May Book Releases I’m looking forward to this month.

Poetry MELANCHOLIA by Wanda Deglane Vegetarian Alcoholic Press

Release Date May 11th 2021

I am very excited to read this, as Wanda Deglane is one of my favourite writers.

Poetry Odd as Fuck by Anne Walsh Donnelly Fly on the Wall Press

Release Date May 14th 2021

Anne Walsh Donnelly’s previous collection The Woman With an Owl Tattoo was one of my favorite reads last year and the follow up sounds like it’s going to be just as good.

Historical Fiction Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal Picador pre-order link (aff.link)

Release Date May 13th 2021

Elizabeth Macneal’s debut The Doll Factory was one of my favorite reads of 2019 and I’m also a sucker for historical fiction, so cannot wait to read this one.

Non-Fiction Fuck, I think I’m Dying: How I learned to Live with Panic by Claire Eastham Square Peg books Pre-order link (aff.link)

Release Date May 6th 2021

I loved Claire Eastham’s previous book We’re All Mad Here. I love the way she writes. Love her blog too.

Poem. Solitary.

solitary


walk out –

walk around town –

hood up &head bowed –

feeling so low today –

the canal is temptation –

stick to the towpaths –

everything has remained the same –

even after rain –

the paths are slick – wet – sludge

and the gate metal – slips – against my palm –

the branches of the trees – droop – lower – and glisten –

will the changes happen – take place –

a habit more than anything –

following the paths that i am so familiar with –

finding trees older than i –

creatures more wild than i –

the ghostly shapes of playground apparatus –

shrouded in an evening fog beginning to gather –

assurances of earth and nature –

i need before returning

to locked doors, enforced silence and conformity.

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Book Review Roundup. Poetry, Sci-Fi & Fiction.

All of Me by Shannon O’Connor

‘isn’t it ironic how time changes memories what we do remember and what was once important fades away like it was nothing’

Loved the poems in this collection, I found them really easy to connect with. Solid, well written poetry.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

On a Scale of 1 to 10 by Ceylan Scott

I had been looking forward to reading this for a while, and I finished reading it in one afternoon. I liked the story, I liked the characters (well, apart from Dr. Flores) and I loved the descriptions of a few of the characters and there were phrases or sentences in the writing that were so poetic and exciting to read (does that make sense?)
There were parts that could potentially be triggering for people. I’ve read a fair few books set in psychiatric hospitals and On a Scale of 1 to 10 ranks highly among them.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Doctor Who At Childhood’s End by Sophie Aldred

I enjoyed reading this. At Childhood’s End was a nostalgic ride through space, Perivale, and an alien planet. The 7th Doctor made an appearance, with his umbrella!
I do think the Doctor traveling with 3 people is a bit much. In this story, Graham and Ryan are great, but Yaz might as well not been there. Especially as the writers went down the path of there being jealousy between Ace and Yaz, which was briefly explored and then dropped. I loved this story asked questions about life after traveling with the Doctor, and how it might change you.
Ace is the main focus of this story and her character arc just never ends, does it?
She pinched an alien pod before UNIT could get their hands on it! The Squidget. Adorable.
I want more Ace stories like this.

‘Three suns sat like cigarette burns in the filthy tarpaulin of the sky’

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Joy is

fresh air / a breeze against my face / sunshine shadows / warmth / reading poetry / faded books / laughter / music / movement / rainbow colours / something discovered, something familiar /

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Writer Shelby Leigh shared a prompt on Instagram asking what is joy to you? It was a good prompt to reflect on.