The Bees by Laline Paull is the first book I’m reading this week.
It’s been shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and a friend of mine recommended it.
Flora 717 is a survivor. Born into the lowest class of the totalitarian hive society she is prepared to sacrifice everything for the Queen, surviving internal massacres, religious purges and terrifying invasions by vicious wasps. With each act of bravery her status grows, revealing both the enemies within and the sinister secrets that rule the hive. But when her instinct to serve is overwhelmed by a fierce and deeply forbidden maternal love, she breaks the most sacred law of all…
As well as sounding fantastic the book also has a wonderful cover and it smells divine (yes, I am one of those people who sniff books). Apart from The Bees I’m not sure what else I will be reading this week. We’ve just returned from a holiday in Northumberland which means one thing – Barter Books, my favourite second-hand bookshop. I filled the car with books. I bought lots of short story collections, and have set myself the challenge of reading at least one short story every day. My university module on the short story starts in September so it’s very useful preparation. I love sitting down to read a short story with a cup of tea and maybe a chocolate treat!
My mum is reading Marian Keyes’ latest novel, The Woman Who Stole My Life. After the death of my grandfather, my mum has been struggling to enjoy her reading. However, Marian Keyes always makes her laugh. Mum is already a good way through the book so it looks like her reading mojo is back.
It’s the first day of summer and I’m very much looking forward to a summer of reading and writing. Although as I write this it’s raining and blowing a gale outside, so summer seems far away. Nevertheless the weather folk are adamant that things will improve this week. I can’t wait to sit out in the garden and read, read, read.
And finally, I’ve also got a literary event with my friend Lucy this week. We are heading to Leeds to a Joanne Harris talk at Waterstones. I’m very much looking forward to that. Lucy and I have also launched our own June writing challenge. We are both aiming to write 50,000 words of our novels. Look out for updates!