Tag Archives: humour

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 […]

girl king sweden December 16

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

The girl who saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. Post by Kyla. This book was bought on a whim based on its outstandingly bright cover design. As soon as the first page was turned I fell in love with its light humorous style that made the most dreadful situations experienced by the characters […]

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Author Vaseem Khan first saw the elephant that inspired The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra during a trip to Mumbai almost 20 years before writing this, his debut novel. We meet the title character, Inspector Chopra, in the modern city of Mumbai  on the day that he is forced into early retirement from the police force. This is […]

Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley

Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley Izzy Dane works for a women’s charity in India and is returning to England to get married.   She is engaged to Kieran and having spent very little time together discovers she has made a mistake.  Izzy breaks their engagement and returns to her childhood village of Halfhidden to live […]

The 100-year-old-man who climbed out the window and disappeared Book Club discussion questions

The One-Hundred-year-old-man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits.  **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Jonas Jonasson’s debut novel The One hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared is a rollicking comedy of errors. […]

Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore

Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan Post by Kyla. Out of work and with employment standards that lessen as his desperation grows, Clay Jannon starts a new job in a book store unlike any other. Towards the front of the store is a small collection of contemporary books, however the rear of the store […]

Choose a book by its cover? Absolutely!

Three authors I’ve never heard of. Three books I wasn’t particularly looking for. But … three covers that grabbed my attention and three titles promising pure escapism? Yes please! The Perfect Location by Kate Forster This Australian author loves all things pop culture, and this is her first novel. On the movie set of The […]

Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer

Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer This romance set in Regency times inspires with its beauty, settings and endearing characters who follow on from the favourite book of “These Old Shades” which was set about twenty years previously. The charm of the earlier characters cannot fail to amuse and entrance the reader with their various quirks […]

Oh Dear Silvia

Dawn French’s Oh dear Silvia takes place in a hospital room where Silvia (of the title) lays in a comma & visited by a number of family members, friends & hospital staff. The memories of each visitor helps set the story and as you read you will find out who Silvia really is. The first chapter is told by Ed, the ex-husband, with following chapters jumping from Ed to Winnie, the hospital nurse, to Tia, the housekeeper, to Cat, Silvia’s current partner, to Jo, the sister & to Cassandra, the daughter. Each character spills out their hearts to Silvia while she lays their unresponsive. The character development is spot on & the plot is well constructed to expose pieces of information at critical times to create good flow.
French’s irreverent style of humour is apparent as she takes a serious situation and adds comedic value. It’s a talent of hers that shines through in her writing! Her characters are all unique and their individual relationships with Silvia will help to keep you interested in the overall story. I did feel slightly disappointed with the ending as I was hoping for a clearer explanation of why Silvia was in the comma and also some resolution for the characters would have been nice. However, a great read which will stir up your emotions.

Thinking of books that make me laugh – and books that made me cry

There are some books that combine both humour and a good cry in one package, and others that are memorable for either a good laugh or because they tugged the heartstrings… Those with both sadness and humour … ‘Marley and me’ is full of humour – great for a laugh and many dog owners will identify with the […]


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