Natasha Lester: Her Mother’s Secret and A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald

Natasha Lester is one of the most generous authors in Australia. Her blog is inspiring and informative. It is this generosity, and a love of her travel updates on Facebook as she researches her novels, that inspired me to pick up Her Mother's Secret - as much as the beautiful cover and intriguing blurb! I… Continue reading Natasha Lester: Her Mother’s Secret and A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald

Haddon Hall: for Jane Eyre and Princess Bride fans

Haddon hall is gorgeous and full of real and cinematic history. There is no rope or prescribed route. Minimal crowds. You meander your way through as you please. An oakpanelled room had an open fire and a musician playing twice during the day. A classical guitarist strummed to our visit, but I think they change… Continue reading Haddon Hall: for Jane Eyre and Princess Bride fans

Chatsworth house or Lyme park?

If you're a Pride and Prejudice fan (guilty! Though Persuasion is my favourite Austen) then you'll likely be familiar with this question. Which makes for a better Pemberley? Luckily you don't have to answer it because you can visit both in person like my husband and I did. Or watch either as Pemberley. In the… Continue reading Chatsworth house or Lyme park?

Recently read: We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin,┬áis a dystopian novel where people are numbered not named, sex is managed via a pink ticket system, and every hour of the day is strictly controlled. Can you imagine every wall being made of glass? Zero privacy? Zamyatin did, back in 1924. Before Orwell's 1984. Well before the Hunger Games or… Continue reading Recently read: We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Obernewtyn Chronicles

I Finished The Obernewtyn Chronicles! Capital F! Reading one through seven novels over the past few weeks has been an all-consuming epic adventure. Love to my husband for bearing with me. I gave him regular updates on the characters, all the while begging more time to spend with them. Eyes glistening, hugging my kindle. The… Continue reading The Obernewtyn Chronicles

Be Proactive

I knew which habit I sucked at most rather early into reading Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". Did you notice the silence lately? That was a distinct lack of proactivity. I did the quiz thingy after. It's official. But who needs a quiz when you just know. Putting first things first,… Continue reading Be Proactive

Reading like a writer

I'm trying to read like a writer. Choosing books that will inspire and educate me. Award winning and well-written, innovative and classic. However, that only gets me so far. I also have to feed my romance and self improvement addictions. Leaving aside academic papers for the day job and email correspondence for long distance family,… Continue reading Reading like a writer