Wordless Wednesday: The hippy hippy shake

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Permalink

It feels like yonks since I particpated in a Wordless Wednesday post… and in all honesty I’m here today because last night I started a Facebook rant which became lengthy so I decided to mix it up and add it onto the blog. (Also attempting to make up for my lack of blogging of late.)

Book review: Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Permalink

When we first meet Ted and Lily (his 12 year old dachshund) they are debating the Ryans (Gosling vs Reynolds). It’s Thursday, you see – the night Ted and Lily put aside to talk about cute boys.

It’s a wonderful opening. We ‘get’ that 42 yr old Ted is gay and that Lily is his beloved and constant companion and confidante. However it’s in the opening scene that Ted first sees the octopus.

four-half-stars

Weekly check-in

Sunday, June 26, 2016 Permalink

I’ve been AWOL again this past week, but I’m hoping this next week sees some changes. I apologise I didn’t get around to as many blogs as usual and you’ll notice my reading and blogging has – again – suffered.

Book review: Last to Die by Arlene Hunt

Saturday, June 25, 2016 Permalink

I’ve had a lot of other commitments lately so not had the time, or more accurately – the headspace – to do much reading and writing.

Books like this one by Arlene Hunt are reminders however, of how much nourishment I get from inhaling works of fiction.

three-stars

Book review: The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

Thursday, June 23, 2016 Permalink

I need to start this review by saying I’m (still) really really unsure how I felt about this book. I noted someone on Goodreads commented that it was really hard to categorise Claire North’s work and that’s certainly the case.

I wasn’t entirely sure WHAT I was reading for much of the novel and was just worried I was being tricked in some way and the book was all about ‘hope’ the emotion, rather than Hope, the person. I kept waiting for someone to leap out and laughingly remind me how obtuse and literal I can be.

three-half-stars

Weekly check-in

Sunday, June 19, 2016 Permalink

It’s been another slow reading and writing week for me and that might not change for another week or two as I’ve a range of other commitments. Thankfully my guilt over my lack of online engagement is disappearing… which is good – assuming I don’t lose my motivation or blogging mojo of course!

Book review: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Friday, June 17, 2016 Permalink

The synopsis drew me to this book as I’d not heard of Noah Hawley before; although I now know better as he has a very impressive writing and television resume.

Of course, like most people I really don’t delight in reading about plane crashes, but was intrigued by the suspicion that starts to surround the accident’s heroic survivor.

And I was hooked immediately. Dinner plans were changed – I returned my defrosting chicken to the fridge and dined on chocolate Freddo Frogs instead – so I could remain in the bath reading. Which I did until I was done.

four-stars