Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

Dark Witch

Dark Witch is the first book in Nora Roberts “The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy”.  The reader follows Irish-American Iona Sheehan back to her Irish roots, where she discovers magic within herself, her two cousins, and their circle of friends. The story starts in Medieval Ireland with the Dark Witch and the evil sorcerer Cabhan, and moves […]

Norwegian by night June 03

Norwegian by night – Derek B. Miller

Norwegian by night was a very unique novel. For starters the hero of our story Sheldon Horowitz is an 82-year-old war veteran suffering from dementia. Sheldon is an American currently living in Oslo, Norway with his granddaughter and her Norwegian husband. Sheldon has a dark and secretive past. He played a greater role in the […]

The secret keeper June 02

June online ebook club – The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

In this month’s online ebook club, we will be looking at historical fiction with Kate Morton’s The secret keeper. The secret keeper begins in 1961, when 16-year-old Laurel Nicholson sits in her childhood treehouse at a family party, dreaming of the future. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel witnesses a shocking crime which haunts her […]

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie – DVD

Sharing…..I have just watched the dvd  “The Adventures of Barry McKenzie”.  It was filmed nearly 40 years ago  and I remember when it came into cinemas…I never went to see it (I’d seen trailers) I had a hugh Australian cringe at the time and couldn’t imagine anything so vulgar.  I’ve grown up…or come of age.  I have […]

book heart May 20

Celebrate the classics – now with answers

Find out the answers to our fun alphabet quiz that was all about celebrating classic literature.

paper May 18

Paper Towns by John Green

A story about how many of the conventions of the romance genre are destructive to the people who believe they apply to real life, because they encourage us to see others in idealised, and therefore grossly oversimplified, ways.

marilyn and joyce May 13

Classics I’ve never read

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Ulysses by James Joyce, (being read by Marilyn Monroe in this iconic image by photographer Eve Arnold in 1954). Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I’ve never read any of them. And unless you’ve got a very compelling reason to fling at me, […]

The Son by Jo Nesbo

Highly recommend!  A page turner! The Edgar Award nominated Norwegian author has written a fast paced thriller with a strong plot! Excellent conclusion! Nesbo’s standalone new thriller “The Son” is outstanding and equally enjoyable if not better than the author’s cleverly written Inspector Harry Hole series. When Sonny Lofthus was a teenager he was catapulted […]

Old and new classics

My nan introduced me to the classics when I was quite young and when she died I inherited her vast collection of English, Irish and American classics that I have lugged around from house to house. She said it wasn’t worth reading anything that wasn’t a classic because you would never be able to get […]

Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis

Collaboration between two great authors James Patterson and David Ellis; an intriguing plot, satisfying conclusion, but a book that didn’t rev my engine!  What happened? Ben Casper is an investigative political journalist and his best friend Diana who works for the CIA jumps from her balcony.  Ben knows it is not suicide and becomes embroiled […]


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