Mysteries and Families: the Books I Read and Bought in May

May was a warm and lovely month. I continue to read a small amount of books this month, bought plenty of books I cannot wait to read, including some audiobooks! I also went to Disneyland, which was a first experience that was both unforgettable and tiring, but so very amazing. May was also the month where I had a hectic several weeks in which I have to submit my final thesis for my bachelor’s study. Anyways, let us start with the books that I hauled this month!

Books I Bought in May


  • This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – Dutch Comic Con, Utrecht
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus – Shakespeare and Company bookstore, Paris
  • Madame Bovary of the Suburbs by Sophie Divry – Shakespeare and Company bookstore, Paris
  • The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling – Audible
  • The Child Finder by Renee Denfeld – Audible

Books I Read in May

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke (review)

16037293The Cutting Season by Attica Locke centres around Belle Vie, a historic plantation house managed by our main character, single mother Caren. The story starts with Caren’s daily activities involving her daughter and managing the employees in the plantation that was suddenly interrupted by a murder.

This book was something different than anything I’ve ever read. Though classified as a mystery novel, this book has so much more. The main character Caren is flawed and very human. Not only that, the mystery surrounding this story was very influenced by the history of the place, involving the black people history in Louisiana and a lot of American past with emphasis on the social and economical aspects. The main character being black, and the rich family owner of Belle Vie being white, also the fact that the murdered woman was an immigrant, added another layer of solemnity and a sense of importance in the discovery of the murderer in the story.

The writing in this book was also wonderful to read about. The scenes were laid out wonderfully, each moment in each location focusing on the characters and their interactions more than the actions and the things they discovered.

All in all this book was very well put together, and had an important story to tell. It was not just a mystery novel, It’s so much more, and it taught me a lot about black history and American history in general. The story was intriguing from the beginning till the end, and the social aspects surrounding the story, added with the amazingly written characters made the book such an enjoyable read.

4/5 stars

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo (review)

31349579Stay with Me is a relatively short novel about a young couple in Nigeria: Yejide and Akin, who have been trying to have a baby for years and years. The story revolves around these two people’s point of views – Yejide is a strong-willed woman with huge passion for her life and loves her husband dearly, and Akin is a gentle-hearted, quiet and loving man who buries secrets within himself. It’s an intricate story about love and relationship, but also about family and honesty.

The lack of characters in this book was made up by the amazingly written characters that were present – the two main characters of the story were very dimensional and felt so real, with real emotions. I loved Yejide, even so I felt like I enjoyed Akin the most. I loved his tenderness and his flaws. His relationship with his mother, his father, and especially Yejide were all unique and special, and beautiful to read.

I think the author did an immensely wonderful job in crafting this novel. The writing style was not special in any way, it was unique in a sense that it was quite choppy, how years would fly away in one sentence and each scene just focuses on moments that were important to the story and the author was able to combine and piece together all these moments beautifully.

This book was definitely a page-turner, not because of the writing style but because you just want to know so much about these characters and their lives. It’s set in a place where family is very important, and so is tradition.  And the traditions involved in the story, also the history embedded into several parts of the story was just very well executed.

With a heartbreaking ending, I didn’t really cry tears while reading the book, but I definitely came close to it several times in the story. The way the plot evolves and how these characters’ lives changed over the years were just wonderful to read about, and definitely shows how life is so unpredictable, that anything can happen but also that you have a choice on what future you want to have. It’s so much more than a love story, it’s a story about loss and heartbreak and children, and a story about brotherhood and political history and being a parent. And though I am not a parent, I am a daughter, and this book felt so real and heartbreakingly wonderful in all the right places

4/5 stars

Books I’m Currently Reading


  • A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston – audiobook (finished! Will talk about it in my June wrap-up)
  • This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – paperback
  • The Family Tabor by Cherise Wolas – e-ARC (DNF-ed)
  • The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling – ebook

What books did you read in May?




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