September Reading

Hello lovely reading bugs, here I am with a lovely post about what I read in September.

So firstly, I have to confess that I gave up on Never Let Me Go. I read about a third of it and I honestly couldn’t get myself to care about any of it at all. So back onto the bookshelf it went while I started something new. After that failure I actually read five books in September – all of them read during one week in Portugal – yes five, in one week and then none completed during the rest of the month, basically because September has been super busy month aside from that one week abroad. The sixth book that I started in Portugal is still being read right now. It’s quite a hefty one though which is why I’ve taken so long.

Guilty Wives, James Patterson

What can I say, I was on holiday and this was on special offer in the Kindle store. We all know I have a bit of a weakness for James Patterson books so it’s not like I could resist this one. I think I actually read it in a day on the patio out in the sunshine. I didn’t have big hopes for this book, but actually I really quite enjoyed it. There was also quite a decent plot twist that I wasn’t expecting too. All in all a good beach side read.

Private Berlin, James Patterson

Yep, another JP book. This one was borrowed from my sister and is the latest book in the Private series which I absolutely love. I’m sure I’ve mentioned how I was getting a bit fed up with some of the other Patterson series so I was pleased when the Private series launched as it doesn’t focus on just a couple of people, it’s about a detective company and their offices (and cases) all over the world. There’s just a bit more believably around the whole thing.

The Accident, Linwood Barclay

I love Linwood Barclay books so again I saw this in the sale and had to get it. Completely gripping and a perfect page turner for holiday reading fun.

The Detective’s Daughter, Lesley Thomson

So this was another Kindle sale book that I picked up on the off chance just before my holibobs. Thomson is not an author I’ve read before so I din’t really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised as this was full of intrigue from the start. I’d definitely recommend and will look out for other Lesley Thomson titles in the future.

As you can see I had quite a bit of an obsession with crime novels of late. Apart from Game of Thrones it’s all I really want to read. Not that that’s a bad thing, in fact I’m all about embracing it right now. I’m actually just halfway through part two of Game of Thrones book Five right now. It’s so good, but I’m also dreading it ending too as the next book in the series isn’t publishing until next year so I know as soon as I’ve finished this one I going to be getting GoT withdrawal symptoms!

This past weekend I somehow found myself in Waterstones surrounded by so many books that I need to read. There’s just so much good stuff out now – I guess because it’s the start of Christmas publishing? Anyway whatever the reason I felt like I was in my own little piece of heaven, I think I actually want every book on this table (well the ones that I haven’t read at least). I’m actually completely astounded that I managed to make it out of there without buying anything. Guys I was so so tempted but then I remembered that two people have already asked me for Christmas lists, so instead that’s where these books are going, straight onto there.

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What about you lovely people, any books you just can’t put down? Send some recommendations my way please.

Lau xxx

August Reading

Hello, all you book lovers and welcome to my August reading round up. I’ve read some great books this month, so without further ado here’s what I’ve read…

Cinder, Marissa Meyer – I loved this book. It’s a YA book, loosely based on Cinderella except that it’s set in the future and Cinder is a cyborg. Okay now most of you are thinking that this book is odd, but it really isn’t. I was hooked straight away and I honestly can’t wait to read the next installment. I’d say that it is a must for anyone that loves the Divergent series or The Hunger Games Trilogy.

A Feast for Crows, George R.R. Martin – Yep, Game of Thrones book four has now been read. It’s so so good. I was a bit annoyed to start with that half of the characters were missing from the book. Basically George R R Martin realised that the book was going to be too big for one title and so split it into two books with this book focusing on the happenings of The Seven Kingdoms only. Even though I didn’t get to hear about some of my favourite characters I was soon engrossed in the book. There is so much good stuff that happens that you kind of forget about what you are missing.

The Cuckoo Calling, Robert Galbraith – You know me I can’t resist a good detective novel, so throw me one written by J.K. Rowling and I’m immensely excited. I was honestly gripped straight away with this one. The characters are brilliantly written and they intrigue you right away. Then there’s the actual investigation that is gripping from the start.

Esio Trot, Roald Dahl – Okay, yes this is a kids book, but it’s a Dahl book that I’ve never read. So I wanted to rectify that asap. It’s such a lovely story, plus it makes me want a tortoise!

So there you have them my August reads. I’m also currently reading Never Let Me Go, but i’m struggling a bit with it. I think because people have raved about it quite a bit so now I’m expecting a lot more from it. It’s always an issue when a book as a lot of attention on it.

Lau xxx

July reads

Greetings lovely people it’s that time again where I discuss my monthly reading failures list. So this month I’ve read four books again and started a fifth and while I’m no where near caught up with reading challenge (still 8 books behind) I feel like i’m definitely back on track. Plus hopefully i’ll come back from holiday having read loads of books.

A James Patterson session clearly happened this month with Private Down Under and I, Michael Bennett. What happened was I discovered one of these at the airport on my way to Dublin – I can’t resist airport exclusives – so bought that there and consumed most of it on the two flights. Then I discovered that there was a Michael Bennett book that I hadn’t read and I love this series for Mr JP. I have to say that I, Michael Bennett was really good, gripping and surprising and the end has left me desperate for the next installment.

The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling – I loved The Casual Vacancy and really could hear JK Rowling’s voice in the writing. It did take me a while to get into this, but it was definitely worth perservering.

Levels of Life, Julian Barnes – this one I’ve just finished and honestly I didn’t really get the first couple of sections in the book. However the last third where Julian Barnes discusses grief was wonderful. There are numerous passages that I loved, they made me smile or nod in agreement and at one point I laughed out loud. There are some lovely quotations that have been earmarked for the quote book too.

Let’s overlook the fact that I read two James Patterson books as we all know they are super quick to read, but I do love them so! In defense of that, The Casual Vacancy is quite a hefty book so I think that equals things out. It’s not like I read a children’s book – even though I was tempted to slot in a Roald Dahl book to up the numbers!

How has everyone else’s reading month gone? Do let me know any highlights or recommendations.

Lau xxx

Back in the groove – June reading update

Hello everyone and welcome to my June reading update. The bad news is that I am now 9 books behind where I should be at this point in the year – oops! However, the good news is that I actually read 4 books in June, yes four. It’s somewhat of a miracle isn’t it! Hopefully this signals the start of a new pace of reading, although with the summer comes more walking to work and less bus travelling, which could cut into my reading time quite a bit.

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn – There has been an awful lot of hype about this book and having finally gotten around to reading it I sort of understand some of it. It’s an interesting book and I definitely wanted to see how it would all end, but it was a bit slow and I didn’t actually like the ending. I didn’t feel like it was finished properly, and I hate unfinished stories. I’m not saying that everything needs to be all wrapped up neatly in a bow, but something more was definitely needed.

A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold, George R. R. Martin – Yep another Game of Thrones book has been completed. As always I love these books and Part 2 of Book three is pretty epic. I think it’s possibly my favourite one of the series so far. I can’t wait to start number four soon.

The Righteous Men, Sam Bourne – So this book is just a bit blah. It’s an interesting concept for a crime/mystery book but the main character investigating everything, a British reporter, is so annoying – just my opinion of course, but I couldn’t get over it all the way through the book. I finished this on Wednesday and left it in The National Theatre foyer in the hopes that someone else would enjoy it more than I did.

The Forgotten, David Baldacci – The fact that I read this one in two days should tell you all how much I liked it. It’s the second Baldacci title that focuses on Puller an Army investigator, and it was gripping from the first page. It focuses on human trafficking in a Florida town.

Next month I want to read a couple of big books, i’m thinking A Casual Vacancy and possibly A Feast of Crows, so i’m not sure how much of a dent I’ll be able to make in the 9 books that I need to catch up on, but let’s not worry about that right now.

Happy Reading everyone.

Lau xxx

April and May reading

This reading update is going to include April and May as I was a bit slack last month. I’m afraid to say that my reading pace hasn’t picked up much yet. I am still 8 books behind my plan to read 50 books this year. I think I may have to resort to reading children’s books from now on if I want to complete this!

I ended up giving up on The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, I just couldn’t get into it, even though I was over half way through. I was just feeling a little bit blah about it. So I gave up, which I hate to do.

Since March I’ve read Game of Thrones: Book Three, A Storm of Swords, Part 1. Steel and Snow and also started Gone Girl. Yes that’s it. Two books in two months. Gosh writing it down makes me realise how bad that is. I think i’m going to have to mark out time in my diary to get reading done, it might be the only way I’m going to do this. Must get on that asap.

Lau xxx