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

  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • secret beta read!
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Brief Lives, Sandman 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • Liza of Lambeth by Somerset Maugham
  • The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona (I give up on finishing this; skimmed to the end)
  • Childe Harold by Lord Byron (listened to the parts of it set in Switzerland read aloud)
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • My Dancing Bear by Helene de Klerk
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
  • Tu Vas Naitre by Sylvia Kitzinger
  • Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
  • secret beta read 2!
  • Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
  • The Caliph's Vacation by Goscinny (Iznogoud series; Canadian translation) (reread)
  • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  • Le Tresor de Rackham le Rouge by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • L'Affaire Tournesol by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • The Bum by Somerset Maugham (short story)
  • The Colour of Magic, Discworld 1 by Terry Pratchett
  • Fables and Reflections Sandman 6 by Neil Gaiman
  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene
  • Once Upon an Heirloom by Kait Nolan (novella)
  • The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland
  • Snip, Snip Revenge by Medeia Sharif
  • Journey to an 800 Number by E. L. Konigsburg
  • various Neil Gaiman short stories on the An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer album (reread (well, this time in audio))
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (reread; actually this was an older edition, published under the original title of Ten Little N******)
  • Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay
  • How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
  • biographical note on Lord Peter Wimsey in reissue of Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers (on Gutenberg)
  • One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
  • Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  • Temptation by Sandy Loyd
  • The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley by Aileen Fish
  • Effie's Outlaw by Karen Lopp
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • The Christmas Crossing by Bev Petterson (short story)
  • secret beta read!
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
  • Emil In the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
  • Whales by Jacques Cousteau (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Tutankhamen's Tomb by Howard Carter (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
  • Go the F*^$ To Sleep (board book)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (reread) (brought to you by Neil Gaiman: http://www.worldbuilders.org/our-next-stretch-goal-unlocks-at/neil-gaiman-reads-green-eggs-and-ham)
  • The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
  • mini Twitter stories by Talli Roland (available here: http://advice.uk.match.com/dating-advice/enjoy-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-and-get-mentallydating?utm_expid=55691082-15.2L0G0ictTcSJ4BI9Srh77A.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fadvice.uk.match.com%2Fdating-advice)
  • The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
  • Beloved Demons by Anthony Martignetti
  • Hands-on Therapy by T L Watson
  • Let Me Make Myself Plain by Catherine Cookson
  • The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
  • Mystery of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
  • Spin by Catherine Mckenzie
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright
  • The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
  • The Treason of Isengard - Book 7 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Behind the Lines (poems) by A. A. Milne
  • the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul
  • 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