Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Book Reviews and Boat Tours!

Reviews! I've been reading lots of great books lately.

First up is Medeia Sharif's Snip, Snip Revenge, a fun and moving tale of a few months in the life of young Tabby Karim (a Turkish protagonist, yay!):



The best part of this book, for me, was how well Medeia captures the teen voice. A lot of times I felt and remembered feeling exactly the way Tabby felt about certain situations. And of course I loved the romance as well!

Also in new books, there's Talli Roland's The No-Kids Club, coming on 3 June:



I can't recommend this book enough. Of course, I say that about all of Talli's books, but the characters in this story really resonated with me. I also found it exciting to see how each character's personal dilemma was resolved by the end of the novel. There are no easy answers in any of their situations, and Talli does a great job exploring the nuances of each relationship.

Can't wait to get this one for all my friends!

And the third book -- I've actually had this one on my Kindle for iPad for a while, along with two others in the same collection (they're not a series, though). I got them on the day they were released! But I still have trouble reading on screen. I just can't get into it, and of course I hardly ever have my iPad on me anyway.

But. I was in a cafe the other day, working on A R Wallace transcriptions (part of my ROW80 goals!), and then had a bit of time between finishing my work and still waiting for the lunch service to start so I could eat something (I didn't go elsewhere because ooh! Cafe Art's makes yummy omelettes! (no one on the web seems to be able to get their name right)).

I had my iPad on me because I've gotten used to typing on there in PlainText (while I wait for Scrivener for iPad to be released!) so I went straight to Kait Nolan's Meet Cute collection. Here's how she describes them:



The one I read was Once Upon An Heirloom:



The sweetness! I can't get over how lovely it was to read an entire mini-novella in one sitting that was both tender and with a depth to the characters that makes you wish for more. I'll be sharing this one around too, but I really wish I had them all collected in a nice paperback that I could foist on everyone.

Speaking of foisting, and hosing, and getting everyone excited, Outlander has a release date!



Even better, the next book in the series is coming on 10 June!

Okay, back to real life for a bit. Went on a lovely tour on Lac Leman (Geneva's lake) last weekend, on a boat that was originally commissioned in 1914 and has been in service since then:

ship's bell

view from the boat


me!

view of the town of Nyon

passing a sister boat, which was similar to ours

view of the village of Yvoire, which has been inhabited since 1306

Yvoire again; the village was voted one of the most beautiful villages of France

Later, I came across a house that George Eliot stayed at in 1850:

"celebrated English author"

Hope everyone's having a lovely week and reading some great books.
Still making my A-Z rounds so don't be surprised if I comment on old posts!

12 comments:

Zan Marie said...

Lovely as always! Pics and books, and everything as usual! I love your posts.

Carol Kilgore said...

Love your photos. What a great trip!

Talli Roland said...

Thank you so much, Deniz - yay! Thrilled you enjoyed it. And I'm loving all your photos.

Sarah McCabe said...

I've heard about Outlander so many times but never took the bait. It's been ages since I've read historical fiction but I think I'm going to have to give in and give it a try this time. As if I don't have enough books to read already! ;)

denisedyoung.com said...

Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing!

I also am enjoying Kait's Meet-Cute series. I've read "Once Upon an Heirloom" and "Once Upon a Snow Day" and enjoyed them both. It's amazing how much she can pack into such a short story!

M Pax said...

You've had some great reads. Hey, there's you! Love the photos.

Medeia Sharif said...

Thank you for reading my book. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

I'd love to read Talli's book. I love her writing. Meet Cute also looks good.

Great pics.

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! said...

Hi human, Deniz,

Thank you for noting the books of these authors. All of them, I should add, are adoring fans of mine. Your reviews are thoughtful and comprehensive. Thank you for that.

Your adventure is Switzerland is wonderful to see.

You mentioned the dreaded alternative to my challenge. Yikes and arf! :)

Pawsitive wishes,

Penny :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I read Medeia's book- excellent, of course.

debi o'neille said...

Excellent photos, and I appreciate reading the reviews you write to let us all know about wonderful books out there.
Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

DMS said...

Your boat trip tour looks like it was amazing. Loved the photos! ;)

Awesome to see Medeia's book here. So glad you enjoyed it and that she captured the mc voice so well. I can't wait to read it!

Thanks for sharing. :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks everyone!

Hope you enjoy Outlander, Sarah! Careful, there are seven more books after that...

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The Peoples of Middle-earth - Book 12 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Edmund Campion by Evelyn Waugh
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert by Gertrude Bell
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Career by Yevtushenko (poem)
  • Human life in this century by Yevtushenko (poem)
  • Willow by Anna Akhmatova (poem)
  • Sonnet LXVI by Shakespeare
  • Sir Walter Raleigh to His Son (poem)
  • Fair Jenny by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • MacPherson's Farewell by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • World's End, the collected Sandman No. 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • O Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • The War of the Jewels - Book 11 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Rolling English Road by G. K. Chesterton (poem)
  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  • A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four by Thomas Hardy
  • The Hierophant by Lee-Ann Dalton (short story)
  • The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (reread)
  • Lonely Planet guide to Switzerland
  • Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  • beta read!
  • Ode on Venice by Lord Byron (poem)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Lucky by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Trouble by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Homage to Switzerland by Ernest Hemingway (short story; reread but I really don't remember it after 20 years)
  • The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier (reread)
  • Sing a Long Children's Songs
  • Emily's First Christmas
  • Up At the Villa by Somerset Maugham (novella)
  • Telling Stories by Tim Burgess
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern
  • Sophie's Throughway by Jules Smith
  • Baby Animals (Little Golden Books)
  • The House That Jack Built (Little Golden Books)
  • Scuffy the Tugboat (Little Golden Books)
  • The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden Books)
  • Morgoth's Ring - Book 10 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Who's A Pest by Crosby Bonsall
  • Mine's the Best by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • The Case of the Hungry Stranger by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • extracts from the diary of John Evelyn (Volume 1 of 2)
  • extracts from Lord Byron's letters about Villa Diodati
  • Pippin the Christmas Pig by Jean Little
  • Ite Missa Est by Anthony Martignetti
  • The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Red Angel by G. K. Chesterton (essay)
  • Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary
  • The Boy Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was by the Brothers Grimm
  • The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • secret beta read!
  • Preludes by Wordsworth (extracts read aloud)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves
  • Dance Me A Dream by Kait Nolan (ARC)
  • Once Upon A Coffee by Kait Nolan
  • England and Switzerland, 1802 by William Wordsworth (poem)
  • Once Upon A New Year's Eve by Kait Nolan
  • short story by Becky Morgan (http://forums.compuserve.com/discussions/Books_and_Writers_Community/Writers_Exercises/Becky_Morgans_December_X/ws-books/85291.1?nav=messages)
  • Blood In Blood Out by Brenda Novak (short story)
  • That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch (short story)
  • Distraction by J. L. Campbell
  • Humble Bundle Peanuts collection (strips by Charles Schulz)
  • Peanuts Volumes I to VI (bought via Humble Bundle; very disappointing as it's mostly new strips -- how is that even allowed?!)
  • Sandals and Sangria by Talli Roland (short story)
  • Over the Hump by Talli Roland (short story)
  • issues of Journal of Inklings Studies and Amon Hen and Mallorn (Tolkien Society)
  • Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet by Matt Napier
  • Babar and his Family by Laurent de Brunhoff
  • Illusions Lost by Byron A. Maddox (short story)
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
  • Lost My Name book for Emily (https://www.lostmy.name/)
  • Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
  • When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne (reread)
  • Neil Gaiman comics on Sequential app
  • Moranology by Caitlin Moran
  • see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html