SMRC - an update (and a confession)

Author: Sara Eames

Date Published: Sep 5th 2018, 1:07pm

When I originally started my summer mini reading challenge, I set an end date of Aug 31st as my end date. Well, here we are on 5th September and I have just finished reading my Q book in this challenge. So, in terms of time, I have spectacularly failed to reach my target. However, I am no quitter - so I shall simply extend the finish date and continue with my alphabet reading.

The main problem I encountered (and the reason I missed my deadline) was that I hit a patch whereby I wasn't enjoying the books in the alphabet challenge - so I quickly got distracted by other books in my tbr pile. I hit a serious block with Q - I really wasn't enjoying the book at all (yet didn't think I had an alternative). Fortunately, a quick scan of my shelves provided me with an alternative and I am now back on track.

O - The Other Child by Lucy Atkins

One I didn't finish - I did not like the characters and found the plot slow. So I abandoned this and swapped it for:

On the Edge by Richard Hammond

This one had me gripped. An emotional roller-coaster of a story that tells of the crash suffered by Richard Hammond and the effect this has had on his life and that of his family. I was ok reading the parts narrated by Richard, but those of his wife Mindy were much harder to read. I was especially affected by the bravery of his young children as they struggled to cope with what had happened. This was a book that moved me to tears on many occasions as it is heart-breakingly honest and powerful. A must for fans of Richard Hammond or of autobiographies.

P - The Potion Diaries

One I managed to finish. This is an ok book. Aimed at a YA audience, I found it quite childish in places. I often read YA books - and there are some excellent ones - unfortunately, this is not one of them. The characters are thin and not that well-written and the plot gets bogged down in many places. The story itself was predictable - and not necessarily in a good way. However, it is an ok read to pass the time. I don't think I'll be reading any more in the series as I'm not fully invested in the characters or plot.

Q - The Queen's Sorrow by Suzannah Dunn

This one was responsible for my alphabet challenge almost grinding to a halt. I just couldn't get on with it at all. It was supposed to be a story about Mary I but, for the 1st 110+ pages, she was barely mentioned and I got minute detail on the life of a Spaniard who had come over with the Prince. I wasn't interested at all and regularly found myself putting the book down in favour of another title. In the end, I scoured my shelves for an alternative and, fortunately, found:

The Quiche of Death by M C Beaton

This was a bit of a cheat as it is a re-read, but I needed a Q book to move my challenge forward. I really enjoy the Agatha Raisin series and it was good to get back to the origins of her story. An enjoyable read.

So, now I am back on track, I am hoping to finish my smrc by the end of this half-term (26th October).