Bookish Post – May Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

After feeling like I spent most of April in a slump, I definitely noticed an improvement in May. I still wasn’t quite on top form but I’ve got back into the swing of things. Did I read as many as I had hoped? No but, in terms of quality, this was a strong month. A lot of 4 star reads came out this month, which probably helped with the good feeling. So, what did I consume in the last 31 days?

Number of books read: 7
Number of rereads
: 0
Number of physical books: 5
Number of ebooks: 0
Number of audiobooks: 2

Number of 5* reviews: 1
Number of 4.5* reviews: 0
Number of 4* reviews: 4

THE MOVING FINGER BY AGATHA CHRISTIE

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I started the month off strong with another Agatha Christie. I’ve always liked this novel because I think the poison pen letter premise is one of her strongest. This was a nice quick read to start the month off and get me on the right track for the rest of the month.

MONSTERS BY EMERALD FENNELL

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was really excited to read this because I’ve become a huge Emerald Fennell fan of late. She seems like such a talented individual and I figured her fiction would be worth a read. Plus, this book just sounded like what would happen if Moonrise Kingdom met Broadchurch. What a combo.

THE ABC MURDERS BY AGATHA CHRISTIE

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is definitely one of the most iconic Poirot mysteries and I was looking forward to reading it again. I don’t think I’ve read it since I watched the John Malkovich adaptation. There were aspects of that version that I hadn’t enjoyed so it was time to go back to the original.

STRANGE WEATHER IN TOKYO BY HIROMI KAWAKAMI

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This month’s book club pick happened to be a book that I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Since 2016 in fact. Or at least that’s the date when I finally bought the Kindle edition. Unfortunately, the rest of my group didn’t really enjoy it so book club ended up being a little awkward.

FIVE LITTLE PIGS BY AGATHA CHRISTIE

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another day and another Christie. I figured that I had time to fit in another of her books this month and I managed to listen to the audiobook when I was at work. This is a pretty unique mystery and I love how it is set out. Hearing the same story from different angles is an interesting concept and it works really well in her hands.

MURDER IS EASY BY AGATHA CHRISTIE

TBD

I wasn’t expecting to get another novel in apart from my final read of the month but I decided to start another book whilst I was at work. This is one that I’d not read before but I have seen the ITV adaptation. Of course, that was highly changed, so I wasn’t entirely sure how it would turn out.

YOU BY AUSTIN GROSSMAN

TBD

My final read of the month and another book that I’ve put off for too long. I bought this book in 2015 and have never read it. I was really excited by the premise but it just never seemed like the right time. I think that I also bought it around the same time that I read Ready Player One and, after that went badly, I equated this book with bad memories.

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