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What I’ve Been Reading

Like many people, I wish I could “find” more time to read, but experience tells me that a yearly Goodreads challenge of about 30 books is a realistic target for me. Most of my “reading” is now audiobooks in the car, although I love my Kindle for long flights. I’m a huge fan of library borrowing, too: that decadent thrill of coming home with arms full of impulse picks!

Recommended Reads from Pauline Wiles

So, although I know of bookworms who devour as much in a month as I have so far this year, here are some highly recommended recent reads:

The Smallest Thing


Released just this week, this second novel from author-to-watch Lisa Manterfield had me absolutely gripped. If you’re a writer, watch for the clever escalation of tension as fatal illness creeps closer to the teenage protagonist. It’s even inspired by true events!

The Ship of Brides

Could you leave your home and family to sail to the other side of the world to be with a man you’d married in haste, knowing you’d probably never return again? Thousands of Australian war brides did just that and Moyes captures their emotional journey perfectly.

The Twelve Week Year

Ack, I just can’t say no to a good book on productivity! This one really  made me think about 52 weeks being too long a planning horizon, whereas biting off a 12-week chunk is more likely to result focus and achievable goals. Whatever you do, don’t forget the thirteenth week of rest and regeneration!

Dunster’s Calling


England! Ponies! Homesickness! Dunster grabbed me from the very first page in this  charming, moving tale. Perfect for Anglophiles.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

This debut novel has already enjoyed huge success. Stuffed with bookish references (yay) it’s also a satisfying story of a struggling small town finding new hope. That’s a theme I always enjoy and, if I might add, partly why I wrote Saving Saffron Sweeting.

What books have particularly resonated with you recently? Do you set yourself an annual reading target?


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5 Comment

  1. Reply
    Melissa
    July 22, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Oh, I see a few I need to read 🙂 Thanks for the review. I’ve heard a lot about the 12 Week Year. ‘The Ship of Brides’ sounds intriguing; I’m about due for a new fiction read. 🙂

  2. Reply
    Tracey Gemmell
    July 22, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you so much for including ‘Dunster’s Calling’ on your list. I’ve just ordered ‘The Ship of Brides’ on your recommendation so keep the tips coming!

    1. Reply
      Pauline
      July 23, 2017 at 8:54 am

      It was a joy to “meet” Dunster and be reminded of my own pony-loving days!

  3. Reply
    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    July 28, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Pauline, this comes at a good time – I was just saying to myself this morning that I haven’t been reading enough fiction or drinking enough wine lately!

    1. Reply
      Pauline
      July 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Jean, I think there are even some blogs which specialise in novel + wine combinations!

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