Bookish Post – May 2022 Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 7
Number of rereads: 0
Number of physical books: 2
Number of ebooks: 1
Number of audiobooks: 4
Number of ARCS: 1

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

May was a bit of a non-month really. Work has been super busy compared to last year for obvious reasons. Then I’ve had a load of personal commitments to fit in. All meaning that I’ve not had as much time for reading. This has been my worst month for a while but I’m choosing not to focus on that. Instead I’m celebrating the fact that I’ve finished some books I’ve had on my list for a while.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

This weekend was meant to be my friend’s hen do but, due to last minute illnesses, it was cancelled. Instead of spending my spare time reading, I’ve done anything but. May is definitely going to be my worst reading month yet. Still better than I was at my worst but not great compared to the last few months.

Book Review – The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I’m still not doing very well when it comes to reading this month but this week I’ve managed to finish 2 whole books. Mostly because they were audiobooks and I was able to listen to them at work. I guess I was feeling musical as both were related to the music industry. The first was The Beastie Boys book and the second was this novel by Nick Cave. I’m a fan of Nick Cave so I was expecting something a bit weird and very lyrical.

Book Review – Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, et al

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I don’t often read non-fiction but I do like to buy it. I have a section of my TBR that is dedicated to music-related non-fiction books. This is one of the ones that I’ve had for the longest and also one that I was most excited about. I was already intrigued when I heard Adam and Joe talk about it on the Adam Buxton podcast. I was so easily swayed that I tracked down a copy as soon as possible. Then I put it on a pile and never thought of it again.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Next week I’m heading to the Lakes for my friend’s hen weekend. So, I’ve had to spend this weekend getting ready for it. Mostly taking extra photos and buying everything that I’ll need. June is definitely going to be a month full of spending and probably less time reading. Thankfully, I’m going away in July so I can make up some ground.

Book Review – The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

A lot of people that I like seem to be writing books these days and it’s worrying. Worrying because I’m inevitably going to break my book buying ban. Also worrying because I can’t be sure that it will be worth it. Just because somebody is funny doesn’t mean that they can write a good book. Likewise, just because somebody can write a good film or TV script doesn’t mean it will translate into a novel. Not all writing requires the same skills and it’s not as easy as it seems. So, I normally buy these books and then put off reading them. I just don’t want to risk them being bad. This week I decided to be brave and finally tackle one of the books on my TBR. This one is written by the comedian, presenter and all-around nice person Mel Giedroyc.

Book Review – Can You Ever Forgive Me? by Lee Israel

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Reading is weird. Give me a book 300+ pages and I can finish it in a matter of days. Give me a book that’s less than 200 pages and it takes me well over a week. That was the case with Lee Israel’s memoir. I don’t know why it took me so long to get through it. I guess it’s just my general mood at the moment. Of course, a consequence of it taking so long is that I can’t really remember it all. Considering our book club meeting isn’t until next week, I might be in a bit of trouble.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

It’s been a bit of a weird week all in all. I’ve barely read a thing and I haven’t really felt like doing much. I need to get my act together before the end of the month. I’m still on book 2 of May and we’re half way through. I think I’ll dig out some audiobooks to get me back on track.

Bookish Post – My Problem With Contemporary Crime Novels

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I’m currently reading one of the shortest books that I’ve read in a while and, considering how short my usual books tend to be, that’s saying something. Can You Ever Forgive Me? runs at under 200 pages yet I still couldn’t finish reading in time to review it. I’ll be honest, it’s been an odd week and I’ve been pretty up and down. Which has all meant that I haven’t made as much time for reading. It also didn’t help that my book club has been postponed until later this month. Now that I have no deadline I’ve lost all energy to finish it. All of which means I needed something else to write about. Thankfully, I’ve been thinking of this for a while.

Book Review – French Braid by Anne Tyler

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

When I was younger, I didn’t read much American literature. It’s not something we did at school and I guess I just stuck to what I knew. Whatever the reason, I don’t think I’ve read anything by Anne Tyler before. I know that she is one of those writers that everyone recommends but I just haven’t picked anything up. I’ve got plenty of books on my Kindle and bookshelves. I just need to get around to them. Now I’ve read this one, it might actually inspire me to do it.