May Round Up

a book find in May

What a month! We’ve had hail, we’ve had sunshine and not one but two bank holidays. Here’s a round up of what we’ve been reading in between drinking, I mean, mowing the grass!

May Round Up of reading

We kicked off May with a Blog Tour, Hunting Evil by Chris Carter. Unusual in that Carter recommends you read book number six in the american thriller series before this, book number 10. I liked meeting Robert Hunter but enjoyed nemesis Lucien Folter more.

I had the pleasure of seeing Doug Johnstone talk about his new book, Breakers at the fabulous Newcastle Noir this month. Johnstone didn’t disappoint, neither did the powerful Breakers about a teen from the wrong side of the tracks.

Stiff Upper Lip Jeeves by P G Wodehouse was a blast from the upper crust very British past. It was short, easy to read and without doubt contained the best opening liner this month.

Holes by Louis Sachar is definitely a contender for book of the year. This Young Adult book is so well thought out. Who would have thought so much could be contained in so few pages? I finished it, looked up from the book and said ‘wow’.

Next in my mission to read all the classics was The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger. Whereas I can’t understand why it’s reportedly Bill Gates’s favourite book, I can understand why it hits the exam syllabus time and time again.

Last Blog Tour for the month was 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School by Bernard O’Keeffe. A Young Adult read around depression, exams and a teen trying to find her way following her father’s sudden death.

May’s Books of the Month

After The Party by Cressida Connolly was May’s Book of the Month. If you have read it already have a go at answering our Book Club style questions here.

After The Party by Cressida Connolly

She Wolf by Dan Smith was our Children’s Book of the Month, featuring Vikings, Vengeance and Wolves a plenty. It’s a stonking read and we recommend it to any primary school child (or teacher) studying the Vikings.

She Wolf By Dan Smith
She Wolf by Dan Smith

Read of The Month

Without doubt Holes. Go read it.

Holes by Louis Sachar
Holes by Louis Sachar

Added to the Shelf

I was lucky enough to find a book hidden by the Book Fairies this month. The idea of placing a book somewhere for someone else to find and read is similar to Book-Social’s #PassItOn campaign and if you ever find one we would love to know.

Destination Musique Boutique
I believe in Book Fairies

Elsewhere June is shaping up to be a heavy month for Blog Tours. Keep an eye out for these books that arrived this month:

Sister Of Mine
Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou
The Space Between Time
The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw

So that’s our May Round Up. Let us know what you’ve read this month and your plans for June reading.