TGIF

Each week always starts off fresh with five days of possibility before the weekend, and then all of a sudden, it’s Friday and some of the possibilities haven’t quite eventuated! Brene Brown, author, research professor and Ted talk speaker, sends out a weekly email entitled TGIF. But the TGIF stands for Trust, Gratitude, Inspiration and… Continue reading TGIF

Three interesting female characters – three interesting books

What makes an interesting female character? How do writers create a character who is relatable, but also unique and memorable? How do writers create a book that readers will pass on to their friends and will feature in every bookclub across the country? I’ve recently read three adult books about three different female protagonists by… Continue reading Three interesting female characters – three interesting books

Raising our children, raising ourselves – book review

I’ve been to two Mother’s Day masses already this week and I have another one later today. Can you see my halo? I’ll absolutely take the flowers and chocolates, and the hugs that go with them. But I’ll also take the reflections as well. The first time I read Naomi Aldort’s book, Raising our children,… Continue reading Raising our children, raising ourselves – book review

My week in books

How many books have you read, skimmed, touched, discussed, borrowed or bought this week? I decided I would tally up mine! Read The secret scriptures by Sebastian Barry – this was my bookclub book and and it was my turn to host. Half of our bookclub had read it, half had started it. We all… Continue reading My week in books

Half the sky – book review

I wish I could convince everyone to read this book – not because it’s entertaining or it’s beautifully crafted or it’s on a best-selling list. But because it tells the stories of many girls and women in developing countries who otherwise wouldn’t be heard. Here’s a mini version of their stories. (This may not be… Continue reading Half the sky – book review

The life-changing magic of tidying up – book review

As you may know, our family moved out of our home of twelve years last month and into a smaller apartment. We’re renovating our home, and fingers crossed, we’ll be back in before Christmas this year. And as all of you know, moving house means touching EVERY SINGLE ITEM. The clothes that the kids have… Continue reading The life-changing magic of tidying up – book review

Interview – Michael Hanrahan on self-publishing

Have you ever thought about writing a non-fiction book about your area of expertise? Perhaps you have built up knowledge in your career? Perhaps you are an expert in teaching kids to play soccer, after coaching for years on weekends? Maybe you run seminars for colleagues on health issues or people management or interior design?… Continue reading Interview – Michael Hanrahan on self-publishing