I am linking up with Jana and her monthly post of “Show Us Your Books”, where fellow loving #booknerds all tell everyone what we read for the month What is great about this monthly post, is that you get to see what other people are reading and find some book titles that you may want to pick up for yourself!
So without further adieu, here is what I read in the month of May:
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
So, I tried to step out of my comfort zone and read a book out of my preferred genre (mysteries) and jump into the ocean of “Classical Books That Mackenzie Has Never Read But Feels She Ought To”.
Exhibit A is Mrs. Dalloway. Virginia Woolf, I have heard is a literary ingénue so when I saw this book on the shelf at my local library, I thought hey why not? Lets be a bit of literary highbrow and sail uncharted waters.
But you guys… I could not get into this book. I tried and tried on many occasions to read this novel and I simply could not get through it. I would read a few pages and get bored. Or the character of Mrs. Dalloway bothered me and then my mind would wander on that particular point and then I would come out of my reverie and realize I had totally stopped reading. I tried to read this book, I really and truly did, but I have to chalk this up to an utter and complete failure on my part. Apologies to all Virginia Woolf fans. I am sure she was a talented writer.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
This book was everrrrrrrything!!!! All the hashtags, seriously I am
obsessed enthralled with anything having to do with Sherlock Holmes. I watch the Sherlock series with Benedict Cumberbatch and I watch the television show Elementary with Jonny Lee Miller. So when I learned from a fellow “Show Us Your Books” poster that there was a book having to do with the Sherlock Holmes genre, I was excited and high-stepped it to the library.
A Study in Charlotte is about the great-great grandchildren of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson named Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, respectively. The two Londoners who are inadvertently both shipped to the same snotty boarding school in Connecticut, are thrown together having never met before, when a classmate is murdered and Holmes and Watson are the prime suspects. I could not put this book down and it is a book that I would definitely read again. And the fact that the author is writing another book featuring these characters has me over the moon
Heirs and Assigns by Marjorie Eccles
A murder mystery that takes place in the 1920’s? Sure why not, right? 😉 A man who invites all of his family and friends to his house in the English countryside to celebrate his 60th birthday is found murdered in his bed, the day after a lavish dinner celebration. It is soon realized that no one entered the house that evening so the murderer is one of the guests. Mwah ha ha ha!
I did like the book although it does start off a bit slow, so know that going in.
No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd
I am a huge Charles Todd fan and have read every single book in their Ian Rutledge series. In this book, Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge is called to the coast of Cornwall to assist in a case where four women are being accused of drowning a man whom they say, they where trying to save when his boat capsized. Were they really trying to save him or did one of the women have an ulterior motive for making sure the victim did not live? You will have to read the book and see! Two thumbs up on this one.
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
I mentioned when I posted this picture on Instagram, that I could not put this book down and stayed up waaaaaay past my bedtime, to get more chapters in. This book is a #mustread. I get tongue-tied trying to describe it (because it is SO GOOD!) so I will leave it to Barnes and Noble to aptly give a synopsis:
It starts with a letter, lost for half a century and unexpectedly delivered to Edie’s mother on a Sunday afternoon. The letter leads Edie to Milderhurst Castle, where the eccentric Blythe spinsters live and where, she discovers, her mother was billeted during World War II. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives caring for their younger sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiancé jilted her in 1941. Inside the decaying castle, Edie searches for her mother’s past but soon learns there are other secrets hidden in its walls. The truth of what happened in “the distant hours” has been waiting a long time for someone to find it.
Read this book. Right now. Go the library and get this book. You’re welcome.
The Man In The Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
I know, I know, another Agatha Christie book, but I did mention she is one of my favorite authors, right? 😉
Anne Beddingfield watches as a man loses his life as he falls under the rails at Hyde Park Station. But who is the man in the brown suit who was near the man when he died? Anne is not satisfied with Scotland Yard’s verdict of “accidental death” and is determined to investigate what really happened.
There you have it, what I read for the month of May. Any good books you guys can recommend?