What I’ve Been Reading Lately-May 2018

May was filled with sunshine and trips and writing! I did get some reading in amongst all of that! Here’s what I read in May 2018.

Clan and Castle: The Lives and Lands of Scotland’s Great Families by Chris Tabraham (Historic Scotland)
I picked this book up on the last day of my Edinburgh trip at Craigmillar Castle in a whim, and I was very glad I decided to get it. While the book is very short,  under 100 pages, it is filled with historical facts and timelines. Beautiful pictures of the castles are also enclosed, which emphasises the beauty of Scotland. Before reading the book I knew nearly nothing about Scotland’s clans, and while I know more now, I feel that this book works as an introduction to this part of Scottish history and allows you to research more. There is also a handy directory in the back of the book of all the castles mentioned so you can also visit them! 4/5

My Life Among The Serial Killers by Helen Morrison M.D. And Harold Goldberg
I did not like this book as much as I wanted to. While the concept behind the book was intriguing, I felt that the author did not delve into as much detail as was necessarily needed, both within the cases and the concepts and ideas she brings up in the second half of the book. I also wished some of these concepts had been complied into their own chapter instead of being tacked onto the last chapter and the conclusion. That being said, I enjoyed reading cases from a profiler’s point of view. 2/5

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
I got this book for my birthday and have only finally got around to reading it. I have been a Stephen King for over a decade now and, although I’m behind on his work because he writes so much, I’ve read a lot of his work, whereas I can’t recall reading any of Owen King’s work. The concept was initially very interesting and it was very gripping, like many of Stephen King’s books. The plot moved along well and at a good pace, and the characters really drew me in. However, it read very much like a Stephen King book and not as much like a collaboration, however, that could be as I don’t know much of Owen King’s work.

Victoria: A Biography by Christopher Hibbert
I got this book in the charity shop for 50p and for that price I can’t complain! This biography, while somewhat brief and not detailed, did have a lot of quotes from letters and her diaries written at the time, and photographs as well as portraits. It would be good for someone beginning research on Queen Victoria. 3/5.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Initially, I downloaded this as a free ’emergency’ book to read in the Japanese airports, and 7 months later, I’ve finally finished it! Personally, I struggled with this book. While it is a classic, I felt it was overlong and over complicated, and I just couldn’t stay interested by it. 1/5.

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
The Tea Dragon Society is an adorable little graphic novel revolving around Greta as she learns about tea dragons. I loved this book so much, it’s full of diversity and has a lovely story to it. It’s very inoffensive and would be perfect as a present for a child. 5/5

What did you read in May?

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