Reading is one of my guilty pleasures. Is there nothing better than curling up with a good book and a cuppa and having some ‘meeting new people” through the characters in a book? I love reading and getting lost in a book for a while. Mostly I prefer fiction because it takes me to another place and helps me to relax.
I also have to mention, that this post was inspired by one I read on my friend Debbie from Deb’s World post about the books she has been reading. Deb and I have similar tastes in books and she and another friend Donna from Retirement Reflections introduced me to Goodreads last year. I’m taking the Goodreads Reading Challenge again this year
I’m in two book clubs – one is online in a Facebook Group, Come Read with Me which is hosted by my good friend Leslie Clingan. Although I’m not an active member I do enjoy seeing what the monthly reading list is and reading what the group has voted on as the book for the month.
My second bookclub is all about the Classics which I’m enjoying. We’ve started with the Bronte Sisters collection and I am enjoying rediscovering books that I read back in school and also discovering some such as Agnes Grey that I hadn’t read before.
Toni is a school friend although our friendship didn’t develop until we attended our 40th Anniversary High School Reunion! She is the author of several books including exciting thrillers for adults, non-fiction, and hilarious books for children.
Jo Tracey, write stories with happy endings. isn’t that what we need in our life especially after the last couple of years? Her books are not just stories but also blend in her love of travel and food. Romance, Travel and Food a great combination.
Do you re-read books? I think it is so interesting reading a book now in my 60s that I read in my teens at school and discovering new ideas and thoughts and comparing them to how I felt reading the book back when I was much younger and more naive.
What was on my Bookshelf for June?
I was an Offspring (an Australian Television Program) tragic so when my friend Debbie Harris recommended The Family Doctor by Debra Oswald who wrote Offspring, I immediately cast aside my Current Reading and settled down for a cozy afternoon. I couldn’t stop reading and felt so many emotions. I think my overall feeling was one of anger and helplessness . The reader is hit with a devastating incident in the first chapter and so the roller coaster of emotions begins. Definitely a 5 star rating and a very thought provoking book.
This book was a surprise and I found that I couldn’t put it down. Two sisters, and they are not what they seem to be (that is hopefully not giving anything away).
Favorite quote: “Angry is just a pen name for sad.” Watch out for the twist!
Do you get caught up reading books in a series? I’ve been hooked on the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny. It is set in Montreal (which reminds me of a wonderful trip my husband and I took to Quebec) and the small village of Three PInes. There are 17 books in the series and it’s hard to imagine so many murders in one small village – a bit like Midsommer Murders LOL:)
Currently I’m reading
As I mentioned my book club is reading the Bronte Sisters and I’m loving returning to the Classics. This is the third Bronte Sisters book that we have read and it is very interesting comparing the writing of the three sisters – Emily, Anne and Charlotte
Goodreads describes this story as Set on timeless Wiradyuri country, where the life-giving waters of the rivers can make or break dreams, and based on devastating true events, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) is an epic story of love, loss and belonging.
So, what have you been reading lately? I’m always looking for recommendations to add to my list!
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