May was exceptional. Four weeks of literary bliss at The Brighton Festival to fill my days. I saw so much, learnt new things, and decided that maybe I would take Andy Miller’s advice and (try to) finish every book I read. This has meant that for over a month I haven’t written a single review for my blog, and even now I don’t feel as though I have read something I want to write about here.
Speaking of which, I was underwhelmed by the Bailey’s shortlist. I didn’t finish reading all six in time for the winner being announced last night, deciding that I should save How to Be Both and The Bees for a time when I was more in the mood to enjoy them.
Reading highlights this month have been reading In The Beginning Was Sea and discovering Elizabeth Bowen. I definitely want to read more Bowen and more translated fiction. I feel as though I have been reading more modern fiction than I usually do, and that could be why my energy is faltering. I want to spend the summer, revisiting my plan to read older books I feel as though I should have got round to already.
The Odyssey by Homer
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
- Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh
- Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
- Sister Noon by Karen Joy Fowler
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
- In the Beginning Was the Sea by Tomás González
- A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
- A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
- The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
- Outline by Rachel Cusk
In other news:
I have no other news this month. There is plenty happening, but I’ve not had the time to look into it.