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)

I have a small book confession… these are the books that I’ve started and haven’t finished… I know! I know! The main reason is that I’ve had to set them to one side to finish others books for deadlines; such as reading group, Newark Book Festival etc and haven’t had chance to return to them…
My plan is to try and finish them all by the end of August! (3 down!)

And what do they call you? An Anthology of new writing (B)
Too Narrow to Swing a Cat By Steve Haywood (B)
Milkman by Anna Burns (B)
Brick Lane by Monica Ali (B)

Currently reading…
eBook: In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey (local book group read)
Audible: Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection (until I get my next credit)
Paperback: 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)

I’m doing the Goodreads challenge – a target of 60 books this year!
19/07/2020 – So far my total stands at 42… (7 books ahead of schedule!)

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

  • 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!