BEST OF 2017: My Most Thought-Provoking Reads

See ALL the 90 books I read in 2017, HERE. I love a good, literary, thought-provoking read … so these 3 were my top picks for 2017. Check out my 2-line reviews and/or click on the links to see my full reviews on Goodreads for them. Enjoy! 1) Everything I Never Told You by Celeste…

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BEST OF 2017: My Memoir Picks

See ALL the 90 books I read in 2017, HERE. So, I’ve always loved memoir and biography (of NON-celebrities), so I decided to read more in 2017. Here are the choices I picked up last year that I can recommend most highly: 1) The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls I’d heard about this book often…

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BEST OF 3: My Orenda Christmas, Year 2

Want to see my Orenda Christmas Year 1? Then CLICK HERE Traditions Long term readers of this blog know I started a tradition last year … My Orenda Books Christmas. It’s very simple – during the break, I try and read as many books by my favourite publisher as possible! (Now, of course I am…

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BEST OF 2017: My Domestic Noir Picks

See ALL the 90 books I read in 2017, HERE. I write domestic noir (aka ‘psychogological thriller) myself, so obviously LOVE to read this subgenre of crime fiction. If you’re new to it, or looking for some 5 star recommendations to start the year off, here’s my latest ‘Best of 3’: 1) Lying In Wait…

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My Year In Books – 90 Awesome Reads!

My Reading Pledge 2017 This year, I set a reading pledge for myself. I decided I would read at least 5: Writers of colour Classic literary titles (or modern prize-winners, i.e. Pulitzer) Non fiction titles Fiction titles that aren’t crime, mystery or thriller (or classics, prize-winners or non-fiction!) Plus a crime fiction subgenre I’ve never tried…

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The AMAZING Benefits of the Book for the 21st Century

Why pick up a book when a smartphone will do? The advent of the smartphone and the availability of internet has made finding new information and entertainment easier, but whilst this is convenient, it has also made life a little boring. Books make the reader think so much more whilst enjoying a story, rather than…

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How To Keep Your Love For Reading

If you’re a life-long lover of books, it can be very disheartening to wake up one day and realise that you just don’t seem to love it anymore. Whether it’s because finding time to read is a struggle between what you want to do and what you should do, or if it’s just because you…

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BOOK VERSUS FILM: The Shining – Which Is Better?

There must be something about the initials S and K. Not only do they stand for one of the world’s greatest authors, they also apply to one of our finest directors. But those two letters aren’t the only thing Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick share. They have both told the same scary story, about an…

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7 Tips for Developing Your Reading Habit

We could all benefit from reading a little more. It’s sometimes difficult to find the time to read, no matter how much we may want to. While putting the effort into developing your reading habit is something you have to fully commit to, changing the way you decide to read can make it easier to…

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