Category Archives: Reading

January 2020 recap – The Ups and the Downs of Bookblogging

Well folks, January has been a mixed bag for me.  I read some very good novels, posted quite a few times with reviews and other bookish stuff, received some stellar titles in my monthly book haul, and, on a personal … Continue reading

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“Her” by Harriet Lane – Book Review

Emma – a mother of two very young children. She is constantly exhausted, more than a bit envious of her husband who still works in television, and the couple are struggling financially. Emma gave up her career to be a … Continue reading

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It’s not too late! Bookblogger’s Fiction Reading Challenge #FFRC2020 #TuesdayBookBlog #bookbloggers

I was delighted to read a review this week by Sheila (the Quiet Geordie). As of today, she is one of the few bloggers, other than myself, who has decided to join in the Bookblogger’s Fiction Reading Challenge along with … Continue reading

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Edelweiss Reviews Challenge 2020

As many of you know, I am the moderator of the Goodreads Group for Edelweiss Reviewers. As a way of whittling down our Edelweiss review commitments I have created a Goodreads Challenge within the group. It is never too late … Continue reading

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Banish the Backlist 2020 – a bookblogger self-challenge

Twenty BACKLIST titles I plan to read in 2020:Although I hate to make New Year’s resolutions, I have promised myself that I will seriously tackle my lengthy backlist of review commitments in 2020. Time flies. I’m not sure how I’ve … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? – Reading Challenge – 2020

The What’s In A Name Challenge is being hosted again for 2020 by Andrea at Carolina Book Nook.  Andrea took over in 2019 from Charlie at The Worm Hole who hosted previous years’ challenges. The challenge runs from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. … Continue reading

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Bookbloggers Fiction Reading Challenge for 2020 – #FFRC2020

It’s that time of year again folks. Reading Challenges are everywhere on the internet. Some are competitive, some are just for fun. Some have ‘link-ups’ where you can share your review, some are just for personal challenges so that you … Continue reading

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Millennials and #Reading – you may be surprised

Wikipedia defines the term Millennials as: Millennials, also known as Generation Y or Gen Y, are the demographic cohort following Generation X and preceding Generation Z. Researchers and popular media typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and … Continue reading

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“Apologizing to Dogs” by Joe Coomer – Book Review

“With a splendid cast of characters and the cleverest canine in comedy, Apologizing to Dogs is a hilarious, heartwarming and wonderfully human tale and proves that no matter how old you get, there’s always something worth holding on to, fighting … Continue reading

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“From a Low and Quiet Sea” by Donal Ryan – Book Review

Part I- Farouk The war is Syria has escalated and finally reached the town where Farouk, a doctor, and his wife Martha, a biologist, and their young daughter live. When a boy is crucified in public, this serves as a … Continue reading

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“The Rebels: and other short fiction” by Richard Power – Book Review

“A beautifully crafted collection that reflects the best of the Irish short story tradition.” The stories The Rebels – It was a time when corporal punishment and segregation in Irish schools was the norm. A time when schoolboys brought a … Continue reading

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“The lost child” by Patricia Gibney – Book Review

I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed the first two novels in Patricia Gibney’s Lottie Parker police procedural series.  They were fantastic! I’ve been meaning to read the third in the series for some time now – I’m SO glad to report … Continue reading

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“Undertow” by Anthony J. Quinn – Book Review

Blurb:  The body of a dead police detective drifts ashore at Lough Neagh. What appears to be a simple case of suicide takes on a more sinister tone when Detective Celcius Daly travels across the Irish border to the desolate … Continue reading

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“The Ludlow Ladies’ Society” by Ann O’Loughlin – Book Review

Connie Carter is reeling from the death of her five-year-old daughter, Molly. Her husband, Ed Carter, murdered their daughter, and then himself. Grief stricken, she suffers a break-down and for two years barely gets through the interminable days. Now, she … Continue reading

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“Path into Darkness” by Lisa Alber – Book Review

“A haunting tale of family secrets, madness, and healing”. Lisfenora, Ireland.  Renown for its annual matchmaking festival. The ‘matchmaker’ in this case is the terminally ill Liam. Knowing that his end is near, he appoints his daughter, Merritt Chase, to … Continue reading

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