What Have I Been Reading Summer


Another three months of 2018 have passed and it's that time again where I let you know what I've been reading and how I've enjoyed it. 

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

I did it I finally read the the first of the series, ironically it was the last one I read. I have enjoyed this series overall and would thoroughly recommend it as I have absolutely said before. I would say that the first book was excellent and of a really high standard.  You sometime find that a series gets better as you continue but the first was not a let down.  

Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

This book was a gift and although there was an element of mystery not in my usual genre. That being said it was in a subject matter that does really interest me WW2. Also I suppose it is worth noting that I believe this book is in the YA age range, not that I adhere to that, I read what I want to but I know it is important to some readers. This was a great book, it was well written. The characters draw you in and I learnt some interesting stuff too. I am not ashamed to say this book made me cry. When I do read from the YA category I always notice that the way emotion is conveyed is extremely accurate and often moving. I would recommend this book to everyone. It took me hardly anytime to read as well.

The Seagull & The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves

I like Ann Cleeves, I have enjoyed both reading her books and watching the television adaptation of her characters. If you are a fan of the programme Vera you'll be able to see how well that part was cast. These were two good stories, interesting plots which kept you thinking.  The Seagull is the newest of the two and I enjoyed this a lot.

The House of Eyes by Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis is a great story teller and her Wesley Paterson stories have that great combination of murder and archaeology which is really enjoyable. Again I haven't been reading from this series in order, I don't think you need to to enjoy them. But where ever you choose to start I'm sure you'll enjoy them.

Holy Island & Sycamore Gap by LJ Ross

I know that you might be surprised to see that I seem to be reading at least one series in order! Well I'd hate to disappoint you but actually started with book five a while ago and have come back to the series and have decided to read it in order (at least for the time being) I had enjoyed book five and that was why I invested in the rest of the series. I would say that I found the plot of book one a little bit predictable and initially was a bit disappointed by that but there was a cheeky little plot twist at the end the said it. I do like the characters though and there are some great interactions. If you like to read series and follow character development then this is definitely one to give some time to.

Get Your Book Published by Katherine Lapworth

I got this book free with a writing magazine and decided to give it a read. I wish I had had this book before I had queried my first book. It is full of helpful hints and tips as well as insights into publishing. It covers both traditional and self publishing. I would have happily paid for this book. It was easy to read in easy well titled sections. My own copy is littered with page markers for me to come back to. I don't love writing a synopsis as I am sure many of you don't but this really helped me with my process. If you have written a book and are about to query I would thoroughly recommend reading this first.

Nine books this quarter (one not reviewed because I didn’t enjoy it) has been a pretty good achievement and I'm currently part the way through a couple of others. I'm still on track to achieve my Good reads reading challenge goal of 50 books in 2018. I hope you enjoy my reading update and maybe pick up some new titles off the back of it.