Month: May 2019

Geeking Out!

I don’t often treat myself to much, other than buying books that is. And given how much a month I spend on books, that’s probably my version of buying a pair of Manolo Blahnik every month! I’m also not big on buying online, as I have trust issues. Especially with certain companies like Etsy, having been burned a couple of times. But I discovered Red Bubble and, so far so good. I order an iPhone 7 case from the amazing artist Myka Blacke, which I am now the proud owner of—it’s outstanding and so unique. I wholeheartedly recommend his work! This image really sums me up in a nutshell … well, okay, in a picture.

A Twisted Tale

Having finally received a copy of TWISTED, by Steve Cavanagh, and having managed to avoid any reviews and opinion, I sat down last night to read. I groaned. I fidgeted. And I moaned out loud. So much so that my Other Half asked what was wrong. I rolled my eyes toward the ceiling and said I was bored. B O R E D! Yes, all in CAPS! I managed to read a whole 102 pages before I stuck my bookmark in and gave up, and went to bed muttering. Why? The two main characters of Paul and Maria are not only boring, but unsympathetic on any level. The story, such as it is—given all the hype we’ve had—lead us to believe this was going to be Cavanagh’s “best” book yet. Has, in fact, been a tedious struggle. The prose is flat and the situation these two MCs find themselves in, well, quite frankly, is beyond dull. Reading it is like watching paint peeling off a wall. You keep waiting for something, anything, to happen. It …

Top 5 Tuesday: Summer Reads

I was scratching my head wondering what books I might want to read while on holiday this summer. Especially given we’re taking the whole month of July off. Yes, the whole month! Thirty one (31) glorious days of doing, well, not nothing. I still plan on doing a lot of reading. Here are the 5 books I fancy reading over the summer holidays: THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous — Thank you Norrie, her great review has me looking at this one as a top five read. Lots of twisted family dynamics, secrets, and suspense. If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous, apparently, would be the result. High praise indeed. THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL by Sujata Massey — Anyone who knows me, knows I have a thing for novels set in India, and especially if they’re historical and have a mystery thrown in for good measure. The Widows Of Malabar Hill is set in India during the 1920s, but this is anything than the roaring 20s for …

Book Haul #I’velostcount

Just look what arrived today, not one book, but two, Books that I feel like I order years ago. TWISTED by steve Cavanagh, yes, the book everyone and their mother has been talking about. Though, sadly, it’s not an Eddie Flynn book. But then again, this one will say whether or not Cavanagh can move on from his earlier series, and do a stand alone, and still have great plotting  and unique characters. This one has had me intrigued since it was announced and, so far, I’ve manage to avoid reading any reviews, so, wish me luck. BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS: 1. The police are looking to charge me with murder. 2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it. 3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next. After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted… The second book that arrived is AND FIRE CAME DOWN by Emma Viskic, which is the sequel to Resurrection Bay, …

Cooking up a Storm

Well, maybe I don’t quite cook up a storm, though I have been known to create chaos in the kitchen, but this coming summer I hope to be trying out a lot more new recipes thanks to the amazing Nadiya Hussain—winner of the sixth season of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off in 2015. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to match her skill or master the art of using dried chillies in everything, but I’m looking to shake up our diet, a little bit, and try something new. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. DETAILS Title: Nadiya’s Family Favourites Author: Nadiya Hussain Publisher: Michael Joseph (Feb. 26 2019) ISBN: 978-0241348994 This cookbook shows you how to create the perfect dishes to complement the moments we all love, from days out with friends to big get-togethers and lazy weekends at home, as well as simple and satisfying solutions for busy weeknights and speedy show-stoppers for impromptu guests.