At the end of April I declared that I’d be reading more throughout May. Well, best laid plans and all that. I’ve manage to finish an absolutely pitiful two books. Two.
You might recall that my Goodreads Challenge this year was to read 120 books. According to the app, I’m now ELEVEN books behind schedule. Eek!
You’d think that with being at home all of the time, I’d be whizzing through everything on my bookshelves. Or at least I certainly did, but actually I’m really struggling to just sit still and concentrate on reading. I think that’s why I’ve been doing so much sewing over the past month instead, it feels like it’s occupying me a little more.
I also think that taking so long to finish The Lost Girls of Paris also killed my reading motivation. For me, it was fairly dull and so I was stuck not really wanting to finish it, but not wanting to start anything else. Probably, I should have given in and abandoned it. I really hate abandoning half read books though!
My Star Ratings For April’s Books
Here are the books I read during May and my star rating out of five for each one. If you click on the rating, it’ll take you over to my Goodreads review. 😊
Books I’m Planning To Read In June
After that I’m going to do some reading on black history. I’ve bought Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, and Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging as a starting point. I’ve realised that, shamefully, I know very little about black history and I need to do the work to change that.
After a quick audit of my bookshelves, I realise that black authors are extremely underrepresented, so I’ve also bought Black Girls Must Die Exhausted and I welcome suggestions for other fiction books by black authors. Incidentally, I recommend The Hate U Give if you haven’t read it yet.
Since reading the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency books by Vaseem Khan, I’ve been keen to learn more about India and the British Empire. It’s taken me a while to find a book written by someone who is Indian, rather than a British historian, so I’m looking forward to reading Inglorious Empire: What The British Did To India too.
Tune in next time to see if I ever catch up with my Goodreads Challenge and please let me know what you’re reading right now!