First Book of the Year 2017

Each year, one of my favourite book bloggers, Sheila of Book Journey, sets a challenge titled “First Book of the Year“. Once again I’m delighted to accepted Sheila’s challenge, (it’s more of an invitation really).

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One little word for 2017

My word for the year 2017 is GRIT: firmness of character, indomitable spirit, toughness and resolution, unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.

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The Durra Durra Saga by J.A.Wells

Thurlow Book One of the Durra Durra Saga

For those of you have been following along with me and my journey with the manuscripts of J.A.Wells’ work, you will know that I believe he is a tremendous storyteller. I’ve been closely associated with his work, assisting with proof reading, a little mentoring, designing book covers, and eventually I will be joining in the process of John self publishing and promoting his work. My close association with John and my technical assistance are anchored in my admiration for John’s work, both his writing, his art and most importantly his creative energy. I have so much “serious” fun contributing my technical and administrative skills to his process. Maybe one day, if all goes well, his work will be discovered by many many readers and eventually will become a best seller. The Durra Durra Saga is his second manuscript, the first being The Merry Millionaire, two others are near completion. After the editing process is complete, the world will be introduced to a new voice in the literary world. J.A.Wells’ journey is one that the Artuccino Team, that is, John Challenor and I, Diane Challenor, feel privileged to be part of. Here’s a little blurb of J.A.Wells’ intriguing two part saga, full of mystery and adventure, The Durra Durra Saga: Book one – Intrigue and Injustice and book two – Insurgence and Inheritance:

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An Unlamented Death by William Savage

A bookish observation: Great storytelling! I love a good story with a visual impact. I don’t need car chases and graphic-anything, I just want to sit spell bound as the story unfolds; this story keeps you turning the page, gently. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. I loved its pace, its characters, its delivery of observations and revelations, with a little wisdom sprinkled here and there.

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The Merry Millionaire by J.A.Wells

Our world has changed in many ways, our European based cultures have become more reasonable and all inclusive of religious philosophies, racial and cultural differences and sexual orientation. Of course pockets of resistance still exist and resound through the voices and actions of the un-enlightened. That said, I have a certain conservative view of the world, so it was with hesitation that I decided to read this novel from this genre, which follows the journey of a “gay” character. The Captain is a very rich English gentleman, whose lifestyle could be looked upon today with a critical eye, in light of our society’s courageous attempt to protect the young.

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The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane

A wonderful slow read of slow travel. I’m so sad I’ve finished the book. The good news is, Mr Macfarlane has written other books and they’re waiting for me.

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Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Amazingly good. I didn’t want to put it down and I didn’t, until I finished the book, 48 hours after beginning, Phew! I’m not a fast reader but I found this a real page turner. It isn’t a thriller, but it’s a fantastic mystery. I read it and listened to it. The narrator of the audiobook was excellent. It won’t be long before I read the next one in the series. I just have to catch my breath first.

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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

If you like scary stories, then this book is for you; for me, absolutely not. Why oh why would I give this very well written famous story one star?

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Moby Dick by Herman Melville

I’m reading Moby Dick as part of a personal challenge titled: My List of Betterment. I’ve been delighted and surprised at the contents of the book.

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The End of the Affair by Graham Greene – Audiobook

This book is the first Graham Greene book I’ve read And finished. I found it intriguing. It’s quite different to anything I’ve ever read before. Colin Firth’s narration made it very accessible. I think I was able to understand the story more through listening to Mr Firth’s interpretation than I would have, if I’d read the printed word.

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