So I finished David Copperfield this month, having started it in April! Hurrah! I must admit that I wasn’t expecting it to take me quite so long to read it. I think it took me longer than War & Peace in the end. Even Mr Mostly who never normally notices what I’m reading commented on just how long it was taking me. Something along the lines of ‘Are you still reading that bloody book?’ as I carted it around with me. But to be fair, and like I explained to him, it is a book with an awful lot of words. If there is a long way of saying something, then Dickens finds it. That said, I really enjoyed it and I’m so glad I stuck at it for all of those weeks. I reread A Christmas Carol every December without fail it is one of my most favourite traditions, other than that I have a very vague memory of reading Bleak House at school but that’s it. I shamefully haven’t read much Dickens before and I really want to read more this year. David Copperfield was a good place to start I think.
So next came Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant which couldn’t have been more different from David Copperfield! You could say that I fast forwarded straight back into the twenty-first century! A really gripping page turner with the most hateful characters. I know from the comments that I received on Instagram that it was a bit of a marmite book – people either loved it or hated it – but I loved it. I have to say that I half guessed where the plot was going but I still liked watching it unfold. I thought that it was really cleverly written in that in hindsight you could see that all the clues were there all along. I suspect I am late to the party with this book and you’ve probably all read it but if not then I think it would make a cracking holiday read.
Then I read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. I must admit that I picked this up in the shop because of the striking cover and inside each of the pages are decorated with maps. It is such a beautiful book. I started reading it and it felt like reading a fairytale so I googled the author out of interest only to find that it is in fact a children’s book! You could never accuse me of being high brow with my book reviews, could you? Ha! But do you know what? I loved it. It is a brilliant book full of adventure and magic with a courageous heroine to boot. I will be passing this on to my daughters to read next. And maybe raiding their bookshelves for other hidden gems while I’m there.
Next was I Found You by Lisa Jewell which was brilliant. I love her writing anyway but I thought that the characters in this story were particularly well written. I loved that the story was told not only from different characters points of view but also in the present and thirty years earlier. It had a really fast paced plot and it was so clever how the story of this mysterious man who has lost his memory unfolded. I couldn’t put it down. I think it is her best book yet and that’s saying something.
And last but by no means least was I See You by Clare Mackintosh. I read (and absolutely loved) Clare’s first book I Let You Go a couple of years ago and have been dying to read her second novel. I first got to know Clare through her blog many moons ago, in fact her blog was one of the very first I followed. This was long before she was a bestselling author of course and I am chuffed to bits for her she is such an amazing writer! Anyway, I See You was every bit as good as I hoped. Better in fact. It was really very creepy and kept me gasping right until the very end.
So that was May. What have you been reading this month? As always I love to hear your recommendations so please leave me a comment here or join in the conversation over on Instagram.