• Book review: When The Night Comes

    Saturday, October 18, 2014 Permalink

    I’m very late to the Favel Parrett party. In fact, this book had been out two months before I finally requested a copy. Everyone had been so effusive in their praise I think I worried that I’d struggle and have that sense of shame you feel when you’re unable to appreciate true beauty.

  • Book review: The Twilight Hour

    Friday, October 17, 2014 Permalink

    Eleanor is trying to destroy some old papers when the alm0st-blind 92 year old sets her living room alight. Fortunately a neighbour puts the fire out and Eleanor’s only left with some damage to her pride and singed eyebrows.

    After years of trying to persuade their mother to move, this latest incident gives Eleanor’s well-meaning children the fodder they need and they issue an ultimatum: she must move into a home or live with one of them.

  • ABB link-up: Book blogging – managing the process

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Permalink

    The third Aussie Book Bloggers’ Link-up 

    I’ve talked ad nauseam about my love of reading. Most weeks I read 3-4 books, depending what I have on. I only read at night and only in the bath. (Yes, weird I know!)

    I also love writing, so book blogging is kinda perfect.

    But occasionally I get behind in the reviewing process. And before I know it I’m having to force myself to not-read until I catch up on reviewing. Which has been happening of late. A lot!

  • Author interview: Ellie O’Neill

    Monday, October 13, 2014 Permalink

    I’m very pleased today to be sharing an interview with author Ellie O’Neill. Ellie’s debut novel, Reluctantly Charmed, was released earlier this month.

    Reluctantly Charmed  brings together the lithesome world of Irish folklore and long-forgotten fairies and the cynical and obsessive nature of a world addicted to online technology. There’s some romance thrown in for good measure and (importantly) a bit of a moral to the story so – in a sense – it’s like a modern day fairytale. (Oh and I almost forgot… there’s chocolate. And The Hoff!!!)

  • It’s Monday. What am I reading?

    Monday, October 13, 2014 Permalink

    Time again to share the books I enjoyed (or not) last week and those I intend to read this week.

    I had a couple of nights ‘off’ reading – both forced (as I was too far behind in my reviewing). I realised I had 6 books read but not yet reviewed. I worry a little about my memory when that happens. They were all very recent reads (in last week or two), but still… 

  • Book review: Amnesia

    Friday, October 10, 2014 Permalink

    In the blogging / online / social media world there’s something called clickbait. It’s (apparently) a bad thing and usually involves (a perception of) deception. You tweet / Facebook something with a link that catches the eye of readers, but when they open the link it’s got little to do with what they were expecting. Titling blog posts offers the same dilemma*. It’s a fine line: how to offer a title that’s clever and enticing; but (at the same time) relevant.