Things that help me cope

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Permalink

I haven’t participated in a Wordless Wednesday link-up for ages, so figured the time was ripe. Or perhaps overly-ripe… But here I am nonetheless.

And I thought I’d share some of the coping mechanisms I’ve been employing to keep me sane. I’ve posted some personal stuff recently which has probably given you the impression I’m teetering on the edge. Well, thankfully I’m not that bad (at least during the day 😉 ) but I’ve developed a few interesting crutches.

Book review: Hush, Little Bird by Nicole Trope

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Permalink

Australian author Nicole Trope is a former high school teacher with a Masters in Children’s Literature and four published novels to her name. I’d heard of her but not read any of her work when her latest book arrived for my reading pleasure. And… you don’t need to wait in suspense until after the ad break for the verdict… it was most definitely a pleasure.

Book review: Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell

Monday, June 22, 2015 Permalink

Although I enjoyed Sex and the City (and own the TV series on DVD) I wasn’t a devotee like many out there. Indeed I never read the anthology by Candace Bushnell (based on her columns) which started it all and didn’t rush out to read any of her other work. However when the opportunity arose to read her latest release I happily jumped at it.

Killing Monica centres around an author whose life has become synonymous with the character she created.

Weekly check in

Sunday, June 21, 2015 Permalink

It’s again time to share my weekly reads and other enthralling exploits. And when I say enthralling, naturally I mean ‘vaguely interesting’.

The Gilmore Girls – 10 years on

Thursday, June 18, 2015 Permalink
Spoiler Alert: This post contains some references to 'how the show finished up'.

The Gilmore Girls seems to be on everyone’s lips of late. A few people I know were already revisiting the show (which first screened between in 2000 and 2007) when it reappeared on Australian TV screens a couple of months ago—encouraging me to take a casual look now and again. (Which soon became every day!)

Thankfully our local TV station isn’t breaking the show between series, so in just a few months we’re already up to season four. And even though I watched it a decade ago and know what happens, I’m loving the time I spend each day with Lorelai and Rory.

Book review: Confessions of a Once Fashionable Mum by Georgia Madden

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Permalink

I think I’m evolving. Before I know it I will be so enlightened people will seek my counsel or wisdom on important issues. Not just what books to read.

Okay… I *may* be getting carried away, but at least I seem to be reading more and more books which would normally be outside my comfort zone or circle of interest. And obviously I’m finding I’ve been underestimating my own level of tolerance. :-) Well that or I’ve been narrow-minded (in the past) and need to bloody well get over myself!

Book review: The Long Hot Summer by Kathleen MacMahon

Monday, June 15, 2015 Permalink

I’d deferred reading The Long Hot Summer by Kathleen MacMahon for over a month. I wasn’t entirely sure I’d enjoy it and worried it’d be a bit too saga-ish for my short attention span. Although once a huge fan of Maeve Binchy (and similar)* I now struggle with novels about generations of families or those which span an extended period of time.

But (once again) I surprised myself by enjoying this easy and beguiling read set in contemporary Ireland.