• Top ten new authors I read in 2016

    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Permalink

    The Broke and Bookish host a Top Ten book-blog linkup every Tuesday. I’m not a regular participant – which may be the understatement of the year given this is the second time I’ve joined in – but I thought it timely to participate today and share those authors who were new (to me) in 2016.

    You’ll see a a mix of international and Australian authors, as well as more established and debut authors. There are more of course, but some will be included in my ‘Favourite books of 2016 post’ and I’m not permitting any double-dipping… this time around.

  • Weekly check-in

    Sunday, December 4, 2016 Permalink

    It’s been a slow reading week over at my place. It has however, given me time to catch up on some reviewing. And some binge-television watching. Which may – or may not – be inversely proportional to my reading. 🙂

  • Book review: Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding

    Friday, December 2, 2016 Permalink

    Joy Fielding was probably one of the first romantic suspense authors I ever read. I recall reading See Jane Run in the early 1990s and then tracking down everything she wrote before and after for many years. I seem to have missed a few now so jumped at the chance to review her latest, Someone is Watching, when I saw it was available.

    four-stars
  • Book review: The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Permalink

    German author (lawyer and former judge) Bernhard Schlink is probably best known for his book, The Reader, which was made into the popular film starring Kate Winslet and the v.sexy Ralph Fiennes.

    It’s a book I’ve not read (nor have I seen the film) but it’s on my ‘must read some day’ list, so I jumped at the chance to read his latest release, The Woman on the Stairs.

    four-stars
  • Book review: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

    Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Permalink

    At over 520 pages this book is long. Not sci-fi or dystopian fiction-long. But a bit long for someone with the attention span of a gnat. Like me. As a result it took me three nights to get through. With a few breaks in between.

    I suspect if Stephenie Meyer had REALLY grabbed my attention I would have read it in a very long sitting, but The Chemist didn’t quite get there for me. It did, however, interest me enough to keep me turning the pages. All 522 of them.

    three-stars
  • Weekly check-in

    Sunday, November 27, 2016 Permalink

    As this Sunday rolls around I’ve had my Gilmore Girls appetite sated, done a teensy bit of reading, and blogged a little. It also rained for a day or two so I’ve had an excuse for not watering my yard or exercising. So life – in my neck of the woods – is good.

  • Book review: When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

    Friday, November 25, 2016 Permalink

    I used to read a lot of Jayne Ann Krentz books when I trawled the local library. I’m not as big a fan of some of her Amanda Quick / Jayne Castle (pseudonym) series, but enjoy her romantic suspense novels. Despite the romance! 😉

    I actually had this for ages before reading it and still read it a long time before publication because it was EXACTLY what I was in the mood for one night.

    four-stars
  • Book review: Fearless by Fiona Higgins

    Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Permalink

    It’s always obvious if authors of fiction are writing about a topic or place they know well as they can seamlessly drop facts in without it appearing as if they’re offering up some sort of PhD thesis and overtly demonstrating their vast knowledge. The fact that Fiona Higgins – author of Wife on the Run and The Mother’s Group – lived in Indonesia and understands the place, customs and culture is thus very obvious (in a good way) in her latest novel, set in Bali.

    three-half-stars
  • Weekly check-in

    Sunday, November 20, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve had a surprisingly productive week on the book reviewing and blogging front, publishing something every day. Of course if I wasn’t quite as ‘all or nothing’ I would have saved a post or two for coming weeks when apathy will set in. Oh well… moderation schmoderation!