Reading List :: May & June

May and June might not have been particularly productive reading months, but I did read one of my favourite books of the year so far. Luckily waiting rooms and time in Amsterdam provided some much needed reading opportunities. R was very obliging and agreed to be my hand model for showing off a few of the books I did manage to find time for. So let's get to it! 

East West Street, Philippe Sands

I read this after seeing it recommended by Lulu, and I’m so glad I did as it was a really interesting read. I think it’s one of my favourite books I’ve read so far this year. It was quite hard going at times, as the subject matter was quite intense, but so worth it.

Walking with the Comrades, Arundhati Roy

I’ve had this sitting on my bookshelves for a few years now and finally got around to reading it. I know very little about the politics and history of India, so this was a really interesting insight into both issues.

The House on the Strand, Daphne du Maurier

This is my mum’s favourite du Maurier novel, so I was expecting to really enjoy it. I did like it, and had fun reading it, but I wasn’t quite so invested and consumed by it as I have with some of her other novels.

The Pilots Wife, Anita Shreve

I found this book to be a little heart-breaking, especially as the story unravels and you find out more information about the protagonists husband.

Once Upon a Time in the North, Philip Pullman

I rediscovered this with the books I still have at my parents house (sorry mum!) It’s a fun little sidestep to the Northern Lights trilogy, which doesn’t really add or detract much from the original storylines. It does give you an insight into how Iorek and the Pilot met, but without much depth.

The Son, Jo Nesbo

This was one I had started reading a year or so ago which ended up languishing on my bookshelf. Last month though I decided to try and read as many of my unread books first so picked this up again. The break was clearly helpful as I ended up speeding through this in a few days. It was an enjoyable, engaging story of revenge on the bad guys, which is just what you want every now and then.

Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia, Chris Stewart

I love a good non-fiction book and really enjoyed this one. I remember listening to it as an audiobook on a family holiday one year during car journeys, but I didn’t remember much. It did have me yearning for Spanish sunshine and a simple life whilst simultaneously convincing me that I would struggle to live in the Andalusian Mountains.

Saturnalia, Lindsey Davis

This was such hard going. I didn’t really enjoy reading this, despite loving detective stories and anything to do with classics and Romans. I just found it uninspiring, and a bit of a chore to read.

Summer Crossing, Truman Capote

This was Capote’s ‘lost novel’ and almost a precursor to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (which I still need to read). I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my favourite read of the month. It reminded me a bit of Catcher in the Rye with its drama.


What have you been reading recently? Any suggestions of what I should read next?