Inside The Mind Of Stuart Turton- Author Interview

Welcome to a very special post here on AnAverageLife, my first author interview with none other than Sunday Times Best Seller Stuart Turton

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In case you missed it my review of Stuart’s second novel The Devil And The Dark Water can be found right here, I’ve no doubt it’s hurtling toward the top spot as we speak.

Firstly let me thank you once again Stu for taking the time to share a little about yourself, the man behind the mystery. Let’s start at the very beginning.

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My 2019 DNF List

Tell me, was I right to put these books down?

For any who are unsure DNF stands for Did Not Finish. Not in the sense that I didn’t have time or just haven’t gotten around to picking it back up yet. DNF is a conscious decision to put that sucker down and walk away forever!

This is my third annual DNF list. The intention is not to spread negativity, many of these books I’m sure are loved by other readers. I’m going to tell you a little bit about why I stopped reading each, bearing in mind the furthest I got was 32% into any of these titles so my opinions were formed early.

If you think I’ve missed out by putting any of these down please tell me! If you think you might convince me to pick any of them back up please do! Continue reading “My 2019 DNF List”

April Reading Wrap-Up 2019

Hello friends! Third reading wrap up this year, might it actually become a habit? Naaahh probably not.

It’s been a busy month. My grandparents visited for four weeks, they live in America so we only see them here in England once a year at most. I’ve managed to get myself back to work for the last two weeks so between that I’ve been out for family dinners, Easter celebrations and the like.

Whatever abdominal pain kept me off sick for almost 9 weeks mysteriously vanished. two weeks ago. After several blood tests, an endoscopy and an ultrasound the doctors decided this week- ‘Well, you’re better now so we’ll stop investigating and just hope it doesn’t come back’. Great huh? They eliminated all the usual suspects and dangerous conditions and pretty much told me they hadn’t found a diagnosis and it was common not to know the cause of abdominal pain. So. Fingers crossed it’s gone forever and if it does return there will be hell to pay for the NHS.

This gave me a two week head start on my reading goals for the month before I skipped back to full time work. You can expect me to drop back to my usual 7 or 8 books per month from here on. The upside of all this downtime is I’m confident in reaching my Goods Reads goal for the year:

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57/100. Awesome right? So in April I managed 19 books, here’s a bit about them...
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My Perfect Library

Imagine you could construct your very own personal library with zero restrictions on finance or location. Every one has a different idea of perfect, I decided to write a post about my imaginary library and I’d love to hear about yours too.
Read on for my considerations and feel free to tag me in your own Perfect Libraries.
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5 Fantasy Book Series That Need Film Adaptations

Featuring dinosaurs, supernatural powers, gunslingers and corruption. Which titles would you add?

I’ve been watching favourites over the past few weeks. Hunger Games, Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter.. my partner refuses to watch Twilight and I can’t say I’d put myself through the mess that is Divergent so it got me thinking- which fantasy series would I want to see adapted? Here’s what I landed on… Continue reading “5 Fantasy Book Series That Need Film Adaptations”