A year of Sample Saturdays


I’ve read 105 Kindle samples this year – downloading sample chapters is better than impulse buying books… I think. Of the 105 I’ve read, I’ve said ‘yes’ to 57. Of those that I’ve said yes to, a bunch I’ve now read (or have in the TBR pile), thanks to the library, ARCs and a gift.

However, if I buy the remaining 49 books, it kind of destroys all the gains I’ve made on reducing the TBR stack this year. So, I’ve narrowed it down to 15 that I’m busting to read. Continue reading

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne

Confession: I really enjoyed the Justin Bieber doco Never Say Never. If you care to know why, see below*. Yet when I looked past the fairytale veneer of Bieber’s story, the parent in me felt ill about what a child (because he was still a child when that documentary was made) in his position is exposed to – the pressure, the fame, the expectations, the loss (and weirdly, the creation) of identity. This is the message in Teddy Wayne’s latest novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine.

“You get worried you’ll forget the words even though they’re like the alphabet song by now. You’re afraid your voice will crack when it strains for the high notes… Your jeans will split and everyone will see your underwear. You’ll say something in a banter interlude that offends people and viralizes. Or something you haven’t even though of goes wrong, and not only is your career hurt, but so are the careers of the 136 people who work on your tour…” Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – I’ve Got it Covered


It’s really not a Top Ten Tuesday without me bending the rules a little…

This week’s topic (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is all about favourite covers of books that you’ve read. It’s an ace topic as I have been known to judge a book by its cover. Rather than look back on jacket art that I have loved (and read), I looked at my TBR stack and picked out ten books that I bought based on the cover. Yes, I’m that shallow. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – New Release Fiction for 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – anyone can join in. This week’s topic is the Top Ten Most Anticipated Books for 2013 .

It seems almost obscene to be ‘looking forward’ to new releases when my TBR stack is towering… But here goes.

1. The new Bridget Jones novel by Helen Fielding – I can’t wait to see what Bridget is up to now. Continue reading