That Was The Month That Was… May 2021!

May was a month of beginning to get back to normal for us. I had my vaccine early in the month and it feels so good to have had it. I wasn’t very well for a little while after it but I’m still so glad I had it done. Then at the weekend my husband started back at work after fifteen months off. It’s an anxious time him being back at work but it’s good to have more of a normal routine again. We also spent time with my husband’s mum in her lovely garden in the sunshine so that was fabulous. I’m struggling with life getting back to normal but it feels good to be taking these steps.

I’ve had a good reading month and have finished eighteen books in May. I feel like I would have read more but we started watching The Sopranos (the first time either of us has ever watched it…) and it’s taking over our lives. We’ve been watching for around three weeks and are on season five. I’m kind of dreading it being over as I’m enjoying it so much.

I’m still predominantly reading one book at a time and this is really working for me. I can’t remember a time in my life when I’ve ever read like this before but it’s good to have a change. I’ve mainly reading books from NetGalley or books I’ve been sent for review so that I can catch up but from June onwards I’ll be adding in my 20 Books of Summer as well. I’m looking forward to challenging myself to read 20 print books from my bookcase.

Here are the books I read in May…

Perimenopause Power by Maisie Hill

This Party’s Dead by Erica Buist

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

One of Them by Musa Okwonga

Luster by Raven Leilani

The Final Chapter by Jerome Loubry

Madam by Phoebe Wynne

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

Five Strangers by E. V. Adamson

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

How to be Broken by Emma Kavanagh

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One Last Time by Helga Flatland

The Killing Kind by Jane Casey

Falling by T. J. Newman

Broken by R. V. Biggs

The Murder of Graham Catton by Katie Lowe

This Lovely City by Louise Hare

How was May for you? I hope it was a good month and that you’re keeping well. What was your favourite book read in May? I’d love to know! 🙂

12 thoughts on “That Was The Month That Was… May 2021!

    • Oh and glad you are enjoying The Sopranos. We loved it which was a surprise to me as I don’t like violent programmes/films usually. I did hide my eyes a lot! But the characters made it such a compelling series. Have you watched The West Wing? Another brilliant series.

      • The Sopranos is excellent! I can’t wait to watch more but at the same time I don’t want it to end. We’ve only got season 6 left to go now. The characters are brilliant, I love the dynamics between them all. No I’ve not seen The West Wing but I’ll add it to our list. 🙂 x

  1. Wow, glad you’re enjoying ‘The Sopranos’. It is always such a treat to find a series that you can binge-watch like that.

    My favourite read for May was ‘When I was Ten by Fiona Cummins’

    Have a lovely month x

  2. You know, I saw a poll over the weekend that said the 63% of vaccinated people still felt safer wearing their mask and then there were some other questions. But the conclusion from the poll is that there is a great deal of anxiety about getting back to normal even with all the reassuring data on the vaccines. So, you are definitely not alone and are actually in the majority.🤗.

    It looks like May was a great bookish month. Happy reading in June!

    • Thank you for that, it helps to know that I’m not the only person who feels anxious about restrictions being lifted. I’m trying to focus on the positives but it’s hard when I know I’m at high risk and things feel like they’re moving too fast. I’ll keep on trying though 🙂 x

  3. Sounds like you had a great May! I’m struggling to pick a May favorite as I had 8 titles with a nearly perfect rating for different reasons… But The Last Train To Key West is a good contender. Here’s to a wonderful June! xx

  4. Such a good selection of books. I am doing one at a time at times and it is weird, then I hit one I can’t read at mealtimes and have to add one in.

    My husband is changing his contract at work to work from home always, and he went on his first bus journey on Monday (I have been on more but only a few) so you’re definitely not the only ones moving back into things very slowly.

    Have fun with your 20 Books of Summer. I’ve just started my first one after thinking I could finish two others before the start of the month (oops).

    • Thank you, it was a good reading month in May. Yes I know what you mean about reading one book in a time and then having to add another one in – I’m the same.
      I’m finding it hard to move towards normal life but am slowly easing myself in. We’ve been to see my lovely mum-in-law a few times now and sat out in the garden with her. I’ve also been to the opticians. My second jab is this week so I’m hoping I’ll feel more able to get out and about once that’s done.

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