May flew in with a rush and was over before I even had the chance to pay attention to the fact that it had arrived yet. I had a busy month this month, with lots of exam marking and a flying trip home to see a very good friend of mine get married. Honestly, I’m quite surprised he actually managed it, since he’s chronically disorganised, but he and his wife walked back down the aisle with rings on their fingers and paperwork completed and I bawled my eyes out at the romance of it all. Readingwise, I got some reading done – not a huge amount, but enough to keep me happy. I ploughed through a lot of audiobooks, which is good, although my Google Maps details tell me I spent a ridiculous number of hours in a car last month. Let’s try not to think about that too much. Nor my impact on the environment!
- Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
- I Hold Your Heart – Karen Gregory
- A Letter from Sarah – Dan Proops
- Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
- The Woman at Number 24 – Juliet Ashton
- Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean
- Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Megan Matson
- We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse #1) – Dennis E Taylor
- What Happens Now? – Sophia Money-Coutts
- In My Sister’s Shoes – Sinéad Moriarty
- The Million Pieces of Neena Gill – Emma Smith-Barton
- The Kingdom – Jess Rothenberg
- The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colours of Madeleine #2) – Jaclyn Moriarty
- Faking Friends – Jane Fallon
None this month
Favourite Book This Month
Easy. Karen Gregory’s third book is just wonderful. I reviewed it in full during the month, so I don’t know how much more I can say about it, but my goodness, she writes so beautifully, and everything she writes is so viscerally real! Definitely becoming one of my favourite authors, and a go-to for contemporary realism.
Least Favourite Book This Month
Once again, there were two books this month that I didn’t really like. A Letter From Sarah was disappointing throughout, but I didn’t really go into it with any expectations. In fact, I only read it because a poster on mumsnet was moaning that her daughter had robbed her book and run away with it, and it happened to be this one. Plus it was only 99p. But I doubt I’ll be reading any more by Dan Proops at any rate.
So my ACTUAL least favourite book this month is In My Sister’s Shoes. Again, I’ve already reviewed this one, so the reasons for my disappointment are laid out in the blog post itself. But I think what made this extra disappointing is that I’ve read and really enjoyed other books by Sinéad Moriarty, so for this one to be so rage-inducing was surprising, and all the more disappointing.
Favourite cover art
As ever, some really great covers in here, but I think this month the accolade for my favourite has to go to Gollancz with Emiko Jean’s Empress of All Seasons. I love the colour scheme of this one, as well as the stark simplicity of it at first glance. It seems to be just the weapon on the front – which is the weapon of choice for our heroine. But then once you look closer the textures become clear, and the rich fabric at the top fades delicately into textures underneath. Plus I really like the typeface used for the book title. This one is definitely a winner for me.
If you look at the collection of cover arts higher up in the post, you may notice that the Juliet Ashton book features twice. This is because when I bought the book on kindle, originally (and, actually, on iBooks as well, a fact I noticed several months later), it had one cover art. But by the time I actually got around to reading it, having already listened to the audiobook of another Juliet Ashton and deciding that I liked this author, then being delighted to realise that I had already bought two more of her books, the cover had gotten a revamp, presumably to give a more cohesive feel to Ashton’s books as a whole. I like them both, but I think I definitely prefer the redesign. The simple yet striking elements of the cover work well together, and the design elements around the text reference plot points without being huge spoilers. I also prefer the new tagline, because, having read the book, it’s more appropriate to the plot overall. Definitely a thumbs up for the redesign team, both for consistency across books, and for aesthetics generally!