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Hi everyone,

 

I thought a blog would be a great way to exchange book recommendations as I love reading and writing reviews. I've also started putting pen to paper, and have recently completed a creative writing course. Maybe you'll be reading one of my books down the line!?

 

If you want to share about what you're reading, or anything at all for that matter, let loose and go for it!

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

Career of Evil - Jay R. Galbraith

I'm taking this slow due to it being my bingo pre-read, or that's what I'm telling myself, slow reader that I am. It's really heating up, though, so I don't know how much longer I'll be able to keep that up.

Reading progress update: I've read 13%.

Career of Evil - Jay R. Galbraith

How fitting that I'm at 13 percent right now! Muhahahaha! I'm very excited to begin bingo with this pre-read, which I''ll be reading for the suspense square.

 

                      

 

 

 

I haven't finalised my choices for markers yet. I'll do that this week, along with final choices on what books I want to read. I have decided who I want my wild card author to be, though, Belinda Bauer. I fell in love with her work when I read Snap a few weeks ago.

 

 

 

Happy reading everyone!

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

I continued my current crime reading escapade with the second book in Robert Galbraith’s (JK Rowling’s pseudonym) P.I series, featuring Cormoran Strike. I was warned it was a little graphic and it was, but I didn’t have any significant problems with it. If you plan to pick it up bear in mind that there are a few places where it’s a little gruesome.

 

At the beginning a novelist has gone missing, by the name of Owen Quine. I listened to the audio book towards the end and discovered I’d been mispronouncing Owen’s surname the whole way through. I was pronouncing it to rhyme with fin, like a fish would have, but apparently it’s pronounced to rhyme with fine. Is anyone else going huh? I was. Anyway, this novelist has gone missing and his wife employs Cormoran to find him. His receptionist and would be sleuth, Robin, also features heavily.

 

The novel is written in third person multiple, but the majority of the time we’re inside the mind of Strike and secondly Robin.

 

Strike, the estranged son of a famous rock star and is no fool (he went to Oxford University) and sees connections where the police don't and manages to solve a convoluted crime. As with the first book, I did think the perpetrator came totally out of left-field, but that’s far more preferable than an obvious ending.

 

The pacing and characterisation were excellent, as you would expect with JK Rowling. Cormoran and Robin both grew as individuals, their personal lives illustrating their individual capabilities.

 

The novel as a whole was more self-assured than the first, so I can’t wait to read the next instalment. Come on bingo! Just found out about the pre-read. I think I'll start the third book now! 

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Pretty Girls - Karin Slaughter

Sometimes Karin Slaughter's work can fall a bit flat for me. Her characters aren't always the most memorable, but I'm enjoying this one. I just realised it's over 600 pages, though, and I'm a slow reader going by my fellow booklikers. I just have one request, please don't start bingo early, Moonlight Madness (sorry BT!). I want to get this finished first.

Reading progress update: I've read 5%.

Folsom - Willow Aster, Tarryn Fisher

Worshipping giant dicks!? That's okay, I'll give it a pass after all. I blame the guy she co-wrote with :)

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Folsom - Willow Aster, Tarryn Fisher

Tarryn Fisher has a new book out! How did I not know about this!? It's co-written, which should be interesting and it's also a dystopian-romance, which I don't believe I've read before. It's short, too, which means this slow reader will definitely have it finished by the start of my crime reading spree, which begins next week with bingo. Anyway, I just hope I enjoy this one as much as I have many of her others.

Books...

Snap by Belinda Bauer

Snap - Belinda Bauer

I read this a few weeks ago and was so busy what with going away that I didn’t find time to review it. Even though I really enjoyed it, my memory is failing in regards to the finer points, but I’ll try my best to write a competent review.

 

Snap is written in the style of third-person multiple, something that seems to be gaining in popularity. It gives the reader more as we’re privy to multiple characters thoughts, but it can sometimes be jarring if done incorrectly. Luckily here, though, it was very well done.

 

The story starts off with Jack, an eleven-year-old boy who, along with his 2 sisters, are awaiting the return of their mother, who’s off to get help due to car trouble. They’ve been left inside their vehicle, but quickly get antsy when she doesn’t return and disembark in order to go and find her. They eventually reach an emergency phone, the receiver dangling from the hook, and never see her again. Soon enough she’s found dead. That isn’t a spoiler, it happens fairly early on.

 

We then meet Catherine, an expectant mother who’s been left alone while her husband travels for work. She hears a disturbance in her home and soon after finds a note along with a knife, the note stating: I could have killed you.

 

Soon after we meet the local police who are joined by a detective (?) who’s been recently moved between forces and is now a member of the team in an area far from anything of major note in England.

 

The chapters consistently move between these groups, with a focus on Jack, who is still determined to find his mothers killer. During this time he indulges in a life of crime in order to care for his sisters and himself as they’ve been abandoned by their father, who’s swamped by grief. It was quite a convoluted plot, but it all came together well. I didn’t know how it would, but it did.

 

One of things I enjoyed most was the way in which Bauer formed her characters. She added personality traits that, however strange, worked. I didn’t particularly warm to any of them, but I could always see the underlying reason why they were the way they were.

 

The pacing was excellent, enough being given away when needed, with enough character-development, as well.

 

I’m still very surprised this is part of the Booker longlist (or is it shortlist?), but it’s a worthy contender, even if I didn’t think it deserved the full five stars. It’s got me quite into the crime genre, just in time for bingo!

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Reading progress update: I've read 77%.

Sunburn: A Novel - Laura Lippman

Sorry I've been so quiet lately everyone. By the end of next week, though, and the start of bingo, you won't be able to shut me up! I've been contemplating my book choices for bingo, but I think I'm going to read whatever takes my fancy at the time. I'll let you know what I decide.

 

As for this book, I saw it at the airport book shop and kept it in mind for bingo, but then Waterstones (U.K. book shop) had it as one of their books of the month, so I decided to read it right away.

 

It's my first Laura Lippman and it's been good, but the pacing is a bit off. I do really want to see how it ends, though, so I've stuck with it.

Back to Booklikes

I got home a couple of days ago, but I'm still recovering and on a bit of a downer as it was a fantastic weekend at the festival. It's also my 14 year anniversary with my boyfriend today, so we're going for a meal and to a gig. I'll be back properly after the weekend. Miss you all.

Away for a few days...

I'm going away to Bloodstock metal festival (outside Birmingham) today and I can't wait! I won't be able to get on here for the next few days, so I'll talk to you all again next week. Have a great weekend, my friends.

Reading...

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

The Good People - Hannah Kent

The pacing of this is all off. I think I'm going to have to DNF. Pity as it had potential.

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

The Good People - Hannah Kent

It's taken me a while to get into, but now I'm quite intrigued. Kent has a lovely style.

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Currently reading

A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment by John M. Preston
Progress: 20%
The Good Sister by Chris Morgan Jones
Progress: 100%