Books for May 2019
A monthly feature where I do a round up of the books I’m most excited to read (or have already read and think you should be excited for). Fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books are all included.
- The Farm (9781526605252) by Joanne Ramos
I have this on my shelf and will be reading it soon, so much excitement.
- The Doll Factory (9781529002393) by Elizabeth Macneal
The most hype I’ve seen for a book this year (so far), will be reading soon 🙂
- The Porpoise (9781784742829) by Mark Haddon
A ”retelling’ of the Pericles tale.
- She Would Be King (9781911590118) by Wayétu Moore
Magical realism set in Liberia, sounds very strong.
- The Gameshouse (9780356513126) by Claire North
I did read one of these novellas in digital form, really happy that they’re all being collected here (Matthew Swift… *cough*)
- salt slow (9781529012569) by Julia Armfield
A short story collection that I’ve been hearing so much about
- The Warship (9781509862504) by Neal Asher
Will read anything by Neal Asher, including a shopping list
- Seven Blades in Black (9781473218239) by Sam Sykes
Rogue mages in a fantasy
Star Wars universeworld where the rebels are hunted by the decadent Imperium.
- Lies Sleeping (9781473207837) by Ben Aaronovitch
I always wait for the paperback so they match, thankfully not too long this time
- CoDex 1962 (9781473663053) by Sjón
Mythical creatures made from clay in the Icelandic tradition, a creation story
- The Cloven (9781473636415) by Brian Catling
You have read the first two haven’t you?
- Thinking Matter (9781781255896) by Matthew Cobb
A look at the journey to find the link between mind and body through the centuries
- The Moon (9781788162548) by Oliver Morton
Fascinated by the moon and this sounds like it speaks for that fascination in all of us.
- Shapeshifters: A History (9781789140798) by John B. Kachuba
A compelling collection of various shapeshifters around the world.
- Lowborn (9781784742454) by Kerry Hudson
My most anticipated read of the month.
- Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers (9781783527458) edited by Kit de Waal
‘A celebration not apology’ re-defining what it means to be working-class.
- Underland: A Deep Time Journey (9780241143803) by Robert Macfarlane
Always a great read, this explores hidden places and the psychological link with these dark places.
- The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt (9781473668317) by Andrea Wulf & Lillian Melcher
A sumptuosly illustrated version of Humboldt’s biography.
- Faber & Faber: The Untold History of a Great Publishing House (9780571339044) by Toby Faber
An insight into the publishing house through it’s ups and downs.
- Saffron in the Souks: Vibrant Recipes From the Heart of Lebanon (9780857835772) by John Gregory-Smith
I’ve really been enjoying middle eastern cooking lately and am always up for a new cookbook.
- A History of Britain in 12 Maps (9780241368268) by Philip Parker
Maps, history, and social commentary.
- How Does It Feel? (9781474608992) by Mark Kermode
Another of my separated at birth heroes.
- I, Mammal (9781472922915) by Liam Drew
“a splendid evolutionary study” really looking forward to this
- Cinnamon (9781408879221) by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
So happy this is coming out in paperback, can get more people to read it
- Voices: Diver’s Daughter (9781407191409) by Patrice Lawrence
I’ve loved Patrice’s fiction and am really looking forward to this
- Cloud Forest (9781786031778) by Victoria Turnbull
A gentle exploration of grief with great illustrations
- The Maker of Monsters (9780192768834) by Lorraine Gregory
A story of change and growth set in a world of castles and monsters
- In the Mouth of the Wolf (9781405293402) by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Barroux
I read this in hardback and it is wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated.
- Stepsister (9781471407970) by Jennifer Donnelly
I wonder what take on Isabelle is taken her, looking forward to finding out
- David Bowie (9781786038036) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Ana Albero
Little People, Big Dreams for my main man
- Life: The First Four Bilion Years (9781406372700) by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith
The planets history, with great illustrations
- The Big Book of Birds by Yuval Zommer
I love Yuval’s illustrations, birds this time