May has been a busy month for me including a trip to Slovakia to support Great Britain Ice Hockey so I only managed to read and review five books this month; you can click on the titles below to read my reviews!
My first read this month was You Will Be Safe Here, the debut novel by Damian Barr. Featuring two connecting stories a century apart, it is a well written, powerful story which explores a hidden colonial history, highlighting the human capacity for cruelty as well as kindness. This was a book that had me gripped, and provided insight into an area of history I was previously unfamiliar with.
Next up I read Convenenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. This was an entertaining, quirky little read in which we meet a woman in her thirties working in a convenience store. It explores the impact of society and expectation as despite her pride in her job there is pressure from around her to be in a relationship, or to move on to ‘bigger things’. I then went on to read The Overstory by Richard Powers. Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize this was a sprawling novel with an intriguing premise and structure. Beginning with the individual stories of nine key characters which all make for compelling reading, it goes on to explore how their lives become intertwined, all with the changing natural world as a backdrop.
I finished off my months reading with books by a couple of my favourite authors. I really enjoyed Conversations With Friends, Sally Rooney’s debut. This was another wonderfully written novel which captures the complexity of human emotions as the relationships between two students and the married couple they befriend become increasingly complicated. I also really enjoyed The Island, which is the second book in Ragnar Jonasson’s Hidden Iceland series. As detective Hulda Hermannsdottir is called upon to investigate a death on an isolated island, we learn of the connections between the events of the past and the present, all set amongst a chilling, unforgiving landscape.
Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog in May to read and share my reviews, it is much appreciated. I will be back with more reviews next month!