Over the last year, I found myself falling into reading ruts where I would read lots of the same genre in a row. Nothing wrong with that of course as it was mostly because I enjoyed whatever type of book it was that I had just read and had a hunger for more. But it did mean that I was forgetting about some of my favourite authors and that my To Be Read pile was just getting bigger and bigger. In the last couple of months, I have made a real effort to read more of the books that have been sat so patiently for so long on my shelves before buying any more (or at least trying to buy less – let’s be honest here!) And I’ve also made a real effort to try to read more of a mix of different types of books so as you can see, this month has been a lovely mixed bag.
First of all I read Hot Feminist by Polly Vernon which I wrote about earlier in the month here because I just couldn’t wait to tell you about it! It certainly gave me food for thought even though I didn’t always agree with what she said. The more I think about it, the more I think the book might be suited to women who might be questioning their own feminist credentials and wanting reassurance that being a feminist doesn’t have to mean any one thing, we can all have our own take on things. I think my biggest gripe with this book was that I have just as much of a problem with being told what I can do as I do with being told what I can’t do to be honest. Well worth a read though!
Next up was Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty which was yet another brilliant book from her. I thought that I had read every one of her books already and was looking to see when her next book was due out when I stumbled across this one. I’m not sure how I missed it to be honest? Anyway I loved it! If you haven’t read any of her books before than I can highly recommend that you work your way through the lot. Her books follow a distinctive formula but it is a formula that works. She is a brilliant storyteller and I think the frothy covers can detract from what an amazing writer she is.
Then I read To Have And To Hold by Helen Chandler which I absolutely loved. I can’t remember if I first ‘met’ Helen through her blog or Instagram now, these things become so tangled up in each other, don’t they? But like me, Helen often shares the books that she has been reading and so our friendship was born. But not only is Helen a big reader, but she is an amazingly talented author to boot and she very kindly sent me this copy of her book to read. It’s a clever tale of family and friendship and we see how those two things can so easily hang in the balance with one false move. The characters are beautifully observed and I loved seeing how the lives of the three main women become entwined. It is more than just a romantic comedy – there were real twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and at times, it was a really emotional read. It was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down I loved it!
I was sent a copy of The Great Gatsby on DVD as a thank you from a PR at Warner Brothers after working on another project together (I swear I work with the nicest PR people ever!) Anyway, it has been sat there gathering dust because Mr Mostly didn’t fancy watching it. Ugh. So I gave myself the afternoon off and watched it with my favourite fat ginger cat instead. Hurrah! Oh my godfathers what an amazing film! I am always hesitant about watching films of books – especially my all time favourite books. But I think this might be the exception to the rule because it was beautifully done by Baz Luhrmann (and of course Leonardo DiCaprio was quite possibly the most perfect casting ever as Gatsby!) But of course watching the film made me need to read the book. Again. This is probably the most reread of all of my books and I swear I fall in love with Jay Gatsby a tiny bit more every time I read it.
And last but by no means least I read Instructions For A Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell. Late to the party as ever but what a brilliant book this is. This has been sat on my bookshelf for at least a year now, I can’t believe that I haven’t picked it up before now. It is set in the heatwave of July 1976 in London and tells the story of the Riordan family which is complex to say the least but there is just something about this book that instantly hooks you in. I have never read any of her books before so I now plan to work my way through the lot of them at some point!
So that was me with my mixed (but really very brilliant) lot of books this month. What have you been reading this May?