It’s been a fruitful week, book blogging-wise for me. I also got a fair bit of reading done. No evening commitments meant my nights were pretty much clear to tear through a few books AND I’ve almost caught up on my reviewing.
What I read
I finished Season of Shadow and Light by Australian author Jenn J McLeod before diving into David Baldacci’s Memory Man. Which I loved. He introduces a new lead character and I might have confessed (in my review and on social media) that I have a bit of a crush on Amos Decker—the memory man himself.
As planned I also read We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. I haven’t put my thoughts down yet, but enjoyed the YA end-of-the-world novel more than I expected. And finally I got stuck into Nicci French’s Friday on my Mind. Longer term readers may recall my lack of love for series protagonist Dr Frieda Klein, but thankfully we see a slightly less-prickly side of her in this (late June) release.
What I wrote
I published my review of Hidden by Emma Kavanagh—a book I’d read a few months ago; along with my reviews of Season of Shadow and Light and Memory Man. In addition I shared my thoughts on a romance novel. Yes, a romance novel!!! And one which I really enjoyed.
In Only We Know, Australian author Victoria Purman drew me under her spell with her gorgeous writing which I found to be accessible and incredibly authentic. There’s a bit of swearing but it just added to the realism. (Plus I swear like a trooper!)
I also wrote about the challenges of making friends as an adult which is something I’ve had to do since moving over two years ago.
Some new books have appeared in the last few weeks in addition to those I’ve already mentioned or reviewed. Click on the cover pic below for more info about the book.
What I’m reading this week
It’s not something I’d usually read, but I think I’m going to tackle Polly Samson’s The Kindness next. And I’m going to TRY to read Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices. I have started the latter but it’s very dense. And dry. And kinda dull. But I’m aiming to persevere as long as possible.
None of the other books on my ‘to be read’ pile are published until July, so I’m actually hoping for a couple of new arrivals.
A non-reading goal I have this week is to pitch some ideas for freelance articles to potential clients. There’s not much around my small hometown in the way of jobs, so I figure I just have to make my own way and perhaps focus on my oft-talked-about freelancing dream. I intend to (again) approach some local businesses about writing for their sites (online content, newsletters etc) AND pitch to some online sources. Of course I’ve said this before and am yet to do it—so wish me luck.
What’s on your agenda for the week?