Monthly Archives: March 2018

“This must be the place” by Maggie O’Farrell

For my seventh and final read of the 2018 ‘Reading Ireland‘ challenge, I thought I’d try an author I’ve heard a lot about.  I’d never read any of her work before, but after this one Maggie O’Farrell will be on … Continue reading

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Giveaway Winners !

  With only three comments on my Giveaway post, those who commented had a one in three chance of winning a digital copy of Regina Timothy’s novel “Full Circle“. To choose the winner I used the Random Name Picker web … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: March 29, 2018 (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Blood in the water” by Gillian Galbraith for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in January 2007 and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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“Death at Whitewater Church” by Andrea Carter

“Death at Whitewater Church” marks my first time reading the work of Andrea Carter and my 6th title for “Reading Ireland Month“. This mystery, a first in a new series set in Inishowen, is a well wrought novel with likeable … Continue reading

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Online #bookblogger ‘friends’

While perusing Instagram this morning I came across some tragic news. One of the bookbloggers I’ve followed for the last few years has passed away.  She was only in her twenties, beautiful, smart, a young mother. She was always so … Continue reading

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#CoverReveal time! “A fractured winter” by Alison Baillie

Last year I read a memorable debut novel that I really enjoyed. Alison Baillie’s novel “Sewing the shadows together” was an excellent mystery with an atmospheric Edinburgh setting. You can read my review here. Imagine my excitement when I learned that … Continue reading

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Reading makes you healthy! (an infographic)

We love reading books, and we’re guessing you do too. However, did you know that reading helps us live longer, stay sharper, be happier, as well as have more friends too? Reading fiction has been shown to increase empathy and … Continue reading

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“Notes from a public typewriter” edited by Michael Gustafson and Oliver Uberti (#bookreview & #giveaway)

Yes, I usually only read fiction, however this little tome combined two of my favorite loves: bookstores and typewriters.  I’ve always loved the vellichor of bookstores and could spend hours happily loosing track of time in them. Typewriters were an … Continue reading

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“The dead house” by Billy O’Callaghan

“Ireland is a country haunted by its past. In Billy O’Callaghan’s hands, its terrible beauty becomes a force of inescapable horror that reaches far back in time, before the Famine, before Christianity, to a pagan place where nature and superstition … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday March 22, 2018 (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Now you see him” by Eli Gottlieb for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in January 2008 and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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“The yellow house” by Patricia Falvey

For the 4th title of my Reading Ireland Month challenge, I chose a book that has been on my Kindle for a couple of years.  It is a debut novel steeped in Irish history and peopled with unforgettable characters. “Indeed, … Continue reading

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Obsessed with book covers – Yeah I know. (Jess Kidd novel)

Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time will have come to realize that I am obsessed with book covers. I haven’t quite decided if it is a blessing or a curse. LOL A while back I … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 52 – Clocks

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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Well the big day has finally arrived. That day when many of us, Irish or not, wear green clothes, drink green beer, and generally pretend we hail from the Emerald Isle. To celebrate things Irish and things bookish, I thought … Continue reading

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“The liar’s girl” by Catherine Ryan Howard – Book Review

For my third “Reading Ireland Month” selection I have chosen “The liar’s girl“.  Set in the city of Dublin, it seemed a good choice, and an excellent opportunity for me to read my first novel by Catherine Ryan Howard. “They … Continue reading

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