Month: June 2018

Unique Blogger

Following on from Vera over at Unfiltered Tales, who was asked three questions by Kiersten, I am taking up the challenge to answer the three questions she threw out for anyone to join in on—partly because I had no post prepared for today, it’s a Bank Holiday Monday and we’re housebound due to rain. Shame you all cannot hear the thunder like we can! Anyway, Vera’s questions to all of us were: What character’s flaw irritates you? Hmm… there could be so many candidates for most irritating, but I would have to settle on Police Cadet Yvette Nichol, a character from Still Life, by Louise Penny. Who was so well written I began to detest her by the mid-point of the book. She’s arrogant and so self-absorbed to the point she ignores sound advice and takes everything as a personal insult. Worst of all, she’s deceitful on a level that is ultimately her downfall. Louise Penny crafts this character to such a degree as to make Nichol get so under a reader’s skin, and makes …

Fizzled Fire

I’m struggling. Oh boy am I struggling. What with I hear you ask? My latest read, The Fire Court, by Andrew Taylor. Which is a shame, because I read The Ashes of London (book 1) in two fast sittings. I practically ate it up, it was such an interesting read. Well, for me at least. I loved the setting, the period surrounding the Great Fire of London, which came just after the restoration of Charles II to the throne, and the ending of the Cromwell Era. An absolutely fascinating time, with lots of intrigue, subterfuge, and yes, Regicide (don’t you just love that word?) followed by one of the greatest tragedies of the time, a fire that nearly consumed London. So, what’s not to love. The Ashes of London certainly delivered, with intriguing suspense littered with a couple of baffling murders, and a merry chase through the streets of London. I thoroughly enjoyed the shenanigans, which was also tinged with some tragedy and heartbreak. So why am I having a hard time reading book two, …

It’s all a point of View

Well, I’ve finished rushing around for the morning, doing laundry, buying groceries, and doing various plant watering duties. I’m sat in the office, at my desk, with a favourite cup of Moroccan mint tea scenting the air, and I’m wondering what today’s post should be about — certainly not the humdrum mundanities of most Monday mornings. So I went surfing the Blog-O-Sphere to see what everyone else was talking about (books, of course) and, as I haven’t finished the book I started late last week (The Fire Court) I have no review to offer. But I did stop in over the weekend at Reading Under the Blankie (which is a great name and I wish I had thought of that) where Norrie had been having something of a discussion, or maybe, non-discussion? About book rating systems and what does everyone use. Of course, anyone that stops by to read her reviews knows she uses hearts instead of stars, which is perfect. Others use 1-5 stars to rate, some prefer to be a little more in-depth, …

Summer Reading

I’ve wandered across a number of book bloggers this last week all posting lists of their (hoped for) summer reads. And, as of last night, I now know I’ll be off for the entire month of July. With this knowledge in hand, I began wondering whether I would set aside time to read, and if so, what books I might like to buy. Given my ‘Wish-lists’ on both Amazon and Chapters-Indigo (the Canadian version of Amazon) are always and ever growing, I am at no loss for choice. So here are the titles that peeked my interest, 10 very eclectic books:

Mistress of my Fate, by Hallie Rubenhold (DNF)

DETAILS Title: MISTRESS OF MY FATE Author: Hallie Rubenhold Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN: 978-1455511808 Genre: Historical BACKCOVER BLURB Set during a period of revolution and turmoil, Mistress of My Fate is the first book in a trilogy about Henrietta Lightfoot, a young woman who was abandoned as a baby and raised alongside her cousins, noble children of a lord and lady. At just sixteen years old, circumstance and a passionate love affair tear Henrietta away from everything she knows, leading to a new life fending for herself on the streets of 18th century London as a courtesan, gambler, and spirited intellect of the city. WHAT I THOUGHT Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! This is not, and I repeat NOT my kind of book. So, how did I come by a historical novel with the absolutely gorgeous cover? A gift. A birthday gift from—well, I think it was given to me either in 2011 or maybe 2012. And, at the time, I did scratch my head wondering how it was someone thought I might like to …