Wednesday, 3 May 2023

Books You Loved: May Edition!



Books You Loved: April Edition provided reviews of some great books. Thank you to all. Here are some posts that caught my eye:


Julie brought over Parabellum by Greg Hickey.  She said 'Words on the page jumped out at me, in full color and expressions I could feel for myself. Prepare for war…'


Melissa shared her Goodreads review of The Paris Daughter by Kristin Harmel.  She said the book 'was so well-written that I forgot I was reading a book! I got so absorbed in the story and everything felt so real.'


Melissa also posted on Chick Lit Central about The Sweet Spot by Amy Poeppel.  She said 'I've been recommending The Sweet Spot even while just in the early chapters, it's that well-written and engaging. Do yourself a favor and pick up this feel-good read!'

Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews brought us The Echo of Old Books by Barbara Davis.  Her post said the book 'has the imaginative, descriptive, pull-you-in writing style Ms. Davis excels at. You will be in for a treat...don't miss it.'

Now on to the Books You Loved: May Edition. There are no rules for this party.  The only requirement is that your post is about a book that you loved.


To add to the list just pop the name of the book (and your name/blog name if you like) into the first Mr Linky box and then copy and paste the url of your post about it into the second box.


I'll be pinning your links to this Pinboard  to make it easier for you to check them out at a glance. 


Wednesday, 26 April 2023

Reminding you of an oldie - but it's a goodie - The Pedant in the Kitchen by Julian Barnes


If you like food and have some views about what constitutes a good recipe, this book is a must read.  It is funny and real.  I am in the camp of not following recipes but just treating them like a starter for ten – which would annoy Mr Barnes no end.  But each to their own.

This is not a recent book – it dates to 2003 but it is in no way dated.

He calls himself a pedant because he is a slavish recipe follower and therefore gets annoyed by references to a knob of butter – goodness what he would say about a splosh of wine!

Don't read this if you don't like cooking or sly wit.

I've posted about The Sense of an Ending by this author – you might like to check it out by following this link

Wednesday, 19 April 2023

Dead Beat by Val McDermid



This is the first book in a series featuring Kate Brannigan – a PI.  I enjoyed it and thought she was a relateable, fun protagonist.  It isn't a recent book – published in 1992.  There is some reference to technologies that we don't use today – floppy disks, anyone?


But it is a good story.  Based in Manchester Kate gets involved in working for a pop star – then things take a bit of a dire turn.  Apart from the person who is murdered, it is a good mystery that ends satisfactoriy.


I actually started another book by this author – called 1979 – but couldn’t get into it.


I've ordered the next one in this series – Kick Back.