Category Archives: reading challenges

“White Oaks” by Jill Hand – Book Review

In a Greek Revival plantation mansion in Georgia, Blanton Toombs Trapnell is celebrating his ninetieth birthday. He is an abrasive and ornery old man. His three adult children come home to celebrate with him – all with a view to … Continue reading

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“The Timekeeper’s Son” by Sara Baker – Book Review

Josh Lovejoy is a teenager who is also an aspiring filmmaker. A ‘good’ boy, an only son, he lives in a small town in Georgia. One sweltering summer night, he uncharacteristically shares some marijuana after a filming session. High, he … Continue reading

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Fictionophile Blog Update – First Quarter of 2021

Yes folks, 2021 has reached the 1/4 mark. In an effort to keep organized and structure my reading, I’ve compiled this post to track my reading progress since January 1st. I have read 35 books so far this year and … Continue reading

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“The Boatman’s Wife” by Noëlle Harrison – Book Review

Secrets. We all have them, yet some are more consequential than others. When young Lily Fitzgerald is widowed at the tender age of twenty-four, she discovers that her beloved husband has been harboring a serious secret indeed. 2017 – Lily … Continue reading

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“Season of Second Chances” by Aimee Alexander – Book Review

Grace Sullivan left her small Irish village to go to university in Dublin. She wanted to follow in her beloved father’s footsteps and become a doctor. While in the big city she met and fell in love with Simon Willoughby, … Continue reading

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“The Pull of the Stars” by Emma Donoghue – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

An intense and grim story about three days in a Dublin maternity ward during the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918. Influenza derives from the Latin word influentia, meaning “influence of the stars. The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed more people … Continue reading

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“Treacherous Strand” by Andrea Carter – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

This mystery, the second in a series set in Inishowen, is a well written mystery with likeable characters.  The protagonist is Ben O’Keeffe a country solicitor.  Her law practice is the most northerly solicitor’s office in Ireland. ‘Ben’ is short … Continue reading

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“Life Sentences” by Billy O’Callahan – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

1920 – The first story we read is that of Jer (Jerimiah). A man who, born in dire poverty in an Irish workhouse, has gone on to fight in the trenches of WWI and raise a family of six children … Continue reading

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“Big Girl, Small Town” by Michelle Gallen – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

Majella lives a routine-filled, rather bleak existence in a small town in Northern Ireland. She is twenty-seven years old and lives with her mother who is a depressed, and depressing alcoholic. Majella’s Mother is not a widow, but she doesn’t … Continue reading

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♣ ♣ March is ‘Reading Ireland Month’! ♣ ♣ #ReadingIrelandMonth21 #IrishFiction #begorrathon21

For the past several years now, Cathy, over at 746books.com has hosted Reading Ireland Month to promote Irish literature and authors. As I enjoy novels with Irish settings, I am only too keen to participate each year. If you do … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s Reading Challenges for 2021 #readingchallenge2021 #bookbloggers #2021readingchallenges

Last year I completed five of the six reading challenges I set out for myself. This year, I vow to complete EIGHT. #1 is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. For this challenge I aim to read 100 titles in 2021. #2 … Continue reading

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“Truth and Lies” by Caroline Mitchell – Book Review

“It’s hard to accept the truth, isn’t it? When lies are all you want to hear”. D.I. Amy Winter – adopted at the age of four by the policeman who arrested her parents for their notorious deeds. A respected policeman, … Continue reading

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“When the Storm Ends” by Rebecca L. Marsh – Book Review

“…remember that everyone has difficulty in life sometimes, but it’s only when the storm ends that you can see a rainbow”. Sometimes you read a book and find that you are left feeling sort of… content. Content in knowing that … Continue reading

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“His & Hers” by Alice Feeney – Book Review

“There are at least two sides to every story: Yours and mine. Ours and theirs. His and hers. Which means someone is always lying.” HIS – Detective Inspector Jack Harper is head of the ‘Major Crime Team’ in a rural … Continue reading

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“Who’s There?” by Kerena Swan – Book Review

I’ll briefly introduce a few of the principal characters for you: Arnold Eastwood – born with Downs Syndrome, he is trusting, vulnerable and in many ways an innocent. His favourite things to do are keeping things neat, watching Clint Eastwood … Continue reading

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