Monday, January 20, 2014


I love social media!!!!!!! And authors!!!!!!! And authors with social media!!!!!!!

(And exclamation marks obviously).

Saturday, January 18, 2014

*curiosity killed the kitty*

So I just finished reading Ann Leary's new novel The Good House and I have a burning question for the author.

Not about the plot or how the idea for the story came to her, was Hildy's story of alcoholism based on a personal experience or why did she set the story in a small coastal town in Massachusetts. Not why did she choose to right about a 60-ish year old woman and what were the challenges of writing about someone this age.

No, my question is: why did Ms Leary name the autistic character Jake's cat Sneakers - which the acknowledgements at the book's end states is the same as her own pet kitty?!?

I *must* know! :P

As an aside, I've just learned there's a movie of this novel to be made with the go-to actress for any film with an older woman character, Meryl Streep, cast as Hildy. Robert de Niro will play her friend/romantic interest Frankie. I'm super curious as to who will play the young, beautiful but obsessive Rebecca - there's no word on that yet.


Oh! This is my 300th blog post! *long time coming*

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Quake Dogs

If you would be so kind as to pop over to Scoop Review of Books and read my latest review, Quake Dogs: Heart-warming Stories of Christchurch dogs by Laura Sessions and Craig Bullock (Random House, $34.99), I'd be much obliged :)

And yes, I love dogs too - almost as much (but not quite) as cats :P

Saturday, August 17, 2013


>insert trumpet fanfare sound here<

The wonderful Bookiemonster and I will soon be serving up aural bookish delights on our new weekly radio show (and podcast) Hooked On Books! 

Coming very soon to Free FM, Mondays at 1.30pm.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Literary Ice Cream

Can someone PLEASE make these for real?!?

(^ I think I'd be a little too freaked out to try this one though!)

Monday, July 15, 2013

This is me right now... (aka ignorance is bliss - until the first test roles around)...

...completely ignoring the fact that Semester Two commenced today and therefore my Zomg-I-don't-do-numbers! accounting paper.  Instead I'm spending the evening buried in my book which, in case you are wondering is my re-read of Room by Emma Donoghue. I'd like to state for the record that so far at 34% in, my fear of it not living up to the amazingness of the first time is COMPLETELY unfounded.

God I love this book!