Book recommendations for May

This last month seems to have been uneventful here in London. I have continued my pilates classes on Zoom twice a week and regularly attend my Nordic walking group every Thursday. I did manage one photoshoot in Kew Gardens with my photographer. Luckily it was a beautiful sunny day and you can see the results here. This has given me the time for a few hours here and there to relax on the sofa and read a good book. So here are my book recommendations for May.

If you are sitting comfortably let us begin

My book recommendations for May

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. Who does not like a good murder mystery? I have always been a great fan of Agatha Christie with my favourite character being Hercule Poirot. We downloaded the audio version of this novel and listened to it on our 12-hour journey down to the South of France last Summer. It certainly helped pass the time. I can’t believe that was not far off a year ago. We are hoping to drive down there in June but who knows.

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

I have just finished this book and really loved it. At the beginning it seemed to be quite a depressing subject on which to base a novel, however it soon became inspiring and uplifting when the people in a small community began to support each other. If you love dogs you will definitely like this book

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The Vanishing act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

It is a while since I read this book so I had to remind myself of the characters. In some ways this is a heartbreaking story of how a family especially a vulnerable teenage girl were torn apart by tragedy. Yet the characters are very engaging and it became compelling reading and a need to discover the truth.

JFKennedy biography Volume 1 Amazon

I have not read this book. It was recommended by a friend whose judgment I trust. It covers the history of the Kennedy family from 1917 to 1956. It has a five-star rating on Amazon. If any of you have read it please do leave your opinions in the comments box.

I hope you enjoy my book recommendations for May. Now over to you. What have you been reading recently?

The image at the top of the post is a photo of our bookcase in our upstairs sitting room.


  1. Sharon
    21st May 2021 / 15:09

    Love your book recommendations!

  2. Francie
    21st May 2021 / 18:06

    thank you for these recommendations! I am reading Pachinko by MIn Jin Lee, and loving it.

  3. DeeDee
    21st May 2021 / 21:15

    Just finished “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman who also wrote “A Man Called Ove”. Anxious People is about a incompetent desperate bank robber holding a group of people hostage in an apartment open house and how they all come to know each other and support each other including the robber. It is funny and sweet and a real page turner!

  4. Nan
    21st May 2021 / 23:33

    Thank you, I will follow these up! For those interested in JFK, you may like A Cruel and Shocking Act by Philip Shenon. This is a detailed review of the work of the Warren Commission, drawing on testimony of the young lawyers – now elderly men and women – who worked for the Commission. As someone who only vaguely remembers the assassination and was too young to follow the subsequent investigation, I found it fascinating.

    • 22nd May 2021 / 10:53

      Hello Nan
      Thank you for your recommendation. I remember the day of the assassination well. I was at school when the news came through.

  5. Geraldine
    21st May 2021 / 23:54

    Anything by Liane Moriarty.

    • 22nd May 2021 / 10:51

      Thank you. I have not heard of that author

  6. Linda
    22nd May 2021 / 00:14

    Enjoying Becoming Mrs Lewis by Patti Callahan. It’s a well written story about poet Joy Davidman and author CS Lewis. Thanks for your recommendations!

  7. 22nd May 2021 / 10:55

    Thank you for your recommendation. It sound very interesting.



  8. Nancy Dynes
    24th May 2021 / 00:11

    Thank you for the excellent reading recommendations, Josephine! I just finished ‘Building Anglo Saxon England’ by John Blair. If you enjoy historical non-fiction that explores this era, I highly recommend it. Sending wishes for a lovely week!

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