• My 2017 reading challenges

    Monday, January 23, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t usually sign up for challenges. Cos, well… 1. I’m too lazy; and b) I get bored easily. And there’s also the fact I hate failing. Despite excelling at it so.

    However… this year I have inadvertently-on-purpose signed up for two challenges on the reading front.

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  • Weekly check-in

    Saturday, January 21, 2017 Permalink

    It’s supposed to cool down here Sunday and everyone I know in my part of Australia will be breathing a sigh of relief. Our media’s been talking about ‘heatwaves’. I can’t remember if it was this hot when I was a kid or if we just weren’t used to airconditioning and the like and just kinda expected to be lying around in pools of sweat.

    But enough of this obligatory chit chat about the weather and onto important stuff like books and book blogging.

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  • Weekly check-in

    Sunday, January 15, 2017 Permalink

    You’ll be happy to know I’m slowing rediscovering my reading mojo – although in all honesty it was only ever on a holiday. Not lost.

    However it’s been a hot week in parts of Australia (at 33-40C / 90-104F) and very humid, so I must confess my evenings have been spent more in front of TV in my air-conditioned living space, than in the bathtub where I read. 

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  • Book review: Tell Me A Lie by CJ Carver

    Friday, January 13, 2017 Permalink

    I read CJ Carver’s Spare Me The Truth last year and enjoyed meeting former spook Dan Forrester and ‘maverick’ cop Lucy Davies. I hadn’t realised it was to be a series but should mention that it isn’t necessary to have read the first book before tackling this one. In fact, there was minimal reference to events of the first and Carver is able to quickly provide necessary context without including a lot of backstory.

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    three-half-stars
  • Author Interview: Christine Dibley

    Thursday, January 12, 2017 Permalink

    I’m virtual friends with a lot of aspiring writers, bloggers, freelancers and novelists. And I’m at an age when many people I know are questioning the purpose of their day job and its place in their life and… perhaps feeling the odd snippet of regret.

    Indeed, my seachange just over four years ago was an attempt to follow some convoluted passion and have more time for ‘me’ and the things I enjoy. 

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  • Book review: Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Permalink

    It’s weird when a book becomes something you’re not expecting. I recently read a book that ventured into the mystical… and I wasn’t quite ready for it. This book by Sandrone Dazieri – the first UK release for the author of 8 novels and 50 screenplays – was good. Indeed, I demolished the first half in a sitting. But – it became something kinda different as Dazieri introduced elements that, well… while they may have made sense to many, were less of interest to me.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Slow Horses by Mick Herron

    Friday, January 6, 2017 Permalink

    Originally published in 2010, Slow Horses is the first of Mick Herron’s Jackson Lamb series about a band of misfits; former spooks who’ve been cast out of MI5 for all sorts of nefarious deeds. The first three books in the series are being re-published prior to the release of the fourth, Spook Street, which comes out in February.

    This was my first outing with Herron, Lamb and the slow horses. It was one which got off to a galloping start, slowed a little midway, but cantered past the finish post with great aplomb… readying me for the next race in the series. (See what I did there? #sorrynotsorry)

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    three-half-stars
  • Blogging in 2016

    Monday, January 2, 2017 Permalink

    I’m again linking up with Denyse Whelan whose prompt for today is ‘A favourite post from 2016’. It’s funny as I can easily identify the favourite posts I’ve ever written. There are a few about my dad and his passing, his dementia and a few others penned when I had my Diet Schmiet blog. But when I think about the posts from the last year none really stand out more than others. 

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