Better late than never, lovely readers, it’s time to wrap up the month of May. In between long periods of procrastination, I submitted two 3,000 word coursework assignments, revised and sat a biology exam and still found time to read 13 books, so I’d say I had a productive month! I also bought a new car, which tops everything, I love it and will drive it for years to come, until it literally falls to pieces as I’m driving. Although, that does now mean I’m on a strict book buying ban, not even a 99p ebook, so if my fellow bloggers could hold back on their amazing reviews and book recommendations, I’d appreciate it – June’s book haul post shall be an interesting one.
That’s enough about me and my life, on to the books! I read some stellar books in May…
The standout 5 star reads of the month were:
Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry was a dark, twisted and intense read set in a psychiatric hospital – reviewed here.
Seas of Snow by Kerensa Jennings was exceptional, an emotionally charged read that shows what can happen when evil is a part of your family – reviewed here.
Two Lost Boys by L. F. Robertson tells the story of a death row lawyer who seeks to get her clients sentence reduce to life without parole but things are more complicated than she first thought; and the author is a practicing death row lawyer! Reviewed here.
I Found You by Lisa Jewell is a fantastic one sitting read that is perfect for mystery lovers – reviewed here.
Also read and reviewed this month:
The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea
The Dry by Jane Harper
Defectors by Joseph Kanon
Beneath the Ashes by Jane Isaac
The Lies Within by Jane Isaac
Reviews coming soon:
Short Story Sunday – Mini Reviews:
The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn
Short Story Sunday fell by the way-side due to revision. Unfortunately, it’s going to fall by the way-side again for the month of June as I really want to focus on lowering my review copies so I can spend the later half of the year focusing on my reading my own books. Bar some book club and buddy reads I’ve got planned, it’s a sole focus on review copies.
Other bookish posts this month:
I’m not a huge Harry Potter fan and haven’t read any of the books after The Goblet of Fire but have you seen the 20th edition editions – they are gorgeous!!
Criminally Good Book Club:
An online book club I started on Instagram, join us @criminallygoodbookclub and readalong. There’s also a discussion on the chosen book at the end of every month.
June’s book is The Magpies by Mark Edwards
When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.
But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.
As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back—but he has no idea what he is really up against . . .
The Magpies is a gripping psychological thriller in which the monsters are not vampires or demons but the people who live next door. It is a nightmare that could happen to anyone.
May is now officially all wrapped up! Wish me luck in my own personal Clear the Review Copies challenge. Until next time, I wish you all a very bookish June!