Book Chat: What are you reading?

Firstly, I feel as though I should apologise for the lack of posting recently. I haven’t read anything overly inspiring which means that every time I sit down to write I just end up staring at the computer screen.

Last night I received a very exciting package – my first book to review! Thank you Penguin Australia! It is a young adult book by Jennifer Niven called All the Bright Places. Niven is known for her adult fiction however this is her first young adult novel. Just reading accompanying letter to the reader made me teary…This is a highly anticipated novel and I cannot wait to get into it. Watch this space!

I have been on a YA bender for the last couple of weeks but it has been very middle-of-the-road reading. After a while it all starts to feel the same. As a reader, we are always hunting for something that we can really sink our teeth into and really connect with. Last week, for this very reason, I went to the Dymocks store in the city to try and find something new. I used my birthday as an excuse (yes, any excuse) to buy a new book! I found one of the sales girls and asked her for ‘something new, different, not all over Instagram and something that will rock my socks off.’ To her credit, she took the challenge in her stride but it took more than 15 minutes of suggestions before we found something I hadn’t read or didn’t already own. As a last resort she pulled out a copy of The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal. It was perfect! I haven’t seen it on my Instagram account once and I have read some rave reviews – I cannot wait to get into it!

Just a quick reminder that the next book club book is The White Queen by Philippa Gregory (discussing from October 6th). The November book is We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (November 3rd)!

Over to you – what have you been reading?

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5 thoughts on “Book Chat: What are you reading?

  1. I haven’t had much reading time lately because I work from home and I’m working on several concurrent projects. I’ve started on some short stories, Edgar Allan Poe and started to reread Joan Didion’s Year of magical thinking but not got too far with either. I like to read in bed but I’ve been so tired I cant concentrate and enjoy the book. Been reading short magazine articles from The Monthly, Lime Light and Wheels magazine because about six pages has been my limit before I drop off.

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    • There have been so many nights when I have tried to read and not be able too from being so tired! Work has a lot to answer for sometimes! I wouldn’t be able to read Wheels magazine in bed… I would be too excited to sleep!

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  2. I just finished Sycamore Row by John Grisham. It’s described as the sequel to A Time to Kill, but the only thing tying the two together are the characters. Jake Brigance is still practising law and waiting for another big trial. He’s fighting with the insurance company to get the pay out from his house being burnt down (happened in a Time to Kill). Other than that, it could easily be a stand alone book. A reclusive millionaire dies and leaves his fortune to his black housekeeper and cuts out his children. No one knows why and before he died he appointed Jake as the lawyer for his estate. The children launch a lawsuit to get their hands on his fortune.

    I enjoyed it, but was disappointed with the end. It felt like Grisham was not sure how to tie up all the loose ends so just cobbled something together. It’s a very easy read and typical Grisham, but I needed that at the time!

    Now I’m almost half way through the second book in the Discovery of Witches trilogy. I am getting more and more confused by the connections and secrets and characters! I need a flowchart to keep track! I will soldier on as I’m too invested to give up now!

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    • I have to admit that I have never read a John Grisham novel… which is quite bad considering how many of them I have on my book shelf. I inherited them all!

      As for Shadow of Night, the characters are so confusing! She does such a good job of sucking you in but there is so much information!!!

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  3. I have just finished reading Knife by R.J. Anderson. The first in this fantasy series.
    I really loved this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series. All about faeries at the bottom of the garden.

    My adult fix has been the next book in the Jenny Cooper, Coroner series. This book is called Flight … and considering the events of earlier this year in regards to aircraft disappearing out of the skies, it was quite thought provoking. Sorry for the delay in responding.

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