Book Heaven

So, as you know from my weekly edit, last Saturday I went to Lifeline’s Bookfest. Every year (or six months seen as they hold two a year) I go and feast on what’s on offer. In the past I’ve come away with anything from 2 to 20 books but this year, I felt differently. Y’all know that this year I started a Book Club. It was something I was ridiculously enthusiastic about at the start of the year. I made a book list, started a Facebook group, and even read January through to March as promised. But then, with redundancy, Easter and the holidays, something shifted. I didn’t want to read what I had set out to anymore. The books I had picked no longer grabbed my attention (I sent May’s book back to the library half read) and that made me sad.

I have always been a reader. I can’t remember a time in my life where I haven’t loved picking up a book and delving into another world. My mama will tell you that as a child, she couldn’t send me to my room if I was naughty, because she knew I would just pick up a book and start reading – and where’s the hardship in that!

It has taken a while for me to get my reading groove back. The last few weeks in my new job have been unsettling to say the least, and I have been resorting to Netflix to take my mind off things but I have missed paper. If I’m honest, reading made me feel like a bit of a failure. I didn’t feel like I was succeeding at work (or at home with this blog or my book), and, as a writer, that’s pretty much the worst. But then I picked up a book I haven’t touched in ages and it reignited that spark inside me. So when Bookfest (Or Book Heaven as I call it) rolled around, I was more than happy to spend hours rifling through the tables to find some inspiration and escape. Because ultimately, how can I be a good writer if I’m not a good reader?!

So I wanted to share with you the books I picked up recently. Out of the 12 I picked up, I’ve only read 3 before so I’m looking forward to discovering new writers, new worlds and new styles of writing. I’ll share my thoughts with you as I read each one but for now, here’s the list…

  1. Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs – I have loved Bones since series 1, and I started reading Death du Jour in Sydney (it was the only book in the AirBnB we were staying in) – but this is the first book of hers I have voluntarily picked up and I’m excited to go down the Tempe rabbit hole!
  2. The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans – one of my all-time favourite poems comes from this book and it is a book I have read numerous times over the years but somehow I’ve never owned a copy – until now!
  3. The Marching Season by Daniel Silva – I’ve read a number of Daniel’s books in recent years (Portrait of a Spy and The English Girl are staring down from the bookcase as I write this) but I’ve yet to read one without Gabriel Allon as the central figure! Given how much I’ve loved his other works, I have high hopes for this!
  4. The Prodigal Daughter/Shall We Tell The President by Jeffrey Archer – I read Kane and Abel about 15 years ago and loved it so I don’t know why I haven’t picked up another Archer novel until now but the blurb on these two seems fantastic!
  5. Malice by Danielle Steel – Yes, this is one of the ones I’ve read before. But, in all honesty, it’s been more than a decade, and there’s a reason why I keep reading her books!
  6. The Seventh Sanctuary by Daniel Easterman – after reading Robert Harris’ Fatherland, my love of reading WW2/Nazi Germany novels is back. I think I read so much of this for GCSE and A-Level History, that I needed a break for a while but now I’m back!
  7. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans – another one that I’ve read before (and seen the movie a dozen times) but it never gets old, and I have dreams of reading this to our daughter one day.
  8. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham – reading a Grisham novel had really entered my head until I was talking to my father-in-law over Easter about books and he mentioned this one in particular. I’ve heard of it a few times in the past, and I think there’s even been a TV series based on it (Is this right?!) so I’m feeling pretty hopeful about this one!
  9. Viktoria by Jenny Glanfield – again, another WW2/Nazi novel – though this one sounds like a bit of a love story – I’ve got my fingers crossed!
  10. The Partner by John Grisham – I wasn’t planning on picking up a second Grisham novel, but when I read the back of this one, I just couldn’t put it back down! Now that’s got to be a good sign!
  11. Mysterious by Nora Roberts – this is actually 3 novels in one book! Y’all know I already love Nora and even have a book of hers that has now become a Christmas tradition so I’m excited to get into this one! I have a feeling that this will be one of those books that I read for light relief in amongst some of the other heavy hitters!

So lovely, what books have you read lately or have you been in a bit of a reading rut too? Have you read any of these? Any recommendations for me?


Annéka xo