What I’ve Been Reading – January 2015

FRIDAY 30th JANUARY 2015

Happy Friday folks!

I’ve managed to take a break from the day job today (I’ve had to wait in for someone from Sky) so it’s meant that I’ve spent all day reading and writing – yey!

This month, I’ve tried to read a bit more than just a couple of chapter’s a night. So instead of watching the TV, I’ve had my head in a book.

January’s reading list has consisted of the following books:

Stephen Booth – Dying To Sin

Paula Daly – Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?

Lee Child – One Shot

Stephen Booth – Dying to SinDying to Sin

Synopsis

For decades, Pity Wood Farm has been a source of employment for poor workers passing through Rakedale, migrants with lives as abject as the labour they sought. But now it seems a worse fate may have befallen some of those who came upon this isolated community.

Routine building work at the farm has unearthed a grisly discovery: a human hand preserved in clay. When police dig up the farmyard, they find not one, but two bodies – and several years between their burials.

With pressure from a new superintendent and scant forensic evidence to aid them, DS Fry and DC Cooper have only the memories of local people to piece together the tragic history of the farm. 

In a case as cold as the ground, Cooper finds himself drawn to a desperate theory: that somewhere, there lies a third body which holds the key to these dreadful crimes.

Thoughts:

I’ve read a Stephen Booth book before – back in October 2011 –  Scared To Live (read blog post here). I’m a scatty reader when it comes to his and James Patterson books. I never seem to read them in the right order in the series. But that’s the beauty of writers like these – they write in such a way that you can just pick up – say book eight – and off you go. No real need to have read the previous book in the series. You get the gist.

For me, Dying To Sin is not one of the fastest paced novels I’ve read – but it’s not the slowest. I know that’s a vague description but that’s how I felt about it – vague. I like Stephen Booth’s style of writing – I really did feel like I was out in the Peak District, shivering with Fry and Cooper as they try to piece together what’s happened. I was a bit slower reading this – I spent most of January with Dying To Sin. It had a slow start and I felt the story went on quite a bit, as if I was waiting for something to happen. But I persevered as I’ve experienced this before with James Patterson’s Beach Road. I didn’t connect with that book to start with and I had similar feelings with Dying To Sin. However, I learnt to always give books the benefit of the doubt – and the last 100 pages of Dying To Sin did pick up pace and did leave me satisfied. But it’s not one of my favourites.

Paula Daly – Just What Kind Of A Mother Are YouPaula Daly Just What

Synopsis

Your friend’s child is missing. It’s your fault.

No family is perfect.

A husband, three children and a full-time job, so many plates to keep spinning.

No wonder you forgot you were supposed to be looking after your friend’s daughter.

But no one has seen her since yesterday.

And she’s not the first to go missing from your small town.

So who’s hiding something?

Thoughts:

I LOVED this book! Unfortunately you will have to wait until next month to hear more about it as Paula Daly has kindly agreed to take part in ‘Cuppa and a Catch-Up’ (thanks Paula!) But all I can say is that this book is on par with when I read The Hunger Games. A real page-turner – I didn’t want to put this one down and it really was a case of ‘just one more chapter’. I started it Saturday and finished it Monday. It’s gripping and it gets inside your head as you think ‘oh god, it could potentially happen.’ I’m not a mother so I can only begin to imagine what it would feel like. But the author brought that all to life for me. I laughed and I cried at this book. I’ve got her next one lined up Keep Your Friends Close (thanks Tammy Exton – check out her blog here).

Lee Child One ShotLee Child – One Shot

Synopsis

Six shots. Five dead.

A heartland city thrown into terror. But within hours the cops have it solved. A slam-dunk case. Apart from one thing. The accused gunman refuses to talk except for a single phrase:

Get Jack Reacher for me.

Reacher lives off the grid. He’s not looking for trouble. But sometimes trouble looks for him. What could connect the ex-military cop to this psychopathic killer?

 

Thoughts:

I’m 198 pages into this book at the moment. I loved the last Lee Child book that I read (Worth Dying For) so when I inherited this book from the Harvey’s, it was a must. Although it’s not as good as Worth Dying For which I couldn’t put down. One Shot I’m not so fussed about. It does have me hooked as to how the story is going to pan out. Lee Child’s style of writing is fast-paced and very visual. A lot happens at the start of the book and he brings this to life very well. Of course, all is not as it seems and Jack Reacher gets called in. That’s when the real mystery starts to unravel. Again I’ll persevere with this one as I may be pleasantly surprised. I think it’s had a hard act to follow when I’ve fallen so deeply in love with Paula Daly’s novel.

On that note, I’ll go and read a couple more pages …

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 30 – Would save if my house burned down

MONDAY 30th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is the final one (sob!) – the book I would save if my house burned down.

For starters, I hope my house never burns down.

Secondly, I can’t choose.

This one is a bit of a cop-out  as I can’t decide which actual book I would save.

My Beloved Kindle

Therefore, I choose to rescue my beloved Kindle. It houses a lot of books that have featured on my blog over the past month – and so much more.

There you have it. Book A Day is now complete.

I have truly enjoyed this challenge; it’s re-enforced how much I do love books, re-ignited my love for forgotten treasures and created a re-read list.

I’ve made some lovely connections along the way and conversed with people who share my passion for reading.

Here’s to the next #BookADayUK

Love Missuswolf xxx 

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 29 – The one I have reread most often – Roald Dahl

SUNDAY 29th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is one I have reread most often.

Roald Dahl.

Image from Amazon - go on - have a click - you know you want to

Image from Amazon – go on – have a click – you know you want to

I could say that it’s rather the author who I have reread most often rather than a particular book.

But I did read the majority of his books more than once; Matilda, James and The Giant Peach, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator, The Twits, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox and one of my old-time favourite’s – The BFG.

I remember the summer of 1992.

It was  a summer spent disco dancing on the front driveway.

It’s also more memorable as the summer I read a lot of Roald Dahl, tucked up in my sister’s room when I had made her swap room’s for the whole holiday.

(I was convinced that wasps lived in my bedroom. They didn’t. I’d just found a dead wasp at the end of my bed one morning and from then on I believed they were out to get me.  After my sister experienced an uneventful summer,  I sharp swapped back when a huge spider appeared on her East 17 poster.)

Hmmm. I think Mr Dahl’s books only fuelled my already overactive imagination …

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 28 – Bought at my favourite independant bookstore – Barter Books

SATURDAY 28th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is one that was bought at my favourite independent bookstore.

Four Past Midnight by Stephen King.

Four past midnight

You may notice that this is a repeat from Day 11 – second-hand bookshop gem.

Barter Books 2

I purchased this from my Barter Books in Alnwick and, despite having only visited the once, it is most definitely my favourite independent bookstore.

Barter Books

 

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 27 – Want to be one of the character’s – Nancy Drew

FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is one where I want to be one of the character’s.

Nancy Drew.

Just one of a number of Nancy Drew books. Get your copy off Amazon - I'm considering re-reading these ...

Just one of a number of Nancy Drew books. Get your copy off Amazon – I’m considering re-reading these …

I wanted (and still do) to be Miss Drew – always stumbling upon adventure and solving some mystery.

Brave, curious and persistent – she got the job done.

A proper little super sleuth.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 26 – Should Have Sold More Copies – A.J.Fikry

THURSDAY 26th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is a book that should have sold more copies.

The Collected Works of A.J.Fikry.

Image from Author Gabrielle Zevin website, please click to view more

Image from Author Gabrielle Zevin website, please click to view more

Here I go again, repeating myself like I do when I’m drunk.

I’m no book seller so in theory I have no idea how many copies this has sold.

But I think it should always sell more.

If you love books, you will love A.J. Fikry.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 25 – Never Finished It – An Important Lesson

WEDNESDAY 25th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is one that I never finished.

Hmmm, this is a hard one.

You see, I never give up on a book.

Or I haven’t done yet.

I have strong evidence as to why you should keep going.

I read James Patterson’s Beach Road earlier this year. I admit I struggled with it, I didn’t feel like I connected with this story as well as the other books by Mr Patterson.

beach road

Image from Goodreads

There were times I lost faith.

But I refused to give in.

And the reward was worth it – the story did not end at all how I expected and was a very pleasant surprise.

I learnt a valuable lesson to always give a story the benefit of the doubt.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 24 – Hooked Me Into Reading – The Famous Five

TUESDAY 24th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is one that hooked me into reading.

The Famous Five – Five on a Treasure Island.

five-on-a-treasure-island-15

Image from the Enid Blyton website, please click for further info – it’s very interesting!

I’m aware that there is a fair bit of book repetition that has occurred in my Book A Day UK, which I feel just emphasises the stories that have had the most profound effect on my life.

Five on a Treasure Island, filled with adventure and mystery, was the first book that provoked my reading crave – awakening the urge in me to read more.  

I think I inhaled a few more books in the series, progressing to The Secret Seven as well as Nancy Drew.

I want to experience that childhood imagination again.

So I’ve added it to my ‘To Read’ (or is it re-read?) list …

Love Missuswolf xxx

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 23 – Made To Read At School – To Kill a Mockingbird

MONDAY 23rd JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is one I was made to read at school.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Image from Amazon - click here for your copy

Image from Amazon – click here for your copy

I read this as part of my GCSE English coursework.

Half my lifetime ago *shudders*.

I did surprisingly well considering I was a typically distracted, hormonal teen.

I wish I could go back – or had the option (or the time!) to study English now instead.

I’m so much more focused in my mature years. I’ve developed an insatiable appetite to learn the older I have become.

No harm in re-reading this I suppose. Re-live those teen years …

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 22 – Out of Print – Point Horror Books

SUNDAY 22nd JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK  is out of print.

The Point Horror Books.

Point Horror

 

These were a must-read as a teen – a mild introduction to the horror genre.

Exquisitely American in their context, the books not only tell a tale of horror,  they represent the anxieties and difficulty of being a teen in general.

Although the books went out of print in 2005, word (and by that I mean Wikipedia) has it that Scholastic printed a couple of books in 2013 and 2014.

These could be added to my October Halloween themed reading list.

Oh yes, I do like a seasonal reading list …

Love Missuswolf xxx