Reading roundup 04/01/23

Welcome to the first Reading Roundup post of the new year! Regular visitors to the blog will know that I record all of my books on Goodreads and use links from there to show you my reviews and progress throughout the year. I had a goal on there of reading 60 books in the year and this is what I achieved…

Now, of course there is a lot more to reading than counting raw numbers! There are also things like quality, genre, book length etc. to consider. After all, if I was just interested in achieving a huge number of reads, I could simply devour 100s of toddler picture books!

Anyway, I am pretty chuffed that, even with my post-stroke vision and memory issues, I read a lot of excellent and wonderful books. They helped to keep me going through very difficult times and uplifted my heart.

Thank you to all of the fine authors out there!

Over the break, I read three excellent books to round off the year. Here is the first one:

Children of Memory by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Memory by Adrian Tchaikovsky is #03 in his Children of Time trilogy. Regular readers of this blog will already know that I am a massive fan of Tchaikovsky’s writing and imagination. This trilogy is superb and truly “out of this world”!

This is the blurb:

“Earth is failing. In a desperate bid to escape, the spaceship Enkidu and its captain, Heorest Holt, carry its precious human cargo to a potential new Eden. Generations later, this fragile colony has managed to survive, eking out a hardy existence. Yet life is tough, and much technological knowledge has been lost.

Then Liff, Holt’s granddaughter, hears whispers that the strangers in town aren’t from neighbouring farmland. That they possess unparalleled technology – and that they’ve arrived from another world. But not all questions are so easily answered, and their price may be the colony itself.

Children of Memory by Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky is a far-reaching space opera spanning generations, species and galaxies.”

The book demanded a lot of concentration, but was totally worth the effort! Here is my review from Goodreads:

Children of Memory (Children of Time, #3)Children of Memory by Adrian Tchaikovsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mind blown! That’s how I feel having just finished this amazing book. Reading this pushed me to the brink of my intelligence. It began, easily enough. Then, I started to question what was going on. At first I wondered if my non-scientific brain was simply misunderstanding the plot. I soon realised that it hadn’t! Something strange was happening. Something very strange indeed!

The last few chapters shattered all of my perceptions whilst, at the same time, confusing me as I tried hard to make sense of it all and keep up. Amazing!

I do hope there is another book in the series.

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I can’t wait to read another book by Tchaikovsky. He has written a fantasy series, quite a while ago I believe, so I may look for that.

Right, on to the next book…

Outback by Patricia Wolf

My second book was a random choice from Amazon. Outback by Patricia Wolf (D S Walker #01) looked intriguing, and so it proved to be. Here is the blurb:

“Two missing backpackers. One vast outback.

DS Lucas Walker is on leave in his hometown, Caloodie, looking after his dying grandmother. When two young German backpackers vanish from the area on their way to a ranch, he finds himself unofficially on the case. But why all the interest from the Federal Police, when they have probably just ditched the heat and dust of the outback for the coast?

As the number of days the couple are missing climbs, DS Walker is joined by the girl’s sister. A detective herself from Berlin, she is desperate to find her before it’s too late.

Walker remains convinced there is more at play. Working in the organised crime unit has opened his eyes to the growing drug trade in Australia’s remote interior. Could this be connected?

As temperatures soar, the search intensifies to a thrilling crescendo against the unforgiving backdrop of the scorching Australian summer.”

The book’s setting was an unusual choice for me, but it was both interesting and enjoyable and worth four stars.

Outback (DS Walker #1)Outback by Patricia Wolf
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting thriller set in the Australian Outback. I have never read a book quite like this before. The scenery and climate are almost extra characters in the story and are very well described by the author. I’m feeling terribly thirsty now that I have reached the end!

The mystery and police elements of the book held my attention, although some of the middle sections could have been better. The ending was good and am looking forward to another book in the series.

One small point. The page arrangements could have been better. Sometimes, a new point of view was introduced without any warning. Perhaps a line could have been left to show the break?

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Now we have reached the third and final book of the holidays: 

Red Snow by Will Dean

This final book is the second in the Tuva Moodyson series by Will Dean: Red Snow. I really enjoyed the first book, so was looking forward to reading this. First we have the blurb:


One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?


Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.


Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go?”

Once again, I think that this book deserved four stars. Here is my review (apologies for the short length!):

Red SnowRed Snow by Will Dean
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this second book in the series. The book is long, but the daily life of a deaf person managing her condition whilst investigating incidents and people for her journalism becomes endearing as well as, eventually, gripping. Many very intriguing and interesting characters in this one.

Will definitely read more books in this series.

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In fact, I have a few books from this series nicely queued up for me to read when I am ready!

Phew! Well, that’s the end of a very long post for this week’s Reading Roundup!

Happy Reading to you all.

Love and best wishes,



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