Devotion by Hannah Kent was released about three weeks ago. I had been waiting impatiently all year for its release, so made a special trip into town, to pick up a copy. I have this thing, where I can’t go into a book shop and come out with just one book. Without fail, I always come out with a pile. It’s rare that I go into a book shop these days, as I buy most of my books online, or borrow them from the library. I feel quite ashamed to admit this, as I’d love to be more of a support to authors, but I really can’t justify the ridiculously high prices of books in Australia.
I have to say though, that there is nothing like the joy of browsing in a real bricks and mortar book store. That day, that I excitedly collected my copy of Devotion, was no different. Before I knew it, three other new releases had jumped into my arms. I paid the huge prices for them, and I was leaving the store with a big smile. Yes, I could have bought all four books much more cheaply online, but this time I was craving the joy of the book store. I’ve since read three of those four books, and am saving the fourth, The Three Sisters by Heather Morris. I just know it’s going to be a special read and I’d like to look at it and wonder for a while before diving into it
This month, I’ve read seven books and listened to six audio books. The highlights are listed below.
Hannah Kent’s third book didn’t disappoint at all. Perhaps I’m biased as for me, her first two books, Burial Rites and The Good People, were unforgettable and I gave them both 5 stars. Devotion is historical fiction, as were the first two books, but it is totally different. Devotion is a love story with a difference and with a little fantasy thrown in. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Trent Dalton set up a fold up table, two chairs and an old Olivetti Typewriter in a mall in Brisbane, and asked passers by ” Can you please tell me a love story”. He had a sign on the table “Sentimental writer collecting love stories. Do you have one to share?” How could I resist? Some of the writing in this book is the most beautiful I’ve ever read, and I couldn’t resist reading sentences over and over. However, not all love stories are happy stories and I was brought to tears more than once. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Wild Place is the third novel for Christian White. I really loved the first two, but was a bit disappointed by this book. It’s a crime story, that had enough going on, to keep me interested, but I felt it was nothing out of the ordinary. Christian White is well known for the unexpected twists in his first two novels, The Nowhere Child and The Wife and the Widow, so I had huge expectations for this story, and was waiting for the twist which didn’t come. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
This is Ann Cleeves second book, in the Matthew Venn series. I read the first and really enjoyed it, so was pleased to see the second on my audio book app. Set in Devon, this is the story of Detective Matthew Venn and the cases he has to solve. I’ve only recently come to reading Ann Cleeves novels, as I don’t read much crime. She now has me hooked, as her books that I’ve read so far, have been believable crime stories, with great characters, mystery and suspense. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Other Bookish News
In other bookish news, I have joined a book challenge for 2021, which is quite exciting. More to come on that later. Of course, I will still be joining the Goodreads Challenge for 2022. Happily, I’m only two books off reaching my Goodreads reading challenge target of 75 books. I really didn’t think I’d make it this year, so I’m very pleased to reach it in November. I’m planning on reading Christmas books in December so would appreciate any suggestions you have. I can’t think of a modern day Christmas book I’ve read, that I’ve really enjoyed, so my challenge is to find a few.
Have you read a book that you’ve loved this month? I’d love to hear what it was and promise to reply to all comments.
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