Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge: August

Well, I made it through one book for the Read Harder challenge, three audiobooks last month and an Agatha Christie. Not bad. 

For the Read Harder challenge I read ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ by PD James (this was the book written by someone over 65 yo). It was a slow start but once James got into mystery it really picked up and you could tell she had the upmost respect for the characters. It was lovely to get some closure on some of the characters. 

On the audiobook front I powered through Diana Gabaldon’s ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’ (6th Outlander book) and at over 40 hours this is no joke. I love the Outlander series so much. I am going to be so sad when fully caught up and waiting for the 9th book to be published. After my Claire and Jamie marathon I needed a change of genre so went to my beloved Agatha Christie. There was a double feature on Audible of ‘The Man in the Brown Suit’ and ‘4:50pm from Paddington’. Emilia Fox read TMITBS and everyone needs to listen to it now. It’s like Christie decided to write fan fiction about her genre. It’s funny and fresh since it’s a relatively neglected book. 4:50pm is read by Joan Hickson so it’s Miss Marple perfection. 

I’d obviously decided that I hadn’t had enough Christie lasts month and went on to read ‘Murder at the Vicarage’. Nice to read the original story’s again. 


Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge: April and May

April was a crazy busy month for me. Most of it was spent prepping for our vacation and getting the house in order and not really reading. I was trying to read ‘To Wake Again At A Decent Hour’ (a Booker shortlisted “funny” novel about a dentist) and it was awful. I find if I don’t read a book in 10 days I’ll never finish it. 

So I abandoned dentist woes and headed off on holiday. I use the term “holiday” loosely. I barely had the time or energy to floss at the end of the day let alone read. But when Alex joined me and he did the bedtime reading I could crack open my kindle and block out the umpteenth reading of ‘Hugless Douglass”. 

Neither of the books I read were on my Read Harder list but both were ones I wanted to jump start things in the reading department. Both were excellent and I’d highly recommend them: ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins and ‘Station Eleven’ by Emily St. John Mandela. 

The ‘Girl on the Train’ is a kitchen sink drama but instead of the window over the sink it’s on a train that the main character does her spying and wondering. ‘Station Eleven’ is just wow, and elevates Star Trek cultural importance to that of Shakespeare because doh! 

June is here and I’m trying to get back to my Read Harder Challenge. Hoping for sunny days sat outside reading. 

Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge: March 

Oh March! I managed one book, Jurassic Park (my guilty pleasure pick) and since then I’ve been stuck in a holding pattern with To Rise Again At A  Decent Hour which I hate. So I either need to power through it or give up. 

Jurassic Park on the other had was a lovely re-read. Made me sad for everything that was left out of the film as it was so clever. 

April is half gone so I need to get reading again. 

Book Riot 2015 Read Harder: February 

Another three challenges completed in February. Hurrah! Go me, reading books in the early morning and a little before I pass out at bedtime. 

An audiobook: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon 

This is the fourth Outlander book. You are either totally addicted to the Claire and Jamie (and Frank and Bree and Roger) saga or not. I’ve been listening to them and they are epic audiobooks. 40 or 50 hours long. You get your money’s worth but getting through them in a month is like having a side job. 

A book recommended by someone else: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This was actually recommended by a few friends. I loved it. Inhaled the words off the page and I’m looking forward to re-reading. Not saying a word about it. 

A book published by an indie press: The Blackhouse by Peter May (published by Quercus)

This Scottish crime book has been on my TBR list for years. Glad I waited as its really good. Set on the island of Lewis with a prodigal policeman coming back to investigate a murder it’s a glimpse into a closed island community. 

On to March and I’m re-reading Jurassic Park at the moment. Brilliant. 

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