What I’ve been Reading – January 2018

I made the claim, the other day, that I was going to read at least two books a month, I also said I would come back here and list all the books I read in 2017! Here is a perfect reason for listing the books in a blog post as I read them because I cannot remember them all. Which makes me cross as I’ve kept track of my reading for several years now.

Here are a few I can recall –

  • Tricky Twenty-two by Janet Evanovich
  • Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich
  • Dead in the Water by Ann Granger
  • Die Trying by Lee Child
  • A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope
  • Thrones and Dominions by Jill Paton Walsh – Dorothy L. Sayers
  • The Voice of the Violin – by Andrea Camilleri
  • The Patience of a Spider – by Andrea Camilleri
  • Christmas at Tiffanys by Karen Swan

To be honest I didn’t read much last year so this was probably it along with the two I did post about at the time I read them.

But this year will be different. Ha! I’m going to read all I can from my pile of ‘to be read’ before buying any more and I am putting a priority on reading over computer time through practice I should have no trouble in getting through them all.

Here are the first two from this year.

A Cotswold Ordeal – Rebecca Tope

This is the second book in the series (I think she has written fifteen). They are what I would describe as gentle murder mysteries if there could be such a thing. I like the village settings and that look at rural life even if I’m not sure it is realistic. The main character is interesting, she has a dog too so that goes in her favour…. and she is braver than me! My Mum has the whole series so I will most likely read them in time. Not my favourite but still enjoyable.

Next up was Bad Luck and Trouble – Lee Child

My third adventure with Jack Reacher.

I just went back and read my thoughts on the first novel. I laughed at my own comment about not reading just before bed because I did the same with his second adventure, that I read last year and this one. The author is just too good at keeping you on the edge of your seat to read before I try to sleep!

This book is actually the eleventh in the series so I have read them out of order. It doesn’t matter in my opinion. He is still a wanderer, still alone and still as tough as they come. As with both other books this was a page turner, you just have to find out what is going on. Always a twist in there, but then it is a thriller, and often violent and brutal. But I enjoyed it for all that.

And by total coincidence my Mum was over for lunch last Sunday saw my book and said she was sure my sister had mentioned these novels and that she was reading them. I spoke to B and yes, indeed she is reading them. I was surprised as they are so violent. But then I remembered from years ago that my Dad and my sis both used to read the same thrillers. Funny isn’t it the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

And the up shot is I now have another two to read and the way my sis is visiting all our local charity shops I’m sure she’ll have collected the entire series by the end of February!