So, it’s that time again. That time of the month where I cover up the fact that I don’t have a book to review yet by discussing the books I read last month. It’s the perfect crime. And I don’t think I did too bad a job in May. I thought I’d done really badly but I forgot about a few quick reads early on. When I say early on, I mean May 1st. I got a couple of NetGalley books done and dusted on the first night of the month and promptly forgot about them. It safe to say my great start didn’t continue all month. I did pretty well until about halfway through when I slowed down. I haven’t had a lull that bad all year. But I got through it. And I’m determined to catch up this month. Unfortunately, my first read of June looks like it’s going to be a slow one so I’ve already paused that and moved on to something else!
Number of books read: 6 – I know, compared to many of the people I follow on Bookstagram or my fellow bloggers, this is completely tiny but, for me, this is better than it’s been in the past.
Number of physical books: 3 – I bought a few new books in April so my TBR isn’t much smaller but I’ve read a few books I was keen to read.
Number of eBooks: 3 – Still trying to get on top of my NetGalley acquisitions and I’ve managed to get through most of them recently. I have one more on my shelves and am trying not to ask for too many more. It’s too stressful for me!
First read of the month and it was a NetGalley book. I’ve read a few these Little People, Big Dreams books so whenever I get the chance to read more I take it. This was just as cute as the rest have been
Another NetGalley book and another Little Person, Big Dreams. This is the best that I’ve read so far. David Bowie was such an amazing figure and I’m sure he’d have loved this. It’s cute and fun and a bit strange. Perfect.
The last NetGalley book of this month and another fun one. This is a super cute and fun little dictionary of uncommon English words. It would be a perfect rescource for young people. It offers pronunciation and definitions of the words. And the illustrations are fabulous.
I’d been interested enough in this book ever since I saw the bold yellow cover. I’m not the kind of person that can walk away from something yellow these days. And, to be honest, it sounded pretty good too. The burb offered hints of Agatha Christie and I was all for it. Unfortunately, it was a pretty obvious and underwhelming affair.
I’d been interested in this book for a really long time. I used to be a massive Ian McEwan fan and I was interested in what he’d do with the subject of AI. For a man who was so good at getting inside of his characters’ heads, it would be good to see how he dealt with a character who couldn’t think in the same way as a human. And, unfortunately, I didn’t really get on with this book. It took me ages to read and I was pretty underwhelmed.
I had such high expectations for this book. I was desperate for it not to be the same old sexual assault narrative but, in my opinion, it was just that. The same old cliches that we see every time and fleshed out with loads of boring subplots. There was some good stuff here but it wasn’t good enough.