Weekly mop up – reading goals

So. Last week was a funny week. Just for a change. I’ve set myself an unofficial target of trying to read three books a week from now to Christmas, in order to clear my reading backlog. I’ve sort of met that target, it just wasn’t the the three books I was expecting.

I have, however, managed to organise myself enough to prepare an access database AND an excel sheet outlining what books I am due to read, what target completion dates I have set myself and also the progress report on each book. Now all I have to do is organise myself enough to complete it as and when I read … Consider this step ‘work in progress’.

Madly, as well as having my job and an ambitious reading target to contend with, I have foolishly committed to attempting NaNoWriMo again this year. Completed it very quickly last year as I had no distractions. I may be a little slower this year. I am averaging 1500 – 1800 words per day at the moment, but they are 1500 – 1800 words of pure drivel. That was always going to be the case, I just wasn’t expecting it to be quite this bad. I also have an online course I am trying to complete so it is just as well I sleep very little.

So – back to the books. How did I do? Because my round up was more of a catch up and not published until Thursday, you already know (if you read my posts) my intentions for the week but here is a summary of what I actually did.

Books I have Read.

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First up I read the brilliant ‘Scared To Death‘ by Rachel Amphlett. I haven’t published a review on this yet as I will be revealing my thoughts on launch day, 6th December, with a review and author questions as part of Rachel’s blog tour. What I will say is that I totally loved this book and think that Rachel has a brilliant new hero in Kay Hunter. I was hooked from the very first, super tense chapter. Brought in to investigate the abduction and subsequent death of a teenager, Kay and her team have no idea of how far reaching the case truly is and just how sadistic the perpetrator is. The book was full of tense, nail biting moments and some great characters. And a snake! Definitely one you should consider ordering as Rachel proves once again just how good an indie author can be. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series and I’m relieved to hear she is already working on book two. The book can be pre-ordered on iTunes here.

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Next up was one of the books I said I was going to read, ‘Truth Will Out‘ by A.D. Garrett. This is the third book in the Simms and Fennimore series and what a book it is. When a mother and daughter are abducted on their way home from an afternoon treat, Fennimore is drawn into the case by a taunting letter from someone who could well be the kidnapper. Excluded from the investigation by a very wary police force, Fennimore begins to look into a potential case of a miscarriage of justice instead. This was a brilliant story, pulling together so many hanging threads from the previous stories and the tension which builds around the mother and daughter and their abductor, and also Fennimore as he searches for his missing daughter, kept me right on the edge of my seat. My full review will be posted this week.

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Wow. What can I say. Read this in one evening, ‘While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft. Seriously. If Ms Croft did sat navs, they’d probably be the worst sat navs in the world because this was so full of misdirection. When Tara wakes up in the wrong house next to someone who is not her husband, it is only the start of her problems. Because the man she is with is dead. With no memory of what happened, she faces an agonising choice between doing the right thing or protecting her family. This is a brilliantly twisty tale in which there are no shortage of suspects, no end to the lies that people will tell or the secrets they will keep. With the possible exception of Tara’s young son Spencer, the killer could be almost anyone; the wronged wife of the dead man, Tara’s husband, the dead man’s mystery lover – even Tara herself. My full review will be published on 16th November, but this is well worth a look and another fine example of the tense family dramas that Ms Croft is so skilled at writing. ‘While You Were Sleeping’ is published on 15th November by Bookouture.

Plans for this week:

Black Widow by Christopher Brookmyre

Witness by Caroline Mitchell

The Christmas Cake Cafe by Sue Watson

A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone

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I will also be waiting on a very, very special delivery which is bound to make my week. Only 3 days left at work before a long weekend and ‘The Cake and Bake Show’ at Manchester on Saturday. Life is good.

Happy reading all

JM

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