The Collectively ME Book Club
 
 

Who loves to read? To get so caught up in a novel that you feel like you’re right there with the characters? I do & I have! 

This page is a place for me to share the books I’m reading and let you know my thoughts, be them good or bad.  

I’d love it if you would share what you’re currently reading or any books that you might recommend I read. All you have to do is leave it in the comment section below! 

You can also follow on the Collectively ME Book Club Facebook Group.

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My Reading History

I love reading. This love affair began back in 2002 when I started reading the first Harry Potter book ‘Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone’. Please note that in 2002 I was in year 8 and only 14yrs old, saying this, I’d happily read all those books again if there weren’t so many others I have to get through!
 
This is the first book I remember reading that I couldn’t put down and the subsequent books had the same effect. The total immersion I had with these books was so deep that when I saw the movies I felt that I had already seen bits of the movies. A bit like Deja Vu. 
 
They even got me in trouble at one point! One day before my English class I had PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education) where we played Lacross, I had the ball and Jamie O’Brien/O’Sullivan (can’t quite remember which it was) came up and hit my stick jamming my thumb in between the two. It hurt so much and because it was my right hand I couldn’t write for the rest of the day. So, when English came around I pulled out my new favourite book and started reading, much to the dislike of the teacher. Personally, I thought she should be happy that I’m reading considering up until this point I wouldn’t! And might I add, my thumbnail hasn’t been the same since!
 
As you can see, my coming into being a bookworm was quite a memorable time. 
 

My Present Reading Tastes

Now-days my choice in novels has grown considerably and eclectically. I read many different genres from crime to romance to a couple of biographies. Though when it comes to biographies I’m pretty picky. They have to be really well written so that the story flows and could almost be read as a novel.
 
Okay, so that’s a bit about me and my reading journey. Now to the purpose of this page.

Here I will share with you the books that I’m reading or have read. I’ll tell you a bit about them and what I thought of them. I’ll also supply you with a link leading you to the website you can also buy it from if you feel so inclined. 

 

My Favourite Book

My Family & Other Animals – Gerald Durrell

Gorgeous story by Gerald Durrell

My mum has talked about this book for years. It wasn’t until I travelled half way across the world and found it in a little second-hand bookshop in Rome that I actually bought it and started reading it. 

I was over visiting my uncle who lives in Perdifumo in the south of Italy. This was my first ever trip to Europe so he decided to spoil me and give me a personal tour of Rome. Strangely enough, we had been talking about the book, it must be a sibling thing. He was saying that ever since reading ‘My Family & Other Animals’ when he was a boy, he’d wanted to visit Corfu, Greece but had never got there and that I would love it if I read it. So when in Rome, coincidence struck and there he was holding this 1964 copy of the book. It was a well-loved book and had seen better days but we bought it anyway and set to reading it on the drive home from Rome.

It is about Gerald and his family moving to the island of Corfu, Greece. It is full of gorgeous stories of, yes you guessed it, Gerald’s family and all the animals that he brought home to either study, be a vet too, or have as a pet.  I can’t do it any justice here so you’ll have to just take my word and go buy it! You won’t regret it and to make it even better it is the first book of Durrell’s ‘Corfu Trilogy’, together with Birds, Beasts & Relatives & The Garden of the Gods.

To purchase the book click the link in ‘The Book Club Books’ section below. Or if you don’t want to read the book try the tv series available here!

 

My Current Book

On The Blue Train – By Kristel Thornell

 

A story about the eleven days Agatha Christie disappeared.The latest novel by award winning author Kristel Thornell.I bought my mum this book for Christmas this year. She’s always loved the Agatha Christie Mysteries so when I saw it in my local bookstore [Constant Reader], I thought this would be a perfect gift her. Agatha Christie’s personal mystery, well a reconstruction of fact and fiction at least.

It was the co-winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2016. The author, Kristel Thornell, has won several literary awards including the Dobbie Literary Award, the Barbara Ramsden Award & the Andrew Eiseman Award with her previous novel, Night Street.

I haven’t started this book yet so I’m going to put the blurb below. Once I get halfway through I’ll update this post to let you know what I think.

Blurb:
Yes, she said, finally. Breaks are important. There are times when it’s wiser to get away. From it all.

It was the work of a moment: On 4 December 1926, Agatha Christie became Teresa Neele, resident of the spa hotel, the Harrogate Hydro. With her wedding ring left behind, and her minimal belongings unpacked, the lost days begin.

Lying to her fellow guests about the death of a husband and child, Teresa settles into the anonymity she so fiercely desires. Until Harry McKenna, bruised from the end of his own marriage, asks her to dance.

In this entrancing novel of creativity and grief, Kristel Thornell combines fact and fantasy to reconstruct Agatha Christie’s retreat from a life that had become too difficult. With verve and sensitivity, Thornell imagines what Christie could not write.

And please, let me know what you think!

To purchase the book click the link in ‘The Book Club Books’ section below.

Do you have any books to recommend? I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.


My Previous Book

The Potters Field; An Inspector Montalbano Mystery – By Andrea Camilleri

 

Another entrancing Inspector MontalbanoMmystery by Andrea CamilleriMy aunt got me on to Andrea Camilleri and his Inspector Montalbano Mysteries as well! and my uncle from Italy got her on to them! Yes, the same uncle that bought me My Family & Other Animals.

I really enjoy this series of books. One of the great things about them is that there isn’t a major requirement to have read any of the previous ones.  I’m pretty sure I’ve missed a few in between reading this one and the last one I read. Another great thing is that they are a witty & entertaining read without being too demanding. I find them light and refreshing especially after reading something that requires a lot of thinking and close attention.  

This is the 13th book in the series and so far is about an unidentified corpse which has been found in a town known for its soil rich with potter’s clay. The mystery of unidentified corpse is then slowly unfurled along with an uncertain hint of adultery, the clashing of friends & the dramas of old age. I can definitely see why this is the first book in the series to win a New York Times bestseller award. It is also the Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association’s International Dagger and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Andrea Camilleri is a fantastic Italian author who is a master at telling of the Italian detective story. His books have been gaining more and more popularity among mystery fans everywhere. Now it’s your turn to have a read so click on the book cover and order yourself a copy.
And please, let me know what you think!

To purchase the book click the link in ‘The Book Club Books’ section below.

Do you have any books to recommend? I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.

 

The Book Club Books

If you want to purchase any of the books below, just click on the shopping cart that comes up when you hover over them.

Or if you are in Australia & want to buy Australian you can get a discount on shipping through my affiliate link at Dymocks Online Bookshop. Dymocks has been an Australian owned bookstore since 1879 when Wiliam Dymock opened the very first store in Market St, Sydney.

  • A story about the eleven days Agatha Christie disappeared.The latest novel by award winning author Kristel Thornell.
    On the blue train
    Yes, she said, finally. Breaks are important. There are times when it's wiser to get away. From it all. It was the work of a moment: On 4 December 1926, Agatha Christie became Teresa Neele, resident of the spa hotel, the Harrogate Hydro. With her wedding ring left behind, and her minimal belongings unpacked, the lost days begin. Lying to her fellow guests about the death of a husband and child, Teresa settles into the anonymity she so fiercely desires. Until Harry McKenna, bruised from the end of his own marriage, asks her to dance. In this entrancing novel of creativity and grief, Kristel Thornell combines fact and fantasy to reconstruct Agatha Christie's retreat from a life that had become too difficult. With verve and sensitivity, Thornell imagines what Christie could not write.
  • Another entrancing Inspector MontalbanoMmystery by Andrea Camilleri
    The Potter's Field
    From the Italian crime legend, Andrea Camilleri, comes The Potter's Field, a dark mystery featuring the inimitable Inspector Montalbano. While Vigàta is wracked by storms, Inspector Montalbano is called to attend the discovery of a dismembered body in a field of clay. Bearing all the marks of an execution style killing, it seems clear that this is, once again, the work of the notorious local mafia. But who is the victim? Why was the body divided into thirty pieces? And what is the significance of the Potter's Field? Working to decipher these clues, Montalbano must also confront the strange and difficult behaviour exhibited by his old colleague Mimi, and avoid the distraction of the enchanting Dolores Alfano - who seeks the inspector's help in locating her missing husband. But like the Potter's Field itself, Montalbano is on treacherous ground and only one thing is certain - nothing is quite as it seems . . . The Potter's Field is followed by The Age of Doubt, the fourteenth in the series.
  • Totally enthralling again. Elly Griffiths tells another great story about Ruth galloway
    The Woman In Blue
    Another incredibly engaging read by Elly Griffiths. Ruth's curiosity gets the better of her after her friend Cathbad tells her about seeing a woman in white and a blue cloak who he takes to be the Virgin Mary. The next day this woman is found dead. Also an old university friend, now a priest, comes to town and wants to see Ruth. She has a bundle of hate mail and want's Ruth's opinion on them. Are the two related or is it just coincidence? You better find out!
  • Gorgeous story by Gerald Durrell
    My Family & Other Animals
    This book is about Gerald and his family moving to the island of Corfu, Greece. It is full of gorgeous stories of, yes you guessed it, Gerald’s family and all the animals that he brought home to either study, be a vet too, or have as a pet. I can’t do it any justice here so you’ll have to just take my word and go buy it! You won’t regret it and to make it even better it is the first book of Durrell’s ‘Corfu Trilogy’, together with Birds, Beasts & Relatives & The Garden of the Gods.
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