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Too many books not enough time

I have come to the conclusion that the amount of time I spend looking at books that I want to read is seriously impinging on my available reading time.

At the moment I look at the recommendations on Amazon, look at what friends have read on Goodreads thereby swelling my wishlist which is held on Amazon on a regular basis. Today the number of books that I have on said wishlists (of course they are split into groups) is 78, given that on average I read just under 100 books per year is that too many? I do every now and again look at reviews of books that were added before they were published and remove those that no longer appeal but…. too many books and not enough time.

I have about 6 weeks until my holiday where I have promised myself that I won’t take books from Netgalley or Amazon Vine I will choose some from my wishlist so my next task is to decide which ones make it to this exclusive club

On the list so far:

The Dolls House – Louise Phillips
A Killing of Angels – Kate Rhodes
The Stranger You Know – Jane Casey
The Silent Tide – Rachel Hore
Until You’re Mine – Samantha Hayes

Five books by authors whose previous books have hit the spot

Louise Phillips

Red RibbonsRed Ribbons by Louise Phillips
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the perfect example of a good thriller, there is a cohesive plot line, not too many instances where the reader has to suspend belief and characters who you feel you know.

Red Ribbons is told from three main different viewpoints. Dr Kate Pearson who is a psychologist helping the police to discover the profile of a killer. A young girl was found buried in Dublin Mountains with red ribbons in her hair, soon afterwards another young girl is found, again with unknown red ribbons. Ellie Brady who is a patient in an asylum, incarcerated 14 years previously and our killer who is bored of his job, his colleagues and brooding over the recent death of his mother. As a reader there are plenty of clues to fit together, including how does Ellie’s story connect to those of the recent dead girls? The Police are battling against time to stop the killer taking any more young lives and Kate is doing her best to guide them in the right direction whilst dealing with a less than happy domestic situation.

I found this book totally absorbing; one that I had to keep reading to find out how all the pieces of the puzzle would fit together. I am delighted to hear Louise Phillips has written The Doll’s House due out August 2013.

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Kate Rhodes

Crossbones YardCrossbones Yard by Kate Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Crossbones Yard is where Alice Quentin finds a woman’s body, just outside the memorial gates to the graveyard where fallen women were buried from the 16th Century.

This crime novel works well, Alice is a psychologist with a difficult past who is asked by the police to interview Maurice Cley a man who is due to be released from prison. Maurice was a close friend of the serial killers Ray and Marie Benson who had killed 13 young women . With a potential copycat killing Alice becomes more involved helping the police. Alice has plenty of other worries; her brother Will is mentally ill, her friend homeless, she is doubtful about her current relationship and she has a busy workload.

I enjoyed reading the snippets of Alice’s cases in her daily working life. The characters were well drawn and realistic although the constant reference to Alice’s dislike of lifts and love of running began to grate by the end of the book. The writing sets this book apart with a great pace bringing the book to its dramatic conclusion.

I believe this is the first of a three book deal for Kate Rhodes and I look forward to the next book in this series.

I was lucky enough to receive this book from the Amazon Vine Programme

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Jane Casey

The Last GirlThe Last Girl by Jane Casey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the three previous books by Jane Casey The Missing, her debut novel, The Burning and The Reckoning featuring DC Maeve Kerrigan, I was keen to see what the next installment would bring. This book begins with Lydia’s mother and twin sister found dead, her father received a blow to the head but she escaped unhurt. What happened in the house that evening, what was the motive and who is keeping secrets?

Jane Casey’s books don’t just stick to one investigation they are realistic and there are a number of things going on in the Met at the same time. Maeve is still coping with her arrogant boss Derwent and her personal life isn’t quite as good as she’d hoped but she fights on with spirit. The police characters are well defined the cases to be solved have the feel of authenticity without boring us with paperwork etc. The secondary characters were all sufficiently awful to provide many suspects to consider. The only reason why I didn’t give this book 5 stars was because I didn’t find this case quite as exciting as those in the previous books but being well written the story flowed along leaving the reader to ponder who did it and why

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Rachel Hore

The Memory GardenThe Memory Garden by Rachel Hore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Memory Garden is set in Merryn Hall in Cornwall. Mel takes a sabbatical from lecturing to write a book about Cornish artists whilst recovering both from the death of her mother and a painful split from her long-time boyfriend Jake.

The split is fairly even between the past and the present and both stories are engaging, Pearl a daughter of uncertain parentage goes to work as a servant at Merryn Hall in 1912 taking with her a box of paints. In the present day, Mel helps Patrick, the new owner of Merryn Hall, to renovate the garden hoping to restore it to it’s former glory. As the story unfolds it becomes clear that both Mel and Pearl face similar relationship problems in their quest to be happy.

I have read all Rachel Hore’s previous books and although I liked this book it wasn’t as good as the The Glass Painter’s Daughter which was outstanding.

This is an easy read with quite a range of characters, all well developed and engaging, I have A Gathering Storm on my wish list.

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Samantha Hayes

UnspokenUnspoken by Samantha Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book written from the viewpoint of a couple, Murray and Julia, on the verge of divorcing and Mary Julia’s mother.

Mary is found mute by her daughter who visits for Christmas Day and the story revolves around what happened to cause this. Running parrallel is about a local girl who Julia finds badly hurt nearby. The local GP David steps into help with Mary and Julia falls hard for him.

I’m not going to ruin the story because although a lot of it is fairly obvious I found myself eager to find out exactly what happened to all concerned. Some parts of the story are not convincing at all but still well worth a read.

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A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

5 thoughts on “Too many books not enough time

  1. I do that too! Plus I get books to review which ‘interfere’ with my planned reading and my reading challenges (but they allow me to discover other things, serendipity is a good thing after all!). Then I order old childhood favourites for my kids and finally myself ‘just taking a quick look at them’… oh, it’s awful! But lovely too, isn’t it?


    1. So true! I often find wonderful books that weren’t on schedule. I was asked by my partner how many books I had to read; my sheepish reply was ‘about a years worth’ made up of kindle books, hardbacks and books passed on by friends and yet I still look for others too, shameful behaviour!


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