Book Club – The Rosie Project

While away on a long weekend in Noosa visiting my husband’s sister and her family from London I managed to finish my book club book -The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

I loved it. It’s a light, humorous, easy to read story about Don Tillman, an awkward and straight to the point genetics professor and Rosie Jarman, a barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.

Here’s a bit of the blurb:

Don Tillman is getting married.
He just doesn’t know who to yet.

The Wife Project will solve that problem. He has designed a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker,a drinker or a late-arriver.

Rosie Jarman is all of these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful.

All the characters in the story have their own funny mannerisms and I laughed the whole way through, especially at Don’s inappropriate comments and awkward moments.

I hope the movie goes ahead – would be great to watch.

I’m not sure what our next book will be – possibly “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

What’s everyone else reading at the moment?


The Birdwatcher

In December 2013 actor/author William McInnes came to the Redcliffe library to talk about his latest book at the time, “The Birdwatcher”.  I booked tickets for my sister and I and we enjoyed a lovely evening at the library drinking wine and eating nibbles while sitting in the front row listening to a hilarious William McInness.  He is a natural storyteller and told us all about his life growing up in Redcliffe. We couldn’t stop laughing. At the end of the talk we lined up to get a photo with William and he signed our books. Such a nice guy!

I have just finished reading “The Birdwatcher” and loved it. As I read the book I pictured William playing the main character, David and read his dialogue using William’s voice. I think it would make a great movie, starring William McInnes or course! This is the first book of his that I’ve read and I’m keen to read more.

Here’s a bit of the blurb:

“It’s part love story, part Hot Diggity moments of discovery, whether they happen in a rainforest or while sitting on a verandah, or in somebody’s heart.”

Just recently I read that his new book called “Holidays” is all about his life in Redcliffe. That would be a good one to read.

He spoke at the Redcliffe library last December too but unfortunately I was unable to go. Maybe he’ll return at the end of this year and I’ll get front row seats again!

Happy Reading everyone.

Welcome Back

Hello. It’s nice to be back, finally!  Had a few busy months there and didn’t have time to blog.

I really enjoyed participating in NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) last year.  It pushed my boundaries and made me focus.  It was fun, as well as a bit stressful, trying to get the word count every day.  Unfortunately, due to work commitments, house duties and family dramas etc, I didn’t get to complete the 50 000 words but I was very pleased with the effort I put in to get my 25 000 word count. I also have lots more ideas of where my story is going to go so will continue to work on it during the year.

I’ve just finished reading Marian Keyes’ “The Women who Stole my Life” (I bought it for a friend but had to read it first!!  :)) and it was excellent.  She’s one of my favourite authors and I’ve read most of her books.  If you’re looking for a bit of a pick-me-up, this book is for you.  It’s lots of fun with some drama and romance too.  Marian Keyes has a way with words and can make something totally non-significant into something very funny.  Her characters are engaging and say the funniest things. I was laughing out loud.

Here’s a bit of the blurb:

“One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed.  The resulting car crash changes her life.  For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out).  That’s okay.  She doesn’t really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car).”

Other books by Marian Keyes:  Sushi for Beginners, This Charming Man, Angels, Rachel’s Holiday, Lucy Sullivan is getting Married.

What books have you read recently?

Book Club

Pedalling away on the bike at the gym gives me the perfect opportunity to catch up on a bit of reading. So far this year I’ve read “A Tiny Bit Marvellous” by Dawn French which had me in tears (from laughter and sadness), “The Quickie” by James Patterson (thriller), “Skin and Bone” by Kathryn Fox (Aussie author who writes excellent psychological thrillers), “When God was a Rabbit” by Sarah Winman and just recently “Christmas Magic” by Cathy Kelly. I jumped straight into this story without reading the blurb and wondered, after the 6th chapter why she hadn’t mentioned the characters from chapter 1 again. Puzzled, I turned to the back cover and discovered that… “Christmas Magic is full of charming and feel-good short stories of life, love and the everyday dilemmas that we all face.” Now it all made sense! I had to laugh.

I was given “When God was a Rabbit” to read by a friend at playgroup (she has formed a book club with a group of mums from school, playgroup and kindy).  I read it during the school holidays and loved it.  Couldn’t put it down.  Even when I’d finished the book I wanted to flick back through and re-read parts.  Now I’m looking forward to my first ever book club meeting tomorrow night! To read reviews and comments for “When God was a Rabbit” click here.

Have you read “When God was a Rabbit”?  What did you think?  Are there any other books that you’ve read recently that you couldn’t put down?

p.s. A big thank you to Tash (a little bit of thyme) for teaching me to insert a link.  I’ve done it twice now – Woohoo!

Happy Reading!