Weekly check in

Sunday, October 11, 2015 Permalink

It’s been a good week. Socially anyway. Less so in a writing and reading sense, but I’m okay with that as it’s been nice to mix things up a little.

Cheer Chick Charlie by Leanne Shea Langdown

Thursday, October 8, 2015 Permalink

Above and Beyond is the latest book in the children’s series featuring 10yr old (wannabe cheerleader) Charlie Chance, her family and her besties Bella and Laura.

Ostensibly the book is about a father-daughter camping trip… something which freaks Charlie out a little as her own father has to pull out at the last minute. So, it’s not only the first time she’s tried camping, but also the first time she’s been away from her family for a few nights.

Weekly check in

Sunday, October 4, 2015 Permalink

It’s been a bit of a low-energy week for me. I’m not sure what that’s about. I’m still sleeping incredibly poorly and nothing I do seems to help. Someone said something about the moon… so perhaps it’s that.

Book review: Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain

Friday, October 2, 2015 Permalink

A lot of book bloggers I know (mainly in the US) RAVED about Diane Chamberlain’s Silent Sister, released in late 2014. I didn’t get a chance to read it but discovered Chamberlain had over two dozen novels to her name and many many fans. (That’s me living under my rock again!)

Surprisingly Naturally I learned my lesson and leapt at the chance to read and review her latest novel, Pretending to Dance.

Book review: Dinosaur Dump by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton

Monday, September 28, 2015 Permalink

I don’t have kids so usually steer clear of reviewing children’s books. However… when I was offered the opportunity review Dinosaur Dump I couldn’t say no as I immediately thought of my favourite (just turned) 4yr old, Pickle, as it features two of his favourite things: dinosaurs and poo.

It’s billed as…

An ex-STINK-tion story that will bowel you over!

Weekly check in

Sunday, September 27, 2015 Permalink

The anniversary of my redundancy came and went this week without me realising. It’s probably a good thing as I would have felt compelled to do some sort of ‘then and now’ post. Don’t get me wrong. Leaving the life I was leading before was the best thing I’ve ever done, but I still have some regrets—things I wish I’d done differently. But given there’s no chance of me returning to 2012, here we are… ready to talk books and reading. Again.

Book review: Here we Lie by Sophie McKenzie

Saturday, September 26, 2015 Permalink

Goodreads informs me this is the third Sophie McKenzie I’ve read and I’ve obviously enjoyed them all, rating the two previous novels 3 stars. (I’m a hard marker, so 3 stars is a good solid read in ‘my book’.) #sorrynotsorry

Her latest Here We Lie is another psychological thriller which will keep you guessing until the very end.

Book review: The Drowning Lesson by Jane Shemilt

Thursday, September 24, 2015 Permalink

Just over a year ago I read and reviewed Jane Shemilt’s debut novel, Daughter. I enjoyed the book though moaned about some of the characters (who I wanted to slap around the head!). The book centred around the unexplained disappearance of a teenager and busy professional parents (both doctors) who were overcommitted and struggling with guilt as a result of their work / family imbalance.

I note that Shemilt and her husband are both medical professionals (she’s a retired GP) and the subject of grief and its impact is of interest to her; so it’s little wonder her latest book explores themes similar to those in Daughter.