Book Review #9: Dear Fatty (by Dawn French)

Dear Dawn,

Thank you for this amazing journey through your life.

You have included much joy and deep sadness and it touches me that you have been brace enough to share these personal moments of your life.

It’s amazing how much I never knew about how much I didn’t know about you that I feel I should have (I’m a huge fan of Vicar of Dibly and Absolutely Fabulous, not so much that I know a lot about them and watched every episode but that I’m just huge).

You have once again inspired me to keep writing and I hope one day to thank you in person for all the you have of yourself to everyone in your orbit.

Sincerely,
Karl.

Book Review #8: 1984 (by George Orwell)


Amazing piece of literature. It only mildly concerns me that I see a lot of  one of my plots in the book written decades before I was born and read decades after I wrote my piece.

Not a book I’d recommend for casual reading but certainly well worth reading.

Book Review #7: Seriously… I’m Kidding (by Elen DeGeneres)

This book is everything I expected and more.

Quips and quotes and hunourous anecdotes of nothingness.

I would recommend this book if you have nothing else to read or you have just experienced something sad, or if you just need something light and frivolous with glimpses of inspiration.

I enjoyed it, and I laughed, but I don’t think it’s a book I will actually take much away from, but you might.

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Book Review #3: The Magician’s Nephew (by C.S. Lewis)

A fantastic book from my childhood and a great reminder of “better times” Clive’s narration of The Magician’s Nephew is very direct and personal. This story, while published after, opens the ‘wardrobe’ door to the world of Narnia and it’s subsequent adventures. A beautifully written world creation to entice a younger audience contrasting John’s older audience and more detailed Silmarillion.

A story I look forward to reading Bailey when the time comes.

Book Review #2: Bird by Bird (by Anne Lamott)

This book is just what I needed to read right now, and also the last thing I needed.

An honest insight into the world of writing and publishing that had me wanting to give up my dreams and dig myself deeper in the mundane rut of existence.

At the same time it pushed me to want to quit my day job and commit myself…

To an asylum? Sometimes.
To putting more time into my writing? Sure!

This very real account of what it is to pour yourself into the pages is probably one of many, but it the best and easiest one I have come across.

Inspiring, challenging, and a useful book to read if you’ve ever put pen to paper (or key to board these days) for anyone else to read.

Book Review #1: Malice (by Gabrielle Lord)

Malice is Gabrielle’s fourteenth book in her Conspiracy 365 series.

After Cal’s twelve books of unrealistic teen adventure making up the initial year of intrigue and a further standalone ‘sequel’ it’s nice to focus on another primary character for this story line.
I found Malice to be a great escape from the mundane life. With teen characters once again dealing with adult situations it is easy to forget that these ‘kids’ are only just old enough to drive.
I really am looking forward to many more crazy antics from this quartet in further books of the series.

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