Review: The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

Something very bad happened to Dani Lancing. Twenty years later, her father is still trying to get her to talk. Her best-friend has become a detective, the last hope of all the lost girls. And her mother is about to become a killer.

– The Last Winter of Dani Lancing by P.D. Viner

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Review: The Girl on the Train

To everyone else in this carriage I must look normal; I’m doing exactly what they do: commuting to work, making appointments, ticking things off lists. Just goes to show.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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2016: A year in review

I really wanted 2016 to be my year. I think I might say this every year (don’t we all) but I really thought that things would be different in 2016.

In April I wrote this – Another Year Another Chance – clearly that was an indication that my year wasn’t going all that great as I posted about being negative and not being in a good frame of mind at the time.

But I thought I would look at the year as a whole once it was over and review the good and the bad so I can make a more informed decision. Let’s start with the bad:

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Books I have read in 2016

In comparison with other people I am definitely not a bookworm and I have definitely not read nearly enough books this year. I didn’t read for a very long time and when I started again I realised how much I had missed it and missed out. I have no idea why I even stopped. Reading is a great escapism and I would choose to read a good book over watching TV any day.

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Review: Shopaholic to the Stars


Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA – city of herbal smoothies and multimillion-dollar yoga retreats and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour – and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! Red carpet here she comes!

But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sage’s archrival without telling Luke. Will her ambition to make it in Hollywood cost too much?

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Affirmations: Some of my current favourites

Words are powerful. They can build you up or break you down. If you let them. Something as simple as a “Hello” with a smile can make someone’s day. Other words can make you angry or cry or make you feel incredibly embarrassed or uncomfortable.

I know they always say “sticks and stone may break my bones but words will never harm me”. I am not sure about you, but I find words can really hurt – negative, unkind words. Sometimes it is also a lack of words that hurt – for example when people who are supposed to be there for you ignore you. Continue Reading →


Wishlist 2016 – An Update

I posted an updated list for this last year – read Wishlist 2015. A lot has happened since then… And I really should have updated this ages ago but as they say better late than never.

I will start a new wishlist next year. One that is more practical and more realistic. But I thought I would just update this one for now just to see how far I have actually come in the past year. Makes me feel better (mostly) about where I was a year ago to where I am now.

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Review: Death Du Jour

In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, Tempe Brennan is digging for a corpse buried more than a century ago. Although Tempe thrives on such enigmas from the past, it’s a chain of contemporary deaths and disappearances that has seized her attention — and she alone is ideally placed to make a chilling connection among the seemingly unrelated events. At the crime scene, at the morgue, and in the lab, Tempe probes a mystery that sweeps from a deadly Quebec fire to startling discoveries in the Carolinas, and culminates in Montreal with a terrifying showdown — a nerve-shattering test of both her forensic expertise and her skills for survival.

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