Hello, dear followers. Yes, I am still here! I apologize sincerely for the lack of posts in 2018. Not at all what I had intended. You see, I was working extremely hard at developing my career in 2018, and this necessitated reading a lot of non-fiction for my work (I am an executive coach and trainer.) Alas, this left little time for reading fiction.
This year I am going to make time to read fiction. I intended to read so many books in 2018. I can’t believe I haven’t yet read Kate Atkinson’s Transcription, or ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine,’ by Gail Honeyman, two books I am SO looking forward to reading in 2019.
What I did read at the end of 2018 was The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Jackson. Not at all my usual reading choice, but my 12 year-old niece could not believe it when I said I hadn’t read them, and promptly leant me all three books and requested my immediate opinion on completion! I must say I was pleasantly surprised. A gripping story, excellently told and I did enjoy it much more than I expected.
Over Christmas I read the final installment in Jeffrey Archer’s The Clifton Chronicles. Once again, this is not my usual type of reading material, but long story short, I was given the 7th novel in the series as a present, so out of sheer stubborness, I decided to read the other 6 books. If you are looking for some light reading, it’s a good long family saga and will not tax the brain, but is no less enjoyable. I thought the writing in the first few books of the series was deplorable, but I think the writing improves as the saga develops, and the 7th is by far my favourite. It also has a few good twists along the way.
So with great hope, I intend to try and read at least a book a month and post a review every couple of months. I am starting with this year’s Man Booker Prize Winning novel, ‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns. As I am from Belfast, this is one I am really looking forward to getting stuck into. I will report back next month!
Any reading desires for 2019? Please share thoughts and opinions. Thank you and I wish you all a Happy New Year.