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Here is my occasional roundup of the books I’ve read, the books I’m currently reading, Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

Books I have recently finished:

Book: Honeymoon for One by Lily Zante

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: A sweet read – perfect for when you want to be entertained without having to think too much. Ava is dumped by her fiancé on New Year’s Eve just six weeks before their wedding. She decides to go on the planned honeymoon in Italy anyway – as you do. She meets a nice man and keeps secrets from him and then loses it because he keeps secrets from her!!! Still there needs to be friction before a Happy Ever After doesn’t there?

Book: The Opal Dragonfly by Julian Leatherdale

Genre: Historical Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Mistress Mine by Gabrielle Dubois

Genre: Historical Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe

Genre: YA Dystopian

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark

Genre: Mystery

Thoughts: Separate review here

My Current reads:

Us against You by Fredrik Backman (Contemporary Fiction – due for release 5th June) – After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. This book is a sequel to BEARTOWN that was released last year.

Three Gold Coins by Josephine Moon (Women’s Fiction) – Two days ago, Lara Foxleigh tossed three gold euros into the Trevi Fountain. Now, she is caring for a cranky old man and living in a picturesque villa half a world away from her home and the concerns of her loving family.

Eventually Julie by Anthea Syrokou (Women’s Fiction) – Julie has had enough! At 27, she feels overwhelmed with her life so finally decides to take action and sets off to Paris to find the answers that can set her free, and live a life full of meaning and passion. Julie loses herself in the sights and smells, and in the beauty of travelling in one of the most romantic cities in the world.

Quote/s and links for the week

Links: Here are a couple of online articles I found recently:

April is Autism Awareness Month – here are a few books that deal with the subject:

https://www.bookbub.com/blog/2017/03/29/books-about-autism

A choose your own story for grown-ups – I have actually put an order in for this one looks great – but as a physical read, I think, rather than an e-version:

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1235-a-new-novel-lets-you-choose-your-own-romantic-adventure

Quotes: These have recently caught my eye:

A scene where a writer’s group discuss reader reviews – one member has just returned from consulting with his therapist:

“…He held up one hand. “In my defense, it was one-star and began, ‘I don’t know anything about astrophysics, but … ’” Ouch. Those hurt. Even I get those. Not about astrophysics, of course, but equally ridiculous. I’m giving Ms. Russo’s book one star because I ordered the wrong book. Or, this is a mystery and I hate reading mysteries, even though the description clearly states it’s a mystery. Or my favorite, I thought this was by Richard Russo, NOT Charlemagne Russo, whoever she is. I LOVE his books. Won’t bother to read hers. It took volumes of emotional maturity to ignore those kinds of bogus reviews…”

From Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark

I have this on my TBR pile, but haven’t read the first in the series yet, but someone posted this quote and it appealed to me.

…"You’re a Librarian." Lady Guantes put the same delicate disgust into the word that someone else might have used for mercenaries, colonoscopy or mad dogs and Englishmen. "Letting you do so much as talk is dangerous."…

From The Masked City (The Invisible Library, #2) by Genevieve Cogman

This is another book on my wish list:

“Because,” said Thor, “when something goes wrong, the first thing I always think is, it is Loki’s fault. It saves a lot of time.”

From Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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Here is my latest roundup of the books I’ve read, the books I’m reading, Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

Books I have recently finished:

Book: The Witness by Nora Roberts

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Thriller

Thoughts: It took me half the book, but I had this nagging feeling that Elizabeth/Abigail reminded me of someone. I thought Shelden from THE BIG BANG THEORY TV show – but then the penny dropped – It is Leonard’s mum in the Big Bang Theory TV Comedy show! Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally rebels and goes to a nightclub with a school friend on forged identities. A few hours later she is in witness protection after her friend is murdered in a mafia assassination – the Russian mafia. Witness protection does not work out either and Elizabeth runs for her life alone into the darkness with an exploding house behind her. Twelve years later the reader meets Abigail who lives alone in the Ozarks – so does the local Police Chief. Can he earn her trust and then help her solve her problems? Of course he can – great story.

Book: Feels like home by Lisa Ireland

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: Jo is a successful novelist living in New York, who is engaged to the dreamboat Hollywood actor who is playing the male lead in the movie version of her debut novel. She returns to her home town in the Australian outback to be a bridesmaid at her best friend’s wedding. She doesn’t realise her childhood sweetheart, single dad Ryan, is going to be the best man. From here proceeds a wonderful romance about misunderstanding, betrayal and reconciliation.

My Current reads:

The Opal Dragonfly by Julian Leatherdale (Historical) – September, 1851. Sydney, city of secrets and gossip. Seventeen-year-old Isobel Macleod is determined to save her father because she loves him. But when she dares to trespass in a forbidden male world, she will be plunged into social disgrace. A wave of ill fortune threatens to swallow up her family and their stately home, Rosemount Hall, ‘the finest house in the colony’ on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour. Is Isobel to blame for her family’s fate or does the cause lie further in the past? A daughter sacrifices her reputation, two men bid for the love of a woman, freedom is found in the heart of a dust storm, a father’s legacy reveals past crimes.

The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe (YA Dystopian) – 15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of London by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilization from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind. Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…

Quote/s and links for the week

Links: Here are a few online articles I found this week:

Why science says reading books should be your priority:

https://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/why-reading-books-should-be-your-priority-according-to-science.html

Chris Bohjalian explains how he was inspired to write his latest novel THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT:

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/03/the-origins-of-the-flight-attendant

The movie version of A WRINKLE IN TIME is out, I haven’t seen it yet – but is on my wish list. If you read and enjoyed it, here are some suggestions as to what to read next:

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/03/read-next-loved-wrinkle-time

Quotes: These have recently caught my eye:

Beverly Hofstadter: Aside from a pro forma consummation of our marriage, his father and I only had intercourse for the purposes of reproduction.

Sheldon: That seems a fairly efficient arrangement.

Beverly Hofstadter: Yes, we think so. We’ve both done papers on it. Mine from the neuroscientific point of view and his from an anthropological. Mine, of course, was the only one worth reading.

Sheldon: Of course. I would very much like to read about your sex life.

Beverly Hofstadter: Well, it’s all online, or you can order it from the Princeton University Press.

Beverly Hofstadter: I’ve been responsible for my own orgasms since 1982.

Penny: Yikes.

Beverly Hofstadter: *laughs*

Penny: What’s so funny?

Beverly Hofstadter: That’s exactly what I say during orgasms: "yikes".

Quotes from Leonard’s Mum – Beverly Hofstadter – Big Bang Theory

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Here is my roundup of the books I’ve read, the books I’m reading, Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

Books I have recently finished:

Book: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Genre: YA Fantasy

Thoughts: Has gone straight to my top reads for 2018 list. An edge of the seat story about a cursed child called Morrigan Crow. Cursed children are born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, and, worst of all, the curse means that they are doomed to die at midnight on their eleventh birthday. The story opens as Morrigan is snatched from the slobbering, snarling jaws of death and whisked away to secret, magical city called Nevermoor. To stay there Morrigan needs to complete and pass 4 trials; if she fails, then it’s back to face her fate. The first in a series – can’t wait for the second one.

Book: Kahayatle by Elle Casey

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Apocalyptic

Thoughts: Kahayatle was a really good story and the first of a trilogy. Summary of story – it’s the end of the world as we know it. Everyone under 10 and over 20 died and the young teen survivors are surviving – just. However, as supplies of food are running out – city dwellers who don’t know how to produce food have found a protein source. Eating other survivors. Our 3 young main characters are not happy about this and have trekked to the Everglades in Florida to hide away.

Book: That Wintry Feeling by Debbie Macomber

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story. Special Ed teacher, Cathy, moves to the remotest part of the USA she could find – Alaska – after watching the man she loved walk down the aisle with her sister. However, her new best friend seem to think she needs a man at her side and talks Cathy into answering a lonely hearts ad in the local paper. Through this she gets a brand-new challenge, namely Grady Jones, a pilot and single dad who is so busy with his business he has little time spare for his daughter. He comes up with a solution to both their problems: a marriage of convenience. She get companionship – and he gets a mother for his child. You know what you are going to get with Debbie Macomber – misunderstandings, so much frustration you want to bang the MC heads together – before the inevitable happy ever after. Love it

Book: The Liftsal Guardians by Alexandra Moody

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi

Thoughts: The first in a series, Australian writer, Alexandra Moody has done a great job with her world building, well she actually builds two worlds. A fast-paced story set in a future in which the earth is overpopulated and another world war has broken out, Sloane is onboard a spaceship tasked with finding a new planet to colonize. As the book opens her brother Ash, part of the first team sent down to the green planet, has disappeared. And Sloane sneaks into the rescue mission craft as she feels no one is capable of finding her brother. Headstrong and stubborn Sloane has spent years training to be lethal and she can cut a man down as easily with her bare hands as she can with a sword. Things go wrong though and the rescue mission crashes – people die and get injured and Sloane is ostracized by the rest of the team. At this point things go from bad to worse and she is kidnapped by an alien, Rhyn, and taken to another planet – one in permanent winter. Now it looks like she has finally met her match – and she certainly is out of her depth. The rest of the book deals with her time on the mysterious frozen world as she gradually learns what is going on. I will certainly chase up the next couple of books.

My Current reads:

Feels like home by Lisa Ireland (Romance) – Celebrity novelist Johanna (Jo) Morgan returns to her home town in the Aussie outback to be maid-of-honour at her best friend’s wedding. She’s shocked to find her school sweetheart, Ryan Galloway, is back as well and well-integrated in the community as the local vet – and the best man at the same wedding, and a single dad. Jo and Ryan have no choice but to grin and bear all the tension. But it’s not only resentment lingering between them. The attraction is still there, and the heat and the memories.

The Witness by Nora Roberts (Romantic suspense/Thriller) – Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems — and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail’s reserve only intrigues police Chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something — and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

Mistress Mine by Gabrielle Dubois (Historical) – In 1876, Louise St Quentin is sixteen. She is an orphan and the rich owner of a huge estate. Her future seems all mapped out; a marriage of convenience which would help her manage her estate. But Louise listens to her heart rather than her reason.

The end of the 19th century is terribly exciting, and Louise wants to discover everything – the adventure lying at the end of the railway track, romantic music, the modern cuisine in the new Parisian restaurants, and impressionist painting. Will her artistic, cultural and sensual upbringing going to lead the young girl to her ruin or to love? Will Louise, the young French girl find the grass greener on the other side of the world?

Quote/s and links for the week

Links: Here are a few online articles I found this week:

Is reading better for you than a spa?

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-43004760

They don’t just act:

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/03/they-dont-just-act-celebrities-with-books-that-are-worth-a-read/?cdi=60CADC906181AC6DE0534FD66B0A0081&ref=PRH24BB520913

Book and wine matchings:

https://www.bustle.com/articles/123495-9-book-and-wine-pairings-that-are-perfect-for-a-boozy-book-club

Quotes: These have recently caught my eye:

…The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision…

Helen Keller

“She wants to learn how to handle a gun.”

“Well, I want George Clooney naked in my bed, but I haven’t attempted kidnapping. Yet.”

From The Witness by Nora Roberts

“Have you always been this anti-social or is it just the apocalypse that’s brought out your sunny personality traits?”

From Kahayatle by Elle Casey

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Here is my roundup of the books I’ve read, the books I’m reading, Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

Books I have recently finished:

Book: Storm Clouds by Bronwyn Parry

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Thoughts: Set in outback Australia, two women are found dead within days of each other. There is a connection to one of the National Parks rangers – One of the women is Simon’s wife. The other woman was her close friend. Were the two women part of the alternative lifestyle ‘Community of Bliss’ that has moved into the area? The community says no – but Simon and his work partner Erin think not – and Erin goes into the community undercover. The storm clouds gather and when the storm broke I was on the edge of my seat willing the hero’s on!

Book: Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Genre: Science Fiction/Romance

Thoughts: A wonderful bit of fluff reading – about female humans being dumped on an ice planet by their alien kidnappers after a technical difficulty on board their spaceship. The residents of the planet are mostly male and looking for mates – well you can guess the outcome. 12 ladies – 12 books – lots of delicious rumpy pumpy.

Book: Meet Ruby by Penny Matthews

Genre: Middle School/Historical

Thoughts: Ruby is a well off young girl who lives in Adelaide, Australia, during the Great Depression. An easy to read book that looks at the changes in circumstances that many families found themselves in at this time.

Book: The Last Train by Sue Lawrence

Genre: Historical Mystery

Thoughts: Separate review here 

Book: Wildwood by Elinor Florence

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

My Current reads:

The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Middle school/YA Fantasy) – After this book was touted at the Frankfurt Book Fair – eight major publishing houses were vying for the rights; not long after 20th Century Fox secured film rights. Absolutely a ripper of a story about a cursed eleven-year-old girl who escapes death (as all cursed children die when they turn 12) and finds herself in a magical world. In order to stay there she has to take a quest – if she fails she has to go back and accept her fate. I am love, love, LOVING this story

Kahayatle by Elle Casey (YA/Sci-Fi/Apocalyptic) – First in the Apocalypsis series. All those who haven’t reached puberty and are over 20 die. Bryn is all alone in Orlando, Florida, after the passing of her father and is running out of food. In fact in the city starvation is rife and some gangs, called canners, are now eating whoever they come across. She has to find somewhere safe to live and has made a decision to get out of her home and go – well – somewhere.

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon (Historical) – set in WWII Italy during the German occupation, Angelo is a Catholic priest who is risking everything to be one of the Catholic nuns and priests hiding Jews in a convent – one of the hidden is Eva, his childhood friend and one time girlfriend until the Church called him. Eva, on the other hand, now has to deal Angelo, knowing that this man that she loved, still loves, actually chose to be a priest instead of a life with her.

Quote/s and links for the week

Links:

Here are a few online articles I found this week:

February 1st was read aloud day (who knew?) any how here’s a link:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/the-romance-of-reading-books-aloud-its-not-just-for-kids/2018/01/29/cfdf6e32-0507-11e8-8777-2a059f168dd2_story.html?utm_term=.bb980aef5000

While February 23rd was international Dog Biscuit day – my bad beagle boy’s favourite day after his birthday:

http://pawsitivelysweetbakery.com/february-23-international-dog-biscuit-day/?v=47e5dceea252

And because we all need to take time and get into nature sometimes:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/tours/most-beautiful-gardens-in-the-world/

Quotes:

These have recently caught my eye:

But what it comes down to for me is that it’s not an ideal world. There are people out there who torture, burn, maim, bomb and enslave others. Mostly because of religion and territory, and they’re not going to be dissuaded from their path. Kids should be able to chase butterflies and feed ducks and go to school without fearing a bomb or a bullet. Or worse. And I guess that’s why I do what I do

From Storm Clouds by Bronwyn Parry – the MC explaining why a Quaker raised man who loves peace is in the SAS.

…It was called sheltered accommodation, but I’d never quite been able to work out what we were being sheltered from. The world was still out there. It crept in through the newspapers and the television. It slid between the cracks of other people’s conversation and sang out from mobile telephones. We were the ones hidden away, collected up and ushered out of sight, and I often wondered if it was actually the world that was being sheltered from us.

From Three Things about Elsie by Joanna Cannon

(I’ve got this one on my wish list)

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

C.S. Lewis

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Here is my weekly roundup of the books I’ve read, the books I’m reading, Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

This week so far I have finished:

Book: Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster (Australian Author)

Genre: Contemporary YA Fantasy

Thoughts: Didn’t really grab me all the much, had all the elements of a really good fantasy but just didn’t fully pull me in – however, some of my friends have read it and really enjoyed it to the extent they are waiting with baited breath for the second in the series. Me? Not so much.

Book: Merry & Bright: A Christmas Anthology by Fiona Roarke et al

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Christmas stories

Thoughts: As with all anthologies some stories you love, some leave you scratching your head and the rest are good. All the stories are set in the fictional place of Nocturne Falls which is the literary invention of author Kristen Painter. She invited some other authors to write books set in her world and called the series Nocturne Falls Universe. Now these authors have each written a Christmas themed chart story. I haven’t read many of the invited authors so feel this might have effected some of my opinions of some of the stories as I think I should have read the book before the short story. My three favourite stories were The Sorcerer’s Christmas Miracle by Cate Dean, Magic’s Frost by Sela Carsen and The Witch’s Snow Globe Wish by Larissa Emerald.

Book: The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell

Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir

Thoughts: For the most part I really enjoyed this memoir. Helen Russell and her husband move to Denmark when her husband is offered a job with Lego. They move to a small village on the coast in Jutland and Helen proceeds to go through their year month by month. Each chapter is a different month and a different topic – politics, health, drinking, children, religion, traditions and Viennese pastries. Each topic comes out of experiences – dancing cow celebrations lead her into the agricultural area – she then proceeds to interview expert people, Google facts, chat to friends and neighbors and then present the information in an easy to read manner.

Book: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Genre: YA, Horror

Thoughts: Cynthia has to save her friends from the new librarian who is young, super cute but also, it turns out, a demon who seems hell bent on sucking the life force out of the entire student body. A couple of deaths, a double cross by a demon minion and a deal fraught with danger all occur before the end. The book is described as “…horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor…” and it fitted the description perfectly.

Book: Murder of a Werewolf by April Fernsby

Genre: Cozy Paranormal Mystery

Thoughts: I love, love, loved this quick read. Two world – a murder mystery and some magical moments.

Book: The Bookshop on the corner by Jenny Colgan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Thoughts: This was one of my top two books of January. Based around a move from city to country, setting up a mobile bookshop in Scotland and falling in love. There are beautiful descriptions, without being wordy. Jenny Colgan has written a few other books that I am anxious to get my hands on.

Book: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Genre: YA Fantasy

Thoughts: Separate review here

My Current reads:

Books I am currently reading:

The Last Train by Sue Lawrence (Historical mystery) – Due for release in February, two women more than 100 years apart have something in common. Their husband/partner disappears without warning. One in a train smash – the other at an airport. The blurb says there are more links than that.

Storm Clouds by Bronwyn Parry (Mystery/Thriller) – Set in outback Australia, two women are found dead within days of each other. There is a connection to one of the National Parks rangers – One of the women is Simon’s wife. The other woman was her close friend. Were the two women part of the alternative lifestyle ‘Community of Bliss’ that has moved into the area? The community says no – but Simon and his work partner Erin think not – and Erin is going into the community undercover.

Wildwood by Elinor Florence (Contemporary Fiction) – This book is due for release in March. The main character is single mum Molly Bannister. In order to receive an inheritance in her great-aunt’s will, Molly must spend one year in an abandoned, off-the-grid farmhouse in the remote backwoods of northern Alberta. If she does, she will be able to sell the farm and fund her four-year-old daughter’s badly needed medical treatment.

Quote/s and links for the week

Links:

There is a theme this week – not forcing yourself to finish a book if you are not enjoying it – I gave myself permission not to finish a book I wasn’t enjoying a few years ago – it was liberating. There are SO many great books out there – why waste it one that is not rocking your socks off!

!0 signs that you should stop reading:

https://www.bustle.com/articles/137119-10-signs-you-should-give-up-on-a-book-youre-in-the-middle-of-no-really

And the rule I abide by – the 50 page rule:

https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-rule-of-50-helps-you-know-when-to-give-up-on-a-bo-1676241613

Quotes:

These took my eye this time around:

I’m not interested in whether the glass is half empty or half full.

I’m interested in figuring out how to fill the glass

Donald Kaberuka

…One moment she would look up from her book to see a gentle brown heath, the golden light playing through the heather; the next she looked up in time to see an osprey dive across the road toward a lock, which made her start; then, as the crested the next mountain, a ray of sunshine came out and she put her book down altogether…

From The Bookshop on the corner by Jenny Colgan

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Here is my weekly roundup of the books I’ve read, the books I’m reading, Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

Actually – this is my reading month so far – as is the first ‘weekly’ post I have done this year

This week month so far I have finished:

Book: Sanctuary by Judy Nunn (Australian Author)

Genre: Contemporary Australian Fiction

Thoughts: Absolutely fabulous book. Set in Western Australia the story looks at the very topical subject of illegal refugees (boat people as they are called in Australia). I was very worried how the author was going to finish the story – but she did a stellar job. Thoroughly recommend this book.

Book: His to Protect by Elena Aitken

Genre: Paranormal romance

Thoughts: I am into bear shape-changers right now. This is a good romance story – with a bit of drama on the side. Is the first in the series, so will follow up with the others.

Book: Bear’s Mail Order Bride by Candace Ayers

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Thoughts: Yes, I like paranormal romances – and currently going through bear shape-changer ones – but there is a limit to what I will stoop to – and this one reached it. Will not be continuing with the series.

Book: Skyfire by Michael Adams (Australian Author)

Genre: Y/A Science Fiction

Thoughts: Aimed at the younger end of the teen market; this is a fast-paced adventure story. The first of seven books, with seven protagonists from each of the seven continents, seven disasters and seven days to solve the clues and save the world.

Book: Fairway to Heaven by Lily Malone (Australian Author)

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: Nice story set in Western Australia and covers single motherhood, infidelity and friendship. As you can guess from the title, golf is involved – but is not the main focus.

Book: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Genre: YA Fantasy

Thoughts: Separate review here

My Current reads:

Books I am currently reading, and really enjoying, are:

The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell – Really loving this memoir of Helen Russell’s first year in Denmark. Her husband accepts a job with Lego and as she works from home as a freelance journalist. Moving from London to a small town in Jutland in the middle of winter is quite a culture shock – but the Danes have a secret weapon – Hygge.

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen – Paranormal YA, Teen Cynthia has to save her friends from the new librarian who is young, super cute but also a demon who seems hell bent on sucking the life force out of the entire student body – the book is described as horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor – so far it is fitting the description perfectly.

Merry & Bright: A Christmas Anthology by Fiona Roarke et al – Been plodding through this since Christmas – is an anthology of 9 Christmas themed paranormal romance stories all set in the fictional town of Nocturne Falls. It is my bedside read which is why it’s taking me a while to read. Like all anthologies some short stories are really good – others leave you scratching your head.

Quote/s and links for the week

Links:

These fake book subtitles are hilarious!

http://didyouknowfacts.com/dude-instagram-adding-fake-subtitles-library-books-results-hilarious/?utm_source=HOT-FB-Page&utm_medium=HOT-FB-Page&utm_campaign=HOT-FB-Page

And the shortlist for the “Bad Sex Scene” award for 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/23/bad-sex-award-2017-shortlist-the-contenders-in-quotes

Looking for some good Australian and New Zealand romances? Here’s a list:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/72020.Romance_in_Australia_New_Zealand_and_or_Australian_New_Zealander_Heroes_and_Heroines#25159746

Quotes:

Only one this week – as it is a long one. Oh OK – it’s an excerpt – but is a good indicator of my current read:

…It all started simply enough. After a few days off work my husband and I were suffering from post-holiday blues and struggling to get back into the swing of things. A grey drizzle had descended on London and the city looked grubby and felt somehow worn out – as did I. ‘There has to be more to life than this…’ was the taunt that ran through my head as I took the tube to the office every day, then navigated my way home through chicken bone-strewn streets twelve hours later, before putting in a couple of hours of extra work or going to events for my job. As a journalist on a glossy magazine, I felt like a fraud. I spent my days writing about how readers could ‘have it all’: a healthy work-life balance, success, sanity, sobriety – all while sporting the latest styles and a radiant glow. In reality, I was still paying off student loans, relying on industrial quantities of caffeine to get through the day and self-medicating with Sauvignon Blanc to get myself to sleep

From The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

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Here is my weekly roundup of the books I’ve read, the books I’m reading, Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

 

This week I have finished:

Book: Sleighed by Harmony Raines

Genre: Christmas Paranormal Romance

Thoughts: A fun little fluffy paranormal romance with a Christmas theme. A werebear meets his mate – a Christmas elf – when she literally falls out of the sky. This is the first in the ‘Christmas Bear’ series and I am glad I liked it because I have them all!!!

Book: A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais

Genre: Paranormal Romantic suspense

Thoughts: Another light and fluffy paranormal romance – but missed the mark for me – there are more in the series but I don’t think at this stage I will be reading any more

Book: Year One by Nora Roberts

Genre: Post-apocalyptic Fantasy

Thoughts: Separate review here

 

My Current reads:

Books I am currently reading, and really enjoying, are:

A Cornish Christmas by Lily Graham – a feel good Christmas book, Ivy and Stuart have moved to the Cornish coast. After many miscarriages Ivy is finally pregnant and they are daring to hope this time all will be well.

The Runaway Children by Sandy Taylor – Set in WWII England two young sisters are sent into the British country to escape the Blitz. Things don’t go well and now the two girls are trying to get home.

A Very Country Christmas by Various – Australian authors Alissa Callen, Fiona Greene, Rachael Johns, Juliet Madison and Victoria Purman have each written a short story set at Christmas – a peek into how Aussies bring tinsel to the outback, the coast and the city.

 

Quote/s and links for the week

Links:

Sixty-two of the most beautiful libraries in the world:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/51788/62-worlds-most-beautiful-libraries

I had the good fortune to visit the library at Melk Abbey last year – the oldest book on display is dated from 988:

http://www.stiftmelk.at/englisch/Pages_melk/library.html

Quotes:

So, despite the indignity, as Pepper gathered up the reins, and called out ‘On Dasher, on Barnabas’, he rose to the challenge and become the first bear to pull Santa’s sleigh. Not quite what he’d spent all his professional life wanting to be recognized for. But with magic dust on his skin, his blood thrummed in his veins in a primal beat, and he opened his mouth and roared to the sky.

From Sleighed by Harmony Raines

…“I know it’s not the right thing to say to a lady, miss, but you are sweating like a pig!”

“My mother always said that horses sweat, men perspire, and ladies merely glow…”

“Is that so? Well, miss, you are glowing like a pig!” …

From I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

Welcome to Hell, where the living conditions went beyond crowded, the job sucked, and the pay sucked even worse. It was like living in, well, Hell

From: A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais

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