My 2017 reading challenges

Monday, January 23, 2017 Permalink

I don’t usually sign up for challenges. Cos, well… 1. I’m too lazy; and b) I get bored easily. And there’s also the fact I hate failing. Despite excelling at it so.

However… this year I have inadvertently-on-purpose signed up for two challenges on the reading front.

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Weekly check-in

Saturday, January 21, 2017 Permalink

It’s supposed to cool down here Sunday and everyone I know in my part of Australia will be breathing a sigh of relief. Our media’s been talking about ‘heatwaves’. I can’t remember if it was this hot when I was a kid or if we just weren’t used to airconditioning and the like and just kinda expected to be lying around in pools of sweat.

But enough of this obligatory chit chat about the weather and onto important stuff like books and book blogging.

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Quitting vs surrendering

Thursday, January 19, 2017 Permalink

I talked last week about my yoga classes and the fact we’re asked to think of a word or ‘intention’ each class. It surprises me when something comes to mind as it’s usually something unexpected. The other day my word was ‘surrender’ and it came at the perfect time as I was stressing about a heap of stuff – some of which was beyond my control. And – as a self-confessed control freak – I was struggling.

But being reminded that it’s possible to surrender control of certain things to fate and that it’s not the same as giving up or quitting, was a comforting idea.

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A study in inspiration

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Permalink

After my house move in September my first priority was to get my living space sorted. And, on the whole, I’m pretty happy with it now. (Especially since the arrival of my Christmas / Birthday rug!)

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Book review: The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Permalink

Gregg Hurwitz’s 2016 novel, Orphan X made my seven favourite books of the year list. I loved it. I adored our protagonist – former assassin turned protector of the helpless, Evan Smoak (aka Orphan X, aka The Nowhere Man) – and enjoyed the unfolding plot focused around Evan’s backstory.

I was nervous about picking up the second in the series but needn’t have worried, as I raced through The Nowhere Man in a day.

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Weekly check-in

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Permalink

You’ll be happy to know I’m slowing rediscovering my reading mojo – although in all honesty it was only ever on a holiday. Not lost.

However it’s been a hot week in parts of Australia (at 33-40C / 90-104F) and very humid, so I must confess my evenings have been spent more in front of TV in my air-conditioned living space, than in the bathtub where I read. 

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Book review: Tell Me A Lie by CJ Carver

Friday, January 13, 2017 Permalink

I read CJ Carver’s Spare Me The Truth last year and enjoyed meeting former spook Dan Forrester and ‘maverick’ cop Lucy Davies. I hadn’t realised it was to be a series but should mention that it isn’t necessary to have read the first book before tackling this one. In fact, there was minimal reference to events of the first and Carver is able to quickly provide necessary context without including a lot of backstory.

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Author Interview: Christine Dibley

Thursday, January 12, 2017 Permalink

I’m virtual friends with a lot of aspiring writers, bloggers, freelancers and novelists. And I’m at an age when many people I know are questioning the purpose of their day job and its place in their life and… perhaps feeling the odd snippet of regret.

Indeed, my seachange just over four years ago was an attempt to follow some convoluted passion and have more time for ‘me’ and the things I enjoy. 

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Book review: Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Permalink

It’s weird when a book becomes something you’re not expecting. I recently read a book that ventured into the mystical… and I wasn’t quite ready for it. This book by Sandrone Dazieri – the first UK release for the author of 8 novels and 50 screenplays – was good. Indeed, I demolished the first half in a sitting. But – it became something kinda different as Dazieri introduced elements that, well… while they may have made sense to many, were less of interest to me.

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