Update …

Hi readers

I thought I would check in with you all. I’ve not updated my blog, for quite some time. I really miss the days, where I was able to read voraciously. Most of my focus these days is on getting to work and keeping going.

Without giving too much personal information away, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness back in August 2018. I have felt the symptoms of it for years and not realised what my body was telling me. One of the worst symptoms has been fatigue. There are days, where I cannot get out of bed. There are days, when I have no concentration. Fortunately, I am on medication now for life. In the long term, my energy levels should improve.

There are so many books by my favourite authors, that I haven’t looked at since my health declined. I hope to get to them, when I feel well enough. This includes the latest Nicci French and Karen Slaughter. Heart-breaking.

My passion for reading is coming back slowly. It started with this little trilogy. I noticed that A Discovery of Witches was being dramatised on televison. I decided to check out the books, to kickstart my reading. By the way, the series on TV is incredibly well done.


A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I finished reading the story of Diana and Matthew last week. I will miss time travelling witches and brooding vampires.

The series is worth checking out; if you like a dash of magic, with a dashing vampire and a striking historical setting in Shadow of Night. The second story in the trilogy was definitely the strongest and most exciting. Harkness’s re-imagining of Elizabethan England is superb. I would even be tempted to visit, in spite of their lack of electric showers and duvets. The books suffer from too much of a Twilight influence. The pace of the books often is a little slow, with too much time being given to inner anguish and over-description and not enough to forwarding the plot. I warn you. I had fun with them though. It was all lovely magical escapism for these dark autumn nights. I only wanted to punch Matthew, our heroic vampire, in the nose a few times. The trilogy concludes with The Book of Life. We finally get to the heart of the mysterious Ashmole 782.

***For information***

Deborah Harkness’s website

To buy A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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7 Responses to Update …

  1. Steph says:

    Sorry that you are struggling with your health Christine. I keep looking for reviews on your blog and GR. I want to watch this TV series, loved the book. x

  2. So sorry to hear you’ve got health problems Christine. Wishing you well and nice to have an update from you xx

  3. Sorry to hear you have been unwell – but it’s good you are getting the help you need. I was recently diagnosed witj MS and it can be a real shock, even if you have been living with symptoms. I hope your reading mojo comes back strong!

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