Top ten new authors I read in 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Permalink

The Broke and Bookish host a Top Ten book-blog linkup every Tuesday. I’m not a regular participant – which may be the understatement of the year given this is the second time I’ve joined in – but I thought it timely to participate today and share those authors who were new (to me) in 2016.

You’ll see a a mix of international and Australian authors, as well as more established and debut authors. There are more of course, but some will be included in my ‘Favourite books of 2016 post’ and I’m not permitting any double-dipping… this time around.

My first paid job

Monday, December 5, 2016 Permalink

Thankfully nepotism was alive and well in 1983 after I turned 15 and was looking for my first part-time job. I was younger than most of my school friends (with a late December birthday) so many were already making the big bucks by the time I decided I needed my own cold hard cash.

Weekly check-in

Sunday, December 4, 2016 Permalink

It’s been a slow reading week over at my place. It has however, given me time to catch up on some reviewing. And some binge-television watching. Which may – or may not – be inversely proportional to my reading. 🙂

Book review: Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding

Friday, December 2, 2016 Permalink

Joy Fielding was probably one of the first romantic suspense authors I ever read. I recall reading See Jane Run in the early 1990s and then tracking down everything she wrote before and after for many years. I seem to have missed a few now so jumped at the chance to review her latest, Someone is Watching, when I saw it was available.

four-stars

Taking stock – December 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016 Permalink

For reasons unknown I’ve struggled with a topic for today’s post. I’m trying to keep my Thursday posts up-beat and non-book related but the inspiration fairy has seemingly deserted me this week. So I’ve decided – given it’s December 1st – to ‘take stock’… something initiated by Pip from Meet Me At Mike’s. Adjusted slightly to cater for my own idiosyncrasies… of course.

Book review: The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Permalink

German author (lawyer and former judge) Bernhard Schlink is probably best known for his book, The Reader, which was made into the popular film starring Kate Winslet and the v.sexy Ralph Fiennes.

It’s a book I’ve not read (nor have I seen the film) but it’s on my ‘must read some day’ list, so I jumped at the chance to read his latest release, The Woman on the Stairs.

four-stars

Book review: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Permalink

At over 520 pages this book is long. Not sci-fi or dystopian fiction-long. But a bit long for someone with the attention span of a gnat. Like me. As a result it took me three nights to get through. With a few breaks in between.

I suspect if Stephenie Meyer had REALLY grabbed my attention I would have read it in a very long sitting, but The Chemist didn’t quite get there for me. It did, however, interest me enough to keep me turning the pages. All 522 of them.

three-stars

Birthdays and bucket lists

Monday, November 28, 2016 Permalink

This time next month it will be my birthday. Well, on this date. In December. And I’ll be 49. Quite frankly I don’t know how the fuck that happened cos it seems like I just turned 40 and was depressed about my forever-single and childless status. (On that note, do you think I should write to my 39 year old self and tell her things aren’t going to change any time soon? Just so she’s prepared?!)

Weekly check-in

Sunday, November 27, 2016 Permalink

As this Sunday rolls around I’ve had my Gilmore Girls appetite sated, done a teensy bit of reading, and blogged a little. It also rained for a day or two so I’ve had an excuse for not watering my yard or exercising. So life – in my neck of the woods – is good.