Friday, August 26, 2016

The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware

This one didn't really work for me.  Lo has some trauma after being terrorized at home. Left with bruises she boards the maiden voyage of a luxury yacht off to take it's clients to see the northern lights. On the first night she thinks she sees something suspicious and spends the rest of the trip trying to prove herself right.

I found the story and characters a bit forced.  Maybe I wasn't quite in the mood for this book,  but I found it a bit of hard work to get through. 2/5

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The House at the Edge of Night - Catherine Banner

A sweet little book, that takes you to a small little island in Italy where we get to meet four generations of the same family and their loves and losses.  It all starts with  Amedeo Esposito who comes to the island to work as the local doctor, and falls in love and stays.

It is a gentle novel, not much happens as we follow the family through the 20th century and I felt like I should be lying on a deckchair by the pool wearing a big floppy hat instead of reading it though a chilly winter week. 4/5

Monday, August 22, 2016

Music Monday - Someone That Loves You - Honne and Izzy Bizu

After a little hiatus it was nice to encounter some new music tonight.  This was played on the news as the weather forecasts rolled up.  Of course I had to google it - load it to my itunes and will play it non stop for the next month or so.  It is a nice little feel good tune - something I need on the way to work.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Music Monday - The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson

I have been listening to lots of old music lately, and this still seems fresh to me even though it came out in 2007 .  Funny how music can bring you straight back into another era a bit like a time machine, you can remember parties and faces from the past.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Blood Sisters - Graham Masterton

I am a bit addicted to this DS Katie Maguire series, although I am wondering if she is beginning to get a few too  many strange murders in her neck of the woods, and each one being a serial killer with special interests.  In this novel, it is a series of nuns who keep turning up dead in bizarre circumstances.  Who could be doing it?

I also wonder why people keep volunteering to get into Katies car or come round to her house?  Now that is just asking for trouble isn't it.

Still I will keep coming back for more as I am hooked.  4/5

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Jane Doe January - Emily Winslow

Emily Winslow was a young drama student who after being followed home one night in 1992, is brutally raped in her apartment.  Now twenty years later, a mans dna is matched to her assault and she is called upon to be a witness at a new trial.

She also begins to look at what happened in their lives since this all happened, and questions many of the staff involved in the investigation.  Part of me had great admiration for what she did, researching lots of files and information must have been difficult as much of it was done pre computers.  Another part of me wondered if she drove herself a bit crazy being so focused on a lot of things.  In the end I was left feeling a bit flat and deflated and just wanted to know what happened. 2/5

Monday, July 25, 2016

Music Monday - Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush

I was listening to this song on Saturday night on the bus going home, with silent tears spilling down my cheeks.  I've always loved it, but now the words mean more to me than ever:

It doesn't hurt me
Do you want to feel how it feels?
Do you want to know that it doesn't hurt me?
Do you want to hear about the deal that I'm making?
You, it's you and me
And if I only could
I'd make a deal with God
And I'd get him to swap our places
Be running up that road
Be running up that hill
Be running up that building
See if I only could, oh
Kate Bush

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It Was Me All Along - Andie Mitchell

Andie Mitchell writes about what it is to have lived most of her life as the fat girl, and how as an adult she realized that she was ebbing towards 300 pounds. Deciding she needed to change her body, she chose to make some drastic changes.  After losing a lot of weight she found new challenges and still struggled to accept herself.

Finding herself beginning to enjoy food again, she started a blog and found a new career as a food blogger, and I guess it is from there that this book got written.  I liked this memoir and could empathize with the little girl rejected and made fun of because of her size.  People do think that it is fine to bully and talk about someone who is fat, in a way that they would not if it were any other issue that a person was dealing with. 3/5

Monday, July 18, 2016

Music Monday - Christine and the Queens - Tilted

My ipod is busy playing this one as I walk about at the moment.  I can't figure out a lot of what she is saying, but the French is sweet and the tune is addictive - and it makes me feel happy as I listen.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Saturday night in the winter time is the perfect time for heading out for Asian Chicken Noodles and then a little arthouse movie.  The noodles were great, although not so great this morning as I had to run to the bathroom several times.  My bestie who ate the same meal felt fine, so I am sure that I am just sensitive to some of the ingredients.

As we sat down at the movie we were a bit surprised as the promos running first.  They were advertising super hero/comic based shows.  I guess it was the school holidays, but as the audience were mostly over 60 it seemed like they had not thought about the demographics watching.  Mum and her bestie thought they were the youngest, until a couple in their 30s were the last couple to sit down.

Mum and her friend did enjoy the movie, and more so because they didn't know a lot about it.  It is a little type of thriller about two elderly men in a rest home who make a plan to search out the block kapo that had their family killed at Auschwitz.  That really is all you need to know.  4/5