Literary Life: May in Review

May was another slow blogging month, I had zero desire to read and write, so I decided to stick with reading. I tried to read all the Bailey’s shortlist, but only managed 3/6 – I couldn’t get into either The Glorious Heresies or The Improbability of Love and I don’t want to revisit A Little Life. Ruby, The Portable Veblen & The Green Road were all brilliant, and if I were to pick a winner from the three it would be Ruby.

It was a great month though, I got a new job and I’m looking to move back into Brighton so life wise everything is looking rather wonderful. I saw Bridget Christie and a Charlotte Brontë event at the Brighton festival, and I had the pleasure of reading The Vegetarian.


Currently Reading:

The Night Manager – John le Carré (I am determined to finish it!)


The Glorious Heresies, The Improbability of Love & The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

I’ve Read:

  1. Ruby – Cynthia Bond
  2. My Name is Leon – Kit de Waal
  3. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
  4. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  5. The Vegetarian Kang Han

The best book(s) I read was Dracula for mind gratification and We Were Liars for emotional gratification.

I reviewed My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal (a novel everyone should read) for Shiny New Books June edition.

How was your literary May?

12 thoughts on “Literary Life: May in Review

  1. I am pleased that even though May was a rollercoaster month I managed to keep a steady reading pace; finishing 5 books. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed Dracula – I read it a few years ago now and your tempting me to go for a re-read. I wish you more great reading and more blogging time in June 🙂


  2. Oo, I hope this doesn’t bode ill for The Improbability of Love. I got it out of the library on my last visit — I was determined not to get it because I already had way too many books, and then it was misshelved in a section of the library where I happened to be browsing, and it felt like a sign. So I’ve got that one checked out now and am hoping I’ll like it!


    1. I wouldn’t let my disconnection worry you, it could have just been I wasn’t in the mood. I wouldn’t blame it on the book, it just didn’t work out for me. Once the painting had a chapter I was done.


  3. You have been really busy so I can understand why you didn’t have the time to blog! It’s great you have been continuing to read. 😀 ❤


  4. Congratulations on the job! I haven’t read it yet so I only have a vague idea as to the emotional punch, but given the size of A Little Life, yes, not re-reading seems a good idea. My May was good; hoping for better this month. Glad you liked We Were Liars. It’s quite something, isn’t it?


    1. Thanks! I hope you have better luck with A Little Life than I did!

      We Were Liars, if I’m honest, was so much better than I was ever expecting.


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