by Alison Clifford
It’s Friday again – they come around so fast! I thought this week I’d update you on my reading challenge.
To refresh. The last two years I set myself the goal of 52 books in 52 weeks. This year I’m cutting myself some slack and I’ve set the goal at 35 books, and so far I’m cruising!
First cab off the rank was James Phelan’s The Hunted, the second of the Jed Walker books. I read the first one, The Spy, a year ago and it’s taken a while to get hold of the second. It was worth the wait! James Phelan writes thrillers with a clear simplicity. There’s plenty of action and lots of dialogue, but none of it is drawn out or laborious. I’m a fast reader, so I don’t like having to slow down to be able to picture the scene. The Jed Walker books are brilliant, in my opinion. You may notice I’ve also read the third book, Kill Switch. Another fantastic story! If you like thrillers, then I think you’d love these.
Espionage was interesting to read. It’s relevant research at the moment, so I liked the stories and information it contained. I followed that with The Silly Side of Sherlock Holmes. Talk about a chuckle! The author has taken Sherlock Holmes illustrations from The Strand Magazine and added his own story to them, with hilarious results.
The other book I read was a memoir called That Fry Boy. This book has been on my to-be-read list for quite a while. It’s written by James Fry and takes you through his school years, the horrendous bullying he suffered and the devastating consequences. I can’t recommend this book highly enough—it’s a wake-up call to us all, and an incredible story.
My current read is Selected Stories by Henry Lawson. So far his descriptions and perspective of life in Australia in the late 1800’s is interesting. It is certainly highlighting the different attitudes we have today from those held many years ago.
I’ve added links to each book’s Goodreads page, in case you want to find out more.
That Fry Boy, by James Fry
Espionage, by David Owen
The Hunted, by James Phelan
Kill Switch, by James Phelan
The Silly Side of Sherlock Holmes, by Philip Ardagh
Do you have any recommendations for books to read? I'm always looking for something different and would appreciate any ideas!
What's it about?
It's about words and my life as a writer. There are also tips for those starting their writing journey, with a focus on self-publishing, and encouragement all round.