May Round-Up – The Books I Read In May 2016

In May I read seven books, all of them fiction: A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker (Doubleday) – My first read of May was a fictionalised retelling of the life of Irish writer Samuel Baker. With events focusing around the Second World War it is the story of how Samuel adapted to life …

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The Silent Children by Amna K. Boheim

I had not previously read many ghost stories so I was intrigued by the premise of The Silent Children. The debut novel by Amna K. Boheim is a haunting tale about one family’s history, a history that holds secrets and isn’t always what it seems. ‘There it was, waiting for me. A letter. From her. …

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The Wacky Man by Lyn G. Farrell

Lyn G. Farrell was the recipient of the 2015 Luke Bitmead Bursary which was set up in Luke’s memory to support and encourage fledgling writers. Through this we have the opportunity to read Lyn’s debut novel The Wacky Man, a book which intrigued me from the offset as I first got a glimpse into Amanda …

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Barkskins by Annie Proulx

I was excited to have the opportunity to read Barkskins, the forthcoming novel by Annie Proulx, which is the first of her novels I have read. Having heard great things about her previous works I had high hopes for her latest novel, a sprawling epic about two families and their part in the taking down …

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The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

My book club’s choice for this month was The Reader on The 6.27, the first novel by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent who has previously written short stories. A bestseller in France, this is a book that is now an international bestseller and a Waterstones book of the month choice. ‘Guylain was a breath of fresh air who, …

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Illumicrate Unboxing – May 2016

This month I received my second Illumicrate subscription box. Illumicrate is a quarterly subscription box service for book lovers with boxes arriving in February, May, August and November. Illumicrate costs £29.99 per box which includes free shipping in the UK. There are additional shipping costs applied for international customers. I really liked the items included …

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

I don’t read a lot of science fiction novels but I was certainly intrigued by Sleeping Giants, the debut novel by Sylvain Neuvel. The first book in the ‘Themis Files’ series it was the Goldsboro Books ‘Book of the Month’ choice for April, so my expectations were high... ‘I got to the bottom of the …

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