The Year in Books :: May 2016


Hello May! How lovely that you seem to have brought some sunshine with you! ‘Bout time too!

Anyway, to the books!

I started off this month by reading The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett which was very amusing and a book that I enjoyed a lot.  I often find that the books I stumble across in second hand (or new) bookshops to be ones that I like a whole lot more than those that have been shouted about everywhere.  Does everyone else find that too?

Anyway, Terry Pratchett is very funny, and exactly what I needed at the time that I read it – something silly and fun to cheer up a slightly miserable April!

I seem to have been on a little reading binge this month without really meaning to as well – I read all three of the Cormoran Strike books by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowling) back to back…

The series starts with The Cuckoo’s Calling, continues with The Silkworm and finishes (so far) with Career of Evil.

I enjoyed the first much more that I thought I would – for some reason I was not overly excited about JK Rowling’s adult fiction – I tried and failed at The Casual Vacancy – so I had slightly low hopes for the crime series.

The first and second books were brilliant – the third not so great, but still very good – and I am really enjoying the characters of Strike and Robin, and I am looking forward to seeing where things go in their lives.  I am not always so fussed in crime novels with the crimes or the conclusions – I much prefer the main characters lives and the relationships between them.

I am currently reading Song of the Rolling Earth by John Lister-Kaye and loving the writing so far – although it jumps around a little bit which I wasn’t expecting.  I am looking forward to carrying on with the adventures in the Scottish Highlands.

I am also about to start Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens as part of Katie from Books and Things’ readalong – there is a goodreads group here if you would like to join in too.  We are reading it in the way it was published originally, so May sees us read the first 4 chapters.  I am looking forward to seeing what it is like to reading something in serial form – I am hoping that I can stick to the schedule without being tempted to rush ahead because the pages are there!

What are you reading at the moment?

Organdie. x

PS – As always this project was started by Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees– go and say hi, her blog is gorgeous!  You can find more information about The Year in Books project by visiting the page on her blog here.


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