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May Books-2018

May has been a better month for us, one in which there has been greater leisure for books. Here’s what I have been reading this month.

Sebastian Faulks- Where my heart used to beat- There is a lot in this novel to make you think. Both world wars, a love story, a bit of a mystery, psychology, psychiatry, travel and a most satisfactory ending. I’d not read anything by this author before although my son Mr J who does not read as much as my other sons, was very keen on the book Birdsong, and kept urging me to read it, so maybe I will now. The only thing I have to say against it is that it does dot around a lot and you must have your wits about you!. A jolly good read.

Joanne Trollope- City of Friends- The theme of this book is can women have it all, a satisfying career and a good home life. There are four women who met at college,all live in London and all have money type jobs in whatever people who work in London do all day. Stacey is married, but is made redundant when she asks for flexi working so she can also care for her Mum who has Alzheimer’s. Melissa is a single Mum with a teenage son. Gaby has a husband and three children and is the ultimate career woman, husband doing the domestic stuff, and Beth who is gay and a university professor. An enjoyable read with just about credible characters.

Jane Gardam- Last Friends- I’ve read this out-of-order , it being the third in the trilogy of books featuring a group of ex pats from Hong Kong. The first I read was Old Filth. I will be honest , this book was a bit disappointing. I loved Old Filth, especially the bit about the Raj Children, sent back to England at a ridiculously young age to boarding school. This third book focuses on the early years of Old Filth’s rival at law and in love , one Terence Veneering , child of Florrie who was a coal merchant and an acrobat from Odessa. Orphaned during the war, and making his own way through life down to charm , intellect and force of personality. Some how though the story never seemed to get going. A pleasant enough read, and I have now got a copy of the middle volume , I am told that it is better.

Ann Cleeves- The Seagull– The latest in the Vera series and very good indeed. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Jane Gardam- The Man in the Wooden Hat. Well what do you know, there sitting on the shelf when I went in to do my shift was the second book in the trilogy. It was a nice enough read, but I felt disappointed. The synopsis in the front mentioned Betty’s childhood in a Japanese internment camp followed by a job at Bletchley Park. And yes there is mention of both, but I would have liked at least a chapter on each. Most disappointing, a bit like the first book and the RAJ orphan. I mean imagine a story that mentions being say part of the royal household and a job in espionage, and then gives just a few sentences to this and the rest is about a one night stand a happy marriage. It seems cheating somehow to hint at something really interesting and then not write about the back story. Oh well, I can’t like all the books in the world!

Thanks everyone for all the recommendations last month. You may see that I have taken you up on some with the ones I have currently on loan for June.

When I requested the new Kate Mosse, I saw I was 22nd in the queue for it, so imagine my delight when it turned up just a few days later for me. It’s a brand new book and the one I am starting with as I doubt I will be able to renew it, sure to be a waiting list now.

Did you read anything good in May? Do tell. And if it is a while since you visited the library, why not pop along, there is so much happening in libraries these days.

Comments on: "May Books-2018" (26)

  1. I was 64th in the library reservation queue for Still Me by Jojo Moyes, but it came around fast as I reckon people dropped out and bought it instead.

    • I think I struck lucky when I reserved it. Two copies arrived in the library on the day the book was realeased by the library service and I got one. I can see online now that someone is waiting for my copy. A day or so later in my reservation request and I would be the one waiting! It is enjoyable.

  2. Do let me know what the Kate Mosse book is like one you’ve got to it x

    • Also hope you enjoy water for elephants 🙂 x

    • I have started on this one and I am getting into it quite nicely. As it’s a new book I don’t have long to read it as there is a queue of people requesting it from the library. It’s set in Carcassonne, and looks at the conflict between Catholics and Huguegonots . As good I would say as the trilogy set in Carcassonne.

  3. A bunch of nice and interesting books. I would really love to read a lot more. 🙂

  4. I’ve read a few Sebastian Faulks – and, yes, you should read ‘Birdsong’ if you can – but none of the others you’ve mentioned. I wish I could read as much as you seem to be able to in such a short space of time.
    I’m reading ‘Bel Canto’ by Ann Patchett at the moment which was recommended to me ages ago and I happened to spot it in a charity shop when I was over in the U.K. so snapped it up. It’s certainly different.

  5. As always, intriguing titles for me to hunt down! I was on the wait list for the third Terri Blackstock series. I think I may buy them….if I Run, If I Die and If I Live are the titles. I am now reading Accused by Lisa Scottoline and I may be hooked.

  6. Wow you have read a lot this month!

  7. I quite enjoy Faulks – I still remember that ‘Birdsong’ was a very powerful read back when it was first published. I have that Mosse book at my bedside, ready to delve into when the current one is done. I kind of saved it to last, hoping for a good reading experience on one of my favourite subjects. My current read is on the kindle and all about the world of the dog and the latest scientific discoveries – you know, all the usual things that dog owners have known about for years but been poo-poohed on….. Yes they have feelings, yes they communicate, yes they know the world primarily through smell, yes they bond deeply and yes, they do love cats on the whole!

    • It is annoying when things the great public knows becomes a scientific study that claims to be new, and to us is just common sense!
      I have started the Mosse book, which after a couple of chapters is promising well.

  8. I am reading a medieval murder mystery set in Glasgow. Okay, but I wonder if the author is just getting on the bandwagon for this sort of book. I am not sure ‘who-dun-it’ but otherwise a bit predictable.

  9. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    I have read a few Sebastian Faulks books including bitdsong, which I did enjoy, but not this one. I got Engleby also by Faulks for my birthday and it is on my pile of ‘to read’ books.

  10. Shirley said:

    I’ve just read The Seagull and enjoyed the story. Thank heavens for libraries.

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