There are currently sixteen pictures of books in my Google Drive folder, which is how I organise my upcoming blog posts. If I blog one per week it will therefore take me sixteen weeks to complete the posts, but I also have other books on my TBR list so by that point I’ll still be behind and then it will just keep spiralling on forever.
So I’m going to smush a few together in a post for today, and only save a couple for their own special featured posts. (more…)
I’d love to give each of these its own review, but I have so many posts in the queue that I need to get some of them out of the way, so here’s a round-up of three good thrillers I read recently and why I’d recommend them.
I reviewed The Dry by Jane Harper a while ago, and since I’d liked it, the publisher sent me an advance copy of Force of Nature too, which will be coming out soon.
The Dry was Harper’s debut novel, and it’s often the case with debuts that the author hasn’t quite found their voice yet, or finds it towards the end of the book. I liked The Dry, but it wasn’t one I recommended to anyone in 2017. It was a good solid novel, but nothing more than that.
Force of Nature, on the other hand, is a different story. It’s one of those books that truly defines the term ‘page-turner’.
To kick off my literary reflections for 2017, here are my favourite fiction books from this year. (Note that not all of these were published this year, that’s just when I read them.)
The following are abridged reviews; where there’s a longer version on the blog, I’ve linked to it. Blurbs are either from the back of the book, or from Amazon.
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.
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.
I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, and then I walked past it the other day in the supermarket and thought, well. Why not?
I’m a sucker for a horrifying story, and this certainly fits the bill.
“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.
I do like a good crime novel, and this one dropped through my letterbox on a day when I was stressed and desperate for a bit of a release.
And it was Good.
The holiday period saw a slight decrease in reading activity, due to my personal holiday tradition of curling up on the sofa with a roast dinner, the cat and a load of old films. I keep a list throughout the year of things I’d like to watch at Xmas, and then I do.
So the past couple of weeks have been less bookish than normal. But still, here’s what I’ve read.