What I’ve been reading this month – October 2019

The Institute by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars For a large chunk of the book, The Institute is very much a split personality book. It starts with Tim, a disgraced ex-cop who decides to hitchhike up through the United States, to New York but gets stuck in a small southern town with…

September 2019 books

I’ve been continuing to work my way through The Expanse series this month, and as you can see from the reviews below, two of them were a bit of a slog, but when you’re that deep into a series, you grit your teeth and keep going. That persistence has paid off though, as the latest…

What I’ve been working on the month – September 2019

Still working on that Madrid cross stitch from Pattern Design Studio. A lot of The Expanse audiobooks have been listened to whilst I’ve been stitching this, so much so, the building I’m working on (despite being something I walked past regularly when I was visiting Madrid) feels positively alien (not wanting to give spoilers, but in my…

August 2019 books

Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book 2 of The Expanse series and another good one. In this one, things are kicking off on Ganymede, the breadbasket of the solar system, with new improved monsters. Holden, clearly suffering from PTSD after the events of the last book, is back…

July 2019 books

The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook: a history of the Renaissance mathematics that birthed imaginary numbers, probability, and the new physics of the universe by Michael Brooks My rating: 3 of 5 stars This was a rather interesting book, The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook looks at the life of Jerome Cardano, a sixteenth century mathematician and physician, credited…

June 2019 Books

All That’s Dead by Stuart MacBride My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another excellent Logan McRae book, in this one Logan has just returned from the sick and is back at Professional Standards. He’s asked to keep an eye on DI King, who is about to be outed by the press for being an Alt-Nat,…

Punch Needle

I’ve been intrigued by punch needling for a while but it was Arounna Khounnoraj’s new book, Punch Needle that sold me, just that cushion on the front cover, *swoon*. It has lots of nice things inside too, this is one of those craft books where if I saw any one of the projects on sale…

May 2019 Books

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars Metro 2033 is interesting, a post-apocalyptic story set in the Moscow Metro. Armageddon has happened some years previously and the survivors in the Metro have settled down into an existence that is kinder for some than for others. Each Metro station has become a…

April 2019 books

Dead Girl Walking by Christopher Brookmyre My rating: 4 of 5 stars I used to love Chris Brookmyre books, funny and gripping and with some fantastic rants, also really cool covers, then he decided to get serious, even though his old books weren’t exactly comedies, I tried a few and, well, Brookmyre got knocked off…

March 2019 Books

The Trespasser by Tana French My rating: 4 of 5 stars I love Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books and this one is no disappointment. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, the Dublin Murder Squad series follows different detectives investigating murders, the lead characters vary but will often have had more minor parts in earlier…