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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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Here is my weekly roundup (well fortnightly in this instance) of books I’ve read, books I’m reading, Internet places I’ve been and quotes I liked. And as it is also the end of the month – I have listed all the books that I have read during November at the end.

This week I have finished:

Book: The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Thoughts: This is one of my top reads this year – Rachael Johns is an Australia author who writes 5-star romances as well more meaty Contemporary Fiction – this is meaty, very meaty – it is to do with infertility and egg donation and the story plunged me to the depths of despair forcing me to reach for tissues and put it down and take a break to calm down. After despair, though, comes hope. And gradually the reader is brought back to normal emotions again – and, like the characters, learn to laugh again. Very well researched, the depth of ‘realness’ of the characters is outstanding, as was my involvement in the story – I was totally absorbed. Rachael also managed to avoid a clichéd resolution and came up with an innovative way to close the story. Every time I read one of her books I think this is the best ever she can’t top this – and then she does!!!

Book: Steam and Sensibility by Kirsten Weiss

Genre: YA Historical Steampunk

Thoughts: I had a reading challenge task that asked me to read a book with the word sensibility in it. None of the 400 odd books on my physical and electronic TBR piles fitted the instruction so I googled the word Sensibility in the Goodreads search engine and came up with this title. So off to Amazon I went and soon had it downloaded. I loved it – a really good story and Sensibility had a lot of growing up to do.

Book: Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance

Thoughts: I read Macomber’s Christmas release every year – I know what to expect and I am NEVER disappointed. The two Main Characters are Merry and Bright she is Merry and he is Mr. Bright. As usual there are reasons the two dislike each other – but gradually they realise they actually do like each other and they have to figure out how to overcome the circumstances to reach their happy ever after. Aaaaahhh!

My Current reads:

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

Year One by Nora Roberts – 1st in a new trilogy – a breakaway from her usual work – this is not a romance, and is not a mystery, instead it is a post-apocalyptic novel with strong fantasy coming in once the world as we know it has ended.

A Cornish Christmas by Lily Graham – Set in Cornwall in the UK at Christmas, all very good reasons why I am reading it. It is also a really good story!!

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 peak into how Aussies bring tinsel to the outback, the coast and the city.

Quote/s and links for the week

Links:

This week I am sharing some new blogs that I found and am now following

Map your Mystery – Where in the world does your crime take place? Christine takes her followers mainly around the United States, but other parts of the world occasionally with the settings in the cozy mysteries she reads:

http://mapyourmystery.com/

Christmas is coming – so time to get your seasonal reads in order! Here are some suggestions for you:

https://helenafairfax.com/2017/11/18/ten-classic-christmas-books-for-readers-of-all-ages/

Quotes:

"…Books are like comfort food without the calories…"

From Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg

“…You know if it’d been three wise women searching for the newborn babe, they would have asked for directions much sooner, found the stable, swept it out, and had a meal waiting by the time Mary and Joseph arrived….”

From Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber,

November Summary

All the books I read in November, in the order I read them:

Upper Fourth at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton – Young Adult (YA) Adventure

Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie – YA Historical Fantasy Adventure

Miss Frost Cracks a Caper by Kristen Painter – Mystery Paranormal

Two steps forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist – Contemporary

Sweet Dreams Baby by C.J. Carmichael – Romance

The North Pole Challenge by Kevin George – YA Fantasy

Lucy’s Book Club for the Lost and Found by Emma Davies – Women’s Fiction Contemporary

The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns – Women’s Fiction

Steam and Sensibility by Kirsten Weiss – YA Steampunk Historical Paranormal

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber – Romance

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Here is my weekly roundup of books I’ve read, books I’m reading, Internet places I’ve been and quotes I liked.

This week I have finished:

Book: The North Pole Challenge by Kevin George

Genre: YA Fantasy

Thoughts: Not really my cup of tea – just never took off for me – will not read any more in this series.

Book: Sweet Dreams Baby by C.J. Carmichael

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Lucy’s Book Club for the Lost and Found by Emma Davies

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

My Current reads:

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

Steam and Sensibility by Kirsten Weiss – YA Historical Steampunk Mystery set in the Californian Gold rush days.

The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns – Contemporary Women’s Fiction that looks at infertility and egg donation.

Year One by Nora Roberts – 1st in a new trilogy – a breakaway from her usual work – this is not a romance, and is not a mystery, instead it is a post-apocalyptic novel with strong fantasy coming in once the world as we know it has ended.

Quote/s and links for the week

Links:

5 Outstanding Podcasts for Book Lovers

https://bookriot.com/2017/10/09/podcasts-for-book-lovers/

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed the Genre

https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/10/17-science-fiction-books-that-forever-changed-the-genre/

People Who Read Live Longer Than Those Who Don’t

http://bigthink.com/laurie-vazquez/yale-study-people-who-read-live-longer-than-people-who-dont

Quotes:

“…How many times have I shown you how to reboot it? Computers can smell your fear, you know; you have to learn to show them who’s boss. Come on, let’s sort it out…”

From Lucy’s Book Club for the Lost and Found by Emma Davies

“…When Ross MacLeod pulled the trigger and brought down the pheasant, he had no way of knowing he had killed himself. And billions of others…”

From Year One by Nora Roberts

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Here are the books I have finished reading with just a couple of sentences voicing my opinion; along with a sneak peek of all the books I am currently reading (as I never read just one book at a time). I have done well with my books this week – they were all really great reads

1. This week I have finished:

Book: Shield Maiden by Richard Denning

Genre: YA Fantasy

Thoughts: First in a series is a blend of edge of the seat adventure, magic, mythology and medieval history. Four young adventurers go up against Norse Gods and their minions to put a stop to Loki gaining enough powerful artefacts to take over the world and destroy everyone who stands in his way.

Book: Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy Adventure

Thoughts: I really, really enjoyed this rollicking magical adventure – set just as WWII starts – there are more adventures to come.

Book: Bound for Eden by Tess LeSue

Genre: Historical Romance

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Miss Frost Cracks a Caper by Kristen Painter

Genre: Paranormal Mystery Romance

Thoughts: Kristen Painter is one of my ‘Grocery List’ Authors – I love her work so much that if she published her grocery list I would read it. This is the 4th in a series and we don’t have a love triangle as there is in the previous 3 – we have a love square!!! Yes, Jayne Frost (daughter of Jack) is being wooed by not 1, not 2 but 3 admirers – an elf, a vampire and now a necromancer! By the end of the story there is one man left standing – and yes, once again Jayne needs rescuing from a dangerous situation!

Book: Two steps forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Thoughts: Easy to read story following Zoe and Martin as the walk the Cameo pilgrimage route between France and Spain. It is said walking the pilgrimage route changes you – but will it do that if even you don’t know what you want?

Book: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

(NB – actually read in April – just doing the review now)

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Talk of the Town by Rachael Johns

(NB – also read in April – just doing the review now)

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: Separate review here

2. My Current reads:

Books I am currently reading are:

Sweet Dreams Baby by C.J. Carmichael – Love, babies and a chocolate shop

Steam and Sensibility by Kirsten Weiss – YA Historical Steampunk Mystery set in the Californian Gold rush days.

The North Pole Challenge by Kevin George – Flea has always felt different to the other kids – he is not athletic, he has pointed ears, can build anything out of wood – and often has snow falling around him.

3. Quote/s and links for the week

Links I found:

Harry Potter is celebrating his 20th Anniversary

Nancy Drew is a role model for both boys and girls!

Reading is more important than ever.

Quotes I found:

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.

By Mason Cooley

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.

By Harold Kushner

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.

By Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.

By Maya Angelou

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Here are the books I have finished reading this last week with just a couple of sentences voicing my opinion. Also giving you a sneak peek of a couple of the the books I am currently reading (as I never read just one book at a time).

I have done well with my books this week – they were all really great reads and recommend them all!

1. This week I have finished:

Book: Shield Maiden by Richard Denning

Genre: YA Fantasy

Thoughts: First in a series is a blend of edge of the seat adventure, magic, mythology and medieval history. Four young adventurers go up against Norse Gods and their minions to put a stop to Loki gaining enough powerful artefacts to take over the world and destroy everyone who stands in his way.

Book: Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy Adventure

Thoughts: I really, really enjoyed this rollicking magical adventure – set just as WWII starts – there are more adventures to come.

Book: Bound for Eden by Tess LeSue

Genre: Historical Romance

Thoughts: Separate review here

2. My Current reads:

Books I am currently reading are:

Two steps forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist – Started this last week – have almost finished – Contemporary Fiction set on Pilgrim walk from Cluny, in France to Santiago, in north-western Spain.

Miss Frost Cracks a Caper by Kristen Painter – One of my favorite feel good authors – this is the 4th in a series about Miss Frost

3. Quote/s and links for the week

First some links that I found while surfing the net this week:

Have you ever wondered how some people can read hundreds of a books a year while you are lucky to get through 30? Do you even care? If you do – then the following link has some tips for you, the tip about not forcing yourself to read a book you’re not enjoying is a good one:

https://medium.com/the-mission/how-to-read-a-lot-more-books-this-year-according-to-harvard-research-e1dfc55e0b9f

I would like to point out that books I don’t finish, I don’t count. But it frees up time to read ones you DO love

Book Riot is a shop – but they have some really good suggested reading lists – I made this find during the week: https://bookriot.com/2016/04/11/i-got-your-weird-right-here-100-wonderful-strange-and-unusual-novels/

Yes there really is a book about a walking, talking, saxophone-playing bear and one that has Alligators roaming the world like humans during the American Civil War

Now quotes, here are some book related quotes I found this week:

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”

by Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.”

by Edward P. Morgan

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”

by Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

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Here are the books I have finished reading this week (well actually this first one is for two weeks’ worth) with just a couple of sentences voicing my opinion; along with a sneak peek of all the books I am currently reading (as I never read just one book at a time).

1. This week I have finished:

Book: Holding by Graham Norton

Genre: Mystery

Thoughts: Set in Ireland, a body is found, a bumbling policeman starts to investigate and secrets are revealed. There are two main suspects and a few interconnecting back stories which create twists and turns. I enjoyed the story and the setting.

Book: Witch Glitch by Robyn Peterman

Genre: Paranormal Romance/mystery

Thoughts: Didn’t enjoy this as much as the first book in the series – won’t be continuing on with it – I DO enjoy many of her other series so will concentrate on them instead.

Book: Christmas Light by Jolyse Barnett

Genre: Christmas Romance

Thoughts: My Christmas reading starts earlier each year – this is a perfectly lovely romance as love rekindles and blooms in the snow.

Book: A Baby for the Alien Prince by Miranda Martin

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Thoughts: This was a free Kindle download – I thought “It’s free so why not will be either utter rubbish or a great read”. Well I was very happy as it was a wonderful fun read, with tension, danger and luuurve – I enjoyed it so much that I have paid for, and downloaded, the next two books in the series.

Book: Dead Man Talking by Jana Deleon

Genre: Paranormal mystery Romance

Thoughts: First in a new series that I have been dying to get my hands on – it’s very cleverly done – a four book series of interconnecting stand alones set in the town of Everlasting – one book being released a week during October – each of the books have a different author. If this book is an indication of the caliber of the stories I am in for a mighty fine time as I work my way through them.

Book: The Life of a Banana by PP Wong

Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Flesh and Bone and Water by Luiza Sauma

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

2. My Current reads:

Books I am currently reading are:

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena – Mystery and suspense – lots of secrets.

Two steps forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist – Contemporary fiction set on Pilgrim walk from Cluny, in France to Santiago, in north-western Spain.

Bound for Eden by Tess LeSue – Historical Romance on the Oregon Trail.

3. Quote/s and links for the week

First some links that I found while surfing the net this week:

Aussie Romance authors got a mention on the ABC:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-14/aussie-rural-romance-authors-romp-on/9042994

New Zealander Librarians go “Kardashian” by doing parody of one of their magazine covers:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/shush-for-a-second-and-watch-these-librarians-recreate-a-kardashian-cover_us_59e501a9e4b02a215b321d99

Now a quote, only one this week as my first week back on deck – will do better next week:

From Holding by Graham Norton:

“…she needed to anchor herself to something or she might fly around the room screaming out her pain like a hysterical balloon…”

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