The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

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A Bookish Observation: Andy Miller’s book, The Year of Reading Dangerously – How Fifty Great Books (And Two Not So Great Ones) Saved My life, has had a profound effect on me and my reading. I listened to it as an Audiobook from, narrated by the author himself, then I purchased the hardback because it’s a book I knew I would want to refer to again and again. And then I bought the Kindle eBook too, because it’s nice to have it easily accessible in my library in the “Cloud”. Mr Miller’s narration put a smile on my face immediately. He has a self effacing humour typical of British people. He made the discussion light hearted but serious all at the same time.

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My List of Betterment – a work in progress

My List of Betterment

My List of Betterment is inspired by Andy Miller’s book, A Year of Reading Dangerously. It is my quest to find and nominate ten books of fiction and ten books of non-fiction that I believe have enhanced my perspective of the world, along with my compassion for the people within it, and for a better understanding of myself.

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The Durra Durra Saga by J.A.Wells

Intrigue and Injustice by J.A.Wells

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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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro


Amazingly good! I’m usually not one for fantasy, I’m not one for dragons and ogres nor symbols. I chose this book because I loved the cover

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Favourite series: Garrison Gage Mysteries by Scott William Carter

The Gray and Guilty Sea

Favourite series: I’ll not summarise the Garrison Gage Mysteries for you, except to say the stories are set on the Oregon Coast of the USA. The writing is good, the characters are interesting and their experiences are well drawn. The books are plot driven at a speed where you have time to take in the scenery and the weather, there’s time to get to know the characters and the consequence of their actions.

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First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett Feature

A Bookish Observation: It’s a melodram of the best kind. My first impression of Charlie Lovett’s “First Impressions” was positive and that impression played out well throughout the book. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a book about books, one of my favorite genres. The story switches chapter by chapter between Jane Austen’s world and the life of a present day character, Sophie Collingwood. It’s easy to read and flows at a good pace, not too fast and not too slow.

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One little word for 2015

One little word for 2015 - Think

My word for the year 2015 is THINK.

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First Book of the Year 2015

First Book of the Year 2015 Challenge

One of my favourite book bloggers, Sheila of Book Journey, has proposed a challenge titled “First Book of the Year 2015”. I’ve accepted Sheila’s challenge, it’s more of an invitation really.

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A new addition to our collection of wise quotes


I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. Source: W.B. Yeats

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The Desiderata by Max Erhmann


The Desiderata by Max Erhmann: Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

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