Thursday, August 31, 2017

Blogival 2017: Guest Post by Matthew Redford


I’m excited to participate in the Blogival 2017.  This August, there will be all kinds of fun posts for a massive virtual celebration of Clink Street Publishing. Reviews, Interviews, Guest Posts.. Make sure to follow this fun tour this summer! 

Today I’m sharing with you a guest post of Matthew Redford, the author of 'Addicted To Death: A Food Related Crime Investigation'.


About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25923120-addicted-to-death?ac=1&from_search=true
Following the murder of Benedict and Darcy Blacktail, two eggs savagely beaten to death outside their home by an unknown, fedora wearing assailant brandishing a large metal spoon, Detective Inspector Willie Wortel, carrot and the leading food detective in the police force, is called in to investigate. When the only food sapiens minister in the Government, Professor Perry Partridge, is murdered at the Strawberry Strip Club, run by the young damson Victoria Plum, DI Wortel suspects that the two cases may somehow be linked. As the Head of the Food Related Crime Division, DI Wortel is ably assisted by his human colleague Sergeant Dorothy Knox. But as their investigation begins, four celebrity chefs are sent death threats. It's a recipe for disaster as the incarcerated evil genius MadCow McBeef is seeking parole; someone appears to have crumbled Mr Bramley's apples; and there is an anti-GM food protestor on the prowl. And why do Oranges and Lemons think they owe someone five farthings? DI Wortel and his team must find out who is seemingly addicted to death. It will take all efforts - human, fruit and vegetable - to figure this one out.

This book is available at Amazon


How Would Willie Wortel Spend A Typical Summer?


I would like to begin by thanking you for letting me write a short article for your blog on how Willie Wortel spends his typical summer.

Well, I’m afraid to say that Wortel spends his typical summer full of angst and worry. He can’t enjoy the sun; he doesn’t get to take much holiday and he cannot wait for the colder months to come, although of course that carries the risk of frost getting under his skin, which is a challenge I have to tell you. 

And the reason why Wortel doesn’t care for summer much? Well, it is a strange phenomenon but during warmer months crime committed by members of the Food Sapiens community tends to soar. And for Wortel, this means an increase in work and pressure from his bosses to get the crimes solved quickly. 

Often Wortel will find himself placed in charge of a major sporting event for example, in July he has to oversee the security for the Food Sapiens version of Wimbledon. On the upside, he has got the autographs of Martina Navarata-padlova and Andy Curry, the UK’s only half-decent Food Sapiens tennis player. 

The worst summer Wortel had was in 2012 when London was the host city of the Cheese Olympics. He spent many an hour fretting about how he would keep the peace particularly as nobody wanted to be seated near the Gorgonzola cheeses due to the smell. And then outside the venue there were protests from water biscuits who it seemed had an obsession with the Cheese Olympics. Mind you, they were crackers after all. 

And then there are Wortel’s co-workers who don’t make the summer pass any quicker for him. There is Sergeant Dorothy Knox, Wortel’s Homo Sapiens colleague. Dorothy spends most of the summer complaining that it is too hot and that she needs to be seated near the office air conditioning, which she insists on having set at a sub-freezing level. Much to Wortel’s confusion Dorothy often says she is ‘sweating like a bullock’ which he simply doesn’t understand. Homo Sapiens do confuse him quite often. 

Also in the team are two fruit officers, Oranges and Lemons who Wortel has been lumbered with for the foreseeable future. They don’t mind the warmer weather, but what with Dorothy’s obsession with the air conditioning, they arrive for work in string vests and shorts and then have to change into long johns and jumpers.  

This summer has not proven to be any better for Wortel sadly. All seemed to be quiet on the western front until the local meat factory was subjected to an armed robbery. With the newspapers running headlines that said 'Ham, Spam, thank you ma'am' Wortel and the team knew they needed to act fast.  

And luckily for Wortel the armed robbers had left behind a telling clue. A single leaf. Pouncing on this evidence, Wortel ran forensic tests which confirmed what he suspected. It was a leaf.  

But not just any leaf, a small tight leaf which could only mean one thing. The little gems were at it again spreading terror against meat factories in their desire to force feed the world salads, dominated by the lettuce.  

The little gems were pulled in for questioning and they soon buckled and admitted the crime. But it transpired through the questioning that a larger lettuce was behind the planning of the robbery. When he was apprehended and asked why he had planned this crime, the large green lettuce looked and replied 'just cos'. 

So the summer is not Wortel's favourite time of year but he manages to get through. If you wanted to find out how he gets on in his other adventures you can find out more in Addicted to Death and Who Killed the Mince Spy?

About the Author:


Born in 1980, Matthew Redford grew up with his parents and elder brother on a council estate in Bermondsey, south-east London. He now lives in Longfield, Kent, takes asochistic pleasure in watching his favourite football team snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, is a keen chess player and is planning future food related crime novels. To counterbalance the quirkiness of his crime fiction Redford is an accountant. His unconventional debut crime thriller, Addicted to Death: A Food Related Crime Investigation was published by Clink Street Publishing last summer. 

For more information about Matthew please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter

This event is organized by Authoright.

http://www.authoright.com/

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

My Favorite.. Time To Blog



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

Since I’m a nurse I work different shifts every week. Not a week is the same, so I sometimes have more time during the day, and sometimes during the evening. Because of that the time I’ll use to blog changes. I blog whenever I’m able to. Sometimes it’s very early in the morning, sometimes after work and sometimes even late at night, when I really should be sleeping. I definitely don’t get to choose when I’m able to blog. 

But I definitely have a favorite time to blog. And it’s in the morning while eating my breakfast, or right after eating my breakfast. Somehow I seem to be the most productive during that time of day. In the evenings I just like to sit and read, with my husband sitting next to me. I do blog during the evening at times off course. But I just prefer to be with my husband during that part of the day.

Blogging in the mornings just makes me feel happy. I get to read my emails, I’ll see what my blogging friends have been doing. And I just feel like I’m able to so much more blogging. I also seem to have more ideas in the morning. While at night I just like to sit, read and relax. 

So do you have a favorite time to blog? What is your favorite?

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Things You Didn’t Know About My Bookish Life #1


A little while back I was thinking about what kind of posts I wanted to make for the upcoming weeks. And I kept coming back to this ‘Things You Didn’t Know About My Bookish Life’. I love reading books and sharing them on my blog off course. But I thought it would be fun to share some other random bookish stuff about my life with you. 

Did you know that a view years ago I got my second tattoo and this time a bookish one? Yes. And it’s a big one. And I really really love it! As you can see in the picture, I even wore a wedding dress that showed off my bookish tattoo. Especially on the most important day of my life, I wanted to show off the tattoo that means so much to me. But why did I get this tattoo?



For more than one reason really. Yes, I wanted a tattoo that represented my love of books and reading. But it also had some other meanings. For one, it says ‘Once Upon A Time’.. I grew up loving fairytales and I read a lot of them. As a little girl I truly believed in fairytales and that I would one day find my prince charming. And I did find him thankfully, but life wasn’t always easy when I was growing up and I didn’t love my life and myself so much for a long time. And I lost faith in the whole fairytale concept. But one day I decided ‘Once Upon A Time’ means something even more to me now. I’ll write my own fairytale! I’ll work hard and will make sure I’ll have the life I want to and be happy!

And the birds, well.. They represent flying away and finding my own way in life. Not the life other's expect me to have, but the life I truly want. Doing the things that make me happy. 


And what they say about tattoos is right. When you’ve got one tattoo, you’ll want more. I have two now, and I’m still thinking about getting another one. Maybe a Harry Potter one? LOL!

Keep an eye on my blog for another Things You Didn’t Know About My Bookish Life post!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Review 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' by J.K. Rowling


Years ago I read Harry Potter for the first time. I never reviewed the books though. And that's definitely not right if you've been an Book Blogger for over three years. So it's time to finally re-read and review my favorite books.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/224912.Harry_Potter_and_the_Chamber_of_Secrets
Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girls' bathroom. But then the real trouble begins -- someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects...Harry Potter himself!




The Facts:


Publication Date:
May 28th, 1999
Series:
Harry Potter #2
Genre:
YA, Fantasy, Fiction
Pages:
251
Formats:
Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I remember reading ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ for the first time years ago. I was so excited that there was a next book about Harry Potter and I just devoured the pages of this new story. And even after reading this book several times I can’t get enough of this story. 

What I really loved about this second book in the Harry Potter series, was the introduction of Dobby the house elf. I just love Dobby. Not only is Dobby adorable, he is very courage’s and funny. Yes, his actions to help Harry weren’t very helpful but it was a nice effort and it made for a very nice read. And off course we now know Dobby will have a big part in the next books. 

In this book we also meet the very strange and arrogant professor Gilderoy Lockhart. That man was infuriating. Even more so in this book than in the movie. Listening to how awesome he found himself.. Wow.. J.K. Rowling definitely is able to write characters that are make you feel all kinds of emotions. I did enjoy how all the females reacted to that professor, it was really funny.

The whole ‘Chamber of Secrets’ idea made me love J.K. Rowling even more. I love how mysterious that chamber was and how all these things came clear after reading this second book. How Hagrid became the Hogwarts gamekeeper! How Dumbledore knew about Tom Riddle being Lord Voldemort.
I also loved the idea of a self-writing diary. Wouldn’t that be great?

‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ definitely was another great book that made and still makes me excited to read more in this series. 


My Rating:


About the Author:


Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling. She calls herself Jo and has said, "No one ever called me 'Joanne' when I was young, unless they were angry." Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business. During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling. In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.

For more information about J.K. Rowling please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter and Facebook

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Sunday Post #62: Scooter



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

So last week I had a little Sunday Post break. Not for any particular reason really. I had been home from work a view days last week because I had this terrible headache and I just needed the weekend to relax and hang. So I did.

Last week we finally got our Scooter. We bought it almost eight weeks ago but they messed up at the shop, and it took twice as long to finally get the Scooter home. But now it finally is here and I’ve been going to work with it for four days now. It’s great! I’m still getting used to it a little, but I’m loving it so far. We bought is mostly because I was getting sick and tired of standing in the traffic jams every day after work. But is also saves us money since I don’t have to pay as much for parking and fuel. And it just feels good being outside and not inside my car every single day. It’s a 40 minute drive to and from work with the Scooter. With all those traffic jams, it used to take me an hour and half to get home with our car during the week. So this is so much better! I’m happy! :D  

My husband and I caught up on Game of Thrones this week! Ow boy… I’m loving and hating every minute of that show. Loving it because it’s just so good and I love those characters and their drama. And hating it because I just never want this show to end and I’ve got a feeling my heart will break when the final episode is here. 

Books & Blogging:

Blogging wise my weekly meme ‘My Favorite..’ has been growing some more participants and I’m loving it. It just so fun to read about everyone’s favorites. 
I’m still a little behind on my reading, but I’m working hard to catch up. :)

How are you guys doing? What are you reading at the moment? Do you watch GOT?

Last Week on the Blog:

This Week on the Blog:

  • Review ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ by J.K. Rowling
  • Things You Didn’t Know About My Bookish Life #1
  • My Favorite.. Time To Blog
  • Blogival: Guest Post Matthew Redford

New Arrivals:


Received by the Little, Brown Book Group

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31292427-when-all-the-girls-have-gone
Received by the Little, Brown Book Group

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Promo 'An American Cage' by Ted Galdi


Today I’m excited to share with you a Promo of ‘An American Cage’ by Ted Galdi. This is a new Thriller, that will be published on October 16th 2017.



About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35648233-an-american-cage?ac=1&from_search=true
Three inmates break out of a maximum-security prison in Texas, one of them Danny Marsh, a suburban kid in his twenties who landed in jail because of a crime he never intended to commit. An American Cage follows Danny and his two escape partners over a twenty-four-hour period as they struggle to cross Texas to freedom in Mexico. On this dangerous journey, Danny has to evade the rabid Texas authorities, and even worse, the schemes of one of his closest allies, who isn't who he seems.









The Book Trailer:



About the Author:


Ted Galdi is the author of the bestselling novel Elixir, which he published in 2014. The book is a winner of a Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award and a Silver Medal in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Ted is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Los Angeles. He has been featured by ABC and FOX television, iHeartRadio, Examiner, and many other media outlets. His second novel, An American Cage, is scheduled for release Fall 2017.

For more information about Ted Galdi please visit his website. Or visit him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review 'Age of Assassins' by RJ Barker


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32719024-age-of-assassins
Girton Club-Foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But their latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder.

In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire land.

Set in a world ravaged by magic and the ambition of noblemen, this debut epic fantasy features a cast of assassins, knights and fools which will delight any fan of Brent Weeks, David Dalglish or Robin Hobb.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 1st, 2017
Series:
The Wounded Kingdom #1
Genre:
Fantasy
Pages:
416
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


A view years back I loved reading fantasy novels. But lately I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy. Not for any particular reason really. I did read a view fantasy novels that I didn’t really like all that much, but I had that with other genres too. So when I received ‘Age of Assassins’, I was super excited to start reading.

‘Age of Assassins’ is the first book in The Wounded Kingdom series and I was very curious about what kind of  book this would end up being. I mean, if you read the word Assassin you get some kind of idea right? I immediately thought of the Assassin game my husband used to play on the PlayStation. And I loved the book cover. I really think it’s pretty and kind of mysterious. 

In ‘Age of Assassins’ we meet young apprentice Girton. Girton is the apprentice of the land’s best assassin and he hasn’t been away from her for long. But this time they have a mission that is different than the previous once, and leaves Girton working on his own more. Now Girton and his Master have to save a life.

It took me a long time to really get into this book. Not that it was difficult to read, but it just didn’t really ‘grab’ me. And I honestly didn’t really got into this book at all. And I don’t think it was the book or the writing, but just the genre that just doesn’t really interest me as much as it did once. There is lots of mystery and great storytelling in this book. And it surprised me that this book is the author’s first book. 

Although this book wasn’t really for me, I was impressed by the way the author was able to leave these clues throughout the pages. I had multiple times where I thought thinks would go a certain way, and then I didn’t go like that at all. Very impressive, and definitely a great way to write a mysterious fantasy novel.

Especially as a first book in a series, ‘Age of Assassins’ was a nice read. But I just couldn’t really connect with the story. But I definitely think, if you like fantasy stories this book could be something for you.

My Rating:

About the Author:


RJ Barker lives in Leeds with his wife, son and a collection of questionable taxidermy, odd art, scary music and more books than they have room for. He grew up reading whatever he could get his hands on, and has always been ‘that one with the book in his pocket.’ Having played in a rock band before deciding he was a rubbish musician RJ returned to his first love, fiction, to find he is rather better at that. As well as his debut epic fantasy novel, Age of Assassins, RJ has written short stories and historical scripts which have been performed across the country. He has the sort of flowing locks any cavalier would be proud of.

For more information about RJ Barker please visit him on Twitter and Facebook

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

My Favorite.. Drink To Read With



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

This is a hard one for me. I like drinking lots of things (not in a drunk kind of way LOL!) and it also depends on how the weather is outside, and how I’m feeling. During the day I drink a lot of water. I always have a bottle with me to make sure I’m drinking enough and don’t get dehydrated. But when I read, especially when I read at night, I love to drink coffee.

We have a Nespresso machine and I just love that coffee. And the weird thing is, I like it best when my husband makes it. Somehow, even though we make it exactly the same, his coffee always tastes the best.

I love sitting in our living room, with my husband next to me and a nice cup of coffee and a good book in my hands. It’s just the best feeling.
In the summer time, when it warm and sunny outside I love reading with a glass of wine. But I guess the coffee always is my favorite, whatever weather it is. And during the winter I love to get some Starbucks coffee on my free days. So tasty!

What is your favorite drink to read with?

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Review 'Finding Lyla' by Cate Beauman


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25745219-finding-lyla
Principal Dancer Lyla Markovik-Avery is always on the go. Grueling practices and endless performances rule her busy days—and things are about to get more hectic. Russia is rolling out the red carpet for their beloved star, despite the string of violent terrorist attacks that have rocked the nation.

Bodyguard Collin Michaels’ life is falling apart. His long-time relationship recently ended. He’s trying to start over, but that’s easier said than done. Luckily, Collin has a new assignment on the horizon: keeping a beautiful ballerina safe for the next three weeks.

Collin finds comfort in Lyla’s easy friendship, but that all changes after a night out on the town. Simple feelings become complicated—something Collin can’t afford, especially when tragedy strikes and Collin realizes Lyla’s caught in the middle of a dangerous plot for revenge.

Collin and Lyla are forced to flee. They need to reach the border before it’s too late, but the odds are stacked against them in a country that wants them dead. With time running out, Collin formulates a risky plan that might be their only chance of making it out alive.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
January 12th, 2016
Series:
The Bodyguards of L.A. County #10
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
452
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


After reading a view two star reads, I was in a desperate need for a good read. And since I had a Cate Beauman book standing on my TBR, I knew this was the book I needed to read next since Cate’s books always make me feel better.

‘Finding Lyla’ definitely didn’t disappoint. This is already the tenth book in the Bodyguards of L.A. county series and I can tell you right now it’s one of my favorites. In this book we meet ballet dancer Lyla Markovik-Avery. Lyla is the daughter of ballet legend Mira Markovik who died giving birth to Lyla. As the daughter of a famous dancer and an US Ambassador there are certain expectations Lyla had to life up too. And this time is no different. Lyla has to travel to Russia, to visit her father and to dance her mother’s famous dance. But things aren’t easy in Russia, and Lyla’s life isn’t save. So Lyla gets assigned bodyguard Collin, who has to face his own demons and is blown away by Lyla’s spirit.

Lyla Markovik has to be one of my favorite characters in the Bodyguards of L.A. County series. I just loved her. I loved how strong Lyla was. How she wanted to take care of others, old neighbors, homeless man etc. And I loved getting a glimpse of her life as a ballet dancer. Something that is completely foreign to me. Lyla’s life was definitely fascinating to get to know.
Collin, was just as yummy as all the other bodyguards in the series. But he definitely had something extra sweet about him. He was handsome, kind and above all he wanted to see Lyla happy. I loved reading about Collin.

The romance part between Lyla and Collin was definitely my favorite part in this read. I loved reading about them, and how they slowly changed each other’s lives. There was definitely a lot of chemistry between these characters, and you could definitely feel it. 
There were also some very thrilling and toe-curling moments in this book. Let’s just say that Collin’s bodyguard skills came in handy. And I just couldn’t put this book down until I knew how the story ended.

‘Finding Lyla’ is another great read. I loved it from the beginning till the very end. If you haven’t started reading this series yet.. I suggest you do ASAP! ;)

My Rating:

About the Author:


International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015,  ‘Justice For Abby’ was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while ‘Saving Sophie’ took the Silver Medal. ‘Saving Sophie’ was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and ‘Falling For Sarah’ received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards. Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. For information on Cate's new releases, monthly giveaways, and upcoming events, sign up for her newsletter.

For more information about Cate Beauman please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Discussion: Making Notes While Reading


As a fanatic reader and book blogger I loved reading book discussion. And since I also love having my own book blog I decided to post a book discussion myself. So join me on my little book discussion journey and let’s have some fun! 

Writing reviews isn’t for everyone. And as a perfectionist I’m always trying to find new ways to improve my reviews. But I always find it hard to find a new way of writing reviews that works for me. Now, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been writing my reviews as soon as possible after I finish the book. This means that I sometimes write them late at night, sometimes the morning after, before I go to work and sometimes a day after I finished reading the book. 

When I started my blog I tried writing notes about the books I read. But I kept wondering what I needed to write down, which took my mind of the actual reading. And at times I forgot writing notes completely. I would finish my book, and I tried to write some notes then. Which didn’t really work because why not write the review immediately right?!

But still, I think writing notes while reading a book you’re reviewing is something that works if you do it the right way. Especially with names. I’m so bad in remembering names, that it would definitely help me out if I wrote the names down. So should I only write names down? What is the right way for making notes?


Do you write notes while reading your book? And do you have a method for it? 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review 'Johannesburg' by Fiona Melrose


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32863185-johannesburg
6 December 2013. Johannesburg.

Gin has returned home from New York to throw a party for her mother's eightieth birthday; a few blocks away, at the Residence, Nelson Mandela's family prepares to announce Tata Mandela's death...

So begins Johannesburg, Fiona Melrose's searing second novel. Responsive to Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, the story follows a polyphonic course across a single day, culminating in a party and traces the fractures and connections of the city.

An irascible mother, a daughter trying to negotiate her birthplace and the people from her past, a homeless hunchback who takes his fight for justice to the doors of a mining company, a mining magnate, a man still haunted by his first love, the domestic workers who serve this cast and populate the neighborhood, a troubled novelist called Virginia - these are the characters who give voice to the city on a day hot with nerves and tension and history.

Johannesburg is a profound hymn to an extraordinary city, and a devastating personal and political manifesto on love.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 3rd, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Fiction
Pages:
272
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover
Available at:

My Review:


Last year I read Fiona Melrose’s first book ‘Midwinter’. I loved that book, so when I received a review request for Fiona’s new book ‘Johannesburg’ I knew I wanted to read this book. And don’t you just love the cover of Fiona Melrose’s book?! I think they are magnificent. 

‘Johannesburg’ takes place at December 6th 2013 and is centered around the lives of several different characters. Why December 6th? On that day Nelson Mandela's family prepares to announce Tata Mandela's death. And in Johannesburg we read about the moments in a view persons lives. 

Well, I finished reading this book over a week ago and somehow I just wasn’t able to write this review earlier. I always try to write my reviews as soon as I finish a book, but with this one I just couldn’t. Since I loved ‘Midwinter’ I really hoped to love ‘Johannesburg’ as much, but I didn’t. Not because the writing was bad or something. No Fiona Melrose’s writing was just as good in this book, as in her first. But I just couldn’t connect to all the different characters.

In ‘Johannesburg’ we read about the life of several characters. And just like I always do, I had a lot of trouble separating all the different characters, especially in the beginning. I re-started reading this book two times, but still I found it hard to keep everyone apart. And in the end I just couldn’t connect to all the characters as much as I would have liked.

This book was definitely a nice read, but not as great as I would have liked.

My Rating:


About the Author:


Fiona Melrose was born in Johannesburg but has spent the majority of her adult life in the UK, first in London and then in East Anglia. She moved to Suffolk to concentrate on her writing and it is there that Midwinter was conceived. Previously Fiona has worked in academia, NGO's, public affairs and as an emerging markets analyst. She continues to keep a foot in both continents and is currently spending the majority of her time back in South Africa where she is completing her second novel.

For more information please visit Fiona’s website. Or visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My Favorite.. Thing About Summer



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

There is one thing I look forward to all year. It’s in the summer time, and it’s something I can long for when it’s winter and cold and dreary. My Favorite Thing About Summer is definitely sitting on our balcony in the sun, my husband sitting next to me, our cat lying at my feet, birds signing, a nice drink, and a nice book in my hands. Yes!! There is nothing better than such a moment.. and during the rest of the year, I dream of that moment. Sigh..

Unfortunately the summer this year hasn't been all that good and there haven’t been many moments where I was able to sit on our balcony. And when the days are good, it’s mostly too hot for us to sit out there. (I know it’s a luxury problem, but still.) We are definitely looking forward to having a home with a nice garden someday. 

But for now I would be happy with a nice summer day, not to hot and not to cold.. and not having to work on that day would be nice too! LOL!!

What is your favorite thing about summer?

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