I’ve been slightly more productive than in recent weeks but possibly a little more disorganised at the same time. Am fairly sure I can count that as a win!
What I read
My reading week pretty much set the standard for everything that followed. Instead of starting with the books planned, I leap-frogged (not sure what the past tense of that is… leapt-frogged? #whatevs) over two books I’d been struggling with and went straight to something I really wanted to read. And polished The Other Child by Lucy Atkins off in a night.
I continued the week in this frivolous vein—reading only what I really wanted—with Sandra Brown’s Friction and Adrian McKinty’s Gun Street Girl.
And then I finally got to Alice Hoffman’s Marriage of Opposites. I’d put it off as I assumed I’d struggle with it, so was surprised I read it in one (long) sitting!
What I wrote
I reviewed The Other Child by Lucy Atkins as soon as I’d finished it. Her debut novel, The Missing One was one of my faves from 2014 and I was relieved the qualities she’d shown in her first were again evident in her second novel.
I enjoyed Sandra Brown’s Friction though did have a little whinge about one of the sex scenes. Fortunately it was one of only a couple in the book.
And finally I shared my thoughts on Adrian McKinty’s Gun Street Girl, the fourth in his series about Belfast detective Sean Duffy.
Excitingly I was also interviewed by Daniela Ark on her blog. I was very very touched by the lovely things she said about me in her intro. She also asked about stuff other than book blogging, which reminded me of some of my previous adventures!
What I did
I’m not exactly sure what’s kept me busy this week but I did spend this morning at a 4yr old’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party. As I don’t have my own it’s lovely to share in the unabashed excitement of kids every so often.
What I plan to read
Being published any day now (so needing my immediate attention) is Val McDermid’s Splinter the Silence which is the latest instalment featuring Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.
Sophie Hannah’s A Game for all the Family is also being published this coming week, so on my t0-read list.
I’d love to get stuck into Sue Grafton’s X or the new JD Robb (Devoted in Death, being released in early September), but I’ve also got a heap of other books on my pile… so I’ll have to check some publication dates to work out what’s next.
And that’s my weekly reading check-in for this week….
What’s on your agenda? Been to any kids parties of late?