Month: December 2018

Happy New Year

I just wanted to extended a BIG thank you to everyone I’ve met since I started blogging again, earlier this year. The time you take to come and stop by to say hello, read a review or post, and leave a comment or three are very much appreciated. To Vera, Norrie, Inge, and yes, you too Sophie. It means a great deal to me that I have found such a dedicated group of book bloggers—readers with such a wide variety of likes and dislikes. You’ve opened new doors to me, and stretched my reading beyond where I might have comfortably stayed. And for that, I thank each and every one of you. You enrich my world with your snark, wit, candour, humour, honesty, and in sharing a part of yourselves, even if it’s only through discussing our favourite topic: books. I am honoured and look forward to sharing so many more reviews through out 2019. Here’s wishing you all health and happiness for the coming New Year. Santé et Bonne Année!

WordPress 5 and Gutenberg

They make it sounds astounding, a new fangled invention that will revolutionize our blogging experience, like, wow, they just re-invented the wheel … and made it SQUARE! So that now, no one can use—let alone WANTS to use—Gutenberg. It’s chunky, clunky, clumsy and unintuitive. And after years of everyone using what is now laughingly referred to as the Classic Editor, we’re expected to switch from an editor that works perfectly, to something that leaves everyone sobbing with frustration. The only people who think Gutenberg a good idea are those venerable closeted folk at WordPress, with (apparently) nothing better to do than constantly tweak, change, and frustrate the rest of us … because they can. Like the idiots who go clime Mount Everest because … because it’s there. So why am I mumbling on about WordPress and Gutenberg? Because I’ve read so many posts this December of horror stories from unprepared bloggers whose websites upgraded automatically to Gutenberg, and found themselves floundering in a vortex of doom. No one in their right mind wants to spend …

Top 10 Books of 2018

Oh dear, given the small number of books I read AND finished this year. I have a very small selection of novels to choose my Top 10 from, especially given half of the books I started to read ended up as DNF. This list could have easily ended up as My Top 5 Books of 2018. But I digress. Looking at the score I gave all the books I did finish and, in reverse order—10 through to 1—with 1 being my favourite book of 2018, here’s what I came up with: #10 A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman (8) #9 THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley (8.5) #8 A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (8.5) #7 THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh (8.5) #6 DEEP BLUE TROUBLE by Steph Broadribb (8.5) #5 THE BLOODPRINT by Ausma Zehanat Khan (9) #4 THE MISSING INFORMANT by Anders de la Motte (9) #3 FORCE OF NATURE & THE DRY by Jane Hunter (9.5) #2 THE LOCKSMITH’S DAUGHTER by Karen Brooks (9.5) #1 THE …

Hiding Under The Table — Alex Is Out Of Her Comfort Zone

That Trickster Loki, Norrie, has done it again, while squirming under her blankie she’s nominated me to step outside my bookish comfort zone, and reveal another side of me. Another side of my reading rabbits habits. So, how does this work? You have to pick one genre that you frequently read … and then, you can’t use any books from that genre while answering the questions. Which, as Norrie pointed out, is just plain mean but, the whole point of the exercise is finding out more about genres we don’t like and or elements that make us squirm. #1 A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements you don’t typically like. I really don’t like to read contemporary or literary-style fiction. But, because people were reading and raving over A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman, I read it. I read it in a couple of days and, do you know what? I loved it. It made me stop and rethink my aversion to reading these genre. #2 A book …

My Christmas Book Haul

And why I still enjoy one aspect of Christmas, the giving and receiving of presents. Which for me, is usually books. This year is no exception, family and friends went all out and I have, amongst the presents I was gifted, six [6] new books! I am one very happy recipient. What, oh, the books, yes, okay, I was getting to that. So what did I get? Some that I desperately wanted, and a couple of delightful surprises. THE RECKONING by James McGee — this is a historical murder-mystery set in London of 1813, about the a hunt for a serial killer murdering women. A Jack-the-Ripper of the day so to speak. THE MOSCOW DECEPTION by Karen Robards —  a good old fashioned political (hopefully, fast paced) thriller that I have high hopes for. THE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal — this is science fiction at what I hope is it’s best. As a group of female scientists and would-be astronauts look toward not just the moon, but beyond, to Mars. I am so looking forward …