Wednesday, August 26, 2015

July & August Favourite Reads

As you probably guessed by now I'm a pretty avid reader, enjoying lots of different genres and at this time of the year over the winter months I find a bit more time to sit down and read, and having a two week holiday this July I was able to get a couple of extra books in.

Girl of Shadows and the Silk Thief, are part of a series called Convict Girls by Deborah Challinor, a New Zealand born author now living in Australia. I have read most of her books and this series I have particularly enjoyed.  Three young women meet in Newgate gaol, awaiting transportation to Australia and the series continues to follow their story in the 1830's in Sydney.

The Detective's Daughter is a thriller about Stella Darnell and how she stumbles across an unsolved case that consumed her recently deceased father so she sets about solving the case. The first in a series of three books.

Wife on the Run by Fiona Higgins is filled with family drama and modern day problems, about a Mum who takes her family on a road trip around Australia after her world starts to fall apart. At times quite hilarious, I highly recommend this one.

Girl at War by Sara Novic is a debut novel, and begins with Ana, a ten year old living with her parents and baby sister in Zagreb, Croatia, when war breaks out. The novel then fast forwards ten years to America, where Ana is studying at college and decides to return to Croatia for closure. A very intense story.

Unintentionally I seemed to have picked another book set in Australia, Palace of Tears by Julian Leatherdale, which is about family secrets, betrayal and war time hardship. This saga is centred on a lavish luxury hotel in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. The story is told from the perspective of several characters, from three generations over more than a century. Loved it!

I thought I'd also share some of the books Hannah and I have been reading lately. We read together every night and over the past few months we have been making our way through all the Roald Dahl books. These were some of my favourites as a little girl, especially James and the Giant Peach.

We've also started reading some of David Walliams books:

Hannah thought this was really funny and couldn't believe the awful things Auntie Alberta did to her poor niece Stella.  We are looking forward to reading more of David Walliams books.

What have you read lately?


Julie said...

I have enjoyed all of Deborah Challinor's books too, though I haven't read the latest Convict Girls installment. Thanks for the other new titles too, it is always good to get some new recommendations.

Maggie said...

Those are all new reads to me, especially like the sound of the first one, I will look out for those, thank you.
I used to read to my children every night too, when I look after my grandson
we share a book before bed too and he loves it, it's sad that too many parents don't do this anymore, they don't realise what they are missing.

Brigitte said...

They all sound really great. The first three just sound like being exactly my cup of tea. I'll try to find these authors here.

Tessa said...

Hi Katrina, thanks for your book recommendations, it is always fun to get something new to read :)
Have you read the Kate Grenville books starting with Secret River? Since you are reading about early Australia :)
I also loved the book My Grandmother sends her regards and apologises by Fredrik Backman, translated from Swedish....

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