May 2019 Round-Up

May is over and we’re almost in summer. This year is going so fast.

I didn’t have a great reading month in May. I only read eight books,

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I got some bad family news in May, which wasn’t completely unexpected but still pretty devestating. As a result my mental health has been up and down for the last couple of weeks.

I’m aware that I stop reading as much when my mental health starts slipping so I’m starting fresh in June. I have some books I’m really excited for, and a few ideas for blog posts.

How was your reading month? What are your plans for June?

Review: Lost Daughter ★★★★

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If you think photos aren’t important… wait until they’re all you have left of your child.

Your life isn’t perfect, but you’re still happy. Your husband has stuck by you and he’s a good dad. Your daughter Becca makes your heart explode with love.

And then, in the time it takes to say ‘bad mother’, there’s no longer a place for you in your own family. Your right to see your child has disappeared.

Life goes on in your house – family dinners, missing socks and evening baths – but you aren’t there anymore. Becca may be tucked up in bed in Rose Cottage, but she is as lost to you as if she had been snatched from under your nose.

Everyone knows you deserve this, for you what you did. Except you’re starting to realise that things maybe aren’t how you thought they were, and your husband isn’t who you thought he was either. That the truths you’ve been so diligently punishing yourself for are built on sand, and the daughter you have lost has been unfairly taken from you. Wouldn’t that be more than any mother could bear?

This isn’t the type of book I would usually read but I really enjoyed it. When I ordered this I was expecting a thriller, but it turned out to be a much more emotional read.

Lost Daughter tells the story of three mothers, who, for various reasons, no longer live with their children. Leona gave up her daughter for adoption, Viv’s son has been in an institution for forty years, and Rachel moved out of the family home after an ‘incident’ with her husband.

The story focuses on Rachel, with some chapters telling the story of other characters. Rachel’s story has chapters set in the present, and before the incident, explaining the events that led up to her losing everything.

The author describes the emotions of the different characters beautifully. We get an understanding of the pain and guilt they feel from not being able to look after their childen, and the journey they go through dealing with this.

This book moved me to tears more than once. It was an incredibly captivating story.

Reading This Week: 20 May 2019

So I only finished three books last week, but I’m not sure what took up all of my time (other than watching Eurovision).

This week I’m planning on reading the books I didn’t get to last week, and making a start on my stack of library books. These are all of the books I currently have out from the library, and it’s starting to get out of hand.

Looking at this picture, I’ve realised that I’m only supposed to have 12 books from the library, so two of these haven’t been scanned out properly. Oops.

I haven’t read any library books in the last couple of weeks. Where I live the mobile library comes once a week, but I’m out of the office several days in June so I’m going to miss three weeks. So I’m hoping to read as many as I can in the next week so I can return them before the end of June.

What are you reading this week? Have you read any of these books? Do you have any recommendations on what I should start with?

Review: Space Opera

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After years a war the galaxy finally came up with a solution to decide which species were sentient and deserved to live. A singing contest. Humanity are invited to join this contest for the first time, to prove their sentience. If they don’t compete, or finish last, they will be destroyed.
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Let me start my review by saying I wanted to like this book. I love Eurovision (as anyone who follows me on twitter will have noticed), so when I saw a book that was Eurovision in space I was so excited to read it. This book did not live up to my expectations, it didn’t even come close.

The writing style tried too hard to be Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, with long, wordy, rambling sentences and tangents that didn’t add to the story. Most of this book was filler, not furthering the plot in any way.

I didn’t find the main characters to be particularly likeable, and the book didn’t spend enough time with them to change my opinion. There were more chapters and scenes that didn’t feature the main characters than did, but these didn’t introduce any other characters in the book.

I think the author had spent too much time world building for this book, and wanted to show that off, with all of the different planets and alien species. Unfortunately the book didn’t have a strong enough plot to support this, the actual singing competition was only twenty pages.

I hard to force myself to finish this book. If I hadn’t been so excited (and paid £12) I probably would have DNF’d it within the first hundred pages.

Reading This Week: 13 May 2019

It’s Eurovision!!!

This week is Eurovision and I am ridiculously excited. Eurovision is possibly my favourite event of the entire year. I cannot wait. I’ve been excited for the last two months, and am already listening to the songs for this year. Which brings me onto the first book I’m planning to read this week.

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I first saw this book back in March, and the basic premise is Eurovision in space. That was the only thing I needed to know before ordering this book, but I wanted to wait until Eurovision to read it. Hopefully this will live up to my expectations (by which I mean be completely ridiculous like actual Eurovision).

As well as Space Opera, I have a really exciting reading week planned.

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I ordered I Know Who You Are back in 2017, and managed to get one of the slots on The Pigeonhole, that meant I could start reading it a week early, so I have the final few sections to read this week.

Lost Daughter is another pre-order that I’m really excited to read. I wanted to start reading this straight away, not realising that I’d have to wait for two months, so I’m thrilled that it will be downloading this week.

I’m a huge Hannibal Lecter fan, so I had to order Thomas Harris’s new novel. I didn’t even read the blurb before ordering this, so I have no idea what it’s about.

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My final two books for the week are the first books I’ve been approved for on NetGalley. I’m starting to feel like a proper book blogger now, and I can’t wait to get started on these two. The Honeymoon and The Face in the Crowd are both thrillers, so exactly the type of book I love to curl up with of an evening.

This feels like an ambitious week, particularly as I’ll be spending three evenings watch Eurovision. I have more of a desire than usual to not go to work, and instead spend all day reading.

What are you reading this week? Have you read any of the books on my TBR for this week? Most importantly, will you be watching Eurovision?

Reading This Week: 6 May 2019

We’re into the first full week of May, it’s a bank holiday in the UK, and the weather is miserable (as is standard for all bank holidays in the UK). This does give me a great excuse to stay inside reading all day though.

I only finished two books last week, not as many as I had hoped. I need to try and set aside more time for reading during the week.

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I only read one book for the Avengers Readathon last week, so I need to read a lot more this week if I’m going to finish on time. These three books are the ones I’m most looking forward to reading from that list.

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I’ve seen quite a few posts about Envy recently, and the kindle version was on sale so I’m hoping it will live up to my expectations. I’ve ended up with too many books from the library, and The Humans cannot be renewed so I’m moving that to the top of my library pile.

I’m behind on my books from The Pigeonhole, so I’m hoping to finish at least one of those this week, and A Good Enough Mother has been there the longest (and is possibly due to expire soon).

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It was also my cat’s birthday on Wednesday, and because I am insane a wonderful mother, he got presents, a cake and a balloon. Dominick also got a present from my friends cat Lily, they’ve never actually met but they have an adorable pen pal relationship in which they send each other cards and presents. I have never written a Thank You card for a human, but I have now given one to a cat (from Dominick of course).


What are you reading this week? Have you read any of the books on my TBR, and what did you think?