callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,

May Books

The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford
Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford
The Blessing, Nancy Mitford
Don’t Tell Alfred, Nancy Mitford
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books, Martin Edwards (still unfinished)
This Boy , Alan Johnson
Eleven Minutes Late. A Train Journey to the Soul of Britain , Matthew Engel
The Betrayal of Trust, Susan Hill
The New Mrs Clifton, Elizabeth Buchan

I didn’t read many books last month and I blame Martin Edwards. I’ve been plodding through his plodding book all month and still haven’t finished it. When you have a book on the go which you don’t want to pick up in any spare minute, it slows you down. I’ll have to review this later for NetGalley. Curses.

I don’t know what inspired me to re-read four Nancy Mitford novels on the trot but *shrieks* the bliss! By coincidence, a character in the Susan Hill novel I read in the same month ‘had been reading a book about the lives of women in oppressive regimes, but after a couple of pages set it aside and got a battered paperback of a favourite Nancy Mitford novel from the shelf. (Which one? Why not tell us?) Reading that was like eating porridge and cream, and slipped down in a similarly comforting way.’
I feel so much that way that I have three copies of The Pursuit of Love.

The Story of Classic Crime I’ve already dismissed. The other NetGalley book I read was The New Mrs Clifton. It’s set just after the Second World War and I gobbled it up in a day or two. I was holding back on reviewing this as, according to NetGalley, it's out in July but it's available on Amazon UK now, so review coming up soon.

The Betrayal of Trust turned out to be the sixth Simon Serrailler book. I found I’d already read the eighth, so I was filling in a gap. They are good books but with a fatal flaw for me: I just can’t like Simon.

I couldn’t count Mary Wakefield by Mazo de la Roche as a May book because I only finished it yesterday. I *wallowed* in it. The fourth book this month from my little market haul. How lucky, to pick up so much good reading in one go!
Tags: elizabeth buchan, martin edwards, mazo de la roche, nancy mitford, susan hill

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