I love the month of May. Unless we are unlucky it’s the first month you get properly into the garden and sunnier days. It’s when I know that I should be doing gardening but if it’s hot there is nothing I like better than sitting in a chair out in the sun reading. It sustains me, memories of May days, over the long winter nights. We were lucky this May it was a beautiful warm May. So I had a few days and nights in the garden reading. My garden is looking wilder than it should but I did create a great reading list.
1. A Country Road, a tree by Jo Baker 3/5
2. Shtum by Jem Lester5/5
3. The Beekeepers Daughter by Santa Montiefore 3/5
4. The Good People by Hannah Kent 5/5
5. Miss you by Kate Eberlen 4/5
6. Days without end by Sebastian Barry 3/5
7. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena 3/5
8. Solitaire by Jane Thynne 4/5
9. The Heart stopped by Julie Myerson 3/5
May and June are months that I commuted myself to reading each of the short listed Sir Walter Scott prize books. My scoring is in this blog here https://fionadranesblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/2017-sir-walter-scott-short-list/. So I won’t mention here. Suffice to say that I loved the Good People by Hannah Kent. It’s currently in hard back but should be coming out in paper back very soon and I highly commend it to you. It looks a boring topic which is why I was so surprised that I loved it. A huge compliment to Hannah’s writing and the world she draws you into. Other highlights were Shtum which like A boy made of Blocks is also about a boy with Aspergers. It also was a beautiful story though if I had to choose A boy made of Blocks was just that little bit special as it taught me like to kill a mocking bird that just because you don’t do something, feel something doesn’t mean it’s wrong for others to feel that way. To understand you have to understand where the other person is coming from. I also loved Miss You an all out romantic story in the style of David Nicholl’s One Day but I think I preferred it. I could relate to the characters more. Finally a real treat was to read the next in the series of the Clara Vine books by Jane Thynne. I have read each one of these books which started in 1930’s Berlin. We are now in 1940 and Germany is at war and it is a fascinating insight fictionally into the top Nazis and their families.
So for the challenge. Well I read a book by an award winning author. Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End won the Sir Walter Scott prize. I also read a fair few books by female authors so a tick there too. Now off to the garden to……yes read. Think it might be my very own secret garden by the end of the summer if we get good weather. Nobody will be able to see in and I can just sit there and read and read.