• 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
  • Book review: Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Permalink

    Each time I review one of Lisa Unger’s books I rave about what a fan I am of her work. And that remains the case. I have to admit I haven’t however enjoyed ‘The Hollows’ series as much as many of her earlier standalone novels.

    The suspense is still there. The characters are great. We’re kept guessing and remain poised on the edge of our seats. However… I continue to struggle a little with the paranormal / supernatural elements. And yes, I do I know that’s more about me, than Unger’s work.

    four-stars
  • Weekly check-in

    Sunday, June 12, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve been mostly AWOL this week. I had a few family-related commitments and was forced to remind myself that – though I try to be as professional as possible and often treat it as a job – I mostly blog for fun. It’s a passion but it’s also just a hobby. So… I attempted to stop stressing and live in the moment (or whatevs) and enjoy time with my family rather than worry about how few books I’d read or book reviews I’d written.