May 2020 TBR

I haven’t been reading as much as I normally do or would like, but I fully intend to read as many of these as possible this month

Finishing Off

Diary of a Young Naturalist – Dara McAnulty

A Tall History of Sugar Curdella Forbes

Vickery’s Folk Flora – Roy Vickery

Lands Of Lost Borders – Kate Harris

Hollow Places – Christopher Hadley

Lotharingia – Simon Winder


Review Copies

American Dirt – Jeanie Cummins (wavering on this one a little with all the publicity about this)

A Good Neighbourhood – Therese Anne Fowler

Mother: A Memoir – Nicholas Royle

The Dictatorship Syndrome – Alaa Al Aswany

The Birds They Sang – Stanisław Łubieński

The Bystander Effect – Catherine A. Sanderson

The Many Lives of Carbon – Dag Olav Hessen, Tr. Kerri Pierce

30-Second Elements – Eric Scerri

Elementary – James M. Russell

The Saddest Pleasure: A Journey on Two Rivers – Moritz Thomsen

The Book of Puka-Puka: A Lone Trader in the South Pacific Robert – Dean Frisbie

The House of Islam – Ed Husain

Blue Mind: How Water Makes You Happier, More Connected and Better at What You Do – Wallace J. Nichols

When the Rivers Run Dry: Water – The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century – Fred Pearce

The Glass Woman – Caroline Lea

Sunfall – Jim Al-Khalili


Library Books

The Stonemason – Andrew Ziminski

Sea People – Christina Thompson

The Way To The Sea – Caroline Crampton

A Beginner’s Guide To Japan – Pico Iyer

Pie Fidelity – Pete Brown

The Bells of Old Tokyo – Anna Sherman



Challenge Books

Unseen Academicals – Terry Pratchett

Herbaceous – Paul Evans


Own Books

Emperors, Admirals and Chimney Sweepers – Peter Marren

Water and Sky – Neil Sentance

Ridge and Furrow – Neil Sentance



The Mizzy – Paul Farley

White Light White Peak – Simon Corble


Science Fiction

I ended up reading Agency last month so this is still on the list:

One Way – S.J. Morden

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  1. Rebecca Foster

    I read American Dirt before everything kicked off and really enjoyed it. I think the key is to just think of it as a thriller with timely elements and (if you can) avoid engaging about the issues of cultural appropriation and publishing politics. A Good Neighbourhood was also really good, though I’m surprised Fowler hasn’t come in for the same kind of criticism Cummins did considering that she writes about the experience of African Americans. Neither necessarily strikes me as your kind of book, but all you can do is give them a go!

    • Paul

      They are not really my thing, but I was sent them, so there is a certain amount of obligation. Isn’t a lot of fiction cultural appropriation though?

  2. Liz Dexter

    Are the review books feeling a bit overwhelming at the moment? I was a bit horrified when I took a proper look at my NetGalley list! Some good reads in here I’m sure. Happy May!

    • Paul

      Always! Hence why I have made the decision to not request almost any this year and either buy them, get them from the library or just read the multitude of books I have around the house.

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