Serious reading time…

I’ve taken a few days off here and there over the last couple of weeks, for school holidays and more recently to do some spring cleaning. I’m surprised by just how good it’s made me feel – happy kids and a house so tidy I hardly recognise it.

But now it’s time to get back to the books – the reading pile is wonderfully, insanely, delightfully high and it’s time to catch up on a few titles.

Here are the books that I’ve got on the go at the moment…

First up, I’ve almost finished Overseas, by Beatriz Williams (Allen and Unwin). This book has taken me a little while to get my head around, but now that I have I’m really enjoying it. It’s hard to categories, but I think it could be described as romantic, sci-fi, chick-lit.

Yep, that’s about it, and now that I’ve gotten used to the mixed-up genre I’m quite invested in Kate and Julian’s multi time zoned love affair. I’m hoping to finish this in the next day or so, so I should have a review up some time next week.

Yesterday morning I almost left the house without a book (god forbid) and on the fly I picked up my copy of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Penguin). I’ve read this story a few times, and reviewed it earlier this year, but I’m doing a quick re-read in preparation for this month’s TBYL Book Club.

I hope you’ll join us in a read and a chat about this beautifully sophisticated novella. Might also be a good excuse to organise a movie night…

This weekend, I’m looking forward to taking a good look at Smudge Publishing’s latest offering in Produce to Platter, Yarra Valley and The Dandenongs, by Jonette George and Daniele Wilton. I loved their previous two guides (here and here) but this one is particularly close to my heart – Matt and I spent our honeymoon in the Dandenongs and the Yarra Valley, and to this day it remains one of the best holidays of my life. I love the familiar names and locations in this guide, and can’t wait to discover some new gems in the area.

Now, I’m whispering the title of this one… shhh, I’m sneaking a peak at The Siren, by Tiffany Reisz (Harlequin Spice). Off the back of the 5o Shades ‘phenomenon’ this novel has been widely read and reviewed.

Apparently it’s a little darker, grittier than Shades and by reputation, better written. It’s a first in the genre for me, but I can’t wait to give it a look…

And lastly, once I’m done with all these wonderful books, I’m going to wizz through Marianne Delacourt’s most recent Tara Sharp novel, Stage Fright (Allen and Unwin). All rock and roll and private investigation, this ‘action-packed and fast-paced’ novel promises to be a ‘rollicking good read.’ I’m really looking forward to getting into this one, sounds like a lot of fun.

These five books will satisfyingly scratch the surface of my stack of novels, and I am really looking forward to having the chance to get some really serious reading time in the next couple of weeks.

What are you reading at the moment? Do you have a lot of other titles on the list?

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