Monday 15 May 2023

What I'm reading in May 2023

After a visit with my cousin, I've now more books than I think I can possibly read, especially after buying some classics. These are all heading off to Mums while I focus on the ones I already have. 

My choice of books is based around GCSE and A level reading with some lighter and more modern literature. I'm also selecting books that people claim to have read or know about but in reality have never picked up.

I'm still ploughing through Don Quixote, I'm a quarter of the way through it, and I've added the 2 extra books I read in April.

Oranges are not the Only Fruit -Jeanette Winterson. 
The Enemy - Lee Child

So far this year I've read the following:


Lord of the Flies - William Golding. Re read from O level days

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee. One of those books everyone should read

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens. Re read from O level days

Off Mice and Men - John Steinbeck. Re read from O level days

Macbeth - Shakespeare. Re read from O level days

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood. Never watched the TV series, but the book was brillant

A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams. One we all think we know till we read it.

Frankenstein - Mary Shelly. The hardest book I've read to date, takes ages to get going through a series of letters.


Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K Jerome. Loved this book so much, a travel guide to the Thames.

Good Eggs - Rebecca Hardiman. Light and easy read.


Pippi Longstockings - Astrid Lindgren. A childhood favourite.

Five on a Treasure Island - Enid Blyton. A childhood favourite.

The Tempest - Shakespeare. Read the summary first to get an understanding of the plot, characters came to life.

Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson. A bit boring, had to persevere.


Agatha Raisin Terrible Tourist - M. C. Beaton. Quick read in a day.

Anything Could Happen - Lucy Diamond. A life that could've gone either way, all the 'what ifs?'

Home Truths - Susan Lewis. Dealing with your husbands murder and blaming your son who then becomes a missing person.

The Wild Roses - D.B. Carter Three friends in the mid 80's making different choices and following the paths they lead.

Oranges are not the only fruit - Jeanette Winterson. Absolutely loved the BBC drama with Charlotte Coleman back in 1991. A young woman growing up with the church and not conforming with mothers expectations of her.

The Enemy - Lee Child. Exploring Reachers military days.


Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe. My fathers book given to him by his Granny in 1947.

Restoring Grace - Katie Fforde. 

Follow Me Home - Cathy Woodman. Light hearted story about finding new love.

Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell.


  1. Wow, your reading total is impressive. I often find I can manage a book a month, maybe two. I'm actually reading a book atm rather than listening on Audible and I forgot how fast I actually read!

  2. I'm an avid reader and I'm always interested to know what others have been reading. As well as a pile of books by my bed, I always have a list of what I would like to read. Happy reading! #pocolo