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Weekly Reading List #7: Fasting, Fever, And Not Giving A Fuck

I finally have my brain fully back! It’s been switching on and off over the past year based on the number and strength of pills I’ve been on at any given time. So more like a dimmer switch than a straight on/off affair. However, as of yesterday I am off aaaaallll the meds. Let’s see how this goes.

The most exciting thing about this, of course, is that I can read books again. And not just novels and things that require zero brain power, but real books. Big books. Thick philosophical books. (I know novels can be all those things too, but boy have I missed philosophy.)

Here’s what I read this week.

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Weekly Reading List #5: Ships, Shadows and Little Fires Everywhere

I know, I know, it’s not so much ‘weekly’ as ‘sporadically’ at the moment. I’ve had a couple of weeks when I couldn’t really read anything because I had no brain due to my internal organs falling apart.

But I’m back on track, so here’s the latest reading list update.

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Weekly Reading List #3 – Kevin, Novels, And An Autobiography

This week I read a few books, but wasn’t in the mood for anything particularly intellectually challenging so most of them were light read novels.

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Weekly Reading List #2 – Wine, Weather And Whodunnits

I read quite a lot of books last week, but several of them were very short. Most of them were novels – I seem to be on a fiction drive at the moment.

There were a few that were disappointing, which was a shame, and one or two surprises. So without further ado, here are this week’s reviews.

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Summary Justice by John Fairfax

This is a novel that centres around an interesting premise: a barrister working on a murder case, desperate to prove his client’s innocence, is particularly driven because he’s been convicted of murder himself.

Having spent years in jail, William Benson is now out, and has set up his own law firm because no one else will hire him. With the help of Archie, another ex-con, and Tess de Vere, who first met him at his own trial all those years ago, he sets out to demonstrate his client’s innocence in the same court room where he was convicted.

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Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie

Let me preface this review by saying it’s difficult to read almost anything when you’ve just read an absolutely amazing, life-changing, world-shattering book like Cabré’s Confessions, which I read directly before reading this one.

Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie is your run-of-the-mill crime novel: a vulnerable young woman, a tired and cynical policeman, a female DC who in some ways keeps him going, a case that involves a dead child and a dead policeman.

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Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman

“It starts with a suicide and ends with a death…” 

That was the line that drew me in, morbid crime novel aficionado that I am.

But Girls on Fire isn’t any ordinary crime novel.

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