It’s Monday. What am I reading?

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Apparently it’s Monday again, so time to link up with Sheila from Book Journey to share what I am reading.

It’s also Australia Day here in Oz, which means two very important things… firstly, it’s a public holiday (so #yay); and secondly bloggers around Australia are participating in a blog hop / link-up bookish giveaway. Here’s a link to my post if you’re an Aussie dweller and keen to enter, and I’d encourage you to check out Shelleyrae’s blog, Book’d Out, for a list of all of those participating.

Australia Day book giveaway

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It’s almost Australia Day here in Oz – a day which sees many drape themselves in our red white and blue flag, while wearing green and gold wigs and zinc cream and drinking once-Australian now-imported beer.

But meat pies, beer, kangaroos and rubber thongs aside… for a small nation (in population anyway) it seems to me we are pretty well represented on the cultural world stage. Not only have we presented the world ACDC, the BeeGees, INXS and 5SOS; but we’ve also offered the likes of Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Judi Davis, Dame Edna Everage and the Hemsworth brothers.

Book review: Breaking Creed by Alex Kava

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Goodreads not-very-reliably tells me Breaking Creed  is the first Alex Kava book I’ve read. I know this isn’t true as a character featured in one of Kava’s series (Maggie O’Dell) is very familiar to me. Well that and I have two of Kava’s books sitting on my bookshelf!*

However, I’ve got a niggling feeling I’ve read a more recent book by Kava which introduces dog handler extraordinaire Ryder Creed in some minor way. Perhaps I’m getting it mixed up with something else… but I’d swear I (fairly recently) read a book which featured a search and rescue dog trainer.

Anyhoo… Ryder’s a former marine who takes in strays and unwanted dogs and – akin to a dog whisperer – turns them into K9s able to undertake a huge array of search and rescue tasks.

Book review: The Girl in the Photograph by Kate Riordan

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from The Girl in the Photograph  by Kate Riordan, although knew it unfolded in two timeframes. I had – in all honesty – expected one of those times to be ‘now’, but that wasn’t the case. I rarely read historical fiction, although enjoy novels by the likes of (Aussie writer) Kate Morton who does the ‘now and then’ thing very well.

As it happens, The Girl in the Photograph  is told from two viewpoints: that of Alice in 1932 – a young woman who finds herself pregnant to a married man; and Elizabeth who is mistress of Stanton House at Fiercombe Estate in the late 1800s.

NSVs – Non scale victories

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I’ve got my third appointment with my personal trainer after work today. And I’m dreading it. I’m not actually dreading the PT session itself, rather I’m dreading the fact he’s expecting me to get weighed.

Book review: Unlock Your Style by Nikki Parkinson

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Regular readers of my blog will know that I avoid non-fiction at all costs. I’m not sure why. I can’t recall any incidents of childhood trauma which could have resulted in my aversion. It’s possibly as simple as the fact that I read to ‘escape’ which means there’s no place for reality on my bookshelves. Perhaps therapy would help. ;-)

Either way, I broke my no-non-fiction commandment earlier this week when I picked up Unlock Your Style  by Nikki Parkinson.