books and writing

#BookEnds2021: May

How did it go?
What a slog! This month was tough – for nearly all of it I was either packing, moving or unpacking. By the time I reached the end of the month I was so worn out I slept through my alarms – and so missed my early morning reading time.

You may notice the list has changed – I did pass on some books in the process of moving and have removed them from the list. I hope they find good new homes!

What I have I learned this month?
You’ve got to know when to quit. I used to quit books all the time because life was too short to deaden my favourite hobby, but this project has made me much more resistant. I’ll hold up my hands and say it: I should have quit the Jonathan Safran Foer. But hindsight is always 20/20.

Some of the books I read this month: Supper Club by Lara Williams (re-read), Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer and The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo

What I read in May 2021

  • Supper Club, Lara Williams (not on list, re-read)
  • The Honjin Murders, Seishi Yokomizo (not on list)
  • Here I Am, Jonathan Safran Foer (on the list)
  • Girls Against God, Jenny Hval (not on list, book group)
  • Extra Teeth: Issue 3, Various – including me! (not on the list)

Total ticked off the list: 19
Total still to go: 76

Full list here.

However… I also gained the following books in May 2021…

  • The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett (bought)

Next Up…

I am currently reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett and absolutely adoring it. It follows two light-skinned black twins, one who lives in the town she grew up in, and the other who leaves to pass as a white woman. I love the insightful way Bennett writes about relationships, the examination of race, and the wee asides into the queer community in 1960s and 70s Los Angeles.

I have also nearly finished the audiobook of Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty which isn’t great by any means, but is very good fun and got me through the move. It’s been a rather fun and campy companion.

Next I’ll be reading The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, which I recently started and loved, but put to one side after the move because I was so worn out my brain was soup. I really like its Victorian setting, including a plucky female lead, and the promise of spooky man-eating snakes!

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