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review 2018-02-03 11:00
Rebirth of an Orphan Girl: The Encyclopaedia of Good Reasons by Monica Cantieni
The Encyclopaedia of Good Reasons - Monica Cantieni,Donal McLaughlin
Grünschnabel - Monica Cantieni

Here's the sublime debut novel of a - so far - rather unknown Swiss author. As a matter of fact, the book won the most renowned Swiss literary award. The story is simple and yet gripping:

 

Being only six years old and an orphan girl she is a greenhorn in life and in a family, when she arrives at the home of her new parents sometime in the 1970s. They are Swiss, but not particularly well-off so they live in a poor immigrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Zurich with all its problems. The little girl needs to learn an awful lot and not just new words that she stores in all kinds of boxes (following the suggestion of her new father). With the help of her new - senile - grand-father Tat she finds her way.

 

To know more about this Swiss novel, I invite you to click here and read my long review on my main book blog Edith's Miscellany!

Source: edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com
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review 2018-01-06 01:09
Review: For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood
For Reasons Unknown - Michael Wood

Published by: Killer Reads (5th November 2015)

 

ISBN: 978-0008158675

 

Source: Purchased

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis:

DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly brutal murders of Miranda and Stefan Harkness. The only witness was their eleven-year-old son, Jonathan, who was too deeply traumatized to speak a word.

Then a dead body is discovered, and the investigation leads back to Matilda's case. Suddenly the past and present converge, and it seems a killer may have come back for more…

 

Review:

For Reasons Unknown has been languishing on my TBR for far too long, so I've started the year as I mean to go on, and what a cracking start! This is crime writing at its very best and I'm seriously impressed. The plot had me on the edge of my seat, it's full of twists and turns that I didn't see coming, the characters are great...DCI Matilda Darke is brilliant! The ending had me actually shouting 'Noooo!' at my kindle!

 

DCI Matilda Darke is a fantastic character. She's a little broken, but there's a glimpse of fighting spirit underneath, which I'm looking forward to seeing more of in subsequent books. There's lots of interaction with her colleagues too, which I really enjoyed, so I hope to see some of those again too. 

 

The author has an easy way of drawing you in and keeping you interested in the story throughout. His intelligent writing style and great use of detail really made the story come alive. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to all readers of crime and psychological thrillers and police procedurals.

 

 

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text 2018-01-03 17:22
Reading progress update: I've read 65%.
For Reasons Unknown - Michael Wood
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text 2017-12-21 18:48
More Festive Tasks
Selected Poems - Langston Hughes
Reasons Mommy Drinks - Lyranda Martin-Evans,Fiona Stevenson

Square 9 - Winter Solstice

Book: Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

Task: I read Reasons Mommy Drinks in one night earlier this month.

Bonus Task: 3 things I like about my grandmothers

 

Since my grandmothers have left this world, this is more of a memory of each of them.

 

1. Nana Trunzo

    Technically, my great-grandmother who came over from Italy when she was a baby with her family. She ensured that the Italian traditions our family celebrated stayed true to the Old World. She remained loyal to her friends, regularly meeting up with them for gab sessions over strong coffee and cookies.

 

2. Nana Rotolo

    Daughter of Nana Trunzo and my paternal grandmother. She had the most chic style in fashion. She could throw a party - kids' birthday, cocktail, family reunions - with effortless style. She also had brains and could knock out crossword and logic puzzle books with ease. I got her reading gene and she took me to the public library every two weeks.

 

3. Grandma Cowles

    My maternal grandmother. She handled being a military wife while raising four kids (my mom is the youngest). She was left a widow early and remarried to keep her family intact while working full time in the 60s and 70s. She was widowed again before my mom graduated high school, but no matter what life threw out at her, she handled it with aplomb and a plan of action. She moved in with us while my mom went through a painful divorce from my birth father and stayed until my mom was emotionally, mentally, and financially stable to live on her own with two teenagers.

 

Square 13 Christmas

Task: Pictures of stockings (my son's, my daughter's, my dog's) and our Christmas tree sans gifts because I don't trust my kids not to get into them before the big morning.

 

Bonus Task: Family Christmas traditions

 

With my Italian family, we had the Feast of the 7 Fishes for supper, followed by board games and cards until it was time to bundle everyone into the cars for a trip to church and Midnight Mass, complete with candlelight. Then we went to our respective homes to sleep and enjoy our Christmas mornings, followed by getting together for Christmas Day dinner, more unwrapping of gifts, more board games and cards. No TV was allowed to be on except for the Yule log - Nanas' orders. Music was allowed, but on low volume so that conversation could flow.

 

When my parents divorced, my Irish mother got rid of the never-ending seafood buffet and instituted a new tradition on Christmas Eve - the open house party. Friends and family would come to our house after getting off work for the holiday and we would eat appetizers and holiday drinks and watch It's A Wonderful Life. Once it was close to the time to go to Midnight Mass (thankfully at a different church), the house guests were welcomed to come with us or went home. The next day would be all about just the three of us (mom, me, and my younger sister).

 

With my own kids, we just eat antipasta and cookies, watch movies, and get into new pajamas.

 

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review 2017-11-30 16:51
Review: Reasons Mommy Drinks by Lyranda Martin-Evans and Fiona Stevenson
Reasons Mommy Drinks - Lyranda Martin-Evans,Fiona Stevenson

A quick, funny read; this book is a collection of blog posts from the Reasons Mommy Drinks blog. Accompanying each post is a drink recipe (both alcoholic and non). The posts start with baby showers and end when the child(ren) are 18 months old. Although I only laughed out loud once or twice, many of the posts did put a smile on my face. The posts are about a paragraph long, so it can be read in one sitting.

 

However, it is written with the intended audience of very white, very upper class women in Canada and the UK. At times the authors come across as very shallow and miss their party girl lifestyle. There were certain posts that just made me roll my eyes. The drink recipes are not overly complicated (no more than 5-6 ingredients for each drink) but more than a few call for champagne (one recipe recommends eating Beluga caviar with the drink).

 

Since I was sick and needed something to read that wasn't taxing on my brain, this book worked to entertain. Bonus I can use it for an upcoming square on the 16 tasks challenge.

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