Last week was not a great one for me. My flu continued. In fact, when the week started I was as miserable as I’d been the entire week before – seemingly getting no better. Of course when you’re sick EVERYTHING is worse, so a couple of my non-book related blog posts (the good, bad and the ugly; and sitting with feelings) were all in the woe-is-me and my-life-sucks vein.
I also took a couple of nights off reading and tried for early bedtimes (also attempting to dose myself up one of those nights to get a decent sleep).
I am however, finally getting better and today’s non-book-related post is
less angsty more lighthearted – as I contemplate rules around the use of full-stops.
But, back to last week. I read Indian Summer as planned and have already shared the review here on the blog. I liked it far more than I expected. I tend to like a bit of ‘action’ in my books – not car chases or gunfights, rather something has to happen. When little happens (ie. there’s a minimal plot) a book falls back on the writing and characters, and fortunately Indian Summer excelled on both counts. My review touched on the issue of romance involving the not-young.
I really struggled with The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse, but… after almost putting it aside I hung in there and the pace picked up; so I found myself sufficiently interested to continue. In the review (already posted) I commented that the book was a bit macabre for me – and I’m not really a fan of historical fiction or gothic novels, so….
As planned I also read VM Giambanco’s The Gift of Darkness, which I actually enjoyed, though just reviewed in Goodreads.
Although I had a night or two off I also read Chris Culver’s self-published novel Nine Years Gone – which I enjoyed and will review (on Goodreads) in the next day or two. Nine Years Gone was published in June this year and I received a copy via NetGalley.
I also published (on my blog) a review of a book I read almost six months ago. Thankfully I’d written and scheduled it at the time as I have a mind like a sieve. Barbara Fradkin’s None So Blind is due for publication this month via Dundurn.
As for this week…
I’m finally going to start Peter Carey’s Amnesia which for some reason I’m a tad nervous about….
And I’m aiming to read Nicci Gerrard’s The Twilight Hour – which I was supposed to read a few weeks ago.
I’ll also be publishing my review of the very interesting (and a little controversial) You by Caroline Kepnes.
I’m again linking up with Sheila from The Book Journey for her ‘It’s Monday’ post.