Friday, 1 June 2018

50/50 Friday - Favourite/Least Favourite Read in May

50/50 Friday is hosted at The Butterfly Reader and at Blue Eye Books.

"What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favourite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!"

This week's topic:
Favourite/Least Favourite Read in May

I skipped last week's 50/50 because I couldn't think of anything to say. This week I've got too many books to mention!

My Book of the Month was Place Of The Heart by Steinunn Sigurdardottir, an Icelandic tale of a misfit mother, Harpa, and her drug addict daughter, Edda, taking a road trip across southern Iceland to Harpa's family home. I found it a beautiful novel both in its understanding of the people and its descriptions of the incredible landscapes, some of which I remembered from our Icelandic holiday several years ago. The book's title really doesn't do it justice, I don't think anyway. It makes it sound like a romance story when it's more of a slice-of-life dysfunctional family tale.

Honourable mentions also need to go to A Spoke In The Wheel by Kathleen Jowitt and The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist, both of which might have made Book of the Month in a month without so many excellent books!

Not everything was excellent, though my lowest rating in May was three stars so no books were truly abysmal. I think my least favourite was Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell because I just wasn't convinced by this thriller. Other readers have raved about it, but it wasn't a good read for me.

You can see everyone else's 50/50 Friday posts at The Butterfly Reader and at Blue Eye Books, and find out what next week's prompt will be.


  1. It's always disappointing not to love a highly rated book. I get that a lot!

  2. It's always great when you go to pick out the lowest rated book and you find that they all have relatively good ratings! Quality month :) I've been seeing Place of the Heart around your blog and if there's this amount of gushing, I have to get my hands on a copy! I haven't read anything set in Iceland so it'll be a new (and hopefully equally amazing) experience for me. Thanks for linking up, Stephanie!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. I hope you get to read - and enjoy! - Place Of The Heart. Rubbish title, but a wonderful book :-)