My Favourite Reads of March 2018

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Welcome to My Favourite Reads, a tad late this month because I’m still trying to recover from the rotten lurgy I caught over Easter and which hammered me flat for over a week. I’m like a koala at the moment and can’t stop sleeping. All very nice – I do enjoy a good nap – but it’s not doing my writing production any good at all.

But on to lovelier things, like books!

Without further ado, my favourite read for March was…

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffOh, what a brilliant ending to a brilliant series!

I thought Illuminae would be hard to beat – it was so clever and exciting and fresh – then came along Gemina and it was fantastic too. Which meant Obsidio had a whole lot to live up to. As expected from these two expert authors, it did just fine. More than fine. I gobbled this down and then was left bereft when it was over.

Every book in the The Illuminae Files was a joy. The female characters were the best – strong, sassy and super smart. It was no wonder the heroes loved them so much. In fact, all the characters were fantastically drawn, even Aiden, the bonkers artificial intelligence.

Honestly, even is sci-fi isn’t your thing, give this series a go because it’s really, really cool.

Magpie Murders by Anthony HorowitzMagpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Horowitz has quickly become one of my favourite authors. His Sherlock Holmes books, The House of Silk and Moriarty, were excellent. As soon as I saw Magpie Murders I put it on my to-be-read list.

This was so cleverly done. A book within a book, with murder and mystery and red-herrings galore. I’ll admit that I spent quite a few pages wondering where Horowitz was heading with the Atticus Pund story, but my trust in him kept me reading, and the book turned out huge fun. I do love a good twist and Horowitz does them very well.

His new release, The Word is Murder, recently hit shelves and I snapped it up straight away.

Hot Italian Nights by Annie WestBound to the Italian’s Boss by Annie West, The Italian’s Bold Reckoning by Annie West, At the Italian’s Bidding by Annie West, Falling for the Brooding Italian by Annie West

As I mentioned in last month’s Favourite Reads, I’ve been having a wonderful time devouring Annie’s Hot Italian Nights series. They were perfect during the tumult of house moving, but even when things settled down I couldn’t stop reading them. They’re so deliciously addictive!

I’d caught up with the series – which you can buy as a boxed set – about midway through the month, but I read in Annie’s newsletter this week that book 7, The Italian’s Marriage Bargain, has just hit shelves. Rah!

If you love sexy, glamorous romances that tug at your heartstrings (and make you long for travel), grab this series.


What reads have you enjoyed lately?


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8 thoughts on “My Favourite Reads of March 2018

  1. AvatarAnnie West

    Cathryn, what a rotten lurgy, laying you low like that!

    I’m thrilled you enjoyed my Hot Italian Nights stories, and that they hit the spot during the disruptions of moving – terrific.

    I confess that this month hasn’t been a reading month for me as I’ve been trying to catch up with a stack of jobs prior to a trip. I have however read ‘The Magpie Murders’ and know exactly what you mean about being caught up in the mystery of it. Next cab off the rank – Dorling Kindersley’s ‘The Greek Islands’.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ah, Greece… I am SO jealous of your trip. But just think of all the wonderful stories us readers are going to be treated with thanks to your research. Can’t wait!

  2. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Cathryn, fabulous selection as ever – although I must admit that i was rather disappointed by the Magpie Murders. Seemed a little slick and soulless to me – suppose that’s the risk with such a clever idea. LOVED the Annie Wests – so glad you’re featuring them. Hope you feel better soon! I recently finished Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie, a series of essays about her visits to wonderful places like St. Kilda and Rona and the Shetlands and I just loved it.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Interesting about your Magpie Murders comment, Anna. I think I agree with you there, and that lack of connection in the early stages was probably why I found it hard to get into. But it picked up nicely and had quite a bit of bite in the end, which is what I expect from a Horowitz. Sightlines sounds like perfect reading for where you are right now!!

  3. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Hope you’re feeling heaps better, Cathryn!

    I read some lovely books last month: The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty – I think she is just as talented as her sister Liane.
    Rain Music by Di Morrissey – a beautiful read set in Cairns and Cooktown, I’m always a sucker for books set in far North Qld.
    Towelhead by Alicia Erian – a hard read for its graphic descriptions and the POV from a 13 year old, a bit icky but the authors writing is superb.
    Keeping Mum by Kate Lawson – a fun and light read.
    The Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee – A very enjoyable read despite it being awfully sad, the authors writing style is also very lovely, very poetic.
    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – let me just say the author is an incredible storyteller.
    And two very cute and fun reads were – WeirDo by Anh Do and Ten Little Elvi – a book I picked up at the Graceland gift store.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I am, Sue, except for my stubbed toe which is a rather brilliant shade of purple. It’s so swollen it looks like a juicy plum!
      Wow, you had an eclectic mix of reads last month. They sound cool too. I’ve always been interested in The Anatomy of Wings, and A Thousand Splendid Sun but never got around to reading either. I’d probably take a look at them now except my to-be-read pile is already enormous, I’ve already planning my next couple of reads, and Christine Wells’s new one The Juliet Code just landed in my mailbox. Rah! Her books are brilliant.
      Hope all is well with you and Stephen.

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