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The Suspect by Michael Robotham

The Suspect by Michael Robotham

“The Suspect” by Michael Robotham is the first in his Joe O’Loughlin Series. It’s a thriller; a real page turner.

My journey to this book was bit convoluted like so many of my journeys to books. This series was brought to my attention by a good friend with whom I often swap bookish observations. My friend knows I’m not too keen on edgy, graphic, psychological thrillers, but she thought I may enjoy the series, so she recommended I give “The Suspect” a try.…

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A Favourite Series – Kincaid and James Mysteries

A Favourite Series – Kincaid and James Mysteries

I’ve read sixteen of the books, so far, in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series. I’ve read them one after the other, straight through, enjoying every moment. It was like reading one long un-put-downable-novel. It’s difficult to define why I enjoyed the stories so much, possibly because I liked the characters that populated the stories, their backstories, and the geographical backdrop. Ms Crombie’s style of writing suited my reading muscle, the plot has just the right pace; a medium pace, I’d say, for me, the stories are perfect-mysteries.…

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My Reading List May 2018

My Reading List May 2018

My CURRENTLY READING LIST can often have more than five books on it, these are the books that I’ve committed myself to read in the near future, the ones I’ve “cracked open”, not to be confused with my TO-BE-READ LIST (TBR), nor my BOOKS OWNED AND NOT READ YET LIST. For me, there’s no point in listing more than five books on a CURRENTLY READING LIST (although I often do); attempting to read too many books within the same time-span dissipates continuity particularly if you are reading mysteries, or bibliomemoirs, or slow-travel memoirs. Listing my books is my way of keeping some semblance of order over my reading goals. It’s important to me that I don’t forget the books I’ve purchased. eBooks and audiobooks are easily forgotten because they aren’t visible on a bookshelf.…

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Nature Writing, a favourite genre

Nature Writing, a favourite genre

In our home there is a limited amount of shelf space for books; happily this restricted space is fully populated with “special” books that enhance our library. There are books that bring back fond memories, loved books, books that made a difference to our lives, reference books full of knowledge that we can dive into every now and then, books that we intend to read sometime later, and books that we just can’t let go. …

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Susan Hill’s Bibliomemoirs

Susan Hill’s Bibliomemoirs

I’ll start this blog post by saying that Susan Hill’s two Bibliomemoirs, Howards End is on the Landing and Jacob’s Room is Full of Books, are two of my very favourite books The information they contain is so valuable, I’ve made sure we’ve got the printed versions taking pride of place on our bookshelves. I am grateful for her taking the time to share her extensive knowledge and experience with us.…

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The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler

The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler

The Book of Forgotten Authors is a Bibliomemoir, a book about books, one of my favourite genres. I have the hardback edition, and when I’ve finished reading it, it will take up one precious book-space on our bookshelf. Our bookshelf space is limited; reserved for “special” books only. At least twelve of our book-spaces are taken up by Bibliomemoirs, where they wait patiently for my return to enjoy their treasures. Over the coming years I’ll dive into their pages to reacquaint myself with their gems.…

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The Art of Time Travel by Tom Griffiths

The Art of Time Travel by Tom Griffiths

We depend on historians to ensure our true history is recorded accurately. They have the responsibility of showing us what happened to previous generations and why. If we know what happened and why, we may be able to find solutions for our future to ensure we don’t make the same mistakes again. Much of our knowledge is built on the mistakes of the past, and on solutions that worked and those that did not.…

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The Rock by Robert Daws

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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The Book That Made Me – edited by Judith Ridge

The Book That Made Me – edited by Judith Ridge

In 2017 at my favourite Sydney literary event, the Sydney Writers’ Festival, I was browsing Gleebooks’ pop-up bookshop, which is always a source of unique treasures, when I discovered The Book That Made Me, edited by Judith Ridge. The book is a collection of mini-bibliomemoirs ((Note from the Artuccino Team – the meaning of bibliomemoir: a memoir about the books one has read.)). They are personal reflections on books that had a profound impact on the writing life of some well known Australian and New Zealand authors. Each story led me down new pathways, introducing authors and books unfamiliar to me.…

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