Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Reading Reflections: August 2020

I a little bit surprised to see that I read quite so many books this month. But I do need to be honest and confess that a couple of these were quite short!

You Were Made for Me by Jenna Guillaume - 4/5 (Australian)

A super fun read where a couple of young girls create the perfect boy!  Read my review here.

The Switch by Beth O'Leary - 4/5 (Audiobook)

As soon as I saw that this was available as part of Netgalley's new offering of audiobooks and their app. I enjoyed the book and the performance but the app was a bit glitchy. Read my review here.

The Roommate by Dervla McTiernan - 4/5 (Australian Authors)

This is a prequel to the Cormac Reilly series, featuring a young garda Cormac Reilly as he investigates a murder in Dublin. This one is/was available from Audible for free for members.

The Secrets of Saffron Hall by Clare Marchant - 4/5

Ooopss. I swear I had posted the review for this book but it seems that maybe I only wrote this in my head. Must get onto writing it for real. I love a good dual timeline, and a story of a building with a long hidden history and this book had both!

Matilda Next Door by Kelly Hunter - 4/5 (Australian author)

I really enjoy Kelly Hunter's books at the best of times, and I have previously enjoyed all the books set in the small town of Wirralong. This is the first book in the new quartet called the Outback Brides Return to Wirralong. I am really looking forward to reading the last two books!

Maeve's Baby by Fiona Macarthur - 3.5/5 (Australian author)

No I didn't make a mistake in the last paragraph. I already read the second book in the quartet. I actually completely forgot that I preordered this entire series so it was something of a surprise when this one dropped onto my Kindle, but I did enjoy reading both off these stories over the course of one weekend.

The Last Charm by Ella Allbright (3.5/5)

This is one where I knew that I haven't yet finished the review. I mean I have an opening paragraph, I have a bit near the middle and some of the ending. Just need to fill in the gaps really! Watch this space.

The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, Anna Lee Huber, Christine Trent and CS Harris (4/5)

This is a collection of  4 stories that follows a cursed watch through history from the 1700s through to the 1940s. I read this because I love Susanna Kearsley, and this story actually feature characters from a couple of her previous books. I enjoyed the last two books but the Anna Lee Huber was the one I enjoyed the most. It clearly is part of a series, and I don't read series out of order but still!

I am linking my post up to the Monthly Wrap up which is hosted at Feed Your Fiction Addiction


  1. I am glad you had such a good reading month--not only more than you expected, but so many good books as well. Opinions on The Switch seem to be mixed, but I am glad you liked it. I hope you have a great September in books.

    1. I definitely preferred The Flatshare to The Switch but it was still readable (or listenable....whatever that word should be! lol)

  2. I liked Saffron Hall very much. Apart from the dual time lines,I like history of old houses!

    1. I do like houses with hidden secrets Mystica!

  3. It looks like you’ve had a great reading month! Hope September is the same.

  4. What a great reading month! I still need to read The Flatshare. ;)

  5. You had an excellent reading month! I really want The Deadly Hours. :-)

  6. Looks like lots of fun reading this month!

  7. I'm glad your reading month was so good. I hit a new record on number of books read/listened to in a month because several of the audiobooks were short. Check out my monthly wrap-up

    1. Short books definitely help the totals go up!

  8. Great reading month! I'm very excited about reading The Switch. I did get that one from NetGalley too and have high hopes for it.

  9. I want to read anything Jenna Guillaume writes. Unfortunately living in the US I have to wait for her books to get here. You had a great reading month and I hope are also doing well in Spetember.



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