Spell the Month in Books | May

Better late than never!

Every single month so far I have forgotten this meme from Jana’s Reviews From the Stacks, until I spy Jennifer @Tasmanian Bibliophile at Large or Lisa @ANZLit Lovers post.

I love compiling this list as it gives me a good excuse to go back over my older posts, checking them for missing links, weird formatting and other inconsistencies that occured during the changeover from Blogger to WordPress a couple of years ago.

Jana often includes a theme to add an extra spice to the challenge – this month is ANIMALS.


Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man | Seigfried Sassoon

Fox-Hunting is not normally a title that would grab my attention, but the delicious Faber Modern Classics covers did.

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man is Sassoon’s semi-autobiographical remembrances of life in rural Kent before the ravages of WWI scarred a generation. They are lovingly nostalgic, yet tinged with the bittersweet knowledge of what is to come.


The Animals in That Country | Laura Jean McKay

An award winning Australian book that captured my attention a couple of years ago.

The premise for The Animals in That Country is quite simple – a flu virus – the ‘zoo flu’ as it becomes known in the book – causes the communication barrier between humans and other animals to disappear. What could possibly go wrong? Surely we love our pets and if they could talk to us they would finally tell us how much they love us too.


Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa

Y was not an easy month to find a book with an animal in the title, so I had to resort to a children’s book I read during the 2017 Readathon.

The premise of the story is simple – Giraffe is bored. Until, that is, he spots a sign on a tree from an equally bored pelican who has decided to start up a postal service, ‘willing to deliver anything anywhere’!

Have you read of these books? Or have a I tempted you to try one for yourself?

This post was written on the traditional land of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 clans of the Eora Nation within the Sydney basin. This Reading Life acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are our first storytellers.

16 thoughts on “Spell the Month in Books | May

  1. Well, if I were to ever run across a children’s book about a penguin’s and giraffe’s postal service, it would be snatched up immediately! After reading the Sassoon book, it inspired me to try his poetry and read Pat Barker’s trilogy about that war.


  2. what a fun meme! I’ve read Sassoon’s trilogy, but the others are completely new to me. May is tempting and a good place to start, September seems a bit more daunting!


  3. Y is a difficult initial letter to identify amongst books read so well done for finding a title. And of course there are four months in the year with a Y ending! Needless to say I was unsuccessful in finding just one…


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