The Book Corner: May Reading Update

Happy June everyone! So were well into month sixth of 2017 and so far, I have to say I’ve had a pretty good reading year. I’ve read some absolutely glorious books and still have so many more on my TBR pile. 2017 looks set to be a pretty epic reading year! So without further ado let’s jump straight into May’s reading update. Read on to discover what books I loved the most and those I wouldn’t necessarily recommend to anyone else…

May Reading Update #1 and #3 – Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

There’s absolutely nothing to hate about Leigh Bardugo’s glorious Grisha trilogy. These books are insanely good. Packed with incredible characters and a jaw-dropping storyline all wrapped up in the most wonderfully realised world I couldn’t even begin to imagine. Everything about the Grisha verse is a joy and I’m bereft that I’m caught up on Bardugo’s epic books now. What will I read next?!

May Reading Update #2 – The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

I didn’t read this book when it first came out in 2007, but with Robin Stevens’ much-anticipated sequel due out later this year I thought it was high time I gave it a whirl. And guess what? I loved it! This is the most perfect middle-grade mystery story. You instantly feel part of Ted’s world and there are just enough clues peppered throughout the book for you to feel like you know where the story is going and that maybe, just maybe, you’ll work out the mystery. If you’re a detective novel fan, this one is a must read for you.

May Reading Update #4 – I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

The sisterlings have been waxing lyrical about this book for ages and ages. So I knew I’d love it. I just needed to find a time where I’d be able to read for a couple of hours uninterrupted so I could get stuck in. At almost 900 pages I knew it was imperative I was hooked straight away. Really I shouldn’t have worried, Terry Hayes has a way of hooking you in from page one. This book is incredible. I totally get the hype and it’s not been exaggerated at all. This is possibly the best twisty, thrillery spy novel I’ve EVER read. And I’ve read a LOT!

May Reading Update #5 – Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

This book should be required for everyone. Bryony talks so articulately and beautifully about mental health and it really made me stop and think. I thought I was quite aware and sensitive to how others feel and what mental health is and how it affects you, but I clearly didn’t know anything. Bryony’s book really is eyeopening and I was amazed at her strength, not only in dealing with such a dreadful disease but in articulating it so well. My eyes have definitely opened and hopefully I’m more sensitive than I was before. No more insensitive ‘I’m so OCD’ jokes from me ever again.

May Reading Update #6 – Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I can always count on Jenny Han to pen a book that’s the perfect mix of joy and pain. That has me racing through 300 odd pages in a day. If you’ve not been introduced to Jenny’s writing now’s the time. Her books are beautifully written contemporary YA tales and are the most perfect escapism. The final book in the P.S I Love You series is no different. This is perfect holiday reading material. I promise.

May Reading Update #7 – A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

This book surprised me. From the blurb I was expecting a kind of Agatha Christie detective novel, instead I got an intriguing novel about secrets and lies, adventure and loyalty. It was definitely a surprise, but a good one that’s for sure. I flew through this book in a couple of days and was sad to say goodbye to the characters I’d met.

This novel follows a young girl as she emigrates from London to Melbourne on the eve of World War Two. As she makes the three-week long journey by boat she meets a cast of characters from all walks of life all with different secrets. The book opens with the end of the journey as a young girl is led from the ship in Australia having been arrested, we then go back six weeks to see what happened on the ship. Who can she trust, is everyone as she seems, and just which women is arrested as they’re leaving the boat…

May Reading Update #8 – The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Robin Stevens fan, I’m a big advocate that everyone should read her Murder Most Unladylike series. It’s tremendous. I don’t care if you’re ten or 40 or 99, if you’re a detective novel fan you’ll love her detective tales. The Guggenheim Mystery is a slight departure for Robin as she writes the second book in Siobhan Dowd’s London mystery series. Siobhan passed away before she could write book two, all she had decided on was the title – The Guggenheim Mystery. Thankfully Puffin got Robin to pick up Siobhan’s mantle and we’re left with this glorious book. The Guggenheim Mystery is a brilliant detective novel, which sees our favourite characters reunited in New York as a painting is stolen from the Guggenheim. Once again the ‘who dunnit’ element had me completely stumped!

May Reading Update#9  – More than This by Patrick Ness

I so wanted to love this book, so much so that I stopped reading it last year as I didn’t love it straightaway. This month I decided to give it another go, not least because I currently have ten started and not finished books on my Good Reads ‘shelf’. While I definitely enjoyed it more than on the first attempt at reading, I didn’t really like it. It was well written and an intriguing concept but it still felt like a chore to finish it. I just wasn’t really that interested. Although I still raced through it – it was an easy read – and I did want to know what would happen. I just didn’t really enjoy reading it at all. This is very unusual for me as I loved the other Patrick Ness books I’ve read. Perhaps I was in the wrong frame of mind this time around, who knows?

So there we go, that’s my May reading update. Nine brilliant, or not so brilliant, books that I read last month. Have you read any of them before, what were your thoughts?

-Fi x