All posts tagged: Karen Brooks

Author Spotlight: Karen Brooks

I decided to do a series called Author Spotlight, to highlight, well, obviously, my favourite authors—new and old—and to share my excitement for their work with you. First up today is Australian-born author, Karen Brooks. I highly suggest you read her About Page by way of introduction to her, and her writing. Brooks’ first forays into the writing world began squarely in the realms of fantasy, with her YA series The Cassandra Klein Quartet, which was followed up by a succession of YA fantasy titles that I would love to read, at some point. Karen is now writing historical fiction. Not just any kind of historical fiction, she’s reinserting women back into history, placing them squarely at the forefront of periods of upheaval and change where fortunes could be lost and made, in an exciting way. To date, she has written three richly detailed historical novels set in different locales and time periods: THE BREWER’S TALE (2014) “It had been Mother’s secret and mine, one passed down through the de Winter women for generations. I …

Top 10 All Time Favourites

Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm has given us an easy task this Tuesday, to list our Top 10 Favourites of All Time. Which, really, when you think about it, is a no-brainer for most of us. And, I’m sure, like me, many are going to have very familiar titles on their lists, that we’ve all seen before. After all, we never really stop telling everyone about our favourite books, now do we? And today will be no exception! So here we go, my top 10 choices from the last few years are: GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny — still my all-time favourite author, and still top on all my lists, but this (book 13 in the series) is outstanding. So well plotted, excellently written, and a culmination of so many threads that it had me yelling out loud at Gamache, “No, don’t … don’t do it!” THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh — my first Steve Cavanagh book that introduced me to one of my all-time favourite characters: Eddie Flynn. This first one is …

I’m Wishing On A List

This morning I sat down and ruthlessly went through my lists. You know, book lists. Specifically, my Wish List and my I Want To Buy List, whittling down books on both lists that while, at the time I wanted, have been evicted for one reason or another, or demoted to a, I’ll Keep A Note of That Title Just In Case list. What’s left on my much-shorter list of books I want to buy, are listed below—an eclectic mix of genres—books with characters and stories that interest me. Of course, just because they made it onto this, eh, final list, doesn’t mean I will (A) buy them, or (B) read them. You know how it goes. A BETTER MAN by Louise Penny WE WERE KILLERS ONCE by Becky Masterman THE STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE OF A BOLLYWOOD STAR by Vaseem Khan AND FIRE CAME DOWN Emma Viskic TWISTED by Steve Cavanagh BRUSH BACK by Sara Paretsky BLOOD ON THE TRACKS by Barbara Nickless DEAD STOP by Barbara Nickless THE STATE COUNSELLOR by Boris Akunin PRESUMED INNOCENT by …

Top 5 Books That Need To Be A Movie

The topic of this week’s Top 5 Tuesday from Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm is, Books That Need To Be A Movie. I know I’ve seen lots of movies and, because of them, have gone on to read the book. But, occasionally, we also read a book that we would love to see up on the silver screen, and even start imagining who we’d like to see play the MCs. I’ve read a few books lately that I think would make great TV shows, especially Steve Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn series, and, of course, Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache books. Then there’s, Steph Braodribb’s Lori Anderson series, which would also make a great series on the small screen. But books into movies? Hmm … Making my top 5, I would choose: #1. THE RECKONING by James McGee — This is the kind of period drama that the BBC does well. Rabble-rousing fist fights in seedy dark corners of 1813 London. There’s period costume, spies, murder, oh, and did I mention it’s set during the Napoleonic …

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 …