Author Archives: shirl

wasikowska-jane-eyre April 11

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. On impulse I decided to re-read this classic novel which I originally read as a teenager. A similar impulse to read Sense and Sensibility a couple of years ago was a disappointing experience, but this time I really did enjoy Jane Eyre … from which I had forgotten all but the […]

tricky 22 February 26

Tricky Twenty-Two

Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich. I have enjoyed the Stephanie Plum series since I read the first book ‘One For The Money‘, which has been made in to a successful movie. Tricky Twenty-two is the twenty-second book in this long-running series, and it is a great read which will keep you turning the pages and […]

make me February 25

Make Me

Make Me by Lee Child. Make Me is the new Jack Reacher thriller, and I was hooked on it right from the start. Jack Reacher got off the train in Mother’s Rest for no other reason than he had seen the name on a map and was curious about how the town had got it’s […]

red rising February 24

Red Rising

Red Rising  by Pierce Brown. Post by Jenni. So much wisdom in a racing YA novel full of adventure and excitement! The thing that impresses me most about this apparently debut novel is the attention to characterisation, plot, moral universe and writing. I love that Pierce refuses to have Captain America as the leader we follow: […]

career of evil February 23

Career Of Evil

Career Of Evil by Robert Galbraith. This book is the entertaining third novel written by J. K. Rowling under her pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, and it is both a mystery and a thriller. When arriving at work one day, Robin is handed a package that she assumes is a box of disposable cameras to be […]

The Girl In The Spiders Web

The Girl In The Spiders Web by David Lagercrantz.   Having read and enjoyed the Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larsson, I had to give this book a go. I felt that it very nicely picked the story up where the early books in the series left off. The story started slowly, but had hooked me […]

enders game February 22

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Post by Jenni. It seems to me that Ender’s Game is about the fragility of Childhood. Ender is an extraordinarily gifted child who must be challenged to the verge of destruction of his identity – his ego is manipulated and tortured during the trials, by isolating him from his […]

giver December 20

The Giver.

The Giver by Lois Lowry. Post by Kyla. I read this a few weeks before reading Divergent by Veronica Roth and was struck by the parallels. It’s only when delving deeper did I learn that the award winning The Giver, written in 1993 and following the journey of young Jonas, set the tone for many […]

reluctantly charmed December 19

Reluctantly Charmed

Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill. Post by Kyla. When Kate McDaid has her birthday she finds she’s the beneficiary of a will that is over 100 years old.  To claim the inheritance she needs to follow a series of instructions which she hopes will go unnoticed by others. Quite the opposite occurs and Kate’s increasingly […]

depraved heart December 18

Depraved Heart

Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell. Post by Robyn55. It is no accident that my previous review was also a novel by a woman mystery writer, Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling, as it is interesting to compare these two writers. Both are well established authors at the very top of the game. Both are about […]


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