Growing up I was a bookworm – devouring point horror, babysitters club, and Enid Blyton books from the library and completing reading challenges like a pro. My degree was in English Literature, with a specialism in American Literature, so I was (speed)reading 3 books a week for 3 years.
Then I didn’t read anything for about a year – I was sick at the sight of a book!
Even 8 (eek!) years after graduating, I still have to train myself not to read at hyper speed and to sloowww down in order to enjoy the development of characters and narrative. On our honeymoon I read all of my own books and resorted to reading my husband’s book too (over his shoulder). This is harder when recently I’ve got into series like the Bourne Identity and also the Jack Reacher series of books, when the events and mystery is just too exciting and I have to try NOT to finish a book in one sitting…
So you can imagine that I was excited when I saw this tweet from Gemma (who was my Secret Santa when I took part in#ODSS13) who thought that I might like to take part in a blog tour reviewing a new title, and as a result I am pleased to say that I will be taking part in a blog tour in September! The book comes under the mystery/thriller genre, so I hope to speed through it quickly ready in time for my turn on the blog tour (20th September 2014!)
The book is available for me to download via Net Galley, which is a platform for books to be read and reviewed for free by professional readers prior to general release. Now in no way do I consider myself a professional reader – that sounds quite a hard-core title to have, but by having a blog and being active on social media, my sphere of potential influence is instantly widened. So in the last month or so, I’ve been able to read the following fiction and have another 5 titles on my reading shelf waiting to be read!
Dear Daughter – Elizabeth Little: in the vein of Gone Girl where you are never quite sure who to believe, the reader is kept on the edge of their seat as Janie, a one time socialite, is released on a technicality after a conviction for her mother’s murder, attempts to find the real killer. I raced through this, though not quite as tense as Gone Girl – and would read more by the same author.
A place for Us Part One – Harriet Evans: Not in the mystery/crime/thriller genres, though there is a definite sense of mystery and secrets abounding in this first part of a 4 part tale. The narrative switches interestingly between many characters – but it took over half the book to get into the swing of each characters back story. I was left disappointed by the ending of this – and am in two minds on whether to continue with this serialisation.
What have been your go-to summer reads?
*I received no incentive for the reviews of books mentioned in this post. I was just excited to be invited to Net Galley for the purpose of the upcoming Blog Tour for the book I will be reviewing and look forward to continue reading and reviewing!*