Reading roundup 13/09/17

Thank goodness for ebooks! I finished my pile of library books a week ago, but have been too ill since to visit the library and choose some more. Luckily, their ebook service, using BorrowBox, has a pretty good selection so I have been reading my choice from this.

Night School by Lee Child

Night School by Lee Child

I have read most of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, but there are still a few to go. This week I have been reserving the rest on BorrowBox and reading them as they have become available. The first was Night School (Jack Reacher #21). These more recent publications have moved the story timeline to a period when Reacher was still in the military. In many ways, they are not as good as the ones set after his army days:

I think that these Jack Reacher prequels are rather marmite, judging by the other reviews on Goodreads. Personally, I enjoyed the book as a thriller, although it was not one of Child’s best. I am still trying to read all of the books in the series, with not many more to go!

I gave the book three stars on Goodreads, maybe it deserved more.

The Hard Way by Lee Child

The Hard Way by Lee Child

My next read was Lee Child’s The Hard Way (Jack Reacher #10), which I gave fours stars and then wrote this review:

I seem to be working my way through the last few books that I haven’t already read in this series. They are available as ebooks from our Public Library service and I have reserved the ones that are currently being read by others. This one was a classic Reacher with a good teasing and twisting plot leading to a violent ending. Some plot holes, as ever, but I don’t really mind those. Suspension of disbelief is essential in reading this series. Good stuff!

Godblind by Anna Stephens

Godblind by Anna Stephens

Whilst waiting for the next Jack Reacher reservation to be ready, I downloaded this book on BorrowBox: Godblind by Anna Stephens, her first book and part one of a trilogy. I was looking for a fantasy novel and chose this one almost at random. And it was a fantastic choice! This was given a full five stars as I really enjoyed it:

Wow! Well that was a book and a half! Darkest, grimmest fantasy. Violence, horror, and traitorous, evil characters. Courage, guts, determination and brave, heroic characters. Strong women and caring men. First book of a trilogy and I can’t wait for the next one. I was even reading this at 6.30 in the morning and it was an ebook from the public library that I could read for free. It doesn’t get better than this. Well, if it does please give me the book 😂.

I think you get the picture – I loved this book. Well, as much as you can love a book where you read in trepidation waiting for the next character to either turn into a traitor or be killed in a particularly nasty way!

Make Me by Lee Child

Make Me by Lee Child

I am now about a quarter of the way through another Jack Reacher, Make Me (#20), which I will review on Goodreads as soon as I have finished. I love keeping track of my reading in this way and it is good to see that the site has just celebrated its tenth birthday! All of those books and readers 😍.

Until next week’s Reading Roundup,

Best wishes,


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