Okay I can definitely tell you that May was not a consistent month for reading. I probably put that down to going out a bit more now things are properly opening up again and still working 6 days a week too.
I’ve started to cross over my books and start reading a few at a time which has, of course, confused me. I don’t think my brain can take running narratives when everything else seems quite busy in my life.
I’ve managed to read three books in May, but I’m also a bit of the way through three others (do not recommend reading more than one at once) which I’ll try and finish in June now I guess.
So here’s what I did read:
The Other Passenger
After reading The Family Upstairs, I remembered how much I love a good thriller where you’re constantly thinking what is going on? The Other Passenger did not disappoint on that level.
The book followed two couples, whereby the boyfriend of one couple was suspected of murdering the boyfriend of the other. The two men have both started taking the river boat together to work instead of the tube, but it all seems to end in disaster.
There were so many twists and turns in the book after maybe half way through that I couldn’t put it down and had to know what was actually going on.
I would definitely recommend this book! If you’d like to read The Other Passenger, here’s a link to buy a copy.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
I don’t know why I got the urge to randomly read this, but I spotted it at the library that I’ve recently joined and I decided I’d give it a read. I think a lot of people read this in GCSE English but I’d never heard of it until recently.
It was such an interesting book to read. I’ve read a lot of books this year (for me) and they’re all quite a similar genre/style so it was nice to mix it up a bit. The Goodreads overview is: One day, a neighbour’s dog, Wellington, is killed and Christopher John Francis Boone’s – the main character – carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes.
The book explored what it’s like in the mind of someone with Autism, and covered many different topics of grief, betrayal, friendship and understanding the world, all mixed into a murder mystery style book.
I really enjoyed this, and the fact that it was really different to anything else I’ve read recently was great.
Have you read this book before? If you haven’t, you can pick up a copy here.
The Great Gatsby
Sometimes I’m not sure what makes me choose a book to read next, but May was definitely a month of strange choices.
I’ve never finished reading The Great Gatsby, after reading maybe a third of it a year ago, so I thought I’d pick it up again. I started from the beginning of course, as I had no idea what I’d read last year.
It was a really interesting read. At times, I wondered how much of the text I was taking in, as it was written in such a different tone than I’m used to. But I guess that’s what reading is really great for – showing you new ways of thinking, writing and seeing the world.
I really enjoyed The Great Gatsby overall and it’s definitely one on my all-time to be read list that I can tick off! If you’re yet to read this one yourself, you can buy it here.
Have you read any great books recently? I’d love to hear about it in the comments if so!