Books read in May:
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Poirot at his best? I enjoyed it, though was a little put off by the ending.
- Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. A wonderful retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses and the Frog Prince set in medieval Romania.
- The Outlines of Mythology by Lewis Spence. A short little book about the study of mythology.
- The Vanishing People: Fairy Lore and Legends by Katharine M. Briggs. Briggs, perhaps the best folklorist I know of, talks about fairies in Britain. Informative as always.
- Sula by Toni Morrison. Two girls grow up in a black community in Ohio in the early 20th century. One gets out, but that doesn’t mean she had the better life.
- Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin. The people of the Uplands have strange gifts, each unique to their clan. A boy blinds himself because he cannot control his gift; a girl refuses to use hers.
Best new read of the month: Wildwood Dancing.
Best non-fiction of the month: The Vanishing People.
Best (only) non-genre of the month: Sula.
Last month I also read six books and said it was a disappointing list. I don’t know why. Six books seems a standard, or even impressive?, number for books read in a month. Maybe I was feeling particularly ambitious in April and was disappointed. Anyway, all of the books read this month were enjoyable. Two months in a row now I’ve read non-fiction, and I already know there will be some included for June. Hopefully reading non-fiction will become a habit because I have a few books sitting around that need reading…
Today is not only a special day for reviewing the books I’ve read the previous month: it’s also JuNoWriMo Eve! I’ve read countless folk and fairy tales over the past few days, and have puzzled and thought, and tonight have solved some of the remaining problems that were bothering me. Now I just need to finish writing up the outline, plan the opening scene and start writing as soon as it’s 1st June!
Also, today is my birthday. It has been a very, very, very pleasant and good day. From receiving wonderful and thoughtful gifts, to running around the house following clues for my gift from Ros (clues that were hidden under my bed, in my favourite book, behind a mirror, in a cupboard…), to having a lovely lunch with one friend and tea with another, to cooking a delicious huge dinner of steak, potatoes, and veggies, to skyping with another friend… it has been a very good day. Thanks to all who have made me happy!
My birthday shrine.
And what did Ros give me? A citrus juicer and an egg shaker (though not a tambourine). 😉