I am linking up with Laura over at Circle of Pines. On her beautiful blog Laura hosts The Year of Books 2014 where bloggers share their reads. I have found some great reading suggestions there and I am sure there is a book waiting for you, too.
May has been a busy month and I haven't read much at all. I have to confess that I haven't finished my May book "Eleven kinds of loneliness" by Richard Yates. I am probably about half way through. I am not a big fan of short stories but I am really enjoying Yates' writing. The stories are thought provoking to say the least. All stories are set in a 1950s New York and have postwar feel to them difficult to understand for someone born in the 1970s. I am not making any sense I don't think. But I can feel a sense of dissatisfaction and unease in most of the stories that is at the same time scary and fascinating. I am very much reminded of another American author, John Cheever, who also writes short stories, of a slightly more sinister nature. I can thoroughly recommend both authors. I might start to like short stories....
I have listened to Mo Hayder's "Poppet". Mo Hayder writes to most scary crime novels ever. Poppet is the 6th book in the Jack Caffery series. Jack is your usual maverick detective with a troubled (very!) past but somehow Mo Hayder manages not to turn him into an overly annoying guy, like so many other middle aged detectives with a troubled past. Another interesting character in the series is Flea Marley, a police diver, equally troubled by the past. I have been wanting to listen to Poppet for ages but the picture on the book cover is so terrifying that I couldn't bring myself to download it onto my ipod. Yes, I am silly, I know. I used to put scary books outside my bedroom at night, with the door closed. Just in case. The second book in the series ("The treatment") is quite possibly the most scary book I have ever read, or at least as scary as Stephen King's "Pet cemetery", which I read when I was far too young to read books like that. I still feel uncomfortable sometimes to look up at my ceiling when I am in bed, wondering what is up there.
I have also listened to the second book in the Harris Stuyvesant series by Laurie R King, "Bones of Paris". I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first book, "Touchstone". The story is set in Paris in the late 1920s and involves disappearing women. The women of the time see to be very liberated and I am thinking of diving into some history books to see if this is purely fictional, or if there is truth to this.
Our June diary is already so full that my next read has to be short and sweet (not sweet as in romance sweet). I chose "The extraordinary life of Frank Derrick, age 81" by J.B. Morrison. It is a bit of a random buy-one-get-one half-price choice but I like the blurb and it is suitably thin. I also hope to finish my May read, one short story at the time. Enjoy your books! Cx