (and get a Nando’s), but there will be things I will miss, such as lie-ins and all this extra reading time I’ve been blessed with! Speaking of reading, here’s what I’ve read this month…
What books have I read this month?
One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus
This is the book that got my April off to a really good start in terms of reading! I really enjoy One of Us Is Lying and the sequel was equally as compelling. The author has such a unique way of keeping the reader hooked and wanting more even during parts of the story line which are a little dry. The ending makes me think this may turn into a trilogy…
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
I got this book through work, and I had heard so many good things, so I was going into it with quite high expectations, but I was slightly disappointed. I came out of this book wondering how I should feel, because my feelings didn’t match some other’s who had really gotten into this. However, there were some moving stories in here and I really enjoyed the way it was written and the different perspectives.
Toffee by Sarah Crossan
Wow, this book blew me away! This was my first poetry book and I was not expecting my reaction to be the way it was after this book. I was so entranced by the story and the poetry flowed so well from one page to the next, I was engrossed and inhaled the 400 pages in a day. Highly recommend for anyone who loves poetry or is looking to read more poetry. Very moving.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by many people)
I really enjoyed this audiobook and the different narrators from the Harry Potter universe made it much more fun with the recognisable voices. I whizzed though it as it’s only 1.5 hours so it’s easy to get through in one sitting, and was perfect to cure end of Potter series blues (as I’ve just finished listening to the audiobooks again!)
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
This book has been on my shelf for so long and it’s only since I’ve been working from home and sat next to my bookshelf that I now have books I’ve been meaning to read for ages staring in me in the face… I’d head a few things floating around about this book recently so I decided to pick it up and I’m so glad I did, I really enjoyed the story and the time jumping for the different twins’ perspectives, it was good fun!
Average Rating: 4.1 stars
Number of total pages read: 1504
Books read toward 2020 Book Challenge goal: 15/50 books
What am I currently reading?
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
This book is highly addictive! I don’t want to put it down! It’s sooooo good, I don’t know why t’s taken me so long to get to this (or any V.E. Schwab to be honest)! The short chapters really helps to the keep the fast pace, it’s one of those ‘just one more chapter’ books, and then you realise it’s 2am… I can’t wait to read more!
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I’m really enjoying my read along with the audiobook, I did have to swap the first one I got because it was a cast performance so it wasn’t the full book and kept jumping back and forth between dialogue and descriptive sections, but it was a good recording if I wasn’t reading along with the story. The chapters are quite short and it’s easy to listen to one or two before I go to bed.
Books I plan to read in May
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I’d heard a lot of good things about Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books and this was the one I was most intrigued by but it took me ages to get a copy. I was lucky enough to get a used copy at a book swap back in March and I got really excited about it again, and then put it on my shelf to inevitably be forgotten about for another few months. Then a friend read Daisy Jones and the Six and recommended it to me, so I thought I’d give this one a try first and move on to Daisy Jones in the next few months!
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
I’ve been wanting to read another Purcell book since I ended 2019 with The Corset as my favourite book of the year, and I own all her books now, so I think I’m going to give her first book a go. It sounds so exciting and has such a unique premise so I’m looking forward to reading more of her writing.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
This is another book which is constantly recommended to me, and there’s nothing like a TV or film adaptation to encourage me to pick up the book so I can watch it, especially if there’s a lot of hype around it or I have family and friends watching as well. This book is really short so I’m hoping I’ll get through it quite quickly.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
When I went through my (forever lasting) John Green phase all those years ago, I bought this book, and I really tried to like it, but I don’t know why I just couldn’t finish it! I DNF’d it but now I’m sat next to my bookshelf I can feel it staring at me and begging me to read the only John Green book I haven’t read yet…
Before we go, quick life update: I had some positive news the other week in the shape of an acceptance letter onto my Masters degree in Children’s Literature starting from September! This could not have come at a better time, I was thrilled to be accepted after a lot of hard work on my application and essay, and cannot wait to start, and it’s given me something to look forward to after this is all over!
What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!
Happy May and Happy Blogging!