My List of Betterment (my list of “quality” reading; a work in progress) is inspired by Andy Miller’s book, A Year of Reading Dangerously. My vision (mission) for My List of Betterment is to create a list of books, books of “quality”, that I believe have the potential to strengthened my character and deepen my understanding of my world.
“The Suspect” by Michael Robotham is the first in his Joe O’Loughlin Series. It’s a thriller; a real page turner.
My journey to this book was bit convoluted like so many of my journeys to books. This series was brought to my attention by a good friend with whom I often swap bookish observations. My friend knows I’m not too keen on edgy, graphic, psychological thrillers, but she thought I may enjoy the series, so she recommended I give “The Suspect” a try.
Let me say, I abandon books easily, so I have no difficulty picking up a book and giving it a try, and then, without guilt, I can …
“Books hold treasures! Treasures are discovered by a commitment to seek them.” My “currently reading” book list can often have more than five books listed, these are the books that I’ve committed myself to read in the near future, the ones I’ve cracked open. My Currently Reading List should not to be confused with my To-Be-Read List (TBR) which is much too long to list here, nor my Books Owned But Not Read Yet List.( It you want to delve into my TBR list, a list that has no end (over 150 books are currently mentioned), you are welcome to peruse it on GoodReads.)
A Bookish Observation of a Favourite Genre, Nature Writing: Nature writing means the reader can sit comfortably in their reading space, warm and comfortable, but at the same time experience the minunate of drops of rain and their sound and sight, reflections on the water, the different lights flowing over the landscape, ripples on a pond in the moonlight, and so much more.
When I read a book on my List of Betterment, I feel like I’ve given myself access to a piece of writing that has held the attention of many readers for a very very long period of time. I want to know why that is so
A Bookish Observation: I’ll start by saying that Susan Hill’s two books-about-books, Jacob’s Room is Full of Books and Howard’s End is on the Landing, are two of my very favourite books-about-books. They are so good, I’ve made sure I’ve got the printed versions, and they take pride of place on our bookshelves.
A Bookish Observation: The minute I saw Tom Griffith‘s book description on Amazon I knew his book was a book I must read. It was listed on Kindle Unlimited, but I wasn’t a subscriber. I’d considered joining Amazon’s eBook library previously, so I subscribed and picked up “The Art of Time Travel“. (Later I purchased the book, because with Kindle Unlimited you have to return the book eventually.)
When this book came to my notice, I liked the idea of a mystery set in Gibraltar. I’d visited Gibraltar, briefly c1993, so I had a sense of its atmosphere. It wasn’t my intention to read it straight away. I added “The Rock” to my TBR list, and then the next day I was drawn back to it by serendipity. After reading the first 10% I got a feeling it was going to be a good read; I wasn’t disappointed. The pace was good for me and my reading mood. There was a minimum of grisly description which made the story a mystery, more than a thriller. With all the things happening in the world today, #GrenfellTower, #FinsburyPark #Manchester #LindtCafe etc etc, I don’t need a thriller.