May Bookshelf (2021)

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome back to my monthly bookshelf post, it’s been a while since we’ve had one of these and I’ve been so excited to let you know about my books of the month. My appetite for reading has been a bit all over the place recently, but there have been some real gems that have kept me reading from page one.

The first book on our list this month is a fantasy novel called A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I think I may be a little late to this series but OH MY GOD am I glad I finally read it! A Discovery of Witches is a fantasy series which follows the story of Diana Bishop, a historian professor who denies her witch heritage and Matthew Clairmont who is a science professor and vampire(!!!!).

It’s been a while since I read a good vampire series, and honestly this one DOES NOT disappoint. I’m guessing like myself you’re already blown away by a witch/vampire series but just to add some extra spice this story really blends science and history to tell the story about the world of the supernatural.

Greek mythology has become one of my new favourite genres to read about, if that’s fiction or non-fiction. One particular author who writes about greek mythology is Natalie Haynes and ever since I read her book A Thousand Ships, I fell head over heels for her storytelling and her attention to detail. So obviously when I heard she had written another book about greek mythology I was all in!

Pandora’s Jar (Natalie Haynes) tells the story of the forgotten women of Greek mythology, character we may have heard about but have (sadly) been misinterpreted or unjustly portrayed. Natalie Hayes shines a light on the injustices these women faced and how some women are recalled as villains instead of victims.

Another amazing read by Natalie Hayes is The Children of Jocasta, in which she once again recalls a well known greek mythology but from the perspective of the woman. Jocasta was barely fourteen before she was made to wed the King of Thebes and Ismene is the same age when she is attacked in the safety of her own home. The story follows these two women and how their lives are intertwined in ways you wouldn’t imagine.

This months bookshelf is full of Greek mythology and fantasy and I’m sure it’ll have you turning the page! I would love to hear about how you found these books and if you have any book suggestions please send them my way 🙂

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Sharuni xx

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