Exams are over, I am finally free. I am (hopefully) no longer a second year. That is a scary thought! But I don’t know how I am going to top May in terms of reading! I’m sorry that there has been post after post this weekend, I’ve bee catching up on all what I have to say!
This month has been really, really awesome. In spite of having 5 exams I’ve somehow managed to read 8 books and all of them have been… great. I feel like I seriously hit the jackpot with the content of the books I read this month because not one of them was downright awful, The Buried Giant wasn’t great but it wasn’t the worst book ever written. It really looks like I’m shying away from a bad review but this is honest. I cannot remember a month in which I’ve read this many books and they’ve all been THIS GOOD. It’s crazy.
So, I got through the TBR I set last month and some, reading 8 books. I’ve managed some good variety in there too, a couple of classics, some literary fiction with overlap in to the sci-fi/fantasy/dystopia realms, some children’s literature – it’s been a really good month. From the 8 books I managed a total of 2614 pages, and it was a 3:5 split between male and female authors. I read one book by a PoC, which was The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.
My favourite book of this month is a hard one – my average rating of the month was 4.1 which is really saying something. Of the books I read, I think I have to put The Year of the Flood at the top but it was a very hard decision. It’s saying something when my least favourite book of the month was probably The Buried Giant which is saying something given that I didn’t loathe it – it just wasn’t mindblowing!
I am so, so happy with what I’ve managed to read this month. I thought I was being ambitious with the TBR I set but the fact I managed to whiz through it and get some additional books read was pretty impressive!
Having finished with exams and hitting the Summer break, I’m being ambitious this month. I want to read at least 10 books. As I managed 8 in May, I feel this is attainable. However, as I’ve finished uni for the year, I’m probably going to pick up books as and when – TBRs tend to work during term time as they mean I just don’t have to think about what I’m going to read next! Though as it’s now Summer I can pick up what I want, when I want and it will be rather fun.
So, it’s a small TBR as these are the books I want to get to immediately this month. Every other book I read will be spur of the moment! It’s a luxury that I’m looking forward to.
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood is self explanatory. Final part of the MaddAddam trilogy and having absolutely loved The Year of the Flood I want to get around to this ASAP. I need to know what happens, it’s as simple as that! I also don’t want to make the mistake I did between Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood and leave it nearly 6 months before I read the next, and final, instalment
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan is one I’ve heard recommended by several people in May and I absolutely cannot wait to start on this. I know very little about it, all I know is I’m very excited about it and cannot wait to get sucked in. I trust Jen to recommend books to me and this comes in top of her list at the moment so… I’ve got big expectations of this!
Finally, we have a second or third appearance of The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell on my TBR. I’ve wanted to read this since I bought it in September and, after Tracy from Ketts Books (my favourite bookshop, in case you’re new) said that she loved it, she instructed me to come back once I had read it so we could talk about it; this has catapulted it back to the top of my TBR.
Aside from that, what I read is anyone’s guess. I’d like to read some classics this month; I have so many sat there that I want to read now it’s very hard to choose some to put on a TBR! Also, I have stacks of non-fiction which I am excited to read so that’s a definite to get around to for the Summer. Maybe a general “Summer TBR” would be a good thing to do sometime…
Feel free to recommend away to me if you think there’s something I ought to read soon. I’d love to have some suggestions on what to read! Until next month!