• Book review: Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Ragdoll is Daniel Cole’s first novel and it started life as a screenplay. Perhaps that’s where the problem lay a little for me. I mean, don’t get me wrong… I enjoyed this book, but I know many have LOVED it. And I didn’t. I think the book had great potential, but it felt like we were in people’s heads when we shouldn’t have been and timing and elements (on occasion) seemed bit confusing.

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  • Weekly check-in

    Sunday, February 19, 2017 Permalink

    It’s that time of the week again… and there’ll be no weather talk from me cos it’s still hot and dry in my part of Australia. Alas.

    I also need to apologise to bloggers who participate in the Sunday Post or ‘It’s Monday’ linkups as I didn’t get around to read as many posts as usual last week. Don’t ask. Long story. 

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  • Why I don’t read romance

    Thursday, February 16, 2017 Permalink

    It won’t surprise regular readers of my blog or social media devotees, but I thought I should declare…. at this time… the most romantic time of year, that I don’t read romantic fiction.

    Don’t get me wrong. It’s not a snobbery thing. I have nothing against ‘genre’ fiction. I’m not the sort of person who refuses to read anything other than epic tomes by dead Russians. Or similar. Indeed, I tend to shy away from Literary fiction, with a capital L, cos it scares and confuses me and will most certainly leave me wondering what exactly I’ve just spent several hours of my life on.

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  • Weekly check-in

    Saturday, February 11, 2017 Permalink

    While much of the US is being buried under piles of snow, we here in Australia are battling the fires of hell. Or similar. I suspect all of us (though am not sure what’s happening in Europe, Asia etc) have all available limbs crossed for more moderate climes. Either way, it’s ideal weather for staying inside and doing some reading. While occasionally taking a break to moan about the weather. #obvs

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  • Book review: City of Friends by Joanna Trollope

    Monday, February 6, 2017 Permalink

    To the best of my knowledge I’ve not previously read a novel by Joanna Trollope. I’ve heard of the popular English author of course, but tend to assume her books wouldn’t be of interest – relegating them to the part of my life I’ve left elsewhere. The time in which I loved and read Maeve Binchy, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Danielle Steel and the like.

    So it’s always a surprise when I find myself reading something which seems alien and familiar (and comfortable) at the same time.

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  • Weekly check-in

    Sunday, February 5, 2017 Permalink

    Okay, so… the choice is yours: weather news; or no weather news during this intro-chit-chat?

    Argh, dammit… here goes. It’s bloody hot. We need rain. My grass is brown. And did I mention it’s been bloody hot?

    In related news, I think there’s a career awaiting me as a weather girl. 🙂

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