June 2018 books

Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a DayGet Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day by Andy Puddicombe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I use the Headspace app but I thought that I’d give the book a go too (in fact, I read part on my Kindle and listened to the rest on audiobook, which is narrated by Andy Puddicombe, so it was just like an extended talkie bit, like at the beginning of the Everyday Headspace meditations, which was lovely). Having used the app, I didn’t learn too much new about the technique, although there was some new bits about walking, eating and sleeping meditations. I really enjoyed hearing where some of the stories used in Headspace came from (such as my favourite sitting at the side of the road one) and there was a new (to me) analogy about pebbles and ponds which I definitely found helpful. I also really liked some of the stories from Andy’s life, some of them are very funny! So, if you already use the app but you’re curious as to where some of the analogies come from, you’ll like this and if you don’t use the app but want to try out meditation, there is plenty of information in the book for you to give it a go.

The Loch of the Dead (Frey & McGray #4)The Loch of the Dead by Oscar de Muriel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s always good to return to a new book in a well liked series and Frey and McGray is one such series. Set in Victorian Scotland, the series follows Frey and McGray, two police inspectors in a department that investigates magical odd stuff. Frey is an uptight English man and McGray is as Scottish as they come, haunted by a tragic past. In this one Frey and McGray are lured out of Edinburgh to a remote loch in the Highlands, with the promise of a cure for McGray’s sister. They are to protect a boy who had received a death threat. The boy is to be reunited with his family in a manor house on the loch, the occupants of which are a little odd but not as odd as the people living on the islands within the loch.

Not my most favourite Frey and McGray book but it was still fun to get into!

Capture or Kill (Matt Logan #1)Capture or Kill by Tom Marcus

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked Tom Marcus’ biography, so, although this is not really my sort of book, I thought that I’d give it ago. It tells the story of an MI5 operative who is recruited into a secret team which ends up chasing two terrorist brothers. Tom Marcus, being ex-MI5 provides lots of realistic sounding details, it’s for that and the fact that the ending was rather good, that it gets four stars, other than that, it’s a solid entertaining three stars.

The Blood Road (Logan McRae, Book 11)The Blood Road by Stuart MacBride

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the Logan McRae books, in this one McRae is finally off that island (not my favourite books in the series) and back in Aberdeen working for Professional Standards. Logan gets called into a case where a police officer who had been meant to be dead for the past few years, turns up dead in a car crash. Meanwhile children are being abducted across Scotland and the two investigations merge together. Added bonus, some of my favourite characters are back too.

The Order of TimeThe Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay, yes I’ll admit it, the thing that finally pushed me into downloading this audiobook was the fact that it’s narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, the cover is also beautifully designed and Penguin have a lovely animation advertising the audiobook but I think that I would have gotten round to reading or listening to this book at some point. The Order of Time is a at times deeply personal look at the physics and to an extent philosophy, of time. Both a negative and a positive of the audiobook is that Cumberbatch reads the book beautifully and he has a very relaxing voice, too relaxing at times, so there were many points were I could feel myself drifting off and I had to hit the replay button. The physics is quite hardcore and there were quite a few things that went way over my head but I think I got the gist…., I think though, to really benefit from the book I may need to actually read it instead of being bewitched by Benedict’s voice.

The OutsiderThe Outsider by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was so good! I’ve read quite a bit of King’s later stuff (I need to catch up with his earlier stuff) but The Outsider is definitely the best one I’ve read in a while. It opens with a horrific crime that seems absolutely open and shut, there are eye witnesses and forensic evidence, they absolutely know who did it, except the guy in question says he has a cast iron alibi. Cue an investigation, creepy stuff (King keeps the gore to a minimum, when it’s there it is gory but the really scary stuff is when he introduces a at first subtle wrongness to day to day life) and brilliantly he brings back a very much loved character from earlier books (I almost cheered when that happened).

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