Book Club: What I've Been Reading Lately

I know, I know. It’s been far too long since I’ve updated this little corner of the internet. In all honesty, I lost my mojo. I would open a page, sit there and stare but no words would appear. So instead of torturing myself, I just didn’t even try. But then I went home for a month (plenty of photos to share soon!) and something wonderful happened – my mojo came back! For the first time in weeks, even months, I wanted to write. When people would ask me what I did for work, I would automatically say, I’m a writer. Because I am. In the words of Gaga, I was born this way. So now I have a notebook full of ideas – both book and blog related – but I’m starting out slow – with what I’ve read in the last few months, and what I’m currently reading…

Kathy Reichs – Bones are Forever and Bones Never Lie

I’ve always loved Bones – Tempe is one of my favourite TV characters but up until recently I’d never picked up a Kathy Reichs book. Can’t imagine why! But then, in Sydney, our AirBnB had a copy of Déjà Dead – and I was hooked! Both of these are superb and I loved them both. Bones are Forever is especially dark though as it deals with the murder of babies – be warned!

John Grisham – The Pelican Brief

Given the current state of U.S Politics, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read this. It was good – it took a little while for me to get into it, but that may just be me! I’m currently debating which John Grisham to read next.

Susanna Gregory – The Executioner of St Paul’s

Up until I picked this up at Waterstones during my trip home, I had never heard of Susanna Gregory or the Thomas Chaloner series – but now I’m hooked! Y’all know I’m a big history geek so the Medieval London setting of this one really got me! Plus it’s so well written! I finished this and the next one on my flight from London to Brisbane!

Martin Cruz Smith – The Girl From Venice

Another unknown (to me) author and yet another historical fiction book (are we seeing a trend yet here people?!). This one is set in Venice towards the end of WWII and features a young Jewish girl trying to escape the NAZIs by playing dead in the lagoon until a fisherman finds her and then works to save her. I won’t spoil it but needless to say, this had me hooked from the very start!

Dan Brown – Inferno

If y’all have been keeping an eye on my (very infrequently updated) Instagram, you’ll know I was determined to re-read all the Robert Langdon books before Origin came out on 3rd October. Well I managed it – just! The last time I read Inferno was on honeymoon – I actually was gifted it by my lovely in-laws for my birthday that year but kept it until we went on honeymoon to read it. So it was about time I picked it back up, and boy, it did not disappoint! I am a huge DB fan as it is but the Robert Langdon books are some of my all-time favourites. As in, I would save them from a burning building. For those of you who have forgotten/haven’t read it, Inferno is based on Dante’s Inferno and is set in Florence – one of my all-time favourite cities. And if you’ve seen the film, but not read the book, I urge you to do so. There are things they missed in the film that you have to know about!

Currently Reading

Dan Brown – Origin

I only got this in the mail on Saturday and I’ve already started devouring it. So far, I’m hooked and it’ll be a miracle if I manage to do anything this week other than gym, work and read this!

Zoë Sharp – Hard Knocks

I heard about Zoë’s books from a friend so I immediately went hunting. I couldn’t find the one I was after, but this one sounded amazing. It’s a combination of military+medicine+suspenseful thriller – so perfect for October! I’ll let you know my thoughts once I’m done!

Ree Drummond – The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels

Now I love Ree Drummond. I could happily binge watch episode after episode of The Pioneer Woman, but I never really thought about reading one of her books, until I caught an excerpt of this one on People. And I was hooked. I’ve only just picked it up from the library so I’ve not even cracked the spine yet. But I can tell it’s going to be a great antidote to all the murder, thriller and mystery I’ve been reading lately!

So that’s it. Now fill me in! What have you been reading lately?! Anything good? My Evernote is looking a little empty so I need some good un’s to add!


Annéka xo