A new Book

For those of you who don’t know … I am a book hoarder 😀 😀

love books

I love books!  I have my own personal libraries all over the house 😀 😀
On shelves in the basement, stacked beside my bed, in the spare room … 😀

I saw a book tonight and just couldn’t resist….30% off…I couldn’t just leave it on the shelf!!!!

I can’t wait to start this book!

While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, three hundred pounds of fury, is attacking the family’s campsite — and pouncing on her parents as prey.

At her dying mother’s faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family’s canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe runs aground on the edge of the woods, the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a wilderness alive with danger. Lost and completely alone, they find that their only hope resides in Anna’s heartbreaking love for her family, and her struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore.

This is a story with a small narrator and a big heart. Cameron gracefully plumbs Anna’s young perspective on family, responsibility, and hope, charting both a tragically premature loss of innocence and a startling evolution as Anna reasons through the impossible situations that confront her.

Lean and confident, and told in the innocent and honest voice of a five-year-old, THE BEAR is a transporting tale of loss — but also a poignant and surprisingly funny adventure about love and the raw instincts that enable us to survive.

Written by Claire Cameron


“A room without books is like a body without a soul”


I found this great article on twentytwowords website today can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!

In 2002, a teenaged Mike Brodie began 10 years of hopping freight trains. He covered 50,000 miles through 46 states, which he tracked using his trusty Railroad Atlas of North America. In 2004, he came into possession of a Polaroid camera that he used so frequently his nickname became Polaroid Kidd. Then in 2006, he upgraded to 35mm.

For the next 3 years, he captured images across the country from the gritty perspective of a new generation of hobos on the hunt for freedom. His work is collected in the book, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity.

Here’s a selection…


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Brain on Fire

brain on fire

A gripping memoir and medical suspense story about a young New York Post reporter’s struggle with a rare and terrifying disease, opening a new window into the fascinating world of brain science.

One day, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records—from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory—showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four year old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter.

Susannah’s astonishing memoir chronicles the swift path of her illness and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life. As weeks ticked by and Susannah moved inexplicably from violence to catatonia, $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans revealed nothing. The exhausted doctors were ready to commit her to the psychiatric ward, in effect condemning her to a lifetime of institutions, or death, until Dr. Souhel Najjar—nicknamed Dr. House—joined her team. He asked Susannah to draw one simple sketch, which became key to diagnosing her with a newly discovered autoimmune disease in which her body was attacking her brain, an illness now thought to be the cause of “demonic possessions” throughout history.

With sharp reporting drawn from hospital records, scientific research, and interviews with doctors and family, Brain on Fire is a crackling mystery and an unflinching, gripping personal story that marks the debut of an extraordinary writer.



I am enjoying a short much-needed/deserved vacation, which will include READING!!


Novellas are making a comeback, if they ever even went away, the beauty of novellas is that they are longer than a short story and shorter than a novel.

No more excuses for not reading a great classic!

I’ve chosen a few Novellas to enjoy which can be read easily in a day.

 The Aspern Papers – Henry James – 1888

Three Blind Mice – Agatha Christie – 1950

Passing – Nella Larsen – 1929

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley – 1831


Happy Reading!!!


My next Read – A Historical Fantasy

I receive a monthly Newsletter from Goodreads with lots of great book recommendations. 

I thought this one looked really good, I’ll heading to the library after work to pick it up, let you know next week what my thoughts are. 😀


Nicola Marter was born with a gift: when she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When the gallery she works in receives a wooden carving she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird, the mythical bird that inspires an old Russian fairytale and was once owned by Russia’s famed Empress Catherine.

Nicola’s investigation into the Firebird’s origin draws her into the 1715 world of Anna Logan and leads her on a quest through Scotland, France and Russia, unearthing a tale of love and sacrifice, of courage and redemption


September 6 1992

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a party of moose hunters.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir.  In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his  cash.  He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented.  Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away.  Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild





What I’m Reading this week.

Thought I’d start something new on Mondays….

My Mum gave me this book by Elizabeth George over the weekend:


To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale’s lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they’d hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell’s raiders . . . . . . . give you my own little review next week. 😀