Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. For my regular readers, I am sorry that this post is late and that I have been quiet on mine and your blogs. Sadly after an amazing summer, I have broken my foot, which, as well as leaving me trapped at home with my foot propped up, has left me suffering with very low mood and anxiety. That means, even with all the time on my hands, I have not had the heart to read or blog – instead I have took comfort in watching classic boxsets on BBC iPlayer* and working in my prayer journal.
Thankfully, after a week or two, my mood has started to pick up and seeing as sharing with you all always makes me feel happier, I thought it was about time I shared with you the lovely reading I did, in August, before my accident:
The Dragon’s Blade: The Last Guardian by Michael R. Miller (2018) **
Firstly, I finished reading this final instalment in Miller’s new, epic fantasy trilogy, The Dragon’s Blade. In The Last Guardian I enjoyed catching up with now well-loved characters, I loved the battles and drama that unfolded, and there were some great twists, however I was a little disappointed with the rather abrupt end… I want to know what happens next! I didn’t feel I got any real resolution, so Miller I think you should write some more, please!
Queen of the North by Anne O’Brien (2018) ***
Then I threw myself straight into another epic tale – this time of a historical nature. O’Brien is one of my go-to-authors when I want an historical fix and she certainly didn’t disappoint in this novel. Queen of the North follows the feisty and contentious Elizabeth Mortimer, the wife of Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy, as she dangerously schemes during a tumultuous time. A sumptuous, powerful and moving story, that had me gripped from start to finish.
Searching For Sunday by Rachel Held Evans (2015) ***
Alongside the above prodigious fiction reads, I was also dipping in and out of this fascinating Christian non-fiction, which Kelly recommended to me. In Searching For Sunday, bestselling author, Rachel Held Evans explores in a heartfelt way her struggles with the present-day church and how she set out on a journey to understand what Church should be and her place in it. Being both critical and hopeful this was a really thought-provoking book.
Pick of the Month: Searching For Sunday
Altogether that is three books read – I think a good amount considering how busy and then poorly I have been. At the end of the month, I also picked up Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett, but due to my low mood, I haven’t read a great deal of it, yet.
While I have been away, Cathy’s brilliant 20 Books of Summer reading challenge (with the option of 15 or 10 levels too) came to end on 3rd September. My reads: Dragon’s Blade: The Last Guardian, Queen of the North and Searching For Sunday were all off my summer list, which means altogether I managed to read 6 of my 10 books. My worst year taking part in this challenge, however I did read 10 books this summer, just not all off my list. Methinks I need to be more careful creating my list next year.
Have you read any of these books? What did you read in August? What are you reading in September?
*For those of you interested the classic boxsets I have been watching are: Pride and Prejudice (1995), Bleak House (2005), Sense and Sensibility (2008), Little Dorrit (2008) and North and South (2004).