May Wrap Up & June TBR

How is it June?? I’m sorry but this year is just going obscenely fast. I’m moving to London next month! It doesn’t seem real, and probably won’t seem real until long after I’m there. May wasn’t the greatest reading month for me, because I was busy house hunting and working on my course for work. June will probably be fairly similar in the work regard, and I’ll also be ramping up my big Sort Out of Stuff in preparation for moving out. I want to actually commit to moving out my parents’ houses this time round, so I’ll be taking pretty much everything I want to keep, so I need to get rid of a lot, basically. As always, I had a TBR for May, so let’s see how I did!

May TBR: 6
Books read in May: 5
Books left on the TBR: 1

I did say that I wouldn’t be finishing Ducks, Newburyport, so that one is still under ‘TBR’ in those stats but technically it should be under ‘Currently reading’, and as I didn’t intend to read the whole thing in May, I think I’m fine!

  1. Kindred – Octavia E. Butler. 4 stars.
    I don’t read a lot of science fiction/fantasy, but this was one that I really enjoyed! Our main character Dana, a Black 20th Century woman, keeps getting pulled into the past to save her ancestor, a white son of a 17th Century slave-owner, Rufus. Trigger warnings in this book for racism, sexual assault/rape, and slavery. You can read my full review here.
  2. A Woman of No Importance – Sonia Purnell. 4 stars.
    From SFF to biography, but no less unbelievable. Virginia Hall’s (“WWII’s most dangerous spy”) life is chronicled here, thanks to extensive research by Sonia Purnell. I honestly forgot at times that this was a biography, so gripping and shocking were some of the tales relayed. If you’re interested in espionage, this is definitely a great read. Hall was also a disabled woman: she had a leg amputated around the knee after an accident in her youth, so if you’re looking for books with disability representation, this is one to consider. You can read my full review here.
  3. Strange Hotel – Eimear McBride. 2.5 stars.
    A sort of disappointing read, this didn’t live up to A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. It was still enjoyable, but not as much as I’d hoped, and I do wish that it had had a bit more substance to it. As it was, the themes felt underexplored, and the characters fell flat. McBride’s prose redeemed it a little bit, but even that didn’t especially stand out to me. You can find my review here.
  4. Good Morning, Midnight – Lily Brooks-Dalton. 3 stars.
    I was enjoying this read, right up until the ‘revelations’ at the end. They were predictable, and too coincidental, and took me right out of the story. Brooks-Dalton mostly makes up for this with some lovely prose, and fantastic characters, but the ending did put a dampener on my overall enjoyment. Find my full review here.
  5. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen. 4 stars.
    It’s Austen, I love Austen. Enough said? No? I loved Sense and Sensibility primarily for its characters. Marianne and Elinor are both so well-written, and I really enhoyed their sibling relationship. Of course, the road to true love is not without bumps for the Dashwood sisters, because it wouldn’t be Austen without a few spokes thrown in the wheels! Find my full review here.

June TBR

  1. [I have previously received PR products from Harper Collins] Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie [Let’s Get Classical Book Club]
  2. Frenchman’s Creek – Daphne du Maurier
  3. The Last Word – Hanif Kureishi
  4. The Word for World is Forest – Ursula K. Le Guin
  5. The Time Machine – HG Wells
  6. Futures of Black Radicalism – Gaye Theresa Johnson

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