Monday, May 31, 2021

May 2021 Reads

May was a good reading month with several 5-star reads, including a few books I have not had time to review:

Children’s books

Mollie’s Choice by Helen Barber - a delightful school story set in the other Durham 

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix - a retelling of Cinderella

Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery - set during WWII (my review)


Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan - a Muslim girl in New York is asked to tutor the high school bad boy with predictable but enjoyable results, amid the added complications of an interracial relationship

The Academy, Book 1 by C.J. Daly - my review

Sisterland by Linda Newbery - a dual timeline story by the author of The Key to Flambards


Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer - my review

The Perfect Couple by Jackie Kabler - my review

Hideaway by Nora Roberts - after ten-year-old Caitlyn is kidnapped, she manages to rescue herself but the ramifications of the event follow her into adulthood

Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout - the first in the Nero Wolfe series - my review

Her Last Holiday by C.L. Taylor - my review

Historical Fiction

The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan - Diana worked at Bletchley Park during WWII and has one final post-war assignment

Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig - a group of Smith alumnae heads to WWI France to assist several small villages - my review


The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier - my review

The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier - my review

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín - my June book club read


Meet Cute by Helena Hunting - not as cute as the author or I hoped


TracyK said...

That is a lot of books for the month. And a good mix, as usual.

I am glad that you gave one of the Nero Wolfe books a try. Fer-de-Lance is my favorite book in the series, but there are readers who don't care for it so much.

I hope that someday I can read more Daphne de Maurier. I only remember reading Rebecca, although I could have read a few more and forgotten them. I have forgotten which books I read in my youth.

Cath said...

A good reading month, Constance. I read Fer-de-Lance several years ago and while I liked it, I wasn't smitten and haven't read any more. I've read quite a lot of Daphne Du Maurier and, given her love of Cornwall, I really should try to read a biography. I've read Myself When Young but it only goes up to a certain age and it might be interesting to read about her life from another point of view. Although I did read one blog post years ago where someone who did said they wished they hadn't as they ended up not liking her very much. I was curious as to why but never did anything about it.

Tricia Murray said...

I enjoyed Band of Sisters.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

You had a great reading month. I try to review each book right after I read it. Right now I have three books sitting next to me that I need to review...if only I'd reviewed each one right after I finished it.

LyzzyBee said...

That's a great reading month, well done!

Katrina said...

I have to pick up Rubbernecker from the library on Monday, so I'm looking forward to that. You did have a good reading month.