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Another month in which I am setting myself a stupidly ambitious TBR, and one that I will probably (almost definitely) not achieve - things are opening back up, I am socializing, I am going to be back in the office and therefore will not be able to sneakily read during the work day anymore, etc. And yet, the stack of books on my nightstand is so high there is a non-zero chance it will topple over and kill me in my sleep. Also my disposable income will go down and I will need to purchase fewer books, which is profoundly upsetting to me. Ah well.

Anyway - a decent mix, this. Quite a bit of historical fiction, as usual (and a lot of set in Ancient Rome... which is weird for me, as much as I love Ancient History, it's not my favourite setting for historical fiction); some contemporary novels that have come highly recommended my way; my usual complement of romances and pulpy mysteries (although the two Christies on here do not count as pulpy - Agatha Christie remains the best mystery writer of all time and yes, you can fight me on this, I am just right and I will die on this hill); and two nonfictions, one a feminist take on the Greek myths and the other a historical analysis of the importance of war and conflict in shaping human society. Cheery, I know. Please let me know if you think any of these are skippable or should not be high on my priorities list - and which of the non-highlighted you would like to potentially see reviews of!

My full May TBR is below:

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

  • Hurdy Gurdy, by Christopher Wilson

  • Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Sharks in the Time of Saviours, by Kawai Strong Washburn

  • Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths, by Helen Morales

  • The Khan, by Saima Mir

  • The Madwoman Upstairs, by Catherine Lowell

  • Black Buck, by Mateo Askaripour

  • Bath Tangle, by Georgette Heyer

  • Twice Shy, by Sarah Hogle

  • Miss Benson's Beetle, by Rachel Joyce

  • La Société du Mystère, by Dominique Fernandez

  • Changer l'eau des fleurs, by Valérie Perrin

  • Les Dames de Rome, by Françoise Chandernagor

  • War: How Conflict Shaped Us, by Margaret MacMillan

  • Curtain, by Agatha Christie

  • Murder at the Vicarage, by Agatha Christie

  • The Silver Pigs, by Lindsey Davis

  • Le Cri, by Nicolas Beuglet

  • Mistress of Rome, by Kate Quinn

  • Outlawed, by Anna North

  • Infinite Country, by Patricia Engel

  • People We Meet on Vacation, by Emily Henry

  • Seating Arrangements, by Maggie Shipstead

  • This Must Be the Place, by Maggie O'Farrell

Let me know which of these you have already read, and which strike your fancy, and etc. etc. I know I'm quite excited about just about every single one of the books on this list, so another good month of reading on the cards for me!

Happy reading,

Amélie xx

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I’m Amélie, I love books and reading, and I also love talking about them.

I’m incredibly lucky to be bilingual, so I read books in both French and English, and will talk about both of those on here – although I will do more in English, since I know that’s probably what the majority of the people who ever find this blog will be interested in!

I also like history, traveling, Shakespeare, coffee, cheese, musicals, Italian Baroque art, the ballet, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, flowers, makeup, high heels, and baking. Yes, I’m a walking cliché. I am aware.

Please do tweet at me with any suggestions/book recommendations/thoughts.

In case you’re curious – yes, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time.

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