Reading update_June, July and August....
As you can see from the pic from my Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge, one of the many things that I was busy with whilst I was on my blog hiatus was reading! ... and as you can see from below it was Reading with a capital "R"!
Since my May update I have read fifty-five books! Wow!
Most of these have been read on my kindle (I love reading on a kindle as I find that I can read really fast - I am one of those people who reads by taking in a chunk of text at a time rather than one word at a time - and a kindle really facilitates that type of reading) whilst others I "read" by listening to them on my mobile via Audible (I also really love Audible - lots of great books to listen to whilst driving or doing housework - magic!).
If you look closely, you can see that a number of the books that I read are part of various series (I do love a good series - or sometimes even a not-so-great series for often when I embark upon a series (book or television) I feel some sort of loyalty to it and compelled to keep reading/listening or watching - lol!).
Here is a rundown on a few of them:
There was a murder mystery series (DI Greene series) by Faith Martin set in Oxford, England with a great female protagonist, which I really enjoyed.
An apocalyptic survivalist series (The Survivalist by Dr Arthur T Bradley) which, whilst quite violent at times is perversely quite enjoyable since it is about the end of the world!
Barbara Bretton's magic series was lots of fun, set in a sweet knitting shop in a magical viillage in the U.S.A. (Shh! Don't tell the rest of the world about the magical beings who live there).
For a couple of my funnest Audible listens were the newest instalments in the Maggie Hope series by Susan Elia MacNeal, "The Prisoner in the Castle". This is part of a series about a young woman in England during WWII trying to do her part for the war. Whilst this was not the best in the series, it was entertaining and there was a very strong nod to Agatha Christie's "And then there were none". The other listen was to the latest novel in the Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen, "Four funerals and maybe a wedding". Again, not the strongest offering but still fun! Her Royal Spyness tells of the adventures of Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the throne, during the 1930s.
But probably the best three reads in the lot are:
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein - the fascinating true story about a transgender person who has the most interesting life story and does a job about which most of know nothing.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris - the memoir of the man, who as a prisoner in Auschwitz, tattooed all of the numbers on the prisoners.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - as The Guardian describes it: "A story of morals and motherhood set against the mystery of a burning house."
The first two are Australian novels whilst the third is American.
I hope that all of this helps all of you on your reading journeys.