Book review: The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak

Sunday, October 8, 2017 Permalink

I went to my friend’s house last weekend to ‘interview’ (using the term loosely) my godson about a book I’d been given for review. (In related news, check out our Finn and Puss book review, if you missed it.)

While I was there 6yr old Pickle dragged out another story he wanted me to read. As it happened his mother had already told me she’d bought this book, and I suspect I’d come across it via the same person / site as I’d recently heard of it for the first time as well.

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Book review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Saturday, October 7, 2017 Permalink

I didn’t read Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, but obviously heard great things about it. (And must read it at some point.) I’ve had a bit of a lull in the arrival of new books of late however, so when I saw this in an online catalogue, jumped at the chance to read it.

I’m a little worried however, exactly how I’ll describe the transfixing allure of this book and if I’ll do justice to it. But I shall try….

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Living in the now: take 47348

Thursday, October 5, 2017 Permalink

I promise this will be the last post about my new job and (re)starting full-time work. (In case you missed it, I wrote about my change here and plans – to cope with the changes – here.)

I mean, bloody hell… I would have HATED me five years ago. I’d worked full-time non stop for 20-25yrs and it was the norm. A ‘given’. So reading these posts (about the – *sigh* – trauma of returning to full-time work) would have resulted in a GINORMOUS eye-roll} from the former me. And possibly some ‘suck it up sweetheart’ type admonition.

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Book review: The Perfect Couple by Lexi Landsman

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Permalink

I’d had this book for a while before getting to it. The backcover blurb talks about archeologists and antiquities and I wasn’t sure it was my thing.

And though there is quite a bit of detail about a four hundred year old necklace and historical events from around its era (particularly at the time of its disappearance) the majority of this book is more of a thriller of sorts.

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Book review: Finn and Puss by Robert Vescio and Melissa Mackie

Monday, October 2, 2017 Permalink

I’ve mentioned before I don’t often request / read or review many kids’ books – the whole ‘not having kids’ thing making them a bit redundant in my household. However, if I see something that I think my godson would like I’ll either check with his mum, or just go ahead and request it.

Finn and Puss by Robert Vescio and Melissa Mackie was promoted as an ‘ethical tale’ – with a focus on doing what we know is right, even when it’s hard. It sounded particularly cute so I went ahead and requested it for 6yr old (cat-owner) Pickle’s reading pleasure. (And a life lesson or two!)

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Book review: Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Sunday, October 1, 2017 Permalink

It was good to see Aaron Falk back in this second novel by (award winning) Australian author Jane Harper. For some reason he seemed like an unlikely hero in The Dry but he remains likeable here – perhaps more so with less personal baggage impacting on his role in the investigation (and novel).

I liked the addition of his colleague / work partner Carmen and think the book (perhaps series) is stronger for having her to act as Aaron’s foil.

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Book review: Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Friday, September 29, 2017 Permalink

I’m a fairly new lover of Harlan Coben’s books, not really reading the American author’s work until a few years ago. Although I didn’t LOVE love his 2016 novel, Fool Me Once, his long and much-lauded career is an indication that he consistently produces quality work and his latest novel is no different.

In fact, although I wanted the mystery at hand to be resolved, I kinda didn’t want the book to finish and I suspect that’s a combination of the great characters on offer and an addictive plot.

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Planning for happiness

Thursday, September 28, 2017 Permalink

When I was making my seachange I thought I’d planned pretty well. And – for the most part – I did.

Within a month of finishing work (this time, five years ago) I’d sold my city apartment, bought my beachside apartment and moved.

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Book review: All the Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker

Sunday, September 24, 2017 Permalink

It’s 1995 in Grace, Alabama and Summer Ryan has already disappeared by the time this book opens but we’re in her head at various times as the months before her disappearance take shape.

And we’re left to wonder if Summer’s joined the ranks of the Briar Girls… five seemingly good church-going girls from Briar county who’ve disappeared; or if this is something completely different.

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