BEST OF 2017: These Books Should Be Movies!

See ALL the 90 books I read in 2017, HERE. And for my FINAL ‘Best of 2017’ Best of 3! Following on from the great dystopian (and highly cinematic) read, The Feed – I thought I would take a look at 3 of my favourite reads that I reckon should DEFINITELY be movies or TV…

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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 2017: My Police Procedural Picks

See ALL the 90 books I read in 2017, HERE. I’m not usually ‘big’ on police procedurals. This is not because I don’t think they’re good, but because they’re frequently series and given I like to read as many different authors as possible, I have a commitment problem!! But these are all book 1 of…

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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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The ‘Best of’ Everything (According To Me)

When Vicki from Off The Shelf Books challenged me recently to come up with my ‘best of’ favourites for everything from authors to snacks, it’s fair to say I struggled a little picking just one! Chew on these for size … Here’s my fave: … author I can have only one?? Blimey. I love most…

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BEST OF 3: Awesome diverse characters of all time

As a script editor for movies and short film, I noticed a long time ago there’s a kind of homogenisation of characters in stories. Too often, stories are white, male, heterosexual and abilitity-centric, marginalising all others as being representative of ‘issues’. It’s for this reason I wrote my latest non-fiction book, Writing Diverse Characters In…

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BEST OF 3: My Inspiring Secret Library

When someone asks you which books have influenced you, it’s very easy to fall into the ‘expected’ answers … Often because they’re true! It’s no secret how much I loved Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, especially as it prompted me to give crime writing a whirl myself. So when Cafe Thinking asked me to name 3…

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My Books Of 2016 And Reading Resolutions

So, Goodreads generated this cool infographic of all the books I’ve read and reviewed this year. I thought I had a good handle on what I’d read, but turns out it’s possible to forget — I’d read far more than I thought! Looking at the list, I was pleased to see nearly two thirds of…

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