And now my holidays can actually start. Recommend me a book?

by Veronica on December 21, 2012

in Life

It’s finally the school holidays.

We don’t have any more doctors appointments until early January. (Touch wood)

I have one very smooshy baby:

Happy Evelyn

Recommend a book to me? I’ve just recently finished reading Ilona Andrews, the Kate Daniels series (thank you Mum for the recommendation) and loved them.

Have you read anything decent lately? Leave a link in the comments. Bonus points if it’s available on Kindle. Double bonus points if you wrote it.

Sarah @fignutmum December 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Sorry but had to say I love this pic of your girl.

Veronica December 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Thank you. She’s definitely growing up.

Zelda December 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm

My friend Mary L Gibbs book Jericho Rising. Avaliable on Kindle. Do I get one and a half bonus points?

Veronica December 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I think you do. Friends books count. Hehe.

river December 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I’m not sure I can recommend a book, I imagine our tastes in reading are wildly different. I’ve just started reading Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese, about a couple of very young nurse/nuns who set out from India for Aden, on the way one dies and the other meets a young doctor who is very ill with seasickness. The prologue was very long and I began to think if it didn’t end soon, I’d give up on it, but then the actual story started. It is on my kindle, but it came to me via the usb my brother sent to me. Maybe it is available from Amazon or one of the other e-book sellers?

Veronica December 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I have wide ranging tastes and will read pretty much anything that has a good story. I’ll have a look at Cutting for Stone, thank you.

Enid Bite'Em December 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Any of these: PS That’s a great photo 🙂

Veronica December 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I’ll check them out. Thanks Enid!

Cait December 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Hey, that is such a beautiful pic 🙂

Smart Bitches has a great list of warm fuzzy romances happening at the moment

Cait xxx

Veronica December 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Oh, nice! Thank you.

Alison December 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I doubt we will have the same tastes, but I suppose you never know 🙂 I have just started re-reading The Shadow of The Torturer by Gene Wolfe, which I ordered from Amazon, it even has the same cover as the one I read as a teenager 🙂 I am impatiently awaiting Moonlit Tours by Alistair McHarg (arrival date 7th Jan) as I have already read his Invisible Driving, a memoir of his bipolar activities which took him to the highs and utter lows of insanity.

I only occasionally do ereaders if the book is not one I particularly want to keep so not sure what is available on there, sorry. Books I have read in the past that I truly loved were Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs, The Time Traveller’s Wife (have not seen the movie, too afraid they will have ruined it, even though I love the actors!) The Life of Pi (I see they have made a movie of that too) and A Fraction of The Whole by Steve Tolz (a fascinating, quirky book with so many layers and levels), and I have always loved everything by John Irving, my favourite being A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Also, on the off chance you have never indulged in The Hitch Hikers Guide I recently re-read the “trilogy” and it was still brilliant after all these years. And anything at all by Terry Pratchett, particularly the Discworld series if you are looking for a chuckle. Desperately sad to think that such a brilliant man is suffering from dementia 🙁 I also recently re-read Stephen Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, what an amazing writer. If you like murder mystery I have always been partial to a bit of Ruth Rendell, particularly her earlier works, and her other half Barbara Vine.

That’s all I can think off of the top of my head – happy reading and I hope you and yours have a safe, peaceful and happy holiday season.

Alison December 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Urgh, I commented and it’s not here! Quick recap I mentioned Running with Scissors, A Fraction of the Whole, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams , John Irving (Prayer for Owen Meany), Time Traveller’s Wife (haven’t seen the movie) and I think a few others but my short term memory is not what it once was 🙂

Toni December 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I’ve just finished The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and REALLY enjoyed it. It was a Book Club choice, which I probably would never have picked myself, and though it’s labelled ‘teen’, it’s very thought-provoking, and beautifully written. If it was a movie, it would be a moody lomo film.
And YES…. Kindle!

Veronica December 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

It sounds really interesting. Bookmarking it!

Marylin December 22, 2012 at 4:40 am

Not really read anything other than junk food lately, but A Discovery of Witches is good for that, I reckon! 😉
Today is the first day of our holidays too. I must say I am really relieved – we’ve had so many home visits and appointments lately, my calendar has been fit to burst!
*snuggles* to the littlies! xxxx

Veronica December 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I loved A Discovery of Witches. LOVED.

Alison December 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

My comments aren’t loading. Sad panda.

Kathy December 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Hmmmm … Depends what you’re in the mood for. I recently read Emily Maguire’s Fishing for Tigers (available on Kindle 🙂 and it was pretty good. Zadie Smith’s new one, NW, is also worth it although a bit heavier. Or if you like slightly twisted comedic stuff, maybe Nicola Barker’s The Yips?

And that baby is so, sooooooo smoochable.

Veronica December 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

She’s very smoochable.

Thank you for the recommendations, I’ve bookmarked them on Amazon.

Watershedd December 22, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Love the new look and the picture of your babies at the top is absolutely gorgeous!

“Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See is one of my all time favourite books. Yes, it’s on Kindle. A close second is another lisa See book, “Peony in Love”. She has such a beautiful way of writing.

Wishing you and yours the most wonderful Yuletide and a very happy and carefree 2013. X

Veronica December 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

It sounds interesting, thank you!


Sarah December 23, 2012 at 2:11 am

I have recently enjoyed ‘Hounded: The iron druid chronicles’ by Kevin Hearne. It’s a mix of modern life, druids and gods of all persuasions. Another one I enjoyed recently was Angelfall by Susan Ee. I think it’s aimed at teenagers, as it’s main protagonist is a very feisty teenage girl, but it was a fun, if rather quick read. If you enjoy police detectives with a magic twist try Ben Aaronovich’s books.
Merry Christmas 🙂

Veronica December 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed Angelfall – anxiously waiting for the sequel to come out. And I enjoyed all the Ben Aaronovich books too. We have pretty similar taste it seems. I’ll check out Kevin Hearne. Thank you.

Anne December 23, 2012 at 7:21 am

Firstly, such a gorgeous baby! She oozes cuteness in spades 🙂

I just finished reading ‘Living With Max: Our Family Story’ by Chloe Maxwell, a book she wrote about her journey with her son Max, who was diagnosed with autism. I found it to be a very interesting read.

Merry Christmas to you and the family and wishing you all the best for 2013! 🙂

Veronica December 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I’ve heard about Living With Max before, it sounded interesting. I’ll hunt it up. Thanks!

Amy R December 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

Hands down, this is the best book by far that I’ve read this year:

And yes! It’s available on Kindle!

I finished this book about a month ago and can’t stop thinking about it. It’s an epic love story that spans decades, starting with WWII. Well worth the read!

Veronica December 23, 2012 at 11:58 am

Argh! Not available in Australia. I’ll see if the Book Depository has it. Thank you!

Amy R December 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Because I’m too lazy to actually go look on Goodreads, have you read any Robin McKinley? I recommend Sunshine, since we seem to have similar tastes. Or any of her other books like Chalice, Spindle’s End, etc. Some of her books are on Kindle, some are not.

If I knew the web address you use to shop for Kindle books (my google-fu is broken today), I’d send links galore.

Veronica December 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I keep forgetting to update my Goodreads list. Whoops. I haven’t read Robin McKinley though, I’ll hunt her up. I usually shop through Amazon – is there a better place though?

Amy R December 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Bubble Girl December 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I would like to recommend any book written by my friend Robert J. Sawyer. I’ve read all of his books, and proof read his latest 2, and I must say they are all fantastic. He has an amazing way of telling a story, and sneaking in some very big philosophical questions, which will leave you ruminating for months.

If I had to pick one to start with (as you’ll most likely be unable to stop reading him), I would have to pick the WWW trilogy; Wake, Watch, and Wonder. Fantastic story about a blind girl gaining sight, and the internet gaining consciousness.

Oh, and since I stumbled on this post a bit late, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Chelsie December 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I recently read both “Dwarf” and “Brain on Fire” they were excellent and worth reading!

MultiBlogging Mum December 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I just wanted to say how much I love this photo of Evie!! How she is growing so fast and is so cute!!
May 2013 be a better year for you & the family x

Penni December 31, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I know it’s a few years old but I am loving Alice Pung’s Unpolished Gem. Oh and speaking of gems, totally you must get Beth Ann Bauman’s short story collection Beautiful Girls. It is a bargain on the Kindle and they are all just so very good. And if you enjoy those and get a taste for short stories, I can also recommend Karen Hitchcock’s Little White Slips. Also The Element of Need by James Bradley.

Michele Hill January 7, 2013 at 8:14 am

Foals Bread
The Orchardist
Time Travellers Wife
Oscar and Lucinda
Hunger Games Trilogy

janet January 12, 2013 at 11:57 am

This one isn’t new, but it’s a favorite …Ahab’s Wife: or, The Star Gazer, by Sena Jeter Naslund. It takes you away in time and place — the pages fly. My friend re-reads it every summer on vacation, it’s that good.

Little Miss Moi January 17, 2013 at 1:17 pm

OK I have gotten into pretty pathetic trashy romance lately, not to mention that my preferred romance is Western historical (yes, I said pathetic and trashy, I know it). But I LOVED and I mean LOVED Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O’Connell (self published). And also Dancing on Coals by the same author was good. They are not your typical romances, in fact, I think she could have gotten away with marketing them as fiction rather than romance.

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