quickreadsLately, I haven’t had much time to read (GASP!). Not as much as I would like anyway.  I’ve had my mum over from the UK and basically, because of the amazing weather we have been having, I’ve been trying to sort stuff out in the garden. Sooo. When I left work last week I picked up a few Quickread books.

For those who have never heard or don’t know what Quick Reads are, they are short stories or basically mini book about 100 pages or so and they are released from The Reading Agency. They fund the release of these books every year and distribute them for Libraries, Prisons, Colleges and Adult learning Organisations for everyone to read. They are generally written by well-known authors and are absolutely perfect for people like me who love reading but don’t have the time to read, for people who find reading difficult, or just people who find a full novel daunting.  They are also very good for if you want to try a new author but not sure if they are to your taste, Quick Reads are a fantastic way to try new authors without getting bogged down in a huge novel.

I took out 6 quick reads to have a go at and I liked all of them but absolutely loved two of them.

The first one was called Cut Off by Mark Billingham.


It starts with a girl called Louise who is in a cafe with 2 friends having coffee.  They are all on their phones and Louise’s life is basically on hers.  She lives in London during the week and everything she needs is on that phone.  So by the time they have left the cafe and walked around a bit, it comes as a huge shock when she realises she has lost her phone and picked up an old smashed one instead.  Louise is frantic to retrieve it and is very relieved when the person who has her phone gets in touch to give it back.

After a walk on the beach, the person offers Louise a lift home but when Louise awakes, maybe getting the phone back was a bit of a mistake.

I gave this 5 stars.  It had me reeled in from the very first page.  It was a brilliant thriller from an author who I haven’t actually read before but have put on my TBR list. I really enjoyed the storyline and thought the characters were brilliant. Fast paced and creepy.  Loved it!!!

My second book I really liked was called The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig.

the other side of you

I also gave this Quick Read 5 stars.

Will grew up in a really bad place in town. The kind of place where gangs rule and the police don’t venture. Will witnesses a murder and has to run where the gang won’t find him and after running for miles he finds an old abandoned house where he meets Padma.

“But when Will meets Padma, he must choose between his good side and his bad one. For the gang he left behind is still there. How can he live without becoming a killer? How can he love without being a thief?”

I loved this book just as much as the first.  It was an amazing story that had me hooked from page one.  It was so fast-paced, and such a beautiful story. I was rooting for Will that he ended up ok and was a bit disappointed when the story finished because I wanted to see what was going to happen to him next. I can seriously recommend this book and loved every page.

There was more Quick Reads book in my bag from the library but these two I loved the most. Others I had were:

A baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond

One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell

On The Rock by Andy McNab

Dead Simple (This was a collection of eight short stories by different authors edited by Harry Bingham)

Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman.

All good but the two I reviewed were my favourites.  Give them a try.

If you want to find out more about Quick Reads or even see the list of 2018 releases, click here

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my post.