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

  • Alexandria by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain
  • Zoom sur Plainpalais by Corinne Jaquet
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
  • Burning Sky by Lori Benton
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Hermit Crab by Peter Porter (poem)
  • The Hidden Land by Private Irving (poem; http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2017/02/bits-n-pieces-writers-houseparty.html)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • Dear Mr Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary
  • Managed by Kristen Callihan
  • beta read! (JB)
  • The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • A Daughter's A Daughter by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  • Sunlight by Margaret Rucker (poem; floating in a cocktail glass)
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Preface to The Hobbit, by Christopher Tolkien
  • Ilk Defa... by Beste Barki (essays)
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (essay)
  • The Moon and I by Betsy Byars
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
  • Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
  • Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
  • Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
  • Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. Awry (26 book collection)
  • beta read (Born to Run by RB)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson (poem)
  • Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  • The Mysterious Tadpole by Stephen Kellogg (reread)
  • Yashim Cooks Istanbul by Jason Goodwin
  • Miniatures by John Scalzi
  • Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  • Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • All or Nothing by Rose Lerner (short story)
  • Merry Christmas, Emily (board book)
  • Extra Yarn by __ and Jan Klassen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Outlandish Companion II by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Outlandish Companion I, Revised by Diana Gabaldon
  • MacHinery and the Cauliflowers by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Dileas by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Gold Watch by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • betty, butter, sun by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  • The Very Cranky Bear (Scholastic)
  • various haiku by R. Wodaski
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
  • see the 2016 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2016/12/annual-books-read-statistics-2016.html
  • 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