Weekly check-in

Sunday, July 31, 2016 Permalink

This week has flown-by. I’m sure there must be some scientific evidence of that fact out there somewhere, cos it CANNOT almost be August!

The days are long but the months are short! #orsomething

Book review: Maggie’s Kitchen by Caroline Beecham

Friday, July 29, 2016 Permalink

I struggled to get to Maggie’s Kitchen by Caroline Beecham – through no fault of its own. It arrived when my reading and reviewing pile was pretty insurmountable AND at a time I going into hospital. Surprisingly I was not in the mood to read during my stay or the week or so after, so poor Maggie and her wartime story had to wait.

But when I finally read it, I eased through it in a night.

three-stars

Book review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Thursday, July 28, 2016 Permalink

Clare Mackintosh’s 2015 release, I Let You Go, was one of my favourite books of the year. It featured a mid-story twist which almost made me drop my iPad in the bathtub. (In related news, thank god for LifeProof covers!)

So… you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Mackintosh had a new book being released… and fortunately her latest, I See You offers up the complex and twisty plot we’ve come to expect from the former police officer.

four-half-stars

All or nothing. Always good or bad?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Permalink

I’ve long admitted to being an ‘all or nothing’ person. Yep. Hello, my name is Deborah and I’m a black / white thinker. And it’s something I consider to be one of my biggest flaws. But, I’ve been recently challenged to consider whether the idea of ‘going big or going home’ could in fact sometimes be a good thing.

Book review: Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

Monday, July 25, 2016 Permalink

Sabine Durrant’s Under Your Skin is one of the twistiest* books I’ve read. I later read Gone Girl (a few years after it was published) and compared to Under Your Skin, the famous thriller felt almost predictable.

I didn’t enjoy Durrant’s second psychological thriller, Remember Me This Way quite as much, but it still offered up a twist or ten. So I literally leapt at the chance to read the former editor and feature writer’s latest novel, Lie With Me.

four-stars

Weekly check-in

Sunday, July 24, 2016 Permalink

Those paying close attention, or – you know – with no lives, might have noted I was missing last week. In fact I’ve been basically AWOL for two weeks. But more on my exploits later.

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