In the past two months I’ve clearly been slowing down on reading wagon. Partly because I was reading on an arguably hard literary fiction which I’ve never came across before, and the other because the unforeseeable circumstances of newly released TV series of Game of Thrones and Killing Eve which took up a bit of my usual reading time. I’m still on my Goodreads reading challenge to read 30 books this year, so no worry. And the last time I checked I’m still two books ahead of schedule, great! On April I read one book and one short story, therefore on May I wasn’t being too ambitious and targeting myself on finishing two more books from my previous Amazon UK book haul.
Here is the book I read in May with additional review:
‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns – Hmm.. Where to begin? The book was quite hyped up as it won the Man Booker Prize 2018, and as I read the synopsis it was very interesting with a touch of mystery in it. One thing to note first, I spent one and a half month reading this book on and off, which hadn’t happened in a while. I found the book was so hard to get into, due to how it was written, the style and how the passage was laid out. Moreover the setting of the story got me quite confused in the beginning, seemed like it was set in the dystopian community although not plainly described as such. But then it was written that the story was during the 1970’s, in an unnamed city where there were lots of social and political tension among and between communities. I read that some people found it hard because most of the characters including the protagonist was not given a name, or at least not written on the book. Everybody is called such as ‘ma’, ‘maybe-boyfriend’, ‘chef’, ‘wee sisters’, ’third brother-in-law’, etc. I found it very unique myself, but get used to it quite fast in the beginning of the story. In short, this is a story about a teenage girl who lives in a big family during the time where people could only rely on their local community as much as they should always doubt them, because well.. you simply can’t trust anybody in the time of ‘war’. I’d say that this book is not for everybody, especially ones who likes light read (me!). But if you’re thinking to try a new kind of heavier reading, this book is definitely the one I’d highly recommend.
Next! Well.. I finally managed to complete my latest book purchase of Amazon UK and since I only read one book on May, I’m going to read the read of the books I have on my bedside table which are ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover, ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller, ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ by Mhairi McFarlane and ‘An American Marriage’ by Tayari Jones. How exciting! I’ve been wanting to get my hand on Circe for quite a while, and the book itself looks beautiful! Who doesn’t love a bit of gold, right? Anyway, I’m not setting up a high reading target for myself this coming month because although the two TV series I mentioned earlier has already done, there are three more I want to watch which will be premiering quite early on June. So, yeah, we’ll see.
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