As we move from spring into summer, the number of books I read my slow as our world begins to open up a little more and I slowly leave the safety of my home. But it will remain an integral part of me and I am looking forward to some fantastic reads.
I am continuing to try to balance reading simply for pleasure, with book reviewing and have found some absolute gems that have patiently sat on my bookshelf waiting to be read.
What follows are the books that I read in May 2021.
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson is a powerful and moving account of the authors life growing up as both black and Gay.
Next I read Like A House On Fire by Caroline Hulse. Funny, moving and gentle, I love it.
Following this came The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc. I know there is some controversy around the unfair advantage celebrity writers get, but as far as I am concerned, if they are good writers they deserve the success they get. I loved this book, the writing, the story and I feel Mel Giedroyc deserves the best seller title.
Path Finders by Cecil Lewis is a moving and fascinating tale of a remarkable group of men!
Next came Sew On the Go by Mary Jane Baxter. Part craft book and travel memoir, the writer inspires with both her story and creativity.
Next comes Emma Johns’s Self Contained- Scenes From A Single Life, a touching story about her life as a single women, waited down not just by the expectations of other about her lack of a husband, but also her own.
Equally as moving, though written with a lightness of touch is Summer In The City by Fiona Collins.
Helga Flatland’s stunning tale of a family coming to terms with the impending death of a loved one, while negotiating their often frail relationships, is a deeply touching story.
The final read of the month, squeezed in on the last day, was Love And Miss Harris by Peter Maughan. A gentle tale of actors, criminals and a bygone era.
May turned into a month of wonderful reads and the promise of equally great ones in June. I can’t wait.