February Reading 2014 Book List Part 2

Quite a list of contrasts this month, some quite out of my normal favourite read.

  1. Children of Liberty : Paullina Simon (nice read, not a rave but pleasant company, this’ll probably go to the bookshelf at the golf club to share with the ladies there)
  2. Light Between the Oceans : ML Stedman (quite different, a story of longing and being caught out – lighthouse keeper on the Australian coast is persuaded by his wife to keep a baby who washed up on the shore in a dingy with a dead man, what could go wrong with that?  For him it was breaking all the rules, for her it’s what you do when you love someone.  This is on the “recommend” list and is being passed around.
  3. Police ; Jo Nesbo (This is more my normal style, another good Nesbo, but not the best he has done)
  4. Casual Vacancy : JK Rowling (After all the hype and the critique is done it’s still a good read, a “nice” story with a few curls, not top of my list but never felt like leaving it unfinished)
  5. Code 5 : Frank Slaughter (First published in 1972 this is one of a few good reads that have lingered with me from my teens, an opportunity came up on a trading site to chose older books and this was one of those I picked, not as good as I recall but written in a style that today would probably not be successful.  Short, sweet and a pleasure to read anyway)
  6. Toys : James Patterson and Neil McMahan (so Patterson but still not, set in the future with super powered people and super powered toys, read it to the end, it’s still a bad guy / good guy kind of story but I’m not a future sort of reader)

Any books to offer to my future reading list



2014 Books

Often I’ve seen a list of books someone has read through the year and I’ve wondered how many I read.  I think I read quite a bit but wouldn’t know how many, so I’m going to keep a list.  I’m an eclectic reader – a bit of this and a bit of that.  I mainly like fiction – thriller, psycho/forensic murder mystery, Patterson, Nesbo, Deaver,with a bit of Picolt and Gabaldon for a change.  If I get a few readers of this post I’d be keen to hear what you’ve just read and recommend.


  1. Barbara Taylor Bradford – Playing the Game.  Out of ordinary for me to read but it was a cheap deal and I do enjoy her writing when I need a change of scenery. Worth a read if you looking for a light distraction, holiday read. Probably won’t get onto my library shelves, will go to the Golf Club to share with the ladies. (Paperback)
  2. Luke Delaney – The Keeper. Much more to my liking, page turner, neglected the housework yesterday to finish it off.  If this is a good example of his writing I would buy more of his books.  (Paperback)


Walk the Talk

I know I should lose weight, it’s a no brainer! I know how too, so it’s not hard. Yeah Right!

I make up my mind each day that today’s the day, then buy a biscuit for morning tea (AND eat the fruit that was planned). Its not hunger, it’s not obsession it’s more than that. I’m not lonely or depressed, I guess I’m a little foodaholic or smokoholic and don’t know how to fix that. I just need to get on with it, go to the gym and cut my plate in half. By the way, I’m not a little over weight but I’m also not a sitting down because I’m too fat to get up kind of fat. I’m 120kg but I play sport, I can walk 72 holes of golf in a weekend, I’m actually not to bad at it, but I’m fat and therefore could be better.

So I’ve definitely got a can do should do but don’t!

Where to Next

I’m off again on a little trip so this “upskilling” piece today from WordPress is timeous, I can use the google maps to show where I’m going (middle of nowhere!). I’m visiting family in Kimberley South Africa.

See if you can pick out the 5 “holes” where there have been diamond excavations over the years. You may have heard of the Big Hole, which began during Cecil John Rhodes time in South Africa (trying to colonise the world for England). The original mine was mostly dug by hand using pulleys and buckets – amazing. You may want to scroll into the map a little bit too make the place look like a town. Actually it is a small place with about 250 000 (back in 2007, who knows how many now) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberley,_Northern_Cape#Kimberley_today) The place is dry and dusty at this time of year with a temperature of about 38 – 40 deg C, so coming from NZ I’m going to be very very hot!

Kimberley is known for its diamond mines, battlefields and hunting. I’m not going to partake in any of those on this occasion, I am however, hoping for a thunderstorm, the area has the most spectacular fork lightning with dramatic sunsets and loud rumbling thunder. Look out for photos of that.

Studying Abroad – Yes Please

My first instincts would be to say I’d love to spend a year studying in America.  But, it would be just moving to another (albeit fabulous, bigger, up to the minute) English speaking, not too dissimilar place.  I’ve done Africa so I’ve no inclination to go there.  So I must stretch my boundaries and consider what culture would I like to learn more about, who has the historical interest, who’s language would I like to learn. 

I might opt for Russia, it’s the climate, the language, the completely different culture, an opportunity to learn about different political opinions (or non opinions). The vast history and changing dynasties, hardships and struggle.  What would I study, probably history and political science or geography and language/writing (learning about the authors and their work).

What would I learn outside of the class, probably a lot about the way things work and an opportunity to understand what I read in the news and compare that to what is real in the world of “everyday” Russia.  I’d make the most of a Russian winter, travelling the snows and exploring the country side as it suffers the winter.

If I’ve offended any Russians by this post I apologise, it’s by dint of my lack of knowledge that I chose your beautiful country to learn and grow.