My August Reading - what people do for a living in books

Author: Anne

Date Published: Sep 1st 2018, 5:20pm

The person with whom I share my life was away for three weeks this month which I think enabled me to do more reading. I finished 38 books in August (a monthly record for the year) and five were on audiobook possibly because I had more opportunity to listen to the spoken word in a house which only had me in it.

One book I read was a new novel by William Boyd called “Love is Blind” in which the main character is a piano tuner. I confess that I cannot remember ever reading a book before which featured this occupation and where piano tuning was a major driving force in the plot. I thought I’d have a look at what other occupations main characters had in this month’s reading. Excluding detectives, investigators and similar here are a few interesting ones from August’s reading :

• Domestic servant – “Dangerous Crossing” by Rachel Rhys – a story of a sea crossing to Australia in the 1930s, as war is looming, and two murders which occur. Very atmospheric novel but perhaps a mite slow

• Model and then boutique owner – “No Turning Back” by Susan Lewis – rather traumatic and emotional Women’s Fiction title which left me a bit exasperated by the amount of things the main character had to suffer

• Car mechanic – “Silver Borne” by Patricia Briggs – of course, she is also a shape shifter in this excellent tale of urban fantasy but her occupation does play a part in the plot. I love this series

• Journalist – “Extreme Exposure” by Pamela Clare – the main character is investigating an environmental issue when she becomes threatened in this romantic suspense novel. Easy reading.

• Antique dealer – “The Queen of Wishful Thinking” by Milly Johnson – an excellent and highly amusing novel about a woman finding herself and being released from a difficult marriage.

• Vet – “Angel’s Rest” by Emily March – a light romance novel where the main character is a vet who falls for an architect who, of course, has to overcome great emotional trauma. Superficial but a quick and easy read.

• Secretary – “My Friend Muriel” by Jane Duncan – a novel of the 1940s set mostly in a small engineering firm in Scotland. I love this series and am rereading them in order.

In “Sick of Shadows” by Sharyn McCrumb the main character has just graduated from university and spends most of this excellent cosy crime novel exploring the possibility of a number of different occupations – she hasn’t made up her mind by the end of the book.

I also used the opportunity of being on my own this month to acquire a few (well, maybe more than a few) second-hand novels from charity shops. I will never get my to-be-read pile down at this rate ! I should go now and get reading ….