Author: Diane Challenor

The Rock by Robert Daws

When this book came to my notice, I liked the idea of a mystery set in Gibraltar. I’d visited Gibraltar, briefly c1993, so I had a sense of its atmosphere. It wasn’t my intention to read it straight away. I added “The Rock” to my TBR list, and then the next day I was drawn back to it by serendipity. After reading the first 10% I got a feeling it was going to be a good read; I wasn’t disappointed. The pace was good for me and my reading mood. There was a minimum of grisly description which made the story a mystery, more than a thriller. With all the things happening in the world today, #GrenfellTower, #FinsburyPark #Manchester #LindtCafe etc etc, I don’t need a thriller.

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My Impossible To Be Read TBR List – June 2017

Over the last few years I’ve developed a habit of collecting eBooks with the intention of reading them, but because they are digital, and do not physically sit on our bookshelf, they get overlooked. When I discover an eBook that intrigues me, I load down a sample from Amazon.com.au, however, sometimes the book is priced between zero to $5, which is very enticing, so I buy it; hence the resulting list of forty-six books.  Knowing that this pile of digital books was getting unmanageable, I felt a desire to develop a method whereby I could see them, physically; I wanted the books’ physical presence in some form.  After thinking about it for quite a while, I found a work around; a printed catalogue solved the problem.

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The Book That Made Me: edited by Judith Ridge

My GoodReads rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a collection of short pieces about the book that had a huge personal impact on the writing life of well known Australian and New Zealand authors; the book that “made” them.  It was soooo very good. It led me down new pathways, I learned about authors I was unfamiliar with, and books too. I found it at the Gleebooks’ Sydney Writers Festival Bookshop, which is always a source of unique treasures. I’ve “eaten” this book up. My huge TBR list has grown and grown, and my knowledge of quality reading has been enhanced. Gush gush, I know; lovers of of story, read it, you won’t be disappointed.

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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 Trilogy 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.

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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.

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.