Sunday, 26 January 2014

52 genres in a year

5 Young Adult

Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

I read this in one sitting. Impossible to put down. What if ? Action and consequences replayed in a day .Emotionally engaging and heartbreaking and brilliantly well constructed and written. An unforgettable book.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

52 genres in a year

4 psychology

The time paradox by Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd

This book was engrossing and enlightening. As a retired worker in mental health ,I wish I had these insights into how  our perceptions of time can affect how we think and how we live our lives when I was still working. The tests to discover your own time perspectives were fascinating too. I would recommend everyone to read this book.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

52 genres in a year

3 Mystery
 The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

I loved this book and read it very quickly. Like an onion, the layers are slowly peeled back to reveal a small portion at a time. Through the eyes of the different characters,the daughter who is trying to make sense of a violent episode, and through a birds eye view of the past life of her mother in the war years the story slowly unfurls. Unexpected twists and turns and very well written.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

52 genres in a year

2 Thriller

Phantom by Jo Nesbo
This is a dark tale featuring Harry Hole, the alcoholic ex policeman on a quest to prove the innocence of his ex loves son Oleg. Exploring the underworld of drug addicts and addiction it is full of  tension, unexpected twists and at times gruesome images and an underlying feeling of sadness.

52 genres in a year

the Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan


The third in a trilogy. Trudi Canavan is on of my favourite fantasy writers.  I've been waiting to read the final book in the series and it didn't disappoint. A great read.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

52 genres in a year

Shards of a broken crown by Raymond E. Feist

The final book in the series. As well as having a fast paced and engaging storyline complete with a dragon and soldiers who rise from the dead, the themes of good versus evil and the utter futility of war run strongly throughout this book

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

52 genres in a year

1 Fantasy

Rage of a demon King by Raymond E. Feist

This is part 3 of a four book series The serpent war saga. Raymond Feist is a master story teller and his fantasy world extends through all his books so well loved characters appear in many books in different times and different lands or are talked about by their descendants. The action races along in this book on many levels in this complex saga. I'm not planning to limit myself to one book in each genre this year but hope to cover 52 genres this year, both fiction and non fiction.Some may overlap within more than one genre!