Hello, My Name is May Book Tour

Thank you to HarperCollins HQ for sending me this INCREDIBLE BOOK!

Book description:

They wrote it on the wall above my bed. Hello, it said, my name is May. Please talk to me.

May has been moved to a care home after her stroke. She can’t communicate, all her words are kept inside. If she tries to point, her arms swing in wild directions, if she tries to talk, strange noises come out of her mouth.

May is sharp, quick, and funny, but only her daughter Jenny sees this, and Jackie, a new friend at the home who cares enough to look and listen closely.

When May discovers that someone very familiar, from long ago, is living in the room opposite hers she is haunted by scenes from her earlier life, when she was a prisoner of her husband’s unpredictable rages. Bill, the man in the opposite room seems so much like her husband, though almost a lifetime has passed, and May’s eyesight isn’t what it was.

As Bill charms his way through the nursing home, he focuses his romantic attention on Jackie, while all May can do is watch. She is determined to protect Jackie and keep herself safe, but what can she do in her vulnerable, silent state?

Book Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! What a read – so many ups and downs and twists and turns!

The pace of the book was compelling and captivating which added to the heightened read and made me never want to put the book down.

Another factor which I absolutely loved was the sense of mystery, this was emphasised by the dual narrative within the novel which presented both the past and present. The reader is only given a glimpse into the characters lives which also weaved its way in to make the pace and mystery all encompassing.

If you’ve read my other reviews, you will know I am a sucker for an unreliable and unloveable character and that’s what this book has!

This book is beautifully writing, thought-provoking and marvellous! I highly recommend this book and would love to discuss it with you if you’ve read it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

About the Author:

Rosalind Stopps has always wanted to tell the stories of the less heard.  For many years she worked with children with disabilities and their families.   

She has five grown up children, three grandchildren and an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University. Rosalind’s short stories have been published in five anthologies and read at live literature events in London, Leeds, Hong Kong and New York. She lives in South East London with large numbers of humans and dogs.

When she is not writing fiction she is, mostly, reading it or working as a host at London’s South Bank Arts Centre. Hello, My Name is May is her debut novel.

Nearly half way…

I am nearly half way through my Goodread reading challenge of 100 books for this year. Some of the books I’ve read are not on my yearly reading list, (I know it’s naughty but I cannot help myself 😜) 

So far I have read – 

  1. You before Me by JoJo Moyes 
  2. As I lay Dying by William Faulkner 
  3. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 
  4. Paradise Lost by John Milton 
  5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Scwab 
  6. Grief Is Thing with Feathers by Max Porter 
  7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabovok 
  8. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (read again) 
  9. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (read again) 
  10. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg 
  11. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (read again) 
  12. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 
  13. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon 
  14. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 
  15. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher (read again, I love it!) 
  16. Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr (read again) 
  17. Ripples of Hope by Josh Gottheimer 
  18. City of Bones by Cassandra Claire 
  19. The Lovely Bones (read again) 
  20. The Pictures of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
  21. Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzergald 
  22. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell 
  23. The Jugle by Upton Sinclair 
  24. Anthem by Ayn Rand 
  25. The return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien 
  26. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 
  27. Room by Emma Donoghue 
  28. Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy 
  29. Lucky by Professor Green (finally finished it, left it at home 😭) 
  30. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff 
  31. After You by Jo Jo Moyes
  32. Where she Went by Gayle Forman (read it again) 
  33. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 
  34. The bees by Carol Anne Duffy 
  35. Sylvia Plath: poems selected by Ted Hughes by Sylvia Plath
  36. A Book Addict’s Treasury by Julie Rugg 
  37. The Widow by Fiona Barton 
  38. The Cambrige introduction to F.Scott Fitzgerald by Kirk Curnutt 
  39. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read again) 
  40. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 
  41. F.Scott Fitzgerald and the Art of Social Fiction by Brian Way

I didn’t realise that I was reading so many again, I just sometimes cannot resist picking up a beloved book of mine. 

If you follow me on Goodreads you will know this already and if you don’t and would like to go and follow me on – 

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I want to read more and post more but my second year at University is getting on top of me-  I promise I will after my exams in May!!! 

  
(How I feel when I look at my books – them waiting for me to start reading them)  

Comment below if you have read any of them and your thoughts and even better-recommend books to me ☺️