Reading Round Up


I thought I’d share some of my reading highlights this year.  I was going to give you my top 10 but we would be here a while so I have gone for my top 3 of the year so far.

Dead Girl Walking by Chris Brookmyre

This claims the coveted number 1 spot.  So what makes it so great?  Short answer – everything.  The story is great and keeps you guessing throughout and for a hardened crime book junkie like myself that’s a pretty mean feat.  The quality of the writing is superb.  The characters were believable, the pace was great.  All round a good read.

Small footnote: I’ve met Chris Brookmyre he’s also an awesome dude, you should check out his work.

Stephen King – On Writing

I’m not a Stephen King groupie his genre is a little outside my comfort zone.  I was given this book by daughter, she’d read it and thought I should too.  She was right.  It’s a great combination of memoir and part craft of writing.  The memoir left me with tonnes of respect for Stephen King.  The second part gave me lots home truth moments and made me really think as a writer.

These Shallow Graves – Jennifer Donnelly

This is a YA book.  It had really likable characters and a story that made me want to turn the pages.  I took this book to work and read it in my lunch break sneaking away to the car park to sit in my car to read in peace and quiet.  It was combination crime/historic/romance.  It was intelligently written and opened a curtain into an important time in women’s history.

I could go on and on...