It’s been a while since I did a proper round-up as when I’m busy I tend to forget its the end of the month and miss the opportunity to reflect on my readings and doings. So, like the Beano annual that I used to get as a kid, this is a summery bumper issue!
My top books in May and June were:
Mr Chartwell, by Rebecca Hunt (4.5/5)
“An original, funny and poignant novel and Rebecca Hunt’s writing is wonderful. Don’t be put off by the dark subject matter, Mr Chartwell is a joy to read.”
The Doll, (Short Stories) by Daphne Du Maurier (4.5/5)
“A compelling read for any lover of Du Maurier and a fascinating introduction for those not yet inducted.“
Butterfield 8, by John O’Hara (4/5)
“…the more I think about it the more I’m impressed by O’Hara’s skill as a writer and the vivid impression of this era that I’m left with.”
Bangkok 8, by John Burdett (4/5)
“…a smart thriller, which explores complex ideas about the sex industry and Thai society without getting too heavy. A great escape from normality…”
Lack of patience with certain books lead to some quick post-it note style summaries of books that had been sitting on the ‘to-review’ (e.g. The New Confessions, by William Boyd) or ‘unfinished’ (Mr Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi) pile.
I also had a fantastic trip to Thailand where I was so busy I only managed to read a shocking two books!!
A couple of weeks ago I visited the home of ‘The Bard’ in Stratford Upon Avon with my Dad and saw a fantastic production of Cardenio – the ‘lost play’ of Shakespeare and based on an episode of Cervantes Don Quixhote. It was an excellent production full of energy and intrigue. I haven’t seen much Shakespeare lately but it made me want to go to the theatre more! Here I am standing in front of Shakespeare’s birthplace in the glorious sunshine: