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

The comparison trap

Thursday, November 24, 2016 Permalink

I’ve written before (a number of times) about the comparison trap… and contemplated the impact it can have on our confidence and happiness.

My recent post about happiness and success circled around this very issue and I found myself contemplating it even more so as I responded to comments.

It’s something I struggle with BIG TIME. And I know I’m not alone in that.

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

When our priorities surprise us

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Permalink

Last Thursday I wrote about success and happiness and shared a couple of quotes which made sense to me. I talked about ‘intuitive decision making’ which sounds very wanky, but really just means ‘going with your gut’.

I quoted Christie Inge and Kelly and Brooke from the Let It Be podcast – all of whom talked about the sense of discomfort when our choices aren’t aligned with our values or goals.

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!

Book review: The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

Saturday, November 19, 2016 Permalink

Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke return to bookstores this week with their legalistic suspense Under Suspicion series. And it took me a while but I’ve only just realised the books (although mostly the titles) are kinda based around fairytales. Kinda.

They’ve mixed things up a little this time around however. Although Under Suspicion producer Laurie Moran is back, her former professional partner (and erstwhile love interest), lawyer Alex Buckley has left the show and is giving Laurie some ‘space’. It means she has to get used to a new host and is dealing with a case which offers up some unwelcome surprises.

three-half-stars

Returning to Isowhey

Friday, November 18, 2016 Permalink

I’ve talked a little about the surgery I had four months ago. I’m pretty sure I also recall complaining about the surgery prep, which required me to cut out carbohydrates and stick to protein for a couple of weeks in advance.

It was recommended two meals each day comprise a protein shake. The dietician I was seeing suggested two different brands. One of those was not gluten-free. But fortunately the other – Isowhey – was, and it was one I was familiar with from the free-trial I participated in almost four years before.

Success and happiness

Thursday, November 17, 2016 Permalink

A month or so ago I had 7hrs of driving for a 90min work meeting. I downloaded an audiobook for the occasion – not realising until too late that it was a novella and would occupy me for less than 2hrs.

Thankfully I had a gazillion podcasts on hand to keep me company. A series I particularly enjoyed was Let It Be, by Kelly Exeter and Brooke McAlary. Their discussions centre around living simply and authentically, and the sessions that resonated focussed on happiness, success and… our legacy.