My Favourite Reads of May 2018

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Welcome to the latest edition of My Favourite Reads. A tad late again, but regular blog readers will know from recent Teaser Tuesdays that we had to take a short-notice journey to north Queensland and that has put me a bit off schedule. Not to worry, I’m home and making amends!

I am not, however, enjoying the cold weather. I’ve been donning a thick beanie for my morning walks, and it was so bitter when I was out running chores on Tuesday I had to pull my fleecy hoody over my head. Neither is a good look, but at least beanies and hoodies keep my ears from freezing.

Enough of my cold weather woes. Let’s get on to my favourite reads of May.

I’ve been thinking quite hard on my favourite and the truth is I can’t really choose. Yeah, that’s a bit of a cop-out but all the books were enjoyable, suited my mood at the time and made me happy. Given what was occurring around me, that’s exactly what I needed.

Here they are.

The Alchemist’s Secret by Scott MarianiThe Alchemist’s Secret by Scott Mariani

I’ve had this book on my e-reader for at least four years now and could never get into it. That happens, as I’m sure you understand. It doesn’t matter how good a book is, sometimes you’re just not in the mood.

This time round I had no trouble and found The Alchemist’s Secret a great ride. If you love a Dan Brown style action-adventure-mystery-thriller, then this is smack in your zone.

The first in Mariani’s long-running Ben Hope series that so far tallies 17 books. Clearly he’s doing something right!


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail HoneymanEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This book has been a blockbuster seller of late so naturally I had to see what all the fuss was about.

It’s a wonderful story about a damaged but strong – if socially clumsy – woman making her way in a world she doesn’t quite relate to. Eleanor is a great character, but I adored Raymond. He’s my kind of hero.

A read to make you feel good and smile at the joy of friendship.


Extinct by RR HaywardExtinct by RR Hayward

I’ve raved about this totally bonkers series before in previous Favourite Reads (Extracted here and Executed here).

Extinct is the last in the trilogy and it didn’t let me down. The plot is funny, action-packed, potty-mouthed, violent, sort-of sexy, and completely over the top. The characters no different. They are so cool! But old-fashioned, decent and ridiculously brave Harry is my favourite.

A rollicking ride. Loved it.


The Convent’s Secret by CJ ArcherThe Convent’s Secret by CJ Archer

This series is so comforting. I know when I grab a new Glass and Steele book that I’m in for a hugely entertaining read, filled with mystery, romance and characters I fell in love with from first meeting.

Things have really moved along for Matt, India and the gang but I suspect there’ll be several backward steps in future books. I hope so. Journeying with this group as they tackle all the many obstacles thrown at them is what makes it fun.

Yeah, I’m a total fangirl, but I can’t recommend this series enough.


Deadly Secrets by Robert BryndzaDeadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza

Another comfort read that hit the spot. Deadly Secrets was a cracking addition to the Detective Erika Foster series. Maybe even my favourite.

The mystery in Deadly Secrets was very tangled – so many suspects to choose from – and Erika’s life took a few interesting turns too.

I’ll be auto-buying the next when it comes out.


What reads have you enjoyed lately?


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10 thoughts on “My Favourite Reads of May 2018

  1. AvatarFiona Simpson

    Thanks Cathryn, I always love reading your book reviews for the ones that resonate with me. Have popped The Watchmakers daughter on my audiobook list, ping. I’m so looking forward to our Outback Brides Series coming out. Elsa is fab. Not long now xx Fi

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ooh, I bet the Glass and Steele series is excellent on audio too. I hope you enjoy, Fi.
      Yes, not long until our lovely Brides hit the world. Can’t wait!!

  2. AvatarAnnie West

    Thanks for the recommendations, Cathryn! I hate to admit it but I’m not currently reading a book! Argh! Travelling then family stuff then the deadline are taking their toll. So looking forward to relaxing with a good book soon. Will make a note of these ones.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Reading that you weren’t reading a book currently made me want to slap my hands over my eyes and wail Nooooooooo! But as we readers know, these things happen and I’m sure you’ll make up for it.

  3. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Hi Cathryn! Always love this column and I’ve put Eleanor O on order at the library. I’m currently reading Sapiens which has been a huge bestseller in the BIG history category. Really enjoying it! Why are we like we are? Always a fascinating question. See you next month – love your recommendations.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Goodness, you read an incredible array of non-fiction, Anna. I’ve just looked up Sapiens and it has loads of 5 star reviews which, of course, makes me want to buy it!

      1. AvatarAnna Campbell

        I DO read a lot of nonfiction! It seems to suit my mindframe when I’m working on a novel. Someone when i was travelling recommended this one – I’m really enjoying it.

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          That’s so interesting read mindframe and writing. I seem to be the opposite and love reading fiction. We must discuss in depth next time we catch up!

  4. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Eleanor Oliphant is on my TBR list and I really must start the 2nd book in the Emily Chambers series by C.J. Archer – just loved the first one. I’ll probably read all her books eventually.

    My wonderful reads last month were: The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson – a beautiful, beautiful memoir – the Mongolia scenery description was stunning and the depths and lengths he and his wife went to to heal their autistic son was remarkable.
    A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton – a really cool read.
    Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – Loved loved this book, gorgeous and haunting.
    Shadowed Love by Martine Jardin – heartbreaking and stomach-churning, a powerful love story about a young white woman and a black man. It was an extraordinary story.
    And I read three WeirDo books by Anh Do – they are so funny. Sometimes we need something fun and humorous after reading heavy books.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Wasn’t Burial Rites brilliant, Sue? Loved that one. So beautiful and awful. And I’m the same as you, loved the first Emily Chambers book but still yet to read the rest. One we’ll both get to eventually I’m sure.
      Great book list. Thanks for sharing!

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