More Work and Less Reading Makes Charlie a Dull Girl – Sunday Post

I have been working loads this week in hospitals all over the south-west of England, way more than normal; therefore the only book I have finished is a book of poetry I started reading two months ago less than 100 pages long.  The shame.  On the other hand, I am halfway through four largish books that I am likely to have finished by the end of next week, so it will all work itself out in the end. 

Book Review – The House on the Lake by Nuala Ellwood ★★★★☆

Title: The House on the Lake Author: Nuala Ellwood Pages: 244 Genres: Thriller Publication Date: ebook 24th Jan and in paperback on February 20th 2020 Source: Netgalley  (and Penguin Books) My Rating: ★★★★☆ No matter how far you run . . . He's never far behind Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend's rambling old... Continue Reading →

Being ill sucks! – Sunday Post

I have spent much of this week feeling like I was dying.  I wasn't,  it was just a bad cold but my head felt like it was about to explode.  I am almost recovered now and it's nice to see myself in the mirror rather than the old lady that was staring back at me for most of the week.

Happy 2020 – A Fortnight’s Sunday Post

I have been a bit slack with the blog since new years, partly because I have been working more and partly because I have been taking advantage of the amazon prime coverage for the ATP Cup and watching lots of tennis.   I have been keeping up with my reading though.

Its Nearly Christmas – Sunday Post

I still have a nearly empty fridge but at least all the presents have been bought.  At the moment I am down visiting my folks and exchanging gifts to open on Wednesday.  We try to have a stress free Christmas in my house, keeping the major cooking to a minimum and not having any expectations, it seems to work but sometimes I do get a bit nostalgic for big family events of my childhood.

Reading the 2019 Booker Longlist #1

I have decided that I will read all 13 books from the 2019 Booker Prize Longlist sometime before the 2020 longlist is announced next summer.  A totally achievable goal, completely unlike my previous idea to read them all in the three months between the longlist announcement and the winner reveal.  These are the first four that I have read.  One of the joint winners, two shortlisted and one just on the longlist.

I won NaNoWriMo 2019 – Sunday Post

I am amazed,  I managed to write a 50,000 word first draft of a nearly finished novel in 30 days.  I haven't quite reached the endpoint of the actual book, but I can see it from here.  Don't go expecting this book to be published any time soon though, but it is the longest piece of fiction I have ever written, but I don't think It will be my last.  I did love the whole camaraderie and support that goes with the whole NaNoWriMo experience and I will be back doing this again this time next year, if not sooner for Camp NaNoWriMo in April. 

Seven days to go with NaNoWriMo. “The End” is in sight – Sunday Post

Just another week of endless rain all the better cos NaNoWriMo is ongoing.  I am still keeping up with the word count, but I do questions the quality of my "book".  I would be stupid to give up now, but I am tempted, a sore finger doesn't help. I am trying my best to follow the advice of skipping bits for now so that I should be able to write the climax in the last few days, and when I hit 50k words, write the end.

Book Review – The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen ★★★★☆

I really enjoyed this debut novel. Told in alternating first-person narratives, we meet Augusta and Parfait. Augusta is a twin. She and her sister Julia born into suburban England.  Her twin at the end of July with Augusta emerging a few hours later but in August. It is never specified but I am assuming the twins were non-identical as they both seemed like very different people.  Parfait, however, is from the war-torn nation of Burundi and life for him is quite different.   The two narratives do link up, but not till the last 15% of the book.

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