May Books

How is it June already?! Crazy.  Anyway, *even more* reading than April, but I was on holiday and somehow tore through three books in four and a half days, so that makes quite a dent.  Good ones though!!

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Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – James gave me this because I forgot a book to take on the ten hour bus to Edinburgh and back. Life saving, because obviously I didn’t have a plug socket, and my phone died at about 2am. Ha. Anyway, this was somehow the first Murakami I’ve ever read, and I’m now on a mission to read it all. So good. It jumped between what felt like two stories, except that they kind of crossed over and back again. It’s confusing and brilliant. Yes yes yes.

M.R. Carey, The Girl With All The Gifts – This had been on my list for ages, so I picked it up with All The Light We Cannot See to take away with me, because holidays call for chunky books.  I raced through it, and only had a hundred or so pages to go when I got off the plane.  It’s super quick reading, and ticks so many boxes: dystopian, speculative fiction, surgery/experimentation stuff, and incredibly well-written.

Haruki Murakami, After Dark – Murakami #2 basically immediately.  I picked this up in a charity shop a couple of days after finishing Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and this one was much shorter. It’s about people whose paths cross over one night, mainly focused on Mari, who finds herself in the city after missing the last train home on purpose.

Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See – Oh god, so good. Obviously, because it won the Pulitzer prize last year, but still. Just beautiful and heartbreaking.  It’s set in WWII, and tells the stories of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, an orphaned German boy with an innate gift for mathematics.  More than that, it’s about how people survive, and how they try to do the best with what they have, and how they sometimes succeed.

Daisy Johnson, Fen* – This comes out on 2nd June, and you should buy it as soon as it does.  Dark, broody, perfect short stories.  Daisy Johnson is incredibly talented.  These stories are kind of about growing up, but they’re also about learning how to do that, and about longing for something when you aren’t sure what. So, so good. Here’s an extract.

Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man – Because eventually I get around to doing things I say I will, and because I can’t watch the film without having read the book first, and because Goodbye To Berlin was good, and apparently I like finding authors and then working my way through reading everything they’ve ever written (see: Haruki Murakami, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Margaret Atwood)

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Because I read a ton of magazines, and I included them last month, I’m going to do that again…
Oh Comely, which was cute and about sisters.
Weapons of Reason, which was about ageing and was super interesting. The writing was all amazing, and *look* at that cover art! Awesome.
New Philosopher was my Stack magazine this month, with loads of good stuff about education.

Phew. As always, everything is on Goodreads and Instagram. Come tell me what you’re reading!  I just bought all of these on a ridiculous charity shop spree when I was in the middle of a three day migraine, so my TBR is now almost as tall as I am again. Whoops?

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