The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

There is nothing quite like an Allende story. I feel like her books read as though she’s right there narrating them to you, like you’re hearing someone’s family history or life story, and yet her description is so evocative and insightful, it’s something more than mere storytelling too. In this, her latest book, she writes…

Lamentation by CJ Sansom

Shardlake, that kind-hearted, hunch backed lawyer in Henry VIII’s England is at it again, this time involved in a plot to incriminate the Queen Catherine Parr. This series of books is so evocative and immersive, I love sinking into them and being in the dark streets of London or whatever town Shardlake finds himself sent…

The Christmas Movie Round Up

Originally posted on wildfiremovies:
Just for fun, this seasonal selection of movies that should please all members of the family. From family comedies, to classics, to horrors. Comedy: Of course, family comedies are a Christmas staple. Elf (2003) Is Christmas really Christmas until we’ve watched Will Ferrell hollering out “Santa? I know him!” Well, for…

My Christmas Wish List

I’ve never really done this before, because I feel kind of selfish thinking about what I want, but I thought just for fun, I’d do a Christmas wish list for myself. And actually, these are things I’d happily save up for and buy myself anyway, so it’s not so much about “gimme” as it is…

Poet Of The Wrong Generation by Lonnie Ostrow

A fable of stardom’s rewards. It’s the 90’s in New York, and Johnny Elias is deeply in love with Megan Price, the beautiful daughter of wealthy PR and snob, Katherine. Watching a concert in Central Park with Megan and his best friend Andy, they’re perfectly happy. But everything is about to change. Katherine thinks that…

1984 by George Orwell

I didn’t expect to like or enjoy this book as much as I did. I like Animal Farm, though I read it a long time ago, and I found Down and Out In Paris and London to be starkly real and surprisingly descriptive of modern life, but I’m also aware that as much as Orwell…

The 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas shopping can be kind of stressful. Every year I have great ideas about what I want to get, but then when it comes time to actually buying I realise that I haven’t left myself enough time or I can’t find just the right thing. Sure, I should have started it earlier, especially since I’m…

The Beauty Of The Fall by Rich Marcello

Dan Underlight is a man in pain. He has always hid himself in his work as a tech executive, but when he’s summarily fired by Olivia, the woman who he thought was his closest friend, he has nothing left to hide behind. As he starts to rebuild his life, he wrestles with the loss of…