Every time I start one of these round-ups I’m baffled to have reached the end of another month. Time seems to fly by pretty quickly for me; I always think I have more of it than I do. But alas here we are coming into June; in a couple of weeks I’ll be doing my best books of the year so far which seems crazy. Also doesn’t help I’ve read a lot of good books in the last six months so the list will be difficult to curate. But before thinking of that, I have my list for May:
Books Read in May 2020
- Sasha and his Red Leash – Yossi Lapid
- Charlotte Grey – Sebastian Faulks
- The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
- Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo
- The Loving Spirit – Daphne Du Maurier
This month I seemed to have gone for rereads/ comfort reads over my Women’s Prize reading. I know books like Charlotte Grey and The Mayor of Casterbridge aren’t exactly cheery, but I do like to revisit them. There’s something quite soothing rereading a book; I can get lost in the world a bit more without analysing the novel itself. Coupled with having my birthday in May, I think I just wanted to chill with some of my favourites this month. Saying that, I haven’t completely forgotten about the Women’s Prize. I read Girl, Woman, Other – am honestly still shocked by how many people have read my review and not come at me with pitchforks for not loving it – with my review of Jenny Offill’s Weather being released on Monday. Spoiler alert: I have a lot of thoughts on that book as well.
So yes, that has been my reading in May. Perhaps a smaller amount of books in previous months but I still enjoyed myself nonetheless. Now is the time I would discuss which new films I saw this month, but due to the cinemas being shut I’ll repeat what I did in April: discuss 3 films being released in 2020 that I would like to see. It’s always good to have something to look forward to. So here are my 3 this month:
Films to Look Out For in 2020
Rebecca (dir. Ben Wheatley)
What is it about? Based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier, a young newlywed arrives at her husband Max’s family home Manderley. Whilst attempting to juggle her new role as mistress of the house, she is constantly compared and living in the shadow of Rebecca, Max’s glamourous first wife who tragically died in a boating accident. The housekeeper Mrs Danvers, in particular, seems hell bent on keeping Rebecca’s memory alive.
Why do I want to see it? Du Maurier is one of my favourite authors and Rebecca is one of my favourite books. I’ve seen many adaptations of it and am always curious when a new one is announced. Yet this one seems to be a little different. The choice of director is interesting; I don’t associated Ben Wheatley with gothic, romantic period dramas so it will be fun to see how he tackles the story. Also how this film is described is intriguing me. Both Imdb and Wiki call it a ‘thriller’; a genre I wouldn’t place Rebecca in so I wonder if there will be some deviations from the novel. And if there is, what will they be? Finally, that cast led by Lily James, Armie Hammer, and Kristin Scott Thomas as Mrs Danvers makes Rebecca sound promising.
Tenet (dir. Christopher Nolan)
What is it about? No idea. I have watched both trailers and still don’t have my head wrapped around the plot. What I’ve guessed so far is that, in order to save the world, John David Washington enters the world of spies with only one word: Tenet. Is that correct? Who knows?
Why do I want to see it? The biggest draw is Christopher Nolan himself. Whilst I find some of his work forgettable popcorn flicks, I always have a good time when I watch them. They’re really good escapist fun. I also have incredibly fond memories of the last Nolan film Dunkirk, which I saw in an almost-full cinema. The gasps, jumps, and general energy from the crowd made it a great experience, and was probably my favourite trip to the cinema in years. I’ve also been a fan of Washington’s since BlackkKlansman so can’t wait to see in a big blockbuster. Overall, with an interesting premise, a great director and lead actor, I can’t wait to check Tenet out.
Promising Young Woman (dir. Emerald Fennell)
What is it about? Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman, until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she is living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past.
Why do I want to see it? Admittedly this one has already technically been shown: it premiered at Sundance in January and later in Glasgow in February 2020. But it has had such rave reviews from both festivals (plus both critics and the public alike seem to adore it) that I am itching to see it. The trailer as well looks promising: alluring, exciting but giving very little away. Coupled with actors such as Mulligan, Bo Burnham, and Alison Brie whose work I’ve all admired, Promising Young Woman is shaping up to be a really exciting debut film. Wish I could have seen it in Glasgow but fingers crossed I can get my mitts on it soon.
And that’s May’s round up done! I’m back with the Random Book Quiz on Saturday with certainly the funniest round I’ve researched so far. It was a lot of fun to write, so hopefully you enjoy the questions. Until then, let me know what you’ve been reading and watching this month.