Thursday, 18 December 2014

WWW Wednesday 17.12.14

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Miz B over at ShouldBeReading.  If you'd like to join in here is what you need to do - answer these three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you just finish reading?
What are you going to read next?

Once you're done, go and visit everyone else who is participating - simple :)

What are you currently reading?

It's a Christmas tradition that I read this each year, my Poppa love Dickens, and when we visited there I would always go into the library and sit and read this and Cricket on the Hearth.  This December I'm going to try and tackle all of his Christmas short stories - wish me luck - I have set myself the TBR of death for December.
What did you just finish reading?

This was a particularly hard read for me, my mother had EOAD, so I was quite emotional reading this.  But what a book!  I really did enjoy this.  I love that it was from Alice's POV, often it is how family members cope with a loved one having Alzheimer's Disease   I know this is an upcoming movie starring Julienne Moore as Alice, which it's safe to say I will have to wait until it comes out on DVD to watch.
What are you going to read next?

I've had this at home for a little while and haven't had the time to read it, but hopefully this weekend I can make time.  The Christmas #booktubeathon is running again and there is also the #cramathon which is overlapping that.  Fingerscrossed - because I don't think I'll get much reading done once Christmas hits.

So that's my WWW, what is yours?  Leave me a link in the comments so I can come visit you and see what you've been reading :)

Until next time, happy reading :)


Book Review - The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

The Things They CarriedThe Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an enthralling read, despite the contents. I'm not much for novels of war, but O'Brian is able to write a beautiful, lyrical tale that I wanted to read.  I listened to this on audio read by the author and then reread stories in print that I particularly enjoyed.  For me this was the best way to consume this story, I could immerse myself in it.  Listening to it was like having O'Brien and his characters over for a Sunday afternoon session, talking crap and lamenting the bad old days.

This managed to grab me from the start and while these are essentially short stories, they come together to paint a picture of Alpha Company and their time in Vietnam.  The opening story 'The Things They Carried', just, I still can't, it was beautiful.

"They shared the weight of memory.  They took up what others could no longer bear...They carried the land itself - Vietnam, the place, the soil -  a powdery orange-red dust that covered their boots and fatigues and faces."

That's not to say I loved all of this, I was frustrated by the senseless violence, the apathy towards other people, animals, the war. And I don't necessarily think this answered my questions about why the war happened, maybe I need a straight non-fiction book to tell me that.  Then again, I'm not sure it's something I can truly understand - there are some things that you have to experience first hand to fully understand.  It's given me a lot to think about and I know on a reread I'll discover more.

It is books like this that make me thankful that I'm slogging my way through the 1001 list.  Well worth the read, so much so that I would like to add it to my collection.

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Until next time, happy Reading.


Friday, 5 December 2014

Book Review - Hot Rebel by Lynn Raye Harris

Hot Rebel (Hostile Operations Team #6)Hot Rebel by Lynn Raye Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A copy of this ebook was provided for me via Netgalley for review - in exchange for an honest review.

I loved that there was a lot more action in this book, plenty of suspense to keep the story moving.  The action is fast paced and having it set in Afghanistan (I want to say Afghanistan) makes it relevant to now.  I'm by no means an authority of women in the military, but it's always refreshing to see - even if Victoria is on the wrong side of it at the moment.  She's a kick arse character that can take care of bid'ness.  She's strong and I think Harris does well to portray that and her loyalty to family.  She'd do anything for her sister, even to the point that she puts her own life on hold.

Even though I liked Victoria and Nick together, and their scenes together were well done, I felt that the love side of things was quite rushed.  I would've been happy for a HEA without declarations of love, but that's just me.  I could quite possibly be become a cynical old biddy in my old age ;)

Nick was everything I like from my heroes - smart sexy and not too in your face alpha - he wants to take care of Victoria, but he also knows that she can take care of herself.  And I like how this seems to be a consistent character trait for Harris' heroes.

Overall, this was another fun foray into the world of HOT and I'm looking forward to reading more from the series in the future.  Again, this could be read as a standalone novel, but why would you want to miss out on the HOT fun!

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Until next time, happy reading :)


Friday, 28 November 2014

Weekend Reads ~ 29 - 30 November

I've got nine books on the go at the moment, it would be great to say that I'm going to finish ALL of them - but it won't happen.  I've got a few errands to run, so I won't be able to just sit and read all weekend - more's the pity!  But, I'll settle for finishing these:

If I manage it, I will be one happy lady.

So what are you reading over the weekend?  Let me know!

Until next time, happy reading :)


Book Blogger Hop 28th November - 8th December 2014

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer

If you haven't participated before, here is what to do: 

On your blog, post the answer to the weekly question.  once you've done that, link up your post over on Coffee Addicted Writer and then check out everyone else's answers.

This week's question: Do you visit the same blogs each week or do you branch out and try to find new blogs?  Submitted by Elizabeth

Answer:  I tend visit the same blogs each week, usually when we both participate in the same meme.  But I also like to visit other blogs (or the same ones), this happens when I see that they've posted something new, or I may see a link from someone else via Twitter.  I do a lot of lurking.  One thing I always wish is that I had more time to comment/interact on blogs more.  Participating in NaBloPoMo this month has provided me with lots of lovely new blogs.

I hop you enjoy visiting all the other blogs today :) (yes I am a fan of bad puns)

Until next time, happy reading.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Not so current reading

Thankfully this isn't my actual TBR!!

I've always read more then one book at a time. I'm the kind of reader that gets excited by each new book that I get and has to start it RIGHT NOW!!  But lately, I'm thinking it's getting a little out of hand. Earlier today I had 16 books on my goodreads Currently Reading shelf. (I've since moved 7 of them back to my To Read shelf.

A couple of them I'd started in 2011 - I'd read 50 or so pages and gotten frustrated by a character or storyline. Another one had an inordinately large amount of bullet points. little things really, but I'd stopped reading, intending to pick it back up after I'd read another book, but never coming back to it.

So I decided I needed to get realistic with myself - most of them, I can't actually remember what I've read, so I'll need to read them from the start and I would really like to have all of the books on the list read by the end of the year.  I'm fine with having unfinished books on December 31st - but they need to be ones I've started in the week of Christmas/New Year.  More than likely I will get some books for Christmas - Maggie is such a good present giver.  PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one who receives presents from their fur babies ;)

What about you - are you able to read more than one book at a time?  Or is one your limit?  Let me know

Until next time, happy reading :)


Essay Review: Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America by Don Watson

Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and AmericaRabbit Syndrome: Australia and America by Don Watson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting comparative look at Australia & the US.  I went to an author talk for Watson's new book 'The Bush' on Tuesday evening and it was interesting to hear him mention some of his thoughts shared in these essays - that we as a nation tend to pretend that awful things didn't happen when European Settlers first arrived here.  That our history with the Indigenous peoples was a peaceful handover, instead of the massacre(s) that it really was. I'm looking forward to reading more from Watson, I bought The Bush on Tuesday night, but I'd also like to learn more about the history of Australia - the good and the bad.

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