What I’m currently reading
Don’t know much about this book except it starts on Sept 11 2001 in a classroom in America, and has a red-haired plain Jane heroine and a hero that turns heads wherever he goes. And where he goes is to war. He returnsdisfigured and lost. That’s about it and the fact it’s getting incredibly high-ratings from lots of readers. I started reading it and am intrigued by the characters but there’s lots of head hopping point of view going on which is a little distracting but early days – perhaps it just in the set-up.
My favourite book of 2013
What I’m looking forward to
Some of my all time favourites
The words that come out of Jamie Fraser’s mouth are so divine and perfect, which I guess means Diana Gabaldon has a way with dialogue. Book 8 is due out in March next year. This series wandered a bit for me but judging from current postings the main characters are back and centre stage, just how we like them!
Just finished reading
I had a Great Uncle who died at Ypres in 1917 so was keen to read this story of WWI veterans from the same time and place. And indeed, what I most enjoyed about this post WWI story was the character of Paul Morrow, a WWI survivor who had blocked out the details of his cousin’s death at Ypres because it was so shocking. A great read about this scarred war generation and what bound them together. The book’s title – Gather the Bones – is so apt.
Halfmoon Bay to us is a much loved part of Stewart Island, New Zealand. In this story it is a fictitious seaside town on Australia’s northern New South Wales coast, and the centre of a dispute between two Australian Afghanistan war veterans: one, a photojournalist; the other, a retired military officer, seemingly at odds over the town’s planned development. After seeing how many young men were at this year’s ANZAC day memorial service I think there is a market for stories about this latest generation of veterans.
The prequel to Paullina Simons’ The Bronze Horseman, unveiling the life, love and struggles of Gina and Harold and the birth of their magnanimous son Alexander Barrington. Here’s my review.
Growing up favourites
Loved this whole series — re-read them only a few years ago and was still captivated by the special bond Ken has with his beloved Flicka and her colt, Thunderhead. I had a horse and this book made me love horses even more. To this day I still long to visit Wyoming, Montana and Colorado. No wonder I loved Brokeback Mountain so much.