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What's On My Bedside Table

I have come to the realization that life is just too short to read books that don't absolutely engross me. When you think of the volumes of books that are available and the limited time we have to read them, it makes no sense whatsoever to keep ploughing through mediocre books!

To be fair, everyone's taste is different and my current levels of concentration are not at their finest. But I am determined to get rid of my attitude of "it HAS to get better towards the end" or "I need to find out how it ends, even if right now I don't care!"

At the moment, I have quite a fascinating pile of books next to my bed. Last week, I finished Michael Robotham's latest offering, Watching You, and found it really good. Not as brilliant (or nail biting) as some of his previous novels which I loved, but still a real page turner that I enjoyed from start to finish. I also usually have nightmares after reading his stuff, so quite refreshing not to have the living snot scared out of me.

This weekend (in the depths of bronchitis and the resulting melancholy), I was drastically cheered by the latest Bridget Jones novel, Mad About The Boy. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding its release, seeing as though a major part of the storyline was revealed in the launch's PR. That being said, what was revealed happened before the start of the book, so I don't think it will impact your views (sorry if I sound cryptic - I don't want to say more in case I ruin it for you!) It's definitely not as good as her previous books, not as laugh-out-loud funny - and in some places, you'll get a lump in your throat. But well worth the read if you're a fan and in the mood for some light reading that keeps you engrossed in someone else's life story!

As we speak, I am reading the new Jo Nesbo, Police, and absolutely LOVING it. Not only is the storyline one that keeps you turning the pages late into the night, but it is also so superbly crafted that you wonder how on earth Nesbo manages to keep everything straight in his head! I adore books that keep me guessing, that are completely unpredictable and take you on a real journey with the characters (without being schmaltzy) - and this one delivers on all three. I also have to admit to literally putting my hand over my mouth in horror when one of the characters I liked was murdered. It's a brilliant read - for fans of Detective Harry Hole or for new readers. 

Next up will probably be The Accidental Apprentice by Vikas Swarup (the author of Slumdog Millionaire) - supposedly a wonderful tale of self discovery and what would happen to you if your whole life was changed by chance. I'll keep you posted!

And you? What are YOU reading at the moment?

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