May Reads & Recs

The month of May, my favorite of the year, requires some great books as an accompaniment to beautiful weather and long warm nights. Here’s what I’ll be reading this month.


1. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith — this book is on my Top 10 Favorite Books list, and it’s my sister’s favorite book. She pushed it on me when I was about 11 years old, and I didn’t read it in full until I was about 17. It’s a true classic, written by the author of 101 Dalmatians. It’s about a 17-year-old girl, Cassandra Mortmain, whose eccentric family lives in an old castle ruin in Suffolk, England. It’s a coming-of-age story about falling in love and finding yourself. Utterly poetic and breathtakingly beautiful. This book personifies spring for me. This is a re-read, for the third time, at last count.

2. Forever, Pete Hamill — this book was also on my December book list, but it fell through the cracks. I revisit it for the third time this month. It’s about an immortal man living in New York throughout the centuries. New York + history = magic!

3. Trilby, George du Maurier — the classic story of Svengali and Trilby, which spawned the popularity of the “trilby” hat (hey, fashion!) and coined the term “Svengali” as a controlling older man.

I tend to pick books based on the time of year and how I feel at the moment. I want to read about magic and love, and apparently, mind control…? 😉 How do you pick books to read?


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  • Is the book Forever related to the new TV show at all?

    • Wasn’t sure, so I looked it up. Apparently, the story lines are so similar that Pete Hamill is pursuing a lawsuit! Whoops! Is the show any good?

      • It’s pretty interesting. The main character is a doctor who first realized he was immortal back in the 1700s I think when he was shot and “killed” but not lol. Now he’s a medical examiner in the city.

        • This sounds awesome. Maybe after I finish the book I can watch this show!

          • It’s worth a watch to see if you like it. Oh yeah and he uses his expertise in being over 200 years old and “dying” multiple times to help him solve murders/deaths!

  • I’m really keen to read I Capture the Castle, look forward to hearing what you think of it.