Back in January I set myself a reading target of 20 books on the Goodreads Challenge. So far I’ve finished 5 books towards that goal.

I’ve mainly been reading horror and psychological, though I’ve tried to branch out a bit with my current reads, which are YA dystopian and contemporary women’s romance – both genres I don’t normally read.

Frieda McFadden, who writes psychological thrillers, has become somewhat of a go-to lately on Kindle as I can always guarantee her books are great and page-turning reads. She is a doctor by day, so I find the medical angle of many of her books intriguing. Suicide Med, one that I read a few months ago, focused on medical students and the one I’m currently reading, The Locked Door (pictured above) follows a surgeon who is escaping the stigma of her past as her father was a convicted serial killer.

Of course, this year I also mixed in a few classics that I still can’t believe I hadn’t read: Heart of Darkness, very different to the film Apocalypse Now, and The Great God Pan, which included 3 novellas. My favourite of those three was the titular story; I liked the Shining Pyramid and the White People less. Overall though, a good and creepy read.

Having read five books by April is not that many, but when you factor in editing a finished novel manuscript, writing another novel work in progress, reading submissions for Bindweed Magazine: Midsummer Madness Anthology 2022, full time day job work and looking after an extremely energetic preschooler, that number suddenly doesn’t seem so shabby anymore. 😅

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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