Reading in the Merry Month of May

It’s been a changeable old month weather-wise, this May, and that has been reflected in my choice of books. I’ve read 12 books, and only 4 of those were by male writers (and two of those were for review). I finally managed to tackle 4 from my Netgalley pile (sinking under the greed there…), 5 from my bookshelves (although two of those may have been VERY recent purchases), plus one random purchase while being stuck at the airport. 7 of the books above may be classified as crime, one was spoken word poetry and there was no non-fiction this month.

Gotta love the cloudy days of May… Lake Geneva from Vevey.


Julie Schumacher: Dear Committee Members

Louise Penny: How the Light Gets In – dare I count this as the first of my TBR20?

Helen Fitzgerald: Bloody Women

Clare Mackintosh: I Let You Go

Daniel Quiros: Eté rouge – this one counts for my Global Reading Challenge – Central and South America

Kristien Hemmerechts: The Woman Who Fed the Dogs

Quentin Bates: Summerchill – reviewed on CFL website; you can read my interview with the author here

Ragnar Jonasson: Snowblind – reviewed on CFL website; I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing Ragnar here 

Megan Beech: When I Grow Up I Want to Be Mary Beard (poetry)

Ursula Poznanski: Blinde Vögel – a Facebook poetry group turns deadly in Salzburg – how could I resist?

Hadrien Laroche: Orphans – philosophical fable – I thereby declare this #TBR1

Sara Novic: Girl at War – survivor of the war in Croatia returns ten years later to her home country – #TBR2

These last four were all memorable in quite different ways, so I want to write more thorough reviews of them soon, so watch this space.

Siglufjordur, location for Snowblind. Picture taken by the author, Ragnar Jonasson (thanks to Twitter).
Siglufjordur, location for Snowblind. Picture taken by the author, Ragnar Jonasson (thanks to Twitter).

Crime fiction pick of the month is going to be a tie between Snowblind and How the Light Gets In. But I also have my eye on this Austrian writer Poznanski now and hope she gets translated more into English (she also writes YA and children’s fiction and is known as Ursula P. Archer in the English-speaking world).

Finally, how has writing fared this month? Some rough handwritten drafting has taken place, but it’s been another tough month, with business trips, lots of holidays and parental visits. Must do better next month (famous last words?)… The good news is that poetry has started to flow again after a long period of feeling stuck.






23 thoughts on “Reading in the Merry Month of May”

  1. So glad you enjoyed the Penny as much as you did, Marina Sofia. She’s one of my top authors, actually. And you have a nice variety in the rest of your reading!

    1. Your review of Liad Shoham may influence some changes on my #TBR20 list. I think I’ll push his Tel Aviv Suspects up the list ahead of something else.

  2. Louise Penny is an author I’ve yet to read but I hope to rectify that this year. I bought Snowblind and am really excited to read it.

    1. Can really recommend both. It probably makes sense to start with Louise Penny chronologically (I didn’t and at times I regret it). And Snowblind is a fun read, though claustrophobic, not the usual gloomy Nordic read at all.

  3. I’ve yet to try Louise Penny. The Tv film version of Still Life isn’t getting very good reviews, but I’ll probably try watching it anyway.

    1. I didn’t even know there was a film version of it. I may not watch it though, as I have such a clear picture in my head of what Three Pines should look like and all its inhabitants, I don’t want to spoil that image…

  4. Despite your busy month…you got a lot of reading and writing done.
    Loved the ex-pat poem, I know how it feels.
    The CF that caught my eye is Snowblind. Sounds like great!

    1. No, it was the Poznanski one, because I was stuck in the airport in Hamburg and felt like trying a German language author I hadn’t heard of before.

  5. oh my – that one with the fb poetry group turning deadly sounds interesting (and scary) for sure… will put some of them onto my future reading list…

    1. Will have a review of that one up shortly – I had to pick it up because of dVerse, as you can imagine, but I hope we’re not quite as deadly over there…

  6. Love the pic of Lake Geneva – exactly as I remember it – I was there Spring 2003 with work & would li e to return wih family.

    Some great books in your 12 – Bloody Women is already on my TBR and fancy that soon.

  7. I read ‘I let you go’ whilst stuck at an airport hence my question – I nearly missed my flight in the end – emotionally exhausted by the time I boarded! I’ve wound up reading books one after the other that I have simply been directed to on kindle due to previous choices. Loving most of them. The Girl on the Train was pretty good. Black Wood is great. The Ice Twins too and now trying a sample of The Broken (Tamar Cohen).

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