Monthly Archives: February 2018

“The last resort: a short story” by Rajib Mukherjee

“When you have the one thing that could revive a bereaved man in distress, compassion becomes second nature. But what if your empathy puts the love of your life at stake?” The blurb and intriguing cover are what first attracted … Continue reading

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“The secret diary of Hendrik Groen 83 1⁄4 Years Old” by Hendrik Groen – Book Review

The novel opens with: “Another year, and I still don’t like old people. Their walker shuffle, their unreasonable impatience, their endless complaints, their tea and cookies, their bellyaching.  Me? I am eighty-three years old.” Considering that the basis of this … Continue reading

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“Redferne Lane” my TBR addition that you might be interested in…

Hi bookworms! I thought I’d let you know about a title that I just added to my TBR.  I got a copy of this novel from the publisher directly, but it is available now on NetGalley. Blurb: Ezra had it all … Continue reading

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Daily writing routines of 20 famous authors

Hidden beneath every sentence of your favourite book lies the author’s inspiration and creative machinery. Many writers rely on a writing routine to keep them working at an optimal level. Psychologically, writing routines can provide a sense of comfort and … Continue reading

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“Full circle” by Regina Timothy (#bookexerpt and #giveaway)

ISBN: 978-1981839438 ASIN: B078M7KFDG Price Mass Market Paperback: $14.75 Price E-Book: $2.99 Buy Link: Blurb Eight years after the 9/11 attacks, Samia-Al-Sayyid an Iraqi immigrant is living a quiet life in New York City after she fled her home … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 50 – Books

They say you can never have a second chance to make a good first impression. A book’s cover does just that – gives a first impression. A good cover can make a reader pick up a book. A bad cover can … Continue reading

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“The darkest lies” by Barbara Copperthwaite – Book Review

It is a parent’s worse nightmare. You think you know your child, you think you can protect them, then the unimaginable happens… Beth Oak is almost fourteen.  She lives in a Lincolnshire village with her mother, Melanie, and her father, … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s major #TBR trim

Last year I wrote six posts that reflected my attempts to cull my TBR down a bit, to make it more reasonable, more manageable.  The sixth attempt left me with 1,848 titles remaining on my Goodreads TBR. With so many … Continue reading

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The Fiction Gender Gap #booklovers #ReadingCommunity #bookbloggers @bookworms

A fiction gender gap? Yes there is one! Surveys taken in Canada, the United States and England suggest that men account for only about 20% of the fiction market!  Why is this so? Warren Adler writes: “There is ample statistical … Continue reading

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“The case of the missing bubble gum card” by R. Weir

This short story introduces the reader to Jarvis Mann, a struggling private investigator living in Denver, Colorado.  In his mid-thirties and single, Jarvis fancies himself a bit of comedian, though his sarcastic wit often only entertains himself. To save money, … Continue reading

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