What Have I Been Reading Springtime


t's now April and spring has apparently sprung despite my seven day forecast still showing signs of snow which frankly I am tired of.  So I thought that it was time to review what I had been reading recently.  

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This one was lent to me by my daughter who really enjoyed it, to be honest when I read the blurb I wasn't sure but I decided on her recommendation to give it a go.  There were some parts of this book I found a little odd.  The idea that inspiration is an entity all of it's own is not one that I can subscribe to but I chose to consider an alternate meaning of the same theory that inspiration can pass you by if you're not open to it.  (I know countless ideas have come and gone through my mind during the years I was doing nothing to pursue my ambitions of being a writer, never to return again.)  I also agree with her that creativity of all kinds requires hard work, dedication and practise.   There were some nice anecdotes along the way although I found it could be somewhat repetitive.  I think this might be a good book to re boost your creativity or at least your mind set around your creativity.  It won't be for everyone but a decent read.

The Dark Angel, The Ghost Fields & The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

These are books ten, seven and two and yes I read them in that order.  If you've read any of my reading reviews you'll know that I have read this series in no particular order and I can imagine that this will upset some people's sense of logic.  Whilst it can create a bit of a spoiler situation generally for me it hasn't affected my enjoyment of this series at all.  

Out of these three The Janus Stone was definitely the best or the one I enjoyed most.  It had the most tension and I really liked the plot twists.  The Dark Angel is the newest in the series and actually was a bit of a disappointment.  It is set mainly in Italy and I think it affected the character interaction in a way that I didn't enjoy.  

Over all though this is a great series and ironically the only one I have left to read is one! I would encourage you if you are a fan of crime and history/archaeology to have a read.

Tonight You’re Dead by Viveca Sten

This is the fourth book in this series they are translated from Swedish where I believe this has been made into a TV drama.  I'm not entirely sure how many books are in the series as there is obviously a delay in them being available in English.  For a change I've read this series in order.  And to be honest the first book I didn't love the ending but I absolutely loved the characters and that's the reason why I read the second book and I am so glad I did, so if you start this series and feel like me I would urge you to continue.  This was a great book, the plot was interesting and kept you guessing and as I've said I loved the characters.  I have the next one on pre order

A Darker Domain by Val McDermid

I am going to start with what might be considered a controversial statement.  I don't always love Val McDermid's work.  But I read the first Karen Pirie book a while ago and this is the second so thought why not.  I got a bargain on my kindle.  Having said that I really enjoyed this book.  It took me a while to get into it.  Much like book one it was set over two time periods and these books are set in my home county of Fife and I always think that's quite nice because I kind of know where everything is and how everywhere is pronounced.  The writing is good quality and kept you thinking.  This book made me want to continue reading the series and would be a definite recommendation.

I have read a decent amount this first quarter of the month and I am looking forward to seeing what titles take my fancy between now and summer.  I hope everyone is enjoying their reading too.