May 2023 Review

Even though we had three bank holidays in May, I didn’t get as much read as I hoped. Story of my life really. However, I did manage to read 16 in the end and had three books of the month and here they are:

Books Read

Brittany – Stone Stories – Wendy Mewes – 4 Stars

The Fell – Sarah Moss – 3 Stars

Threads – William Henry Searle – 3.5 Stars

Enchantment – Katherine May – 3.5 Stars

Elegy For A River – Tom Moorhouse – 3.5 Stars

Shaping the Wild – David Elias – 4 Stars

Wild City – Florence Wilkinson – 4 Stars

The Golden Valley – Phil Cope – 3.5 Stars

Two Cures for Love – Wendy Cope – 3.5 Stars

The Passengers – Will Ashon – 3.5 Stars

Sarn Helen – Tom Bullough – 4 Stars

Coffee First, Then The World – Jenny Graham – 4 Stars

Glowing Still – Sara Wheeler – 4 Stars

 

Book(s) Of The Month

Taking Flight – Lev Parikian – 4.5 Stars

Real Dorset – Jon Woolcott t 4.5 Stars

Between The Chalk And The Sea – Gail Simmons – 4.5 Stars

 

Top Genres

Travel – 12

Natural History – 12

Fiction – 9

Poetry – 8

History – 5

Science Fiction – 5

Memoir – 5

Photography – 3

Fantasy – 3

Social History – 2

 

Top Publishers

Faber & Faber – 7

Simon & Schuster – 3

Bloomsbury – 3

Little Toller – 3

William Collins – 3

Monoray – 3

Orbit – 2

Michael Joseph – 2

Fum D’Estamps Press – 2

Jonathan Cape – 2

 

Review Copies Received

Lost In The Lakes: Notes From A 379-Mile Walk In The Lake District – Tom Chesshyre

Brazilian Adventure – Peter Fleming

Hard Lying; An Intelligence Officer on the Levantine Shore, 1914-1919 – Lewen Weldon

Travellers Through Time: A Gypsy History – Jeremy Harte

The Language of Trees: How Trees Make Our World, Change Our Minds and Rewild Our Lives – Katie Holten

The Bathysphere Book: Effects of the Luminous Ocean Depths – Brad Fox

 

Library Books Checked Out

Enchantment : Reawakening Wonder In An Exhausted Age – Katherine May

In Her Nature: How Women Break Boundaries In The Great Outdoors : A Past, Present And Personal Story – Rachel Hewitt

How to Read a Tree: Clues and Patterns from Bark to Leaves – Tristan Gooley

Undercurrent: A Cornish Memoir Of Poverty, Nature And Resilience – Natasha Carthew

Nomads : the wanderers who shaped our world – Anthony Sattin

 

Books Bought 

Selected Poems 1923 – 1958 – E.E. Cummings

Selected Poems – W.H. Auden

New Selected Poems 1966-1987 – Seamus Heaney

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History – Lewis Buzbee

How to be a Knowledge Ninja: Study Smarter. Focus Better. Achieve More. – Graham Allcott

Dorset (The King’s England) – Arthur Mee

A Chip Shop in Poznań: My Unlikely Year in Poland – Ben Aitken

Boat in Our Baggage: Around the World With a Kayak – Maria Coffey

Unknown Dorset – Donald Maxwell

Jade City – Fonda Lee

Last Chance to See – Douglas Adams & Mark Carwardine

Nala’s World: One Man, His Rescue Cat, and a Bike Ride around the Globe – Dean Nicholson & Garry Jenkins

A Wild Life: My Adventures Around the World Filming Wildlife – Martin Hughes-Games

The English Village – Richard Muir

 

Any from there that you have read or now want to read? Let me know in the comments below.

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2 Comments

  1. Liz Dexter

    16 is good, I only managed 14! Have you reviewed Between the Chalk and the Sea yet? Nice incomings, to, and I always like it that there’s at least one person out there who acquires even more books than me …

    • Paul

      I’d like to be reading 18. Ho hum. I have written a review, just needs an edit and will probably go live next week

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