I’m reading

I read and listen to many many books but my ‘To Be Read’ pile never reduces… ever

I might be slightly obsessed with Dean Koontz… maybe

They say to be a good writer you need to read a lot. I’m certainly no exception. I generally have 3 – 4 books/eBooks/audio books waiting to be read at any one time. (Yes, i do count audio books in my overall ‘have read’ pile)

Monthly Challenge...
So, not setting a reading goal for September wasn’t such a good idea, as I’ve gone from 6 books ahead to only 2 in the reading challenge! My competitive streak cannot cope. My goal for October is tricky as lots is happening and in November I’m aiming to do NaNoWriMo so lots of writing and not much reading. I’m also planning on publishing my fantasy book in November. I’m going to set a goal of 4 books in October – I’ve already read one; When Sorrows Come by Maria Dziedzan – I can highly recommend this book. Onto the next…

Currently reading…
eBook: Raven – Blood Eye – Book One by Giles Kristian (E) (still reading)
Audible: Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith
Paperback: The Vinyl Detective – Victory Disc by Andrew Cartmel
Driven into Exile by Maria Dziedzan

TBR – Recently Purchased… bit of an eBook splurge…
Raven Sons of Thunder by Giles Kristian (E)
Graves End by William Shaw (E)
A Place of Execution by Val McDermid (E)
We Were Sisters by Wendy Clarke (E)

I’m doing the Goodreads challenge – a target of 60 books this year!
10/10/2020 – So far my total stands at 48… (1 books ahead of schedule!)

Key – A – Audio book / B – Book / E – eBook

  • When Sorrows Come by Maria Dziedzan (B)
  • The Vinyl Detective – The run-out groove by Andrew Cartmel (B)
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (A)
  • And what do they call you? An Anthology of new writing (B) (I cannot add this to my official Goodreads challenge as the book isn’t listed on there – but I’m still adding to my number on here)
  • In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey (E) (Book Group read)
  • Too Narrow to Swing a Cat By Steve Haywood (B)
  • Overkill by Vanda Symon (A signed copy no less! I met the wonderful author at a Newark Book Festival Festival Friend event in Southwell Library during the Orenda author tour – fantastic evening)
  • Chaos by Patricia Cornwell (B)
  • Won’t you save me by Wendy Dranfield (E)
  • Leave nothing but footprints by Patsy Collins (E)
  • A Wish for Jinnie by Audrey Davis (E)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (A) (local book group book)
  • Blood Red City by Rod Reynolds (B)
  • Arrowood and the Thames Corpses by Mick Finlay (A) (3rd in the series)
  • Dressed for War by Julie Summers (B)
  • Pine by Francine Toon (A)
  • The Fall of the House of Byron by Emily Brand (B)
  • Camelot by Giles Kristian (E)
  • The Murder Pit by Mick Finlay (A)
  • A Patchwork Family by Cathy Bramley (B) (purchased from The Bookcase in Lowdham – a real bookshop! also a Newark Book Festival book group read)
  • The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis (E)
  • Dark Pines by Will Dean (E) (Local book group read)
  • Arrowood by Mick Finlay (A)
  • The Body on the Train – Frances Brody (E)
  • The Burning Chambers – Kate Mosse (B)
  • Allegiance of Blood – Mark Turnbull (E)
  • The Last Paper Crane – Kerry Drewery – (B) (Newark Book Festival book group read)
  • The New Boy – Paula Rawsthorne – (B)
  • Now you see them – Elly Griffiths – (A) (Newark Book Festival book group read)
  • The Distant Hours – Kate Morton – (B)
  • The Mystery of the Three Quarters – Sophie Hannah (A)
  • Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell – (A)
  • The Zahir – Paulo Coelho – (B)
  • We Wait – Megan Taylor – (E) (Met the author at a virtual Fosseway Writers workshop)
  • Ash Mountain – Helen Fitzgerald (B) (Met the author at a Newark Book Festival Festival Friend event in Southwell Library – on the Orenda books author tour -fantastic evening)
  • House of Spines – Michael J. Malone – (B) (as above)
  • False Value – Ben Aaronovitch – (A & B) (As mentioned, i love the audio books read by Kobna but i also purchased the book from Lindum Bookshop as the hardback copy glows in the dark!)
  • Things in Jars – Jess Kidd – (B)
  • The Bookseller of Kabul – Asne Seierstad – (B)
  • Are you Watching – Vincent Ralph – (B)
  • All the Beautiful Lies – Peter Swanson – (B)
  • The Lie – C.L. Taylor – (E)
  • Blue Tide Rising – Clare Stevens – (B) (Met the author at a Fosseway Writing group workshop)
  • A Good Girls guide to Murder – Holly Jackson (B)
  • Gallows Court – Martin Edwards – (E)
  • The Daughter in Law – Nina Manning – (K)
  • The Vinyl Detective – Flip Back – Andrew Cartmel – (B) (love this series)
  • One of us is Lying – Karen M. McManus (B)

I think you can get a very different experience depending which format of book you choose. I’ve found I’ve not received the full experience I wanted from an audio book if the narrator is not right for that particular book. But I’ve also preferred an audio book to a physical book because the narration was so good. Two examples of these are the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch read by my all time favourite Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon read by Davina Porter. I recently read The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery and whilst I’m sure the eBook and little snippet of the audio book I listened to sounded wonderful, personally I would have only enjoyed the thought provoking and moving experience through reading the book. EBooks I find easier to read when I’m reading in bed or in the garden, as I can also hold a coffee or glass of fizz (If it’s Fizz Friday) whilst flicking the ‘virtual’ page. I recently read The Vanished Bride on eBook and now I want to be Emily Bronte!