poisoned crown cutdown image January 08

Suggest me a series?

January seems like a great excuse to go back through my reading journal and work out what I’ve really enjoyed in the past year.  I listen to series, even if I don’t like them very much at the beginning, in the hope they’ll come right at the end. Suggest me some?  Here’s what I read […]

Nine Days January 07

Nine Days by Toni Jordan

Nine Days is an easy but intriguing read. It follows nine people on nine significant days in their lives. It spans generations but ultimately revolves around one family and a photo that was taken during WWII in Melbourne. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character. At first I found this frustrating […]

fireworknewyear December 31

What are your reading resolutions?

Forget about weight loss, what are your reading resolutions for 2016? For the past few years, my resolutions have been about quantity (104 books per year). I’m not saying that’s a bad resolution, but I’d like to try something different this year. So, this year I will: Assess what I read last year I couldn’t […]

I_AM December 30

Rounding out 2015

In the final two months of 2015, my reading slowed down a lot, but I still managed to get through several remarkable books. (101) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Book club questions published earlier. (102) Wild Wales: its people language and scenery by George Borrow This is a Librivox recording of a travelogue made […]

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (but with Agatha Christie’s name in bigger writing on the cover)

The Christie Estate hired a modern author to pen a new Poirot story, which was released in September 2014. It has many of Poirot’s mannerisms, and is engaging, but it is difficult to recommend to all Christie fans. Consider, if you will Elvis impersonators…

christmas wombat December 24

Christmas Wombat

Christmas Wombat by Jackie French is a delightfully funny Christmas story that children of all ages will love. While there is only a small amount of text in the book, the illustrations show the curious and wonderful adventures of Wombat including a head to head battle with Santa’s reindeer over carrots. This book will make the reader smile […]

skipping December 23

Skipping Christmas

If you want a light-hearted, funny Christmas story, look no further than John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas. When the Kranks daughter, Blair, leaves for Peru to join the Peace Corps, her father decides to skip Christmas this year. After crunching the numbers, Luther Krank works out they had spent $6000 on the previous Christmas, so suggests he […]

black eyed susans December 22

Black Eyed Susans

I am halfway through Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin and it has me hooked. The story follows the story of 17 year old Tessa (the black eyed Susan) who is a survivor left for dead by a serial killer. It was her testimony that put her attacker on death row. As an adult the case has […]

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 […]


Thank you to all who have reviewed and posted your favourite books.  I have read so many wonderful stories and discovered new authors because you took the time to share with us all.    I look forward to reading your reviews in 2016.


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