March Round Up

March was a really busy month at work, so I didn’t read as much as I would have liked. I finished ten books in March, and DNF’d two.

Read

Solaris – 2/5 stars
This sounded interesting, but I felt like it didn’t really go anywhere.

Sphere – 3/5 stars
This was an interesting idea, but I thought that parts of it were rushed, and the end was disappointing.

The Detainee – 2/5 stars
I liked the idea behind this book, but it felt like it was just building to the next book in the series, and I don’t care enough about any of the characters to want to carry on reading.

Her Last Move – 3/5 stars
This was a standard crime thriller, enjoyable, but nothing special

The Halloween Tree – 3/5 stars
This is the first Ray Bradbury book I’ve read, and it was fun, if quite strange.

Lost Boy – 4/5 stars
This was a wonderful retelling of Peter Pan and I loved reading about Jamie before he became Captain Hook.
Read my full review here.

I Thought I Knew You – 4/5 stars
This was another great read. I’m not sure if books dealing with rape are becoming more common, or if I’ve read more of them recently but this was really interesting.
Read my full review here.

Take Me In – 2/5 stars
I wanted to like this, but I just couldn’t connect with the story.
Read my full review here.

Witness – 4/5 stars
This was a good thriller. There was a lot going on to keep you interested.
Read my full review here.

In Bloom – 2/5 stars
Parts of this were funny/enjoyable but it didn’t really have a plot.
Full review to follow this week

Did Not Finish

Beartown – I accidentally placed a hold for this on Libby so I thought I’d try it, even though it’s not something I’d usually read. I thought the first chapter was quite gripping, but then the focus and description afterwards was all about hockey and I quickly lost interest.

Repressed – I didn’t realise that this was a romance when I borrowed it, and I found a lot of the descriptions and scenarios too annoying to continue with the book.

This Month

I’m doing two readathons this month so I’m hoping to read at least 22 books. I also got my first review copy in the post this morning so I’m going to be reading that as soon as I can.

Reading This Week: 25 March 2019

Last week was incredibly busy at work and the first half this week doesn’t look like it will be much quieter

I only finished two books last week, both on a work trip south of the border. I’m hoping to have more time to read near the end of the week, after all the work deadlines have passed.

I started In Bloom at the weekend so I’m hoping to finish that early this week so I can make a dent in my library books. I’m also reading The Passengers by John Marrs, through The Pigeonhole. This is my first book through The Pigeonhole and it’s an interesting way of reading. I have to wait for the next part to be released rather than racing through the entire book.

I have Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty and Roadwork and The Running Man by Richard Bachman (a pseudonym of Stephen King). I also have an audio version of Dark Places by Gillian Flynn so these week seems to be exclusively thrillers.

There’s a rare book fair in Edinburgh on Saturday so I’m planning to go along for a couple of hours and probably spend too much money on books

Here’s a picture of my little boy Dominick, looking particularly photogenic, on a walk on Saturday. This was taken approximately 45 seconds before the tiny moron tried to catch a bee and was subsequently stung.

Reading This Week: 4th March 2019

I started Beartown and Her Last Move last week so I’m planning to finish those before I start anything else.

Beartown isn’t the type of book I’d usually read, but I accidentally placed a hold at the library, so I thought I’d try it. Her Last Move is my usual crime thriller, and I read another book by John Marrs earlier this year which I really enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to spending an evening reading this.

This week at work is going to be mostly coding and staring at excel spreadsheets, so is perfect for listening to audiobooks. I have Solaris by Stanislaw Lem and Sphere by Michael Crichton downloaded already. The Dark Web and The Detainee are next in my queue. I always listen to audiobooks at double speed so I should be able to get through a few before this piece of work is finished.

I also have The Chalk Man and Lost Boy from the library that I’m hoping to read this week.

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with re-tellings and alternate versions of fairy tales and classic stories. Some of them are amazing, but I usually find that a lot are released, or become popular, around the same time, and it quickly becomes overdone. That said, I’m excited about Lost Boy. I haven’t seen any of these stories about Peter Pan before, and I enjoyed Alice by Christina Henry

It feels like a fairly ambitious list of books, as I also have tickets to the midnight showing of Captain Marvel and a cat that doesn’t approve of lie-ins, so I might be zombified on Friday.
What are you planning on reading this week?