Between Yesterday and Tomorrow ~ Charmaine Pauls

Between Yesterday and TomorrowBetween Yesterday and Tomorrow by Charmaine Pauls

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not a big fan of romance novels – I’m more of a crime & mystery girl when it comes to cozy contemporary reads – but lucky for me Charmaine Pauls’ book had a few bites of mystery to it to keep me turning the pages. I love that this book is about a South African but is set in France. Funny enough my minds eye took to the French scenes far more easily than it did to the few chapters set in South Africa. I thought that was kind of funny. Like I should “get” the South Africa part, but the French part was just lovelier and more beautiful to think about 🙂

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Gods and Fathers ~ James LePore

Gods and FathersGods and Fathers by James LePore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When confronted with a book like this one I often feel a little ill equipped to give a fair review. The thing is that while this book is very well written I can’t say that I enjoyed it. It’s one of those books that I refer to as a “boy” book. I didn’t gel with the character dynamic, often feeling a little oh-for-heaven’s-sake about the exchanges between them. The main character is barely likable, but isn’t awful enough to excuse the fact that you just don’t really care what happens to him. His son, who all drama revolves around is repulsive and I really felt no sympathy for him at all – so much so that I would have been quite happy if he went to jail for a crime he didn’t commit, simply because he was an asshole and bad shit should happen to assholes. On top of all that is was about Muslim terrorists. Oh. Dear. Lord. No thank you. I am so sick of this subject and am constantly finding myself disappointed when the “Muslim terrorists” make an appearance in the books I read. I LOVE crime fiction – but rather give me a serial killer please. Of course none of this is the fault of the writer – I bet we don’t like our eggs done the same way either! But the subject matter and the heaviness of the book just didn’t do it for me. I’m giving it a four for being decently written and well researched, but I’m afraid I have to give it a two for enjoyment value.

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Matched ~ Ally Condie

Matched (Matched, #1)Matched by Ally Condie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Actually I want to give this book a three and a half but it won’t let me :-/ I like Ally Condie’s style of writing. I am one of those readers who likes to read books that are a bit like floating in a lazy stream. None of this dragging your body against a pulling tide kind of thing (does that make sense?) Anyway – now that I have gotten to the end of the book I am glad I read it. It’s not often that I pick up a series book because I usually kind of feel like oh hell now I have to invest the next couple of years of my life for one story, but I do appreciate why they work. I do like that the book sort of buzzed with activity towards the end. I think it was fitting. All the dull druggery of living like a pod person (sorry) and then suddenly the insistent need to break free of it is kind of thrilling. Of course the reader is going “oh my god don’t live like this!” from the beginning so I was happy when it climaxed into a flurry of rebellion. I will probably get the next book.
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Taryn Coates

Who am I?

“Tell me about yourself”

“Where are you going in life?”

I hate these questions, but I love them at the same time. On the one hand if I knew who I was and where I was going I imagine life would be a very different experience for me. On the other hand there is something quite exciting about knowing that I am not yet who I am meant to be, that I haven’t quite arrived, that tomorrow things may be different. The fact that I am 27 and still haven’t figured out my life scares me, but if you can show me another 27 year old who has it all together please do,  I’d like to be just like them when I grow up. (more…)

Romantic Thursday

Last week and the week before we dealt with bios and bio pics and as you can see it seems to be going relatively well. I love how different everyone associated with our little club is. I will be posting all of the pics as soon as I have them all.

This week The Tequila Thursday Writers Club is getting a little romantic. A romance writer friend of mine, April Vine, suggested that I take part in this competition. Now I don’t imagine that I will (though perhaps I should) but I thought it might be a fun exercise for us to try tonight. And if anyone wants to enter their work into the competition – YAY!

Otherwise maybe we’ll be sharing some romance novel intros up here soon.

Could be interesting…

The Help ~ Kathryn Stockett

The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the first page of this book I felt the most intense connection with Aibileen, as if I wan’t reading her thoughts but had her in the room with me, telling me her self. I could hear her voice and see the expressions on her face so incredibly clearly. I can’t express how incredible this book it. How heartwarming. How frustrating. How true. I can only simply be grateful for it’s existence. And for being lucky enough to have it on my bookshelf. What an amazing read!

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Getting back on the horse…

Ah so today I actually wrote a bit. I’ve been going through my novel just to familiarize myself with it again. It has been SO long since I last worked on it. But today I did actually do a little work and I must admit it felt pretty damn fantastic.

It’s funny how the thought of getting back into it has been been such a weight on my shoulders, and yet today it just worked so naturally. I do love my chosen profession. I do know that I would never be happy doing anything else –  now if I could just be happy with the idea that I can only be happy if I write!

I really did think it was going to be harder though. I’ve been doing a bit of ghost writing work lately and that has been kind of heavy. It’s not hard work (o sometimes it is) but it’s just not my work. I think maybe for a while I confused the two. As in “this is how hard it is to write” when really it isn’t. The two kinds of writing are completely different, and while I did know the difference from a “Working” point, I think I forgot the difference from a fun point. As in my  work is fun. I do love the stuff I write about. I love my characters. Some of them I even fall in love with. And I have most definitely missed them…

So…Edward, Harriet, Jenny, Walter and Damien…. I am really glad to have you guys back!

Brand New Friend ~ Mike Gayle

Brand New FriendBrand New Friend by Mike Gayle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I definitely have a thing for these written-by-blokes but loved by women books. Or do men read them too? I don’t know! And I must admit I certainly seem to relate to these kinds of books far better than I do to many of the same kinds of books that are written by women. The funniest thing is that there very seldom seems to be much of a story line but they never fail to make me smile. Gayle isn’t quite at the top of my list like Parsons and Hornby are, but he’s pretty close 🙂

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