Today I’m thrilled to welcome Diane Jeffrey onto my blog to talk about book recommendations, more specifically; what she has on her own Kindle Paperwhite. I love to be nosey and find out what books other people have got and you often find some great recommendations and also some common interests in the books you’ve both read. I can definitely identify a few in Diane’s library that I’ve read and enjoyed. Scroll down for some more information on Diane’s own book, ‘Those Who Lie’, which I’m gutted I don’t have the time to read right now because it sounds insane! Oh and there’s a giveaway at the bottom too 😉 Over to you, Diane…
We tend to hang out with people who have the same interests as us and I have a lot of friends who also love books. What are reading at the moment? and Can you recommend a good novel? are questions we often ask each other.
So, I thought I’d write a guest post on the books I have on my bookshelf. Except that I have so many books that most of them are now boxed up (I know, I know, I can hear you gasp, I just don’t have enough room – I will buy or even make an original bookcase for them one day). And, although I thought I would never convert to ebooks, I now hardly ever read paper books.
So, here’s what’s in my Kindle Paperwhite.
I have several “collections.” About three quarters of the books I read are thrillers, so I have a “crime” collection. There are a lot of psychological suspense novels in there, and also many Dennis Lehane, Stephen King and Harlan Coben books. At the moment, I’m enjoying Scandinavian and Nordic crime fiction, particularly the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson, which I discovered a bit later than everyone else, and Arnaldur Indridason.
In my kids’ “children’s collection”, I have novels that I read to my daughters who are aged 9 and 10. We live in France, and they can read in English, but they read far better in French, so I sometimes read them stories at bedtime. Last summer, we read Wonder by R.J. Palaccio, which is a gem of novel about a boy with a deformed face, who goes to school for the first time. We’ve also read together a lot of Roald Dahl and most of David Walliams’s children’s books (big fans!). We’re currently reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.
I have a “creative writing” collection with how-to books. I read a whole book on how to write the synopsis before submitting my novel (!) (by Nicola Morgan – it was very helpful) and that’s one of the books in there.
There is a “short story” collection, too, for when I fancy a good read but am really very busy and it would be dangerous to start a novel that I then wouldn’t be able to put down.
And finally, I have an “already read” collection. Some of my favourite books in here are: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, Crow Lake by Canadian author Mary Lawson (her characters are so vividly portrayed), Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (brilliant, just brilliant!), Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (the book is so much better than the film IMHO despite a great performance by Leo DiCaprio), The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Kite Runner (and, tbh, any book by Khaled Hosseini – the man writes so well, I would gladly read his shopping and to-do lists), Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (in fact, the whole Jackson Brodie series), One Day by David Nicholls, Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup, Room by Emma Donoghue, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent, The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony (a beautiful memoir and quite unlike anything I usually read) and The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out of The Window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, which is a book that made me cry with laughter and will stay with me for ever!
At first, signs point to a tragic accident. Yet, as Emily pieces together the events before his death – events which led to her own memory loss – she begins to suspect that her husband’s death may have been the result of more than a terrible twist of fate…
But the accident is only the beginning. Because while Emily’s physical scars will heal, the trauma of the accident has awakened old ghosts. She hears strange sounds, catches things that can’t possibly be there in the corner of her eye. Before long, everywhere she looks, she seems to see her husband.
And suddenly, Emily finds herself asking the most dangerous question of all. Can she really trust herself?
About Diane Jeffrey: Diane Jeffrey grew up in North Devon. She lives in Lyon, France with her husband and their three children, black Labrador and kitten. THOSE WHO LIE is her debut psychological thriller. Diane is an English teacher. She hates marking and Mondays. When she’s not working or writing, she likes swimming, running and reading. She loves chocolate, beer and holidays. Above all, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Readers can follow Diane on Twitter @dianefjeffrey or on facebook.com/dianejeffreyauthor
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