Last week I broke my ‘personal’ blogging drought to partake in the Lovin’ Life Linky via a Taking Stock type post. I mentioned that I only got through a few of the discussion prompts, so decided I’d continue today. So, for your reading pleasure… the excitement that is my life.
Last year I read Mark Billingham’s standalone novel, Die of Shame and very much enjoyed it. I commented in that review that I’d previously read Time of Death, the 13th in a series by Billingham about DI Tom Thorne, though it wasn’t until I read this book that I discovered Thorne appeared (perhaps briefly as I didn’t mention him in my review) in Die of Shame.
We’re back in Thorne’s world either way this time around, but we’re reunited with our lead DI from the standalone, the dogged Nicola Tanner.
I adored this book. I mean LOVE loved it. I adored Eleanor in all of her weirdness. She’s amazingly written and the prose (ie. her voice) – through her thoughts and dialogue are mind-blowingly good. This was a rare occasion on which I both did and did not want a book to end.
Gail Honeyman won a number of awards in Scotland and the UK for this book, and they are most certainly well-deserved.
Don’t fall over in shock, but this is a non-bookish post. According to my vast research (ie. searching my website), the last time I did a ‘taking stock’ post of sorts was back in February, when I did – in fact – announce I was taking a break from blogging. I wasn’t sure then if it would be all blogging or just the non-bookish kind. As it happens it’s been the latter… and I must admit I’ve missed sharing my each and every thought here, but it’s been an interesting process – to let go of thoughts and feelings without feeling compelled to share them.
However… I decided – for reasons unknown (and not just cos I was awake early 😉 ), that I would do a ‘taking stock’ post today, adapted from the original developed by Pip at Meet Me At Mike’s.
I somehow missed Anna Spargo-Ryan’s 2016 debut novel, The Paper House. I had requested it and felt mildly insulted when it didn’t arrive but – despite the praise it received – my apathy paired with my to-be-read (TBR) pile was (and still is) such that I really don’t get to read anything other than the books I receive for review.
Very happily however, I received her second novel, The Gulf, and was very impressed by the Aussie author. In fact I was enchanted by this book, which offers readers a satisfying blend of bleak hopelessness gently mixed with a sense of whimsy or wistfulness.
I usually shy away from historical fiction, although have made a few exceptions in recent times. I also find that I can cope with novels unfolding in two timeframes, commonly adopted in Kate Morton’s books for example.
The latest novel by Brisbane-based author Christine Wells offers readers dual timelines (so, the best of both worlds – appealing to historical fiction and contemporary fiction lovers alike). It’s the first book I’ve read by Wells and I very much enjoyed her characters and the plot unfolding in the ‘now’ as well as the detail included about the work of female spies and government agencies during the second world war.
Megan Goldin is a former foreign correspondent, reporting on war and terrorism. She’s now back in her hometown of Melbourne penning fiction and The Girl in Kellers Way, her debut novel is set in small-town America and firmly fits into the very popular genre of domestic noir. So it’s a psychological thriller – my fave! 🙂