My August Reading List

Since my last post, I’ve received two new reviews of Here Lies Love I wish to share with you. The first is from Faye from Bookshelf Butterfly, which you can read here. She writes:

“It’s serious and at times a little bleak, but there is meaning and hope if you hold out for it. If you do like dystopian fiction and have a leaning towards the darker side of storytelling, then Here Lies Love is the book for you.”

I also received a three star review from Compelling Reads, which you can read here. They write:

“Overall though the story has a great arc and a few twists to keep the reader engaged on Abbey’s journey.  A warning though the story does deal with some dark concepts so it’s not one for the young or sensitive reader.”

It doesn’t matter if I receive a three star review, a five star review or a two star review, somebody taking the time to read my work and reviewing it is important in getting my book heard. OK, I may not like a two star review, but I can face facts that some people won’t find something in my books.

On a plus point, over 500 people have added Here Lies Love to their Goodreads To-Read shelf. Why not give me an early birthday present and join them by adding the book to your Goodreads To-Read list or Amazon Wishlist?



My August Reading List

One of the most important things an author can do, apart from writing that is, is reading. I know some people who tell me, in no uncertain terms, quit readin’ and get writin’! But let me tell you, reading keeps the mind nimble, promotes imagination as well as stopping that notorious of enemies at bay: Writer’s Block. You aren’t stealing ideas by reading, but it does help your mind along, to help connect the dots if you are particularly struggling with an aspect about your next writing project.

And besides, I enjoy reading. And what perfect excuse is there, but to get a book out and enjoy yourself?

There has been a many new books released this past month, but the great thing about books is that they are timeless. It doesn’t matter when they were released, whether it be ten years ago, ten months ago or even ten days ago. If you haven’t read a book before, they are still new to you.

Here are the books recently added to my To Read List:

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Book of life coverFall under the spell of Diana and Matthew once more in the stunning climax to their epic tale, following A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES and SHADOW OF NIGHT.

A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew – the forbidden love at the heart of it.

After travelling through time in SHADOW OF NIGHT, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchant­ing series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home in France they reunite with their families – with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency. Using ancient knowl­edge and modern science, from the palaces of Venice and beyond, Diana and Matthew will finally learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.



Painting Death by Tim Parks

Morris Duckworth has a dark past. Having married and murdered his way Painting death coverinto a wealthy Italian family he has long left aside the paperweight and the pillow to become a respected member of Veronese business life. But it’s not enough.

Never satisfied with being anything short of the best, he comes up with a plan to put on the most exciting art exhibition of the decade, based on a subject close to his heart: killing. All the great slaughters of scripture and classical times will be on show, from Cain and Abel, to Brutus and Caesar. But as Morris meet stiff resistance from the Neapolitan director of Verona’s Castelvecchio museum, everything starts to unravel around him. His children are rebelling, his mistress is asking for more than he wants to give, his wife is increasingly attached to her ageing confessor, and worst of all it’s getting harder and harder to ignore the ghosts that swirl around him, and the skeletons rattling in every cupboard. The shame of it is that Morris Arthur Duckworth really did not want to have to kill again.



Realm of Blood and Fire by Dionne Lister

Realm of blood and fire cover


The final exciting book in The Circle of Talia series. While the realmists watch, powerless to intervene, the gormons lay waste to Talia, city by city, moving closer to Vellonia each day. As the final battle nears, The Circle can’t meet the conditions of the prophecy, and hope is dwindling. But even if they can unite Talia, the prophecy demands that someone will be sacrificed. Can Bronwyn and Blayke do what they must — destroy those they love to save their world?



Driftwood From the Specific by AP Gilbertdriftwood from the specific cover


Direct from the mind of A. P. Gilbert, ‘Driftwood from the Specific’ is a fantastically diverse collection of short stories and poems. Serial killers, through mysterious illnesses and all the way to ‘The Wall’, this collection is sure to grip, amuse and entertain. From a simple ditty to a short tale, it will soon become a favourite accompaniment to your moments of idle.



Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A Thompson

take me tomorrow coverTwo years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support tomo – the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising. 

But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems. Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy. 

He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.



So, tell me. What books are on your reading list?

That’s all for now, folks. I’ll leave you with a problem I’ve been having lately …

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3 thoughts on “My August Reading List

  1. I like Deborah Harkness so should delve into some more of her books. May add to my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendations. 🙂

    1. Her books just get better and better. I met her last year and let me tell you, she is such a lovely, friendly and warm person. Thanks for commenting 🙂 and reading, of course!

  2. Thank you for the mention! I hope you enjoy Take Me Tomorrow as well as all of the novels in your TBR pile. I know I said this on Twitter, but congrats on the 500 adds!

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