Book review: Rebellious Daughters edited by Maria Katsonis & Lee Kofman

Friday, July 22, 2016 Permalink

There are two things I usually avoid like the plague. Well, three if you count vegetables. The others are short stores and non-fiction… so my interest in a compilation of ‘true stories from Australia’s finest female writers’ would usually be unfathomable.

However… I was heading into hospital and figured my post anaesthetic attention span might prefer shorter outings. And that’s most definitely been the case!

three-stars

Book review: All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Permalink

It’s rare that I read a book that offers something a bit different… whether it’s an unusual plot, surprising characters or creative prose.

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker does offer readers that something different. In fact I had to stop a couple of times in the beginning to check I wasn’t reading non-fiction. Because it could have been. Non-fiction delivered in an entertaining way! *

four-stars

Lost for words

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Permalink

I have long been a lover of words. I love reading, I love writing and (sad but true) I love talking.

I’ve now read a couple of books – a novel and a biography – about people who’ve also been word-lovers who’ve developed dementia or alzheimers and have become lost for words. Both – along with other illnesses robbing people of their ability to express themselves – are tragic and I had a little taste of that for myself last week.

Me… AWOL and Out of Orange winners!!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016 Permalink

If you are reading this it’s because I am not here. Well, I’m here but not THERE. Or something.

You may recall I blithered a little about an upcoming trip to hospital for minor surgery. Which I survived – so the world uttered a sigh of relief, before bloody going to hell in a handbasket. Again.

Weekly check-in

Sunday, July 10, 2016 Permalink

Firstly… the most important news…. I ONLY NEED TO KEEP MY APARTMENT TIDY FOR ONE MORE WEEK! For those not playing along at home, my place has been on the market for 11 weeks. I have a 12 week contract with my Real Estate Agent and always planned – if it hadn’t sold – to pull it off after that, as there’s nothing worse than a place with a For Sale sign for months and months on end.

Book review: The House between Tides by Sarah Maine

Saturday, July 9, 2016 Permalink

I’ve already admitted I don’t read a lot of historical fiction. In fact I tend to avoid it like the plague. Once I see reference to anything pre 1950s, my eyes glaze over and I lose all interest.

There are – however – a few exceptions. One of those is anything written by Kate Morton. Her books usually alternate between the then and now, and are somehow more palatable. And The House between Tides by Sarah Maine reminded me very much of Morton’s work.

three-half-stars

Book giveaway: Out of Orange – A Memoir by Cleary Wolters

Friday, July 8, 2016 Permalink

I LOVE television. I’ve always loved television, and there are many MANY shows I watch religiously. However… I’ve failed to join the masses around the world who have become fans of Orange is the New Black. I watched season 1, but wasn’t interested enough to go back for more.

I’m conscious that season 4 has just finished amid the usual online hubub so it seems it’s as popular as ever. And I’m assuming it’s that popularity which has led to the publication of this memoir… taking us back to where it all started.