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Reading Round Up – January 2018

I’ve always found reading to be a good barometer of my well being … the more disconnected I am from what’s important, the less I read; the more at home I am with myself, the more my library expands.

And so as part of my pledge to do more of what matters, I thought I’d start tracking my reading.

I’m also trying to expand my reading repertoire, so hoping this will also help to encourage me to not get stuck in a reading rut.

This is how my reading year started (all link to goodreads):

Read 1 – La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, Volume 1)

What can I say, but please, can I have some more!  Loved His Dark Materials, and the announcement of this new series was the highlight of 2017 🙂  Now to just wait patiently for Volume 2.

Read 2 – The Wardrobe Mistress (A Novel of Marie Antoinette)

I came across this in a review by Kate Forsyth on the Booktopia blog.  I’ve only started reading historical novels in the past couple of years – I guess as I get older, history is becoming more interesting and relevant! I can’t get enough of them now.

Read 3 – Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

I read this years ago, and was reminded of it during the whole drama with Kevin Spacey.  Anyway, the book was just as good as I remembered it, and I’m super glad to have given it a second read.

Read 4 – She Be Damned (a Heloise Chancey Mystery)

This one was reviewed by Alyssa Mackay for her January Mystery of the Month.  A gritty but not overly heavy read, and I’ll definitely be looking forward to the next in the series.

Reads 5,6,7 –  The Blood Countess (a Pandora English novel) ~ The Spider Goddess (a Pandora English novel) ~ The Skeleton Key (a Pandora English novel)

I’ve always had a huge amount of respect for Tara Moss but had never actually read these books (or any type of  ‘supernatural mystery’).  These were a fun read, with lots of interesting historical references that got me googling (always a good sign!).

4 thoughts on “Reading Round Up – January 2018”

  1. Alyssa Mackay says:

    I’m so pleased you read She Be Damned based on my review. I liked the two female leads, did you?

    1. Natalie Hennekam says:

      I so did … their relationship had me fascinated right from the start!

  2. Alyssa Mackay says:

    Also, I subscribed to your feed, but don’t get email notifications of your blog posts! What is going on?

    1. Natalie Hennekam says:

      Ooops, sounds like I’ve broken something! Thanks for letting me know – I’ll go play 🙂

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