All posts tagged: Jane Harper

Fall Book Tag — 2018

Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm, has created a Fall Book Tag, which is basically a tag we can all do for the fun of it, especially as it’s just once a year. So here are my entries for the Fall Book Tag. Crisp Fall Air — A book that felt fresh and new: For me, this has to be The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie by Alan Bradley, it’s not normally the kind of book I would pick up, let alone read. But I was delighted I took the plunge. Because, for me at least, this was a laugh out loud read, with so many quirky moments that gave me flashbacks to my own childhood. I finished reading this one with a huge smile on my face. I love Flavia and her crazy family, and want more of the ‘pie’. Howling Winds — An ending that blew you away: I should have realised it was coming, given everything that was happening and the way the story unfolded, the trail of breadcrumb clues, …

There Is A Time To Read …

And a time to buy! And, as my To Buy list had gotten so unruly these last few months, I’ve had to go through it and pare it down to a manageable size. As a result, I know have three lists: To Buy, Am Considering, and, of course, the ever growing Wish List, which is almost 300+ books in total. Thanks in part, to all the recommendations from everyone out there. You’re killing me, people! This weekend saw me create a new master—to buy list—over on Indigo Chapters, so I can also keep track of just how much money all these wonderful books might cost me. I can also decide, by reading the reviews and the back cover blurb, whether or not books are in the right list. Or if they should be moved back to the Wish List. You know how it is, procrastinating over what you think you want, and what in reality, you can afford. Anyway, I can now play virtual shuffle board with books from one list to another, without sacrificing …

Bassetts Licorice Allsorts

Sometimes, just sometimes, I want to make a large mountain of books in the middle of the floor of my apartment, and set them alight! Yes, I know, I’m either crazy or … I’m having another bad month time when it comes to choosing books—both at the bookshop and to read—in general. I have this knack at the moment of choosing three books, two of which will turn out to be duds or, just plain GAH! I read and finished FORCE OF NATURE in record time, within I think two sittings? And throughly enjoyed my trip out into the Aussie outback with Harper’s socially inept characters. But then? The next two books I’ve started are, well, just mind numbingly boring. Yes, that includes what started out as an intriguing read, LOCKDOWN, by Laurie R. King. Who is normally so reliable when it comes to excellent storytelling with plenty of twists and turns. And yes, for the first 95 pages, I was there … and then, just as quickly, I wasn’t when, for some obscure reason, …

Let’s Talk Favourite Authors

Everyone has their favourite and go-to authors. Some we still love and have been following for decades, others are new to us, and recently discovered or arrived on the scene. How ever we find them, and how ever long they stay with us, we love what they write and have written. Novels that have moved us, expanded our horizons (literally) and taken us on countless journeys to places near and far. Novels populated by characters that resonate with us, and who stay with us long after we’ve finished reading about them. “We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.” ― Ursula K. LeGuin Today I want to share with you a handful of my favourite authors who have written countless books between them, and created some truly memorable characters.

Force of Nature, by Jane Harper

DETAILS Title: FORCE OF NATURE Author: Jane Harper Publisher: Flatiron Books ISBN: 9781250191663 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along a muddy track. Only four come out on the other side. The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and encourage teamwork and resilience. At least, that’s what the corporate retreat website advertises. Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker, Alice Russell. Because Alice knew secrets, about the company she worked for and the people she worked with. The four returning women tell Falk a tale of fear, violence and fractured trust during their days in the remote Australian bushland. And as Falk delves into the disappearance of Alice, he begins to suspect some dangers ran far deeper than anyone knew. WHAT I THOUGHT Jane Harper has done it again. She has captured lightning in a bottle not once, but twice. With FORCE …