The Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons Review

The Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons
The Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons, ISBN 9780732294922, 443pp

The Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons is the first book in the  End of Forever trilogy. I used to love reading Paullina Simons books in my twenties. Books like The Bronze Horseman trilogy, Tully and The Girl in Time Square were some of my favourites. It has been quite a while since I’ve read any of her books.

I saw The Tiger Catcher on bookstagram and a bookstagrammer I follow described it as “a passionate love story.” So I rushed out and bought it the same day. I was so eager to start it that I nudged aside all the other books on my to be read pile. Continue reading

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary Review

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, ISBN 9781787474420, 394pp

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary was such a fun read. I saw this book everywhere before finally jumping on the reading bandwagon — and I’m so glad that I did. I loved this story. The writing reminded me of Jojo Moyes and Marian Keyes — both who are favourite authors of mine. The story also reminded me of my own experience moving into a share house and finding love. But more on that later…

The Flatshare tells the story of Tiffy and Leon. Tiffy works as a book editor for a craft book publisher. She has to find somewhere affordable to live in London (in a hurry) after breaking up with her douchey boyfriend, Justin. Continue reading

The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris Review

photo of the book The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris
The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris, ISBN 9781409170761, 368pp (this is a photo of a special signed proof I received from the publisher)

The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris was a delightful read. I haven’t read any Joanne Harris books for a long time, so reading this one felt a bit like sitting down with a long lost friend. When most people think of books by Joanne Harris, they think of her bestselling book Chocolat. Well, The Strawberry Thief returns to that same world years later. I didn’t realise there were a couple of other books in this series – which I haven’t read – but I honestly feel you can jump straight to this book if you like.

Vianne Rocher still runs a magical chocolate shop in a small French village. Her daughter Anouk is now twenty-one and living in Paris with her boyfriend. But Vianne has another daughter, sixteen-year-old Rosette, her special child. Continue reading

Redemption Point by Candice Fox Review

Redemption Point by Candice Fox review photo
Redemption Point by Candice Fox review, ISBN 9780143793366, 410pp

A fellow Australian bookstagrammer introduced me to Candice Fox. My friend kept raving about what a great crime writer Candice is and I finally listened to her advice and read Crimson Lake. I was instantly hooked by this book and author. Redemption Point is the second book in this crime series, though you could read it as a stand-alone book if you want to. But I recommend that you read Crimson Lake first!

I wouldn’t say that I’m a huge crime fiction reader, but I do appreciate reading this genre when it’s well-written, has awesome plot twists that I can’t guess, and characters who are interesting and unique. Candice Fox delivers all this and more. If you like Australian author Jane Harper’s books, and you’re after something a bit grittier but just as good, this is a great series to try. Continue reading

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden Review

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, ISBN9781785031052, 456pp

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is a book that I’ve been seeing everywhere for a long time. I’ve wanted to read it forever. But for some reason it took me ages to pick it up. Then I saw it for sale in a little book store in Thailand when I was on holiday and it seemed like the time was finally right to buy it. So, I did.

I don’t know why I hesitated to read this book. I’ve always loved books based on fairy tales, folklore, myths or legends. Perhaps it was the Russian setting. I’ve struggled in the past with books set in Russia, usually because of the character names. I find with Russian names that the characters will have one name and then a nickname. This can make it confusing to keep track of who is who. But I do love a Russian setting with all that ice and snow. Continue reading

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes Review

The One Plus One book by Jojo Moyes next to a cup of tea
The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, ISBN 9781405909051, 515pp

I read The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes a few months ago while on a long car trip. Luckily my husband drove so I could read. This was a re-read for me but I read this years ago so I couldn’t remember much of the plot. It was the perfect book to read in the car as the plot involves a road trip to Scotland.

If there’s one thing Jojo Moyes does well it’s creating characters who you can’t help but feel for and cheer for. The One Plus One is told from the perspective of four characters. Jess Thomas is a single mum separated from her deadbeat husband and working two jobs to try and make ends meet. Ed Nichols is a rich, talented software developer with a lot of brains but not the best sense when it comes to relationships. Tanzie is Jess’s tween daughter and a math genius. She has the chance for a better future at a new school, but money is an overwhelming obstacle. And Nicky is the teenage son of Jess’s ex who she has taken under her wing. His difference and love of eyeliner makes him the constant target of the local bullies. Continue reading

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, ISBN 9781472255877, 310pp

I read The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory when I was in transit. I was flying from Koh Samui in Thailand to Singapore, waiting five hours at Singapore airport, and then flying eight and a bit hours back to Australia. I was also in the midst of a painful rib injury so it wasn’t the best time for me. But The Wedding Date was just the entertaining read I needed to get me through this travel hell. It made time go faster and took my mind off my discomfort. But this book passed by in a bit of a blur. Excuse me if the following review is on the vague side.

Let’s see what I remember… The Wedding Date starts with a meet cute when a power outage strands two people together in a hotel elevator in San Francisco. Alexa Monroe is at the hotel to visit her sister, while Drew is staying there for the wedding of an ex-girlfriend to his friend. He’s even the best man at this wedding. The problem is that he’s lacking a date. Continue reading

14 Ways to Read More Books

Do you want to read more books? But you just don’t have enough time? Between working, life and bingeing on Netflix, there’s just not enough hours in the day left for reading.

As a busy bookworm, I understand where you are coming from. But I think it is possible to fit more reading time into your daily schedule. It’s just a matter of prioritising reading in your life. You might be surprised by how many extra minutes of reading you can squeeze into your day.

Last year I managed to read 105 books. Below are some of the ways I clawed back some reading time in my day.

1. Read books that you like

It sounds simple doesn’t it? But how many times have you gotten stuck on a slow, boring book and kept persevering, even when reading it felt like an unpleasant chore. If it feels like work then there’s no way you are going to burn through those pages. So, don’t waste time on books you aren’t enjoying and instead go to the next book on your to be read pile. Continue reading