the lost flowers of alice hart by holly ringland

Recent Reads & my Growing TBR Pile

August 10, 2018Susan

You may remember back in frozen January, I made a pledge to read more this year. A lot more.

In an effort to be accountable for my reading I thought I’d share the books I’ve read. These are all since May, and as you can see my TBR (to be read) pile is rather large.

To see what I read from January through April click here.

Books I Have Read (since May 2018)

  1. The Exit by Helen Fitzgerald. This is one of those books that’s starts off unassuming, with annoying characters, I really wasn’t sure about sticking with it. But just as I doubted where it was going, it builds into a full-on sinister modern-day thriller. A macabre story that I won’t forget.
  2. How To Stop Time by Matt Haig. I don’t think I need to say much about this. Critically acclaimed and now being made into a film. This book is compelling and easy to read. A magical novel, I read this in 24 hours.
  3. Slaves of New York by Tama Janowitz. This book I found on holiday and it’s a collection of short stories. Some of which intertwine with characters crossing over. Others are stand alone, but all are set in New York in the eighties. Really enjoyed these shorter snippets. If you can recommend any collections of short stories then please let me know.
  4. The Time Travellers Wife by ‎Audrey Niffenegger. At the end of this book, I reflected on my time with it and I really enjoyed it. But during my read of this much-loved novel, I found myself a little bored, wanting more action, I found it hard going at times. I felt like it could be a little shorter and it would still get the emotional journey across. Thoughts??
  5. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland. This, inadvertently, is like a Visit Australia campaign, but way more authentic. Honestly, Australia is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go but now I’m like, I need to go. This book has such a strong sense of place. Whilst reading you can feel the heat, smell the sea and hear the kookaburras and other noises you (probably) only get down under. Getting to know Alice Hart and the people in her life if like getting to know a new friend as she unravels her past before you.
  6. Inheritors of the Earth: how nature is thriving in an age of extinction by Chris D. Thomas. This is a non-fiction book which questions the generally held theories of what is going on in nature. He brings a brilliantly convincing argument which includes things like more new species are being discovered than going extinct. How, despite adversity, some creatures are thriving and adapting to the new human moulded world. Worth a read, if you are interested in the planet, our future and perhaps need something away from the doom and gloom that seems so prevalent with this subject.

Currently Reading

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m hooked, halfway through.
  2. The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them by Elaine N. Aron. Dipping in and out of this, and reflecting on my own childhood, along with picking up tips on bringing up my HS daughters.

recent reads

On my TBR pile

I hasten to add these are my library loans, I’ve loads more books that I own but haven’t read yet!

Many of these books are recommendations I received after sharing parts of my novel in the CBC course I’ve just completed.

  1. The Geography of Witchcraft by Montague Summers
  2. The Complete Art of Witchcraft by Sybil Leek
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir
  4. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  5. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  7. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


What are you reading right now?

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Comments (19)

  • Kirsty

    August 10, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Wow Susie! This is quite a list! I listened to girl on the train on audible! Don’t judge!!!

    1. Susie

      August 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Hehe- not at all! I watched the film first 😉

  • kathryn

    August 10, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Great to see your recent reads. I’ve just finished A Thousand Paper Birds by Tor Udall which was beautifully written (if a little whimsical at times) but the setting in Kew Gardens is lovely. I also recently read The Party by Elizabeth Day which was fab! xx

    1. Susie

      August 10, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Oh lush, the setting to the first one does sound perfect!

  • MissPond

    August 10, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Wow! I’ve managed all of 2 books this year, I just haven’t had the time. I really do hope to pick up reading when I’, on holiday in September.

    1. Susie

      August 10, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Well three of these were on holiday so I’m sure you’ll get your teeth into something!

  • Anca

    August 11, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Inheritors of the Earth sounds very interesting. I should borrow it, as I’m thinking so much on the negative things we are doing to our planet that I ignore the good things that are happening too.

    The Highly Sensitive Child also sounds very interesting. I’ve recently read Toxic Parents by Susan Forward and that could be something that might interest you, just to see toxic behaviours.

    1. Susie

      August 11, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      THanks Anca, I’ll check that one out

  • Mary | Hello Peagreen

    August 11, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Ohhhh definitely some to add to my list here. I’ve read the girl on the train and the time travellers wife. I just haven’t read as many book recently and it needs addressing. Last month I read Emmeline Pankhursts My Own Story.

    1. Susie

      August 11, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks Mary, I bet that was a good read

  • seasonsincolour

    August 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Great way to keep yourself ‘on track’ – having this little diary of sorts on the blog will definitely motivate you going forward. I have to admit I don’t read as many books any more, always busy doing something but they do give me great pleasure – mostly of getting some time to myself I have to say.

    1. Susie

      August 12, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      Exactly that! Helps to always have one on you!

  • Lin Warwick

    August 12, 2018 at 7:45 am

    I would really love to read Inheritors of the Earth – it sounds fascinating and good to hear some positive news about natures survival.

    1. Susie

      August 12, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      It’s a really interesting book!

  • Stacey Sheppard

    August 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Wow, you have been busy. I used to read so much but since having kids I never seem to find the time. I’m trying to get back on it now though. Read my first book in ages last month which was a great read. So I recommend The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth!

    1. Susie

      August 13, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      It is hard to get back into the habit after kids. Slowly though, you’ll get there x

  • Anders Jørgensen

    August 13, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Currently re-reading one chapter of the science of getting rich by Wallace D Wattles. It’s one book with so much depth that it needs to read often as one read goes in and out so quick of the system. The information should be mandatory in school as it teaches the importance of how thoughts and being creative works towards succes.

    Thank you for sharing

  • BritishStyleUK

    August 14, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    The Time Travellers Wife is one of my favourite books of all time! I don’t read nearly as much as pre-kids but I did manage to read The Handmaid’s Tale last month and I seriously didn’t want the book to end!

    1. Susie

      August 15, 2018 at 7:42 am

      Oh brill! That is on my list x

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