What I Read in May 2021

Happy Bank Holiday! I am, of course, spending the day reading. I always look at Bank Holidays as extra reading days. I’m definitely hoping to finish my current read (Animal by Lisa Taddeo – v engrossing so far) and love that I have these extra hours to do that.

BUT before I talk about current reads, I am here to look back over my reviews this month and there is not one on this list I wouldn’t hesitate to say add to your TBR list immediately! I’ve been in a great reading frame of mind, finishing a book then being so excited to disappear into the world of a new story again and again. Such a good feeling.

So, let’s jump in and see what they were…

My May Book Reviews:

(Click on book title for my full review.)

The Beauty of Impossible Things by Rachel Donohue

/ Madam by Phoebe Wynne

/ Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal

/ Lost Property by Helen Paris

/ The Push by Ashley Audrain

/ Assembly by Natasha Brown

/ Fragile by Sarah Hilary

/ The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

All fiction for May (I’m not doing amazingly at reading one non-fiction book per month – definitely need to improve on that!) I met some memorable characters that had something to say and that I connected with emotionally. Lots of truly brilliant Nells, strangely – in both Fragile, Circus of Wonders and Nella in The Other Black Girl who brought us on a satirical, metaphorical ride.

Rose from Madam was a strong feminist while Blythe from The Push, Natasha from The Beauty of Impossible Things and Dot from Lost Property were broken souls who intrigued me and drew me in, in different ways. Special soft spot for Dot.

I love falling for an array of different characters like this, made this month’s reading feel very visceral.

What have you been reading this month? Let me know below!

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