All posts tagged: Steph Broadribb

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 …

Top 5 Tuesday: Romantic Reads

This week’s topic for Top 5 Tuesday is, as Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm informs us, is romantic reads. Well, as someone who doesn’t read romance novels, though doesn’t mind a novel with romance in it—choosing five novels might prove interest. Not to be deterred, here goes: DEEP DOWN DEAD — by Brit-author, Steph Broadribb, isn’t exactly a classic straightforward romance, but a large part of this one featuring MC, Lori Anderson—a bounty hunter—is centred on her relationship with JT, another Bounty Hunter, and the father of Lori’s daughter. These two relationships are integral to Lori’s motivation throughout the series. Far more powerful I would say than just an average, fluffy romance. A MAN CALLED OVE — by Fredrik Backman. Yes, I hear you, why am I adding this one? Because everything that Ove does from the start of this novel, right on through to the end, is all about the loss of his wife—the love of his life. So overwhelmed is he at trying to carry on without her that, for most of …

Top 5 Tuesday: Book Spines

Here we are in a new month, and we have a new set of topics from Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is, strangely enough, book spines. And, as Shanah points out, they are not something we usually give much thought to, that is, till today. So, book spines, what is it that makes them so unforgettable compared, well, to the cover itself? After all, mostly they’re just a generic colour and a way to display the author’s name and the title of the book. And yet, when shelved, that colour can be all important, as can the typeface used. Both need to catch our attention as we twisted our heads, and skim read titles at our local bookstore. Which brings us to, eye-catching spines; what caught my eye: #1. SANDSTORM / ICE HUNT / AMAZONIA — are all thrillers from James Rollins with book spines featuring mini-tableaus depicting what the book is about. As in a shrunken head on the spine of AMAZONIA, and an Egyptian Temple of the spine …

Top 5 Tuesday: 5 Badass Females

Sometimes it’s hard, really hard, to choose just 5 of something. Like today’s Top 5 Tuesday topic of Bad Ass Females courtesy of Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm. Are you kidding me, I can only choose FIVE? But. But. There. Are. So. Many! Well, I’m almost sure no one is going to have heard of some of these female characters, but to me, they know how to kick butt with the best of them! #1. BRIGID QUINN by Becky Masterman — A no-nonsense ex-FBI agent turned PI who hasn’t quite retired from rubbing everyone up the wrong way, getting into peoples faces, and generally getting herself into trouble while solving the crime. Brigid, who is 60, is gritty, determined, and will not rest till justice is served. Check out: Rage Against The Dying Fear The Darkness A Twist of the Knife #2. LORI ANDERSON by Steph Broadribb — Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother …

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 …