Write Great Fiction with this Book Series

The wonderful Write Great Fiction series is published by Writers' Digest Books and consists of 5 titles.  The books are written by different authors and each one focuses on a key area in the construction of great fiction writing.  I've been meaning to get to these books for myself and I think they are a... Continue Reading →

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TBR Chronicles #04

This month I have some books that are a little different from what I would normally select.  This is in part due to my recent refocus in my working world.  I've decided to take on new challenges professionally and so the first new addition to my TBR is Tom Ang's beautiful book The Complete Photographer. ... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #03

I recently read An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine and from it I added two books to my TBR list.  The first one is The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa.  I've always wanted to read something by Pessoa because he is such a literary legend but I'll admit I felt a bit apprehensive as... Continue Reading →

Terry Pratchett & the Discworld Series

Yesterday we received the sad news of Terry Pratchett's passing.  Pratchett is a beloved fantasy writer best known for his Discworld series.  He has been honoured with an OBE and many literary awards for his work.  His books have sold upward of 85 million copies and have been translated into 37 languages.  His popularity is... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #02

The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine has been on my TBR for a while but I had forgotten about it.  It wasn't until the NBCC Fiction Finalists were announced and Alameddine's novel An Unnecessary Woman drew my attention that I remembered he had written another book that I'd intended on reading.  I was quite taken by... Continue Reading →

My Africa Reading Wishlist

My Africa reading wishlist is a personal reading list of African Literature I hope to get through in my lifetime.  I have been participating in KinnaReads' Africa Reading Challenge for the last two years and originally created this reading list in response to her challenge.   If you're looking for inspiration for your own foray into... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #01

This month I added two books from my Friday Book Feature posts to my TBR.  The first one was The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.  I’ve been meaning to read something by Franzen for a really long time and after doing some reading about The Corrections I thought why not start with the novel that made... Continue Reading →

The TBR Chronicles Begin…

I spend a fair amount of time reading about books to read and getting wonderful recommendations from friends and fellow bloggers.  My TBR list is an intricate mess, an ever increasing mammoth of what will probably be a lifetime of reading.  The list grows far more quickly than I can tick off books I've read... Continue Reading →

Oprah’s Top 10 Books

I may not have the same reading preferences as Oprah all the time but I know that she often picks really great books for her readers.  This is a list I particularly like.  Oprah was asked to pick the top 10 books that have mattered to her during her magazine's first decade (2000-2010) and this... Continue Reading →

Joe Hill’s Favourite Horror Villains

Joe Hill, author of NOS4A2, lists his favourite horror villains.  We love a good bad guy so I thought I'd share this list with you but first here's a bit more about Hill's novel: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill "Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to... Continue Reading →

A Guide to Reading Wilbur Smith’s Series

Wilbur Smith is a best-selling author with four series of wonderful novels.  He was born in Kabwe, Zambia in 1933 and went to university in South Africa.  His novels span centuries and follow different people and families on the African continent.  He has also written a number of stand alone novels so don't miss out... Continue Reading →

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