This month started off with the huge struggle that was The End Game by Raymond Khoury, but it actually ended up coming to a rather nice close. I didn’t actually end up following the plan of ‘Next Books To Read’ that I listed in April’s round up, but I have made a start on it, and I’m hoping to tick off at least two more books before my holiday in two weeks.
I have only managed to get through two and a half books this month:
- The End Game by Raymond Khoury – 7/10 Something Missing
- My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry – 8/10 Solid
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Not finished yet
After the minor disaster that was the first two weeks of the month (I won’t go into that any more, I’ve blabbed on too much about it already!), I ended the month with two great books. My Husband’s Wife set me straight back on track, with its fast-paced, gripping narrative. This was exactly what I needed and I’m excited about reading again, after a very minor dip.
I’ve also just had a really busy birthday weekend, meaning I haven’t managed to finish Me Before You, like I had expected to. I’m about two thirds of the way through, so I should be done by tomorrow.
I’m finally going to get through the two that have been sat under my bed for months, The Bones of You by Debbie Howells, and When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen. They’re both around 300 pages long, so hopefully I’ll get through them pretty quickly. Maybe. I might read on of the books I got for my birthday, as I’m due a gritty thriller. (See my list of birthday books here)
I am very conscious that the majority of the books I received for my birthday are thrillers, so I’m going to have to alternate between them and other things, so I don’t burn myself out. I do have a few chic-lits lying around, so maybe I’ll read a few of those in between, as a thriller detox.
I have also almost decided on my holiday reads for this year. I’m going to Halki, a tiny island just off the coast of Rhodes, which has a population of about 300 people. I’m hoping for a week of pure relaxation, undisturbed reading and, of course, wonderful Greek food! I usually get through around three books in a week when on holiday, so I’m planning on choosing three quite different ones to add a bit of variety. I know I’m definitely taking Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith, but I’m still undecided on the others. I’ll get back to you.
I know that We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver will be the first thing I read after I get back from my holiday. I’m not sure why I’ve reserved it for then, but I do want to be able to take my time with it. It’s a book I’ve wanted to read for a while, so I don’t want the pressure of finishing it before I go away to ruin it for me.
This month has been a month of Goodreads Giveaways wins. I’d even go as far as saying I’ve won too many, which I never thought could be possible. I have won four books, and I’ll admit, none of them are ones I’m too bothered about. I’ve now started trying to only enter ones I know I’m going to be excited about reading, however I am worried this will drastically lower my chances of winning. I have won:
- The First Days of August by Alan Froning. I think I’ve already mentioned this in a previous post, but it’s some kind of medical thriller so I might enjoy it. It also hasn’t arrived yet, so I’ve got a while before I need to read it.
- No Man’s Land by Simon Tolkien. Yep, the surname is correct. This is by the grandson of the famous J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve not read any of the Lord of the Rings novels, but I do love historical fiction, particularly set during war, so I have high hopes. My only slight worry is that it’s very long. Almost 700 pages.
- Diamond Men by Doug Macdougall. I’m not entirely sure what this one is about, but it’s written by a geologist and sounds like it might be some kind of thriller. I’m a little apprehensive to be honest.
- The Singles Game by Laura Weisberger. I’m more excited about this one, because I have read The Devil Wears Prada, and it is a bit of a guilty pleasure book. I did, however, try to read the sequel and gave up after a few chapters because it was so terrible. This should be an easy read, nonetheless, so I might take it on holiday, if it arrives before then.
Next month’s round up should be a good one. I usually steam through several books when I’m on holiday, so I’ll have a batch of reviews and thoughts to report. I’m hoping to extend my Goodreads Challenge target of 25 books by the end of this month (I’m on 17 at the moment), to 30. I hate setting myself a challenge I might not complete, so I like to extend it when I get close, maybe at around 22 or 23 books. I know that sort of goes against what the challenge is about, but I don’t care. I also don’t want to feel pressured to meet an outrageous target, and therefore end up rushing through books that I should be taking my time with.