You’ll all be relieved to know my cold / flu has disappeared and I am a fully-functioning 45% again. 🙂
On the book blog front, I had a fabulous reading week and a pretty good blogging week in general, which surprised even me!
What I read
I started the week with a book I’d received from Harlequin Australia after commenting that I’d missed it when it came out and really wanted to read it. It probably didn’t completely meet the hype but I enjoyed The Good Girl by Mary Kubica nonetheless. I guessed the twist pretty early so think it was then just a matter of it all playing out.
The Assassins by Gayle Lynds was next on my reading list before the VERY different, Early One Morning by Virginia Baily.
And finally I read The Good Neighbour by AJ Banner. I haven’t had as many hardcopy books arrive recently so I requested 8-9 review copies from NetGalley last week and they all came through. At once. Faaarck!
What I wrote
The Landing by Susan Johnson – in which not a lot happens. It’s well written but the characters failed to engage me.
The Secret to Weight Loss – in which I reveal (after 30 years of on/off obsessive dieting) there appears to be no secret!
Devoted in Death by JD Robb – Eve and Roarke and their band of merry helpers are back for the latest in this consistently good series.
The Assassins by Gayle Lynds – my first foray into the world of spies and espionage in a decade or two and one I enjoyed!
September 11 – My memories and the sounds of silence – a post I felt I didn’t have the right to write but memories I wanted to share.
Early One Morning by Virginia Baily – a book I liked more than I expected to.
What I did
I enrolled as planned in the `Magazine and Newspaper Freelance Writing’ course and it kicked off this week. It’s delivered via workshop in Sydney but I’m doing the online version and was surprised to find the first audio download went for almost 2hrs. (Don’t they know I get bored easily? #joking!) Anyhoo, so far so good.
I also met with a local author, TJ Hamilton, whose self-published books are being released by Harlequin here in Australia. I’ll feature the interview prior to the re-launch of her first book (Buying Thyme) in the next week or two. As a complete aside, I’m fortunate to be in contact with two local authors (the other being Peta Jo, whose book The Crushing Season I reviewed recently) as it’s wonderful to be able to talk books, reading and writing with people who love them all as much as me.
What I plan to read
As it’s due to be published any day now, I’ll kick off the week with Lynda La Plante’s Tennison. I’ve been a fan of the series (also the TV show) so keen to read this backstory into the early policing career of a young Jane Tennison. (Ahem… slight update. I wrote this post Saturday and ended up reading this over a 4-5hr period in the bath Saturday night. And I LOVED it!)
Next on the agenda will be some of my new e-reads. I’m starting with MJ Arlidge’s Liar Liar. I’ve read the first two books in the Helen Grace series but my request for no. 3 was rejected… so I’m hoping I didn’t miss too much as I kick off no. 4.
As a couple of this week’s novels are lengthy, I’m predicting I’ll tackle nothing else but if that changes I’ll probably read the Cathy Kelly I mentioned last week or perhaps Elizabeth George’s A Banquet of Consequences.
What’s on your reading agenda or #ToDoList this week?
I’m again linking up with Kimberley from The Caffeinated Book Reviewer for The Sunday Post!
And I’m also joining Sheila who’s back with her ‘It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?’ linkup.
PS. And finally, the winner of the copies of X by Sue Grafton and Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid is Jess! I’ve emailed her and will get her books to her this coming week. Thanks to all who entered!