May has been quite an adventure, as I decided to delve into the world of audiobooks. Having subscribed to Audible, I’ve discovered a new world of audio delights, but also some difficulties, as they’re so damned slow! Lots of books finished this month, I’m very happy with how it went.
- Things I Want You To Know – Martina Reilly
- My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella
- Sometimes I Lie – Alice Feeney
- One Of Us Is Lying – Karen McManus
- The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
- The Birds and the Bees – Milly Johnson
- Two Fridays in April – Roisin Meaney
- The Princess Bride – William Goldman
- Truthwitch – Susan Dennard
- Godblind – Anna Stephens
- Windwitch – Susan Dennard
- A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
- Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
- Give Me The Child – Mel McGrath
- The Rogue Prince, or A King’s Brother – George RR Martin
- A Cargo of Ivories – Garth Nix
- What Do You Do? – Gillian Flynn
- All three of these short stories are contained in ‘Rogues‘, but I haven’t bothered read the full collection, hence why they’re listed separately.
Favourite Book This Month
I know that I’m approximately twenty years too late in having read this, but I really totally loved The Princess Bride. Snarky, irreverant, stereotypical, self-aware, meta… It was full of really wonderful things. It was actually much in the same vein as Frogkisser, which is definitley one of my favourite books so far this year, but with added narrative around the actual fairy tale. I watched the film for the first time ever as well, as while it wasn’t as good as the book, it was true to the spirit of it, and had that same irreverent humour shining through.
Least Favourite Book This Month
Godblind was such a disappointment for me. I really don’t think it was the author’s fault (except for the dry firing thing) but it just didn’t tick any boxes for me, and I was left cold after reading it. I was left cold during reading it, in fact, and read/listened to four other books while I was supposed to be reading this. Not an experience I wish to repeat.
Favourite cover art
Tough one this month. A couple of very nondescript covers, especially the Martina Reilly and Milly Johnson covers. I think the two best up there are Truthwitch and Windwitch, but deciding between them is the toughie!
I think Windwitch just about edges it, because I love the lightning (although can windwitches summon lightning? Who cares. The cover of Truthwitch has a swirl of water, and Safi certainly can’t summon that) and it just oozes atmosphere. Top marks to the designer Tor used for both covers, though, and I’m looking forward to seeing the cover of Bloodwitch!
Five audiobooks listened to this month, and it’s definitely not my favourite method of consuming books. However! It’s more fun than listening to the radio, and helps me keep my count of books up. Not that I’m trying to reach a specific number or anything, just that I have so many books I want to consume, I have no time to spare!
I also read a Shakespeare play this month. Not for any particular reason other than I had never read it before, but I spent the majority of it rolling my eyes at the melodrama of it all. Friar Laurence is far and away the most sensible character in Verona, and he deserves all of the love.