With May over and June well underway, it's time to share my thoughts on the books I read throughout May. There's quite a mix of genres and themes in the books I delved into last month, all of which kept me captivated and turning the pages.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
This is a book I picked up purely based on the 'hype' which was surrounding it. It seemed like everyone was reading Reasons to Stay Alive, and with some incredible reviews from people such as Stephen Fry no less, I had to see what the fuss was all about.
Reasons to Stay Alive is a very powerful book. Concentrating around depression, but also touching on other mental health disorders, Reasons to Stay Alive is the personal experience of author Matt Haig and how he coped ~ and still does ~ with depression and anxiety. This book would be great not just for those who also have depression and anxiety, but in general for anyone who wants to understand a little bit more just how they can effect someone.
There are some low points, where Matt shares times where he thought he wouldn't get through, with a gorgeous sprinkling of inspiring, motivating and uplifting sections which are nothing short of beautiful; reminding you that no matter how hard your life might seem, there are things you can do to make it better, there is a brighter future ahead, there are positives to concentrate on. I would definitely recommend checking out Reasons to Stay Alive, and this is undoubtedly a book I would read again in the future.
Dead in the Water by Carola Dunn
Of course another month meant another Carola Dunn Daisy Dalrymple murder mystery. I always look forward to getting stuck into these books each month and Dead in the Water is one of my favourite yet, purely because the writing has developed so well from the first few books in the series and I am really enjoying getting to know the main characters in each book - Daisy Dalrymple and Inspector Alec Fletcher - better as each book goes on.
Dead in the Water follows Daisy on a weekend away during boating season, where a rather cocky and oversure team member dies mid-race. With Alec on his way to spend the weekend with Daisy, he ends up helping to solve the mystery of whodunit.
The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey
I was really excited to get stuck into The Girl with all the Gifts, a book I bought purely because Joss Whedon had reviewed it as one of the best books he'd read - so obviously I had to read it! I don't know what I was expecting, but it was nothing like how the book actually turned out...
I don't want to give spoilers away, especially as this will soon be a movie, but let's just say the back cover really doesn't give you the slightest clue as to what this story is actually about. At times I was a little exasperated because it all felt like some bad 90's British zombie movie, but it actually redeemed itself and I found the 'message' behind the story, particularly at the end, fairly moving. I hope the book-to-movie adaption is good!
The Snowman by R. L. Stine
Every now and then I like to go back and read one of my old favourites. I have a good half a bookshelf dedicated to books from my childhood and teens, books I could never get rid of and could happily read over and over again. The Snowman is one of those books! My favourite Point Horror book and one which still gives me the creeps today. I've reviewed this one previously, which you can check out here.
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
Last but not least, and actually the first book I read in May, I delved into the second book in The Rosie Project series; The Rosie Effect. I really loved The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect was just as good, but there were definitely times when it left me frustrated, angry and worried - all brought on by Rosie's character who I liked a lot less in this one!
This one follows Don and Rosie in America, where yet another life-changing event happens and you follow Don as he comes to terms with the change, and how it'll change him. It is worth a read, but if you're anything like me, expect to get very annoyed with Rosie! (There were times I very strongly hated her in this one!)
Unfortunately it looked like it'll be a few years before we see another book in the series. I tweeted Graeme Simsion after finishing The Rosie Effect, who said he wasn't planning to write another for a few years, as he had some other projects and books he wanted to get out first.
Did you read anything in May? Do you have any book or author recommendations for me? Let me know! My reading pace in June has massively slowed down - I'm currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird, but I'm a lot busier this month so there will probably be a lot less books to share for my June book reviews!
All books available on www.amazon.co.uk.