• 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.

  • 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
  • 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!)

  • Book review: A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester

    Thursday, May 12, 2016 Permalink

    I confessed in my Sunday Post that I downloaded this book accidentally. I had no quarrel with the book itself or its Australian author, Natasha Lester. Rather, I’d assumed it to be a combination of two genres I just don’t read: romance and historical fiction.

    I’ve talked before about why I don’t read romance (relationship-envy, cheesy sex scenes) but reasons for my lack of interest in historical fiction aren’t really obvious to me. And yes… I’m such a navel-gazing, self-absorbed introspective type you’d think I would have analysed that little foible. But alas… I usually just find I can’t relate so don’t even try.

    But yet again… I’ve surprised myself.

    four-stars
  • Book review: Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

    Monday, May 9, 2016 Permalink

    Last year a book called My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises was doing the rounds. I loved the title but – for reasons I now do not recall – didn’t get around to reading that book.

    It wasn’t until after I finished Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman that I discovered the Swedish blogger and columnist also authored ‘My Grandmother… etc’ and his latest had a quirky and beguiling warmth that makes me realise I would have loved to read about the apologising grandmother.

    four-stars