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End of the Year Plans

It’s been a long time since I last did a personal update. But yesterday I realised that 2017 is ALMOST done. How did that happen? If I want to do all the reading and writing that I had initially planned for this year I’d better get started! So here are some plans for what’s left of 2017:

  • I have selected some books that I must read before the new year comes. I won’t share the list here, but I can tell you that most of them are crime fiction written by women (no surprise!), and I have been waiting a long time to read them. But is there a time better than the present?
  • There will be some bookish recommendations for Christmas. Stay tuned!
  • I have been working long days of lately, so I have only been reading books that I am very, very passionate about. I have just read the second installment in the DC Connie Child series by Sarah Ward and I loved it. Can’t wait to rave more about it next week. After so much crime fiction I felt like I needed something different, and I chose to read Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler which was a fantastic tale about food, love and female adulthood. Highly recommended. ok-hand
  • Christmas is a time for cozy reading and hot chocolate. So I am looking for some crime fiction to add to my list. Right now I am thinking of The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes, but I have not read my collection of Mitford letters, so I know little to nothing about the sisters. Do you have any more recommendations?


  • I am looking for book and literature magazines to read. There are many ways to read, and I think that magazine-reading is very different to book-reading. But I still want to read about books, so do you have any recommendations? Please comment belowbackhand-index-pointing-down

So, more reviews and interviews soon. Remember that there will be a new She Writes post this Friday, and more reviews next week. See you soon!




  • cleopatralovesbooks

    Like you I have been working incredibly long days for quite some time now and it has made me make sure that my reading is made up of those books I really think I’ll rate – although if I’m honest a balance of more reading and less work would suit me better – love Sarah Ward’s series, I have the third book to read soon!

    • Elena

      We have to make sure that the little time we have for reading is spent on good books, don’t we? And yes, I can’t want to curl up in bed next Christmas with a good book. Here’s to us, hardworking women 😉

  • MarinaSofia

    I agree about the long working days – and the pleasure to find some books we can reliably enjoy at the end of them!
    Well, I would say it since I now work for it, but I have always loved Asymptote Journal (available for free online) for translated fiction. Not crime fiction – although some contributions are quite dark. Lots of translations from Spanish and South American literature too.

    • Elena

      I will check it out now, MarinaSofia, thanks for the rec. And the fact that you work for them only speaks of their quality. Hope you find some time to relax and read soon.

  • Café Society

    I agree with your comments about Sarah Ward and highly recommend book three, but walk wary of the The Mitford Murders. It seemed to me that it was concocted just to take advantage of the Downton Abbey phenomenon and was really quite poor fare. I’ve reviewed both on site if you want to check them out further.

    • Elena

      I met her again at Crimefest17 and I couldn’t resisit myself so I bought book 2, but not 3 as I was travelling and was afraid of exceeding the airline’s weight restrictions. But now? I can’t wait to read it.

      And it’s such a shame about the Mitford Murders. I’m heading over to your blog tonight to check the review, and probably save my parents 15€ for Christmas! Thanks.

    • Elena

      I know how some people would hate the story, but the writing is something I had never seen before, so sensual and physical…

  • JacquiWine

    I find it hard to concentrate on reading at the end of a long working day, and it definitely has an impact on the types of books I choose to read too – I’m much more likely to opt for comfort reads or cozy crime if I’m going through a hectic period. I hope you manage to take a break at Christmas – enjoy your books whatever you decide to read.

    • Elena

      Thank you, Jacqui. I totally agree with you: I need my reading at the end of a long day to be comforting and something that I love, no matter how sleepy or tired I am! Most of the times for me that means forensic crime fiction.

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