Reading roundup 27/09/17

I think that books are going a long way towards saving my life at the moment. My situation would be almost unbearable if I could not lose myself in a good story. That is why I read: story. And probably why I don’t read high literature. My lack of concentration means that I need to be gripped and carried away by a stream, a river, a wave of images and events.

Persuader by Lee Child

Persuader by Lee Child

So, my first book this week was Lee Child’s Persuader, Jack Reacher #7:

As I started reading this book, I began to realise that I had read it before but had not entered it on Goodreads. So I must have read it some years ago. Even though I remembered bits of the story, it somehow didn’t matter really. I enjoyed the book and how the two stories, one memories of the past, mirrored each other. Now that I have almost finished the series, it is clear how formulaic the books are, but I don’t mind that. You mostly know what to expect with a Jack Reacher and if you are in the right mood that’s OK!

I gave the the book four stars. When I remember, I will check to see which books in the series I have not yet read and will reserve them at the public library. That’s another way Goodreads is helpful as it lists each authors’ work in full and I can then quickly check on the library catalogue. All done whilst sitting up in bed working on my iPad!

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child

As I had still not been well enough to visit the library, I then found another ebook to read: Lincoln Child’s Full Wolf Moon, #5 in his Jeremy Logan series, and a kind of supernatural thriller. Sadly, this was not such a satisfying read and I was probably generous in giving it three stars. I couldn’t think of much to say about it either!

I read this in an afternoon. Quite enjoyed it, but it was nothing special and was very predictable.

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

We don’t have a subscription to Sky Atlantic in this household, so I have missed watching series such as Game of Thrones until they became available on DVD. So I had also not seen Outlander until it started on More4 recently. I read most of the series ages ago, but then saw that they had become available on our library’s ebook service. So my last book of this week was a re-read of Diana Gabbaldon’s Voyager, which is #3 in the series. I love this book for certain scenes, which fans of the series will know well. I also dislike it for other reasons: massive plot holes, the stereotyped and prejudiced rendition of some characters and the actions of other characters which simply don’t fit with their previous behaviour. I can’t be more open than this without spoilers!

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

I was so pleased when Lovely Husband took me to the library last Friday and I was able to borrow my next pile of books. I am currently reading the book pictured above, Half the World by Joe Abercrombie, and so will write about it in next week’s Reading Roundup post.

Best wishes,


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