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May Books- 2019

I appear to have read a lot this month, and some very very good books indeed. Heartily recommend them all. Here they are.

Joanna Cannon- The Trouble with Goats and Sheep- I am probably the last person on the planet to read this. I found myself miles from home and in urgent need of a book, so a dash into the nearest charity shop turned this up. I really enjoyed it. The long hot summer in the Uk in 1976, two girls looking for God and Mrs Creasy, and secrets behind every door. The story was good but it was the language I absoloutely adored.Picked entirely at random..” the room…looked as if someone might have served it into the house with an ice cream scoop. Even things that weren’t pink had a mention of it…”.Or ” When Harold became annoyed he could fill a room with his annoyance”. If you haven’t read it, then do. it’s good, and if you have read it, what did you think?

Kate Ellis- Watching the Ghosts- another who dun it set in York, with fictious place names, and Detective Joe Plantagenet. A most enjoyable read.

Jojo Moyes- Me Before You- I am probably the last person to have read this good book. Essentially a poignant love story between a severly disabled man and his rather unconventional carer. Tissues were needed.

Ian McEwan- Amsterdam- This book is a Booker Prize Winner which the Sunday Telegraph describes as “A Psychologically brilliant study of heartlessness”. Indeed the two main characters are not likeable at all- one a journalist who stoops to the gutter and the other a selfish composer. They get there come uppence! A good read.

Lucy Clarke- You let me in- wow this really is a page turner and lots to get your teeth into. Some twists I saw, some I didn’t, I found myself thinking about the whole plot days afterwards. I shall think very carefully should I ever be tempted to rent my house out on airbnb. It would make an excellent book group book. Loved it. Very skillfully crafted and written.

Rose Tremain- The Colour- I really enjoyed this book. So good, I took my time and savoured every part. The colour refers to the colour of gold. Set in the 1860s in New Zealand the book tells the story of a migrant family from Norfolk, England. Their attempt at farming and the pull of a gold rush. Now this will sound totally ridiculous but it had never occured to me that people who emmigrated to New Zealand faced the same life choices as the early pioneers in America- how to build a house, provide warmth and food, care for animals, learn about the natural world. Nor did I know of a gold rush. Totally recommend this book.

So these were my books in May. Have you read any of these, what did you think. Have you read any good books you can recommend please? I love the ones that are recommended to me through this blog, you have come up with some real corkers, so thank you.

Comments on: "May Books- 2019" (20)

  1. I thought I might have read Ian McEwan’s book but have missed that one so will need to put it on my list. I have read none of the books you mentioned so I will be putting in reserves at my library.

  2. I ‘enjoyed’ Me before You if enjoy is the right word!! but I couldn’t get into the sequel at all

  3. Thank you, I have just bought the trouble with goats and sheep on your recommendation for the bargain price of 99p!

  4. Great books! I’m tempted to add ‘you let me in’ to my list, I’m in need of some mystery!

  5. Thanks as always for sharing your views – so helpful. Have my Fingers crossed You Let Me In is on this year’s library book group list.

  6. I haven’t read any these Cathy- I did just check my library and the only on in their catalogue is the sheep and goats one. A waiting list at the moment so will see how I progress up the ladder 🙂
    My ‘best’ one this month has also been a charity shop find – Broken by Ilsa Evans (published 2007), Basically a tale about domestic violence/manipulation yet told in such a way the ‘violence’ appears out of the blue and then is gone again.. Page turning from the beginning – a ‘gentle’ story about what does, doesn’t, can and shouldn’t happen at that time.

    • Broken does sound an interesting and good read, with lots to think about. I have worked with women who suffered abuse, and men too, and it is incredible how many chances they give the abusive partner.

  7. I read ‘Me Before You’ about 3 summers ago. It came free with a magazine and, up until three quarters of the way through, I kept thinking this wasn’t my type of book at all and why was I continuing to read it. Then I found myself crying like a baby and lending it to my daughter. A year or so after, we went to see the film adaptation at the cinema and, despite knowing how it ended, found ourselves blubbing (along with the rest of the audience) through the last 30 minutes. It’s still not really my type of book but I quite like a good book induced cry now and again and that one definitely does the trick.
    I think it might have been me who recommended ‘The Colour’ to you recently, I know I recommended it to somebody. It’s good isn’t it? If you enjoyed Rose Tremain’s writing, I can also highly recommend ‘Restoration’.

    • The Colour was very good and probably was you who recommended it. People do come up with the best books to read, and when I return them to the library at the start of my shift I find myself urging them onto borrowers.I shall look out for Restoration. Thank you for telling me about this author.

  8. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    Like you I enjoyed sjerp and goats too. I recently saw the film adaptation of ‘me before you’ which I found so sad. I am not sure I could read the book because of that! Thanks for other recommendations.

  9. Ooo, I think I might have to try Watching the Ghosts!

  10. I remember reading the trouble with goats and sheep and really enjoying it. I have just read a really good and quite quirky book called Convenience Store Woman set in Japan. X

    • I saw the review on your blog, it sounded very good, and I don’t think I have read any books set in Japan.

      • Oh I think it may have been on Lovely & Grateful blog. That’s where I got the idea to read it from. She wrote a great review. X

  11. thoughts36 said:

    You’re not the last person to have read Me before You, it is on my TBR pile. May daughter gave it me when she’d read it recently. I read You Let Me In a while ago now. It was good, although I did think it a bit slow to get going but from what I recall the ending was real edge of your seat stuff, so was good in the end. I recommend The Old You by Louise Voss. Another, what I thought, slow burner with a fantastic ending.

    • Thank you for the recommendation of The Old You, not one I had heard of, so really happy you told me about it.I think you will like Me before You, it was very good. You let me in had some really good twists and turns.

      • thoughts36 said:

        Oooh, I forgot to mention too that the book before You Let Me In called Last Seen by the same author was really good too. Huge twist at the end from what I can recall.

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