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.
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
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.
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.
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.
One of the joys of being a book blogger is being welcomed into the world of “reviews”. I rarely accept invitations to review books for a couple of reasons. Firstly, many books don’t interest me and secondly I’m very busy with multiple projects. I only blog when something grabs me, so when an email arrived in my in-box offering me a preview copy of Sausage Hall by Christina James I immediately wrote back to say, “the book’s blurb gives me the impression that it would be a book I would enjoy” and enjoy it I did. This is the third book of the Detective Inspector Yates series. Sausage Hall was the first book I’ve read, written by Christina James. I’ll be seeking out her other two soon,
A bookish observation: I’ve been following along with Derek Murphy’s blog from his website CreativeIndie for a few months. It’s full of interesting insights about eBook publishing and cover design. His conversational writing style is clear and easily accessible, so when I realised he had published several books covering self-publishing topics, I loaded down four of them:
The Camino pilgrimage has fascinated me for years. I’ve read many books about it. I know I’ll never be fortunate enough to place a foot on the sacred pathway, I won’t get my walking passport stamped, nor will I be able to hang a scallop shell from my overweight backpack. But that’s OK, I haven’t completly missed out because I read books.
A Bookish Observation: The words that came to mind while listening to this audiobook were: wonderful and beautiful. Why wonderful? Why beautiful?
This is a wonderful story. Very short, completely satisfying. It’s the first writing from John Connolly I’ve read. I was lucky enough to be present for a talk he gave about Crime Writing at the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2014. I was so impressed by his wide ranging comprehensive knowledge that I wanted to read his work. I’ve put a couple of his books on my To Be Read List, I think I’m in for a treat.