What Are You Reading This Month?

Pay Day used to be such an exciting time for us. We would go out carousing, buy shiny new things and generally spoil ourselves after a long, hard month at the coal face. Then kids arrived. Three, no less. Pay day is now watching direct debit after direct debit devastate our bank balance. Pay day is new school uniforms, deposits for upcoming school outings and a million and one other small person related outgoings.

They suck us dry. We bleed. Yet we wouldn’t have it any other way. The little darlings. Nope, pay day isn’t what it used to be. That said, I still cling on to one selfish tradition when the pay cheque lands every month. I always treat myself to a few new books. I read every day of my life yet realise that I rarely blog about it. I write about my family, my running (yawn), and the book I am writing (double yawn) but never about what I am reading.

So in a very occasional feature I’m going to tell you what I am reading. Who knows, this may develop into a book review although where I am going to find the time for that I have no idea. This month I really splashed the cash and made three purchases. I know, I’m out of control. Below are said purchases with a little blurb as to why I bought them and what my hopes are for them.

The Lovely Bones – Alice Seebold

I have been meaning to read this for some time as it regularly pops up in my recommended reads. The premise sounds intriguing and I’m fascinated by anything to do with life after death. I believe in an afterlife so I reckon it’s best being as prepared as I can for when the Big D comes a knocking. That’s D for death of course. Not Dominos.

The Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

I’ve started watching Sharp Objects on Netflix primarily because it stars Amy Adams and I love all things Amy Adams. I’m a 48 year old man and I love Enchanted! There, I’ve said it. Anyway, I didn’t know the series was based on a Gillian Flynn book and, as I haven’t read any of her work, plumped for this one. Mainly due to the title for all the best stories begin in the dark places.

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

Everywhere I turn online these days I am assailed by Throne of Glass hysteria. Maas seems to be a bit like marmite – you either love her or hate her. I have finally succumbed. Fantasy is my go to genre and I was raised on a diet of hobbits and dragons. Although give me zombies and orcs any day of the week. Imagine if they bred? Zorcs! Now I have died and gone to heaven.

Have you read any of the above titles or authors? What did you make of them?

What are you reading this month? Any recommendations?


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  1. I’m reading Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series with a group. Next up is Heir of Fire. Did you start with the prequel novellas? They are important. I’m really into the main story arc.

    I read The Lovely Bones years ago and found the story compelling. It will haunt you. I also read Dark Places and it’s really good but it is dark. You’re going to need a nice palate cleanser when you’re done. If you haven’t read Flynn’s Gone Girl, that’s a must read, too.

    Right now, I’m listening to The High Season by Judy Blundell and reading As Sick as Our Secrets by A. B. Whelan.

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  2. I read “The Lovely Bones” years ago, before the movie came out. It was beautiful and so moving. Right now, I’m reading “The Course of Love” by Alain de Botton and it is a revelation. Can’t wait to read any other books he’s written.

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  3. Two book that I’m reading. One is Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson. The other is a re-read. Bless me Ultima bu Rudolfo Anaya. The Lovely Bones is on the list to read. Might be a bit before I get to it.

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  4. I just recently watched The Lovely Bones and it was very good and had some beautiful visual scenes. I just finished Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen. I’m on a Paulsen kick. Woodsong was great. Good for you for still spending a little on yourself.

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  5. No… have not read any of those titles on your list, but via Gone Girl am a big fan of Gillian Flynn (who also happens to hail from my hometown, Kansas City!). I just finished reading “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande (highly recommend!) and just starting “A Visit from the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan. So far, so good.

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  6. I loved Lovely Bones. Wasn’t it written as an MFA thesis? My daughter is completely obsessed with Throne of Glass. I couldn’t quite get into that one—it seemed to have less crossover appeal to me, or maybe I’m just too old—but anything that inspires that kind of fervor among its readership is probably well worth studying, at the very least. Enjoy!

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  7. I totally agree – you must have money for books – even if you have to cut back on something else in the budget – like food. I just finished reading “The Last Time I Lied” by Riley Sager. I loved it – going to get her other book. Kept me in suspense until the last chapter.

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          1. Chuck is the author of fight club. If you’ve seen the movie, I’ve read 5 of his books and loved them all. Diary is my fave. Lev writes the Magicians series. It’s like a narnia/Potter mash up for adults. I really recommend it for your love of fantasy.

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  8. I have read the lovely bones. I try to read something light with something serious. The serious one is “Falling Upward” by Richard Rohr and Franciscan. A great book. For fun I am reading The Chronicles of St. Mary’s a scifi/history set of books that are really fun to read.

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  9. I’m a big fan of fantasy books. I just finished Bryan Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive Trilogy last week and it was awesome. Throne of Glass certainly looks interesting.I’ll be sure to.check it out.

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      1. She’s one of my favorite authors. I have greedily devoured all her Realm of the Elderlings books. Seriously, there were days I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t stop reading her books! 😂 Robin Hobb is awesome. Fitzchivalry and the Fool. Wow, unforgettable characters.

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  10. Lovely Bones was a frightening but well-written piece. One more reminder to keep my eyes on my children.

    On payday, I splurge on a pedicure and a good coffee that I don’t have to brew. Books are a great idea too! I personally went to Audible for my pleasure reading/listening while driving since my actual reading time is spent on schoolwork. But currently, I reading A Man Called Ove during summer break!

    Enjoy your splurge! I wonder if you used the library, if you could spend that book money on something else you would love? Just an idea. 🙂 Best to you!

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  11. I am reading a light mystery by Rita Mae Brown and The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn. Also, I know what you mean about paychecks evaporating because of kids’ needs! It is the same here.

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  12. Let’s see….I read “The Persian Pickle Club” by Sandra Dallas and two novels by Charles Martin – “Where the River Ends” and “Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery” last month. I definitely recommend Charles Martin. Right now I am reading “A Light to My Path” by Lynn Austin and I have a big stack of library books to work my way through in August. Once I’m done with that stack, I have several on my shelves that I want to reread.

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  13. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Gillian Flynn. You HAVE to read Sharp Objects. So good and the ending will blow your mind. The Lovely Bones was also excellent. I love mostly anything by Stephen King. I’ve been reading random things lately so if YOU have any other recommendations, please pass them along.

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    1. I read a lot of fantasy so I’m not sure if you would like that. I read a lot of Stephen King when I was younger. I used to read a lot of Christian authors but not so much now. Tell me what you like and I will send through some recommendations.

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