Working out whodunnit

Monday, May 23, 2016 Permalink

I was having a conversation with another book blogger about a novel on the weekend and mentioned I’d guessed the plot twist – and the whodunnit – as a result. She hadn’t she said and I pondered on this a little.

I’d like to think I have some kind of superpower or the criminal profiling genius that FBI behavioural specialists would envy, but sadly I think it comes down to the fact… I read (and watch) a lot of crime fiction and television.

Weekly check-in

Sunday, May 22, 2016 Permalink

It’s that time of the week already and I’m going to spend little time dilly-dallying in my intro today as I’m posing a question (below) for fellow book bloggers – and don’t want this weekly reading and reviewing post to become TOO long. Well… plus I’m tired and lazy.

I didn’t buy a zoo. But I joined a gym

Friday, May 20, 2016 Permalink

Exactly three years and six months and twenty days after making my seachange I’ve joined a gym.

I know, I know… you’re worried I’ve rushed into things, but – believe it or not – I have sussed out this very same gym on a number of occasions. 

Book review: You Sent Me a Letter by Lucy Dawson

Thursday, May 19, 2016 Permalink

I loved the premise of this book: a threatening figure appearing in one’s bedroom and leaving instructions to read a sealed letter in front of family and friends.

The agony of wondering what it might say and turmoil as you ponder what secrets might be revealed. I mean… what’s not to like?!

And though I kept turning the pages, I have to admit the plot fell down in a number of places for me.

three-stars

Book review: The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Permalink

I was fortunate to start this series at the beginning and until I checked Goodreads I assumed The Hanging Club was the second in the series by Tony Parsons. And was about to tell you it should be pretty easy to catch up if you need to.

I was surprised therefore to discover this is actually number three and I ‘somehow’ missed number two last year. So obviously it doesn’t matter if you’re playing catch-up because Parsons does a good job of succinctly sharing any necessary backstory.

three-half-stars

Ten years from now

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Permalink

I was at an informal body corporate meeting for my apartment complex yesterday afternoon and we were discussing a report we’re planning to have done to forecast major expenditure over the next 10-15 years.

And yes, that sentence bored me to death as well. What surprised me however, was the reaction of a few people around the table.

Book review: The Other Side of the Season by Jenn J McLeod

Monday, May 16, 2016 Permalink

Jenn J McLeod’s 2015 book, Season of Shadow and Light, was the first I’d read by the popular Aussie author. It started a little slowly for me but picked up its pace and I very much enjoyed the novel – ostensibly a romance I guess – with some family drama thrown in.

Her latest release, The Other Side of the Season is similarly themed, though perhaps weighs more heavily on the family saga than the romance this time around.

four-stars

Weekly check-in

Saturday, May 14, 2016 Permalink

I’ve spent much of the week suffering from a 21st century ailment known as BEA16-envy. Kinda like life envy but with less angst-reducing drugs required.

Yes, it’s true – while many of my favourite book bloggers in the US (and Europe) strutted their stuff around ‘BookExpo America’ the rest of us suffered in silence. (Okay, well there may have been a petulant comment on a FB update or two!)