My Bookish Month of May 2024

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

One of these days I do hope to be able to post a monthly overviews without having to talk about a death, but alas, this month’s not it. After losing our two bantam Wyandotte chickens and our cockerel to a fox at the end of March and our cat Mel to sickness and old age in April, May saw the death of our oldest hen. Sigh. We’d seen it coming, she’d been getting on in age and in the end, she survived her buddy (who suddenly died last summer) by almost a year, but it still hurt, especially since it was the umpteenth loss we suffered. It’s so unreal that in the span of a few months we went from six pets to just one.

What is one to do when one is left with just one hen? Add more chickens, obviously! We went to check out Wyandottes but ended up getting Padovana chickens, we fell in love with those fluffy crests 😂 We do have to cut their fringes and beards regularly, or the poor things can’t see a thing. Brünhilde, the old hen, is slowly getting used to having these weird-looking birds invade her space and we hope she’ll be fully on board before long. Meet Thelma & Louise, and fifty-shades-of-orange Sid the cockerel (with special thanks to Eva @ Novel Deelights for pointing out that with that hairdo his name was obviously Sid – characterwise he’s more Sid the Sloth than Sid Vicious, so it’s apt either way 😂) Thelma (right upper corner) is such a sweetheart, she comes running when she hears my voice and lets herself be petted like a cat or dog would.

In feline news, we still miss Mel, obviously, but we’re looking forward to welcoming two kittens into the family next month. We’d been discussing adopting a second kitten, besides the one from the cat next door, when another one was presented to us, and it kinda feels like serendipity. We’ve had visits with both kittens and I’m already head over heels.

Bookishwise, May was not much better than April. I had such a hard time focussing and Fickle Frieda has set up camp and seems to be here to stay. I did find joy in listening to audiobooks while gardening; for some reason, it’s been easier to focus on audiobooks than eBooks. Constantly keeping an eye on the chickens and intervening when Brünhilde picked on the new hens certainly didn’t help! I was definitely teetering on the edge of a slump, but I managed to turn it around towards the end of the month. Special thanks to Freida McFadden who kept me reading and listening this month and who somehow always managed to please my inner Fickle Frieda.

Honourable mentions to The Busy Body, Aurora, The Wife Upstairs, The Inmate, The Return of Ellie Black and Ward D but these were my favourite reads of the month:

In figures May looks like this:

Novels: 4498 pages across 12 books
Audiobooks: 78 hours across 12 novels and a short story

And here’s what I did in May:

What I read:

The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman
Boys Who Hurt, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
The Stranger in Her House, John Marrs
Twelve Secrets, Robert Gold
The Busy Body, Kemper Donovan
Murder Road, Simone St. James
The Devil’s Playground, Craig Russell
Aurora, David Koepp
Daughter of the Merciful Deep, Leslye Penelope
Decoding Your Cat, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Juegos letales (Play Dead), Angela Marsons
Eleven Liars, Robert Gold

What I listened to:

Wolfsong, T.J. Klune
Consolata, Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse
The Locked Door, Freida McFadden
Anna O, Matthew Blake
The Wife Upstairs, Freida McFadden
The Inmate, Freida McFadden
Mad Love, Wendy Walker
The Devil Wears Scrubs, Freida McFadden
All the Sinners Bleed, S.A. Cosby
The Return of Ellie Black, Emiko Jean
The Rip, Holly Craig
Ward D, Freida McFadden
Trouble in Nuala, Harriet Steel

What I read earlier but reviewed in May:

The Small Museum by Jody Cooksley
The Family Experiment by John Marrs
Thirty Days of Darkness by Jenny Lund Madsen

Let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in May:

A gorgeous hardcover by one of my favourite authors:

One anticipated read I couldn’t resist any longer, a 99p deal and three NetGalley DRCs:

I hope you had a good month and that you are safe and well! Thanks for joining me today and happy reading xxx

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