Best Contemporary Reads or Literary Reads of 2017

2017 was a great year for discovering new to me authors, books and publishers. The task of whittling down to just a few great contemporary  reads is too hard and so I will try and mention all I think are deserving a shout out, I do hope I dont miss anyone out.

I Am I Am I Am

I am I am, I Am – Maggie O’Farrell

 

The Right Side

The Right Side – Spencer Quinn

 

Close Enough to Touch

Close Enough to Touch – Colleen Oakley

 

The Child Finder

The Child Finder – Renee Denfeld

 

#TooEasy

Too Easy – J M Green

 

Wimmera

Wimmera – Mark Brandi

 

Dear Banjo

Dear Banjo – Sasha Wasley

 

The Animators

The Animators – Kayla Rae Whitaker

 

Ache

Ache – Eliza Henry Jones

 

The Lone Child

The Lone Child – Anna George

 

Do you have any to add to the list?

 

 

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Books to Make You Smile…Best of Reads 2017

More greatest hits of 2017, I highly recommend these fun and quirky reads.

 

Life Law and Not Enough Shoes – Judith Fordham

Life Law and Not Enough Shoes

 

Pachyderm – Hugh McGinlay

Pachyderm

 

How Do Worms Work?   Guy Barter

How Do Worms Work

My Recommendations For Best Cook Books of 2017

My recommendations for cook books to have in your kitchen library provide useful, practical, achievable recipes that the home cook can easily manage . For example, over Christmas I was wanting to make some mini carrot cakes/muffins, who did I turn to? Julie Goodwin’s Essential Cookbook – it really does cover most things that the home cook might want to bake (this would make an excellent house warming gift or engagement gift).

 

Poh Ling Yeow’s Poh Bakes 100 Greats took me on a trip down memory lane (and introduced me to some new exciting recipes) ;  Bienenstich(Bee Sting Cake), Digestive Biscuits, Coconut Ice, Basic Nut Praline, Brioche Buns, Brownies, Nut Bars, Coffee Eclairs, Turkish Delight… recipes that will have you racing to the kitchen to bake.

Poh Bakes_CVR

 

Maggie’s Recipes for Life is a book that has recently been released and will garner a lot of attention. Co written with Professor Ralph Martins this book combines health science and nutrition with Maggie’s palate pleasing recipes. Watch out for this one and add to your shelf when you can.

Maggie's Recipe For Life

And lastly a book that helps you master the elements of cooking; Salt, Fat, Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat (the how to of cooking ingredients that will give you confidence to trust your instincts in the kitchen). This book is a must have.

My Best Crime/Thriller/Mystery Reads of 2017

This is always such a difficult decision to make but the best thing to do is just start, start listing… here goes; in no particular order my best Crime Fiction/Thriller/Mystery reads of 2017 are:

Flight Path – Ian Andrew

The Burden of Lies – Richard Beasley

Wimmera – Mark Brandi

The Child Finder –  Renee Denfield

Her – Garry Disher

The Girls in Kellers Way – Megan Goldin

Too Easy – J M Green

The Golden Child – Wendy James

Broken Bones – Angela Marsons

I See You – Clare Macintosh

The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman (aka Everything You Want Me to Be) – Mindy Mejia

The Right Side – Spencer Quinn

Two Nights – Kathy Reichs

The Bird Watcher – William Shaw

The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter

Fatal Crossing (Nora Sand #1) – Lone Theils

And the Fire Came Down – Emma Viskic

 

Did any of these make it on to your reading shelves last year? There were so many great reads last year the list could have gone on an on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Script: The Classic Yoga Bible – Christina Brown

The Classic Yoga Bible

The Classic Yoga Bible

Christina Brown

Hachette Australia

Godsfield

ISBN: 9781841813684

 

Description:

Yoga brings not only a suppleness to the body but also a sense of spiritual and physical well-being to those who practice it. Featuring over 170 postures from the main schools of yoga, The Yoga Bible is the ultimate, comprehensive guide to practicing yoga and finding a mental and physical balance in life. The book encourages yoga beginners and experts alike to find a yoga sequence that suits their personal needs and abilities.

 

 

My View:

A great resource for those at any stage of their yoga practice journey.  I have recently (in the past few months) started yoga – I practice with a lovely group of people who are all carrying injuries of various types, yoga poses can be adapted ( lightened) so that most people can participate regardless of fitness. This book defines the poses, has photographic guides to achieving the pose and also lists the Gaze, the Build- Up Pose, the Counter Pose, discusses how to lighten the pose and the Effect of the pose e.g.  centreing, calming, balancing… I love the calming effect and the ability I now have to relax my breathing when under pressure…the section “yoga for destressing” is a must read.

 

“Over time you will find ways to undo less than perfect posture.  With a balanced practice, your week areas will grow stronger, and your tight areas will become more flexible. General vitality and energy levels will improve, and, as you unwind your bodymind, you’ll drop into relaxation more easily. Yoga develops coordination, flexibility, stamina, balance, mental clarity, increased concentration and overall health. Yoga is an all-round life enhancer” p. 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Script: The Burden of Lies – Richard Beasley

The Burden of Lies

The Burden of Lies

A Peter Tanner Thriller

Richard Beasley

Simon & Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781925368154

 

Description:

Cocaine. Construction. Corruption.

The unholy trinity of Sydney.

 

Self-made property mogul Tina Leonard has already lost her business, her home and custody of her children because South East Banking Corporation left her bankrupt. Now it appears she is being framed for the murder of her banker Oliver Randall, a senior executive of the corporation. Her motive? Revenge for ruining her life and her business.

 

When maverick lawyer Peter Tanner is brought in to represent Tina, he bends the law to learn the truth. Was the real killer employed by the bank to silence Randall, who knew too much about their corrupt clientele and business dealings?

 

As Tanner digs deeper the truth is harder and harder to find. Drug dealers and dodgy cops are a breed apart from corrupt corporate bankers, who’ll do anything to keep their names in the clear.

 

Who really silenced Randall? Tanner gets more than he bargained for as he tangles with craven bent banks and a client who can’t talk, and danger lurks far too close to home.

 

Bestseller Richard Beasley’s latest sharp-edged, gritty Peter Tanner thriller.

 

My View:

An outstanding read!

On my copy (and advanced readers issue) of this novel the cover has a stamp that says “If you love Michael Connelly you’ll love Richard Beasley” and as many of you have realised I am a big fan of Michael Connelly – how true this  declaration turned out to be! Like Connelly, Beasley characterisations are the strong foundation the narrative is built on. As with Bosch, you will fall in love with Peter Tanner; his wit, humour, sarcasm, self-doubts, his, at times outrageous (but truthful) courtroom frustrations and unfiltered comments…brilliant. Bosch and Tanner – both dedicated, passionate about their vocations, both mavericks who play by their own rules.

 

Loved every minute of this complex, twisty yet credible plot, loved the courtroom drama, loved the characters, and loved Peter Tanner!

I predict we will see this on the small screen sometime soon. My only conundrum – trying to work out who I think would make a great on screen Peter Tanner. Any suggestions?